PEORIA, Ill. -- Peoria welcomes a prominent religious figure this weekend.
His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos is chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago.
He is in town to lead All Saints Day services at the All Saints Greek Orthodox Church.
City leaders like Mayor Jim Ardis welcomed the Bishop Saturday evening, with a traditional shoe shine at George's downtown.
The Bishop says he appreciates the local Greek Orthodox community.
"Sometimes people leave a smaller or middle sized city to go to Chicago or other larger cities, but I think it's important that those who are here understand that they are important," said Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos.
"They're very important to the fabric of the parish. They're very important to the fabric of the community, and they make up this family called the Metropolis of Chicago."
Peoria is one of nearly 60 parishes under the Metropolis of Chicago. Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos will lead the 9:30 am Sunday service at All Saints Greek Orthodox Church t 1812 North Prospect Road in Peoria.
Everyone is welcome.
FROM CINEWSNOW.COM, with corrections.