Stanley S. Harakas

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Father Stanley S. Harakas is a priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. He is a distinguished teacher of Orthodox theology. He served as dean of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Hellenic College where he also taught. He also was visiting professor at a number of other schools.


Stanley received his collegiate education from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School, earning both undergraduate and theology degrees. Prior to his ordination to the priesthood in 1956, Stanley was married to Emily G. Maniates. They had five children. In 1965, he earned a Doctor of Theology degree from Boston University.

Fr. Harakas is the author fifteen books and five pamphlets concerning both scholarly and popular theological subjects. These have included: Toward Transfigured Life: The “Theoria” of the Eastern Orthodox Ethic. and Orthodox Christian Beliefs About the Bible. Additionally, he has writing over hundred scholarly articles.

Fr. Karakas also served as pastor of a number parishes in Massachusetts. In retirement Fr. Harakas has continued to serve Christ by serving new missionary parishes in the American South: in 2001, as the priest of Christ the Savior Greek Orthodox Church in Atlanta, Georgia and in 2002 at a new parish in Brooksville, Florida.