Stylianos (Harkianakis) of Australia

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His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos (Harkianakis) of Australia is the current archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and chairman of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Churches in Australia. His major theological contribution has been to ecclesiology.

Early Life

Archbishop Stylianos was born in Rethymon, Crete, on the 29th of December, 1935.

Tertiary Education

He would go on to study theology at the Orthodox School of Theology, Halki, being ordained to the diaconate at 1957. In 1958 he graduated from the Orthodox School of Theology, Halki, and was ordained to the priesthood. He immediately went on to complete postgraduate studies in systematic theology and philosophy of religion in Bonn, West Germany, during 1958 to 1966, numbering among his lecturers Pope Benedict XVI (formerly Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger).

Educational Accolades

In 1965, whilst still completing his postgraduate studies, Fr Stylianos was declared professor of theology at Athens University; soon after, in 1966, he was appointed abbot of the Holy Patriarchal Monastery of Vlatodon, Thessaloniki. In this role, he was a founding member, then vice-president, and later president, of the Patriarchal Institute of Patristic Studies within the monastery. During 1969 to 1975, Abbot Stylianos lectured in Systematic Theology at the University of Thessaloniki.


Abbot Stylianos was elected in 1970, and consecrated on the 6th of December, to be the Titular Metropolitan of Militoupolis within the Monastery of Vlatodon, serving as exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in matters concerning Northern Greece and the Holy Mountain. Metropolitan Stylianos was, in 1973, awarded the International Award Gottfried von Herder.

Archbishop of Australia

In 1975, Metropolitan Stylianos was elected the Archbishop of Australia, Exarch of Oceania. In this role, he engaged in many dialogues between Orthodoxy and other Christian groups, most prominently as co-chairman of the Theological Dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church, but also as co-chairman of the dialogue with the Anglican Church. He also started teaching Orthodox Theology and Spirituality at Sydney University.

Archbishop Stylianos was given the Award for Poetry from the Academy of Athens in 1980, and in 1985 he received an Honourary Doctorate from Lublin University, Poland. In 1986 was, perhaps, the Archbishop's greatest achievement, when classes at St. Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College began. Archbishop Stylianos, given his background and extensive education, serves as the inaugral Dean, as well as Lecturer of Systematic Theology, to the present time.

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Stylianos (Harkianakis) of Australia
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Abbot of Vlatodon Monastery
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Metropolitan of Miletoupolis
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Ezekiel (Tsoukalas)
Archbishop of Australia (Greek)
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Dean of St Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College
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Biography from Archdiocesan website