Stanley S. Harakas

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Father Stanley Samuel Harakas is a priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. He is a distinguished teacher of Orthodox theology, and a significant resource in Orthodox ethics. He served as dean of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Hellenic College where he also taught from 1966 until retirement in 1995. He also was visiting professor at a number of other schools. He has been active in the Ecumenical Movement on local, state and international levels, serving in the Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation Commission of the World Council of Churches.


Fr. Stanley was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on January 13, 1932 to Sam (Spyridon) Harakas and Katherine (Moraites) Harakas. He was baptized Spyridon which was anglicized Stanley. He attended the schools in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, graduating from Wilkinsburg High School in 1949.

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. Stanley received his collegiate education from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, earning both undergraduate and theology degrees. He began teaching at Holy Cross in 1966. Fr. Stanley also taught as Visiting Professor at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York, the School of Theology at Boston University, the John XXIII Center in New York City, Emmanuel College in Boston, and the Department of Theology of Boston College. He also lectured at the University of Thessalonica in Greece.

In addition to having served as Dean of Hellenic College, Fr. Stanley also was Dean of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology from 1970 to 1980. In 1986, he was appointed to the Archbishop Iakovos Professor of Orthodox Theology at Holy Cross.

Fr. Harakas is the author of eighteen books, both scholarly in the field of ethics and theology, and educational volumes for a popular audience. Additionally, he has written over a hundred scholarly articles, as well as articles for the The World Book Encyclopedia and Encyclopedia Britannica.

Fr. Harakas also served as pastor of a number parishes in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. Although retired in July 1995, Fr. Harakas 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.


  • Contemporary Moral Issues Facing the Orthodox Christian (1982) ISBN 978-0937032244
  • For the Health of Body and Soul: An Eastern Orthodox Introduction to Bioethics (1983) ISBN 978-0916586423
  • Health and Medicine in the Eastern Orthodox Tradition (1990) ISBN 978-0824509347
  • Introducing the Orthodox Church: Its Faith and Life (with Anothony Coniaris) (2007) ISBN 978-1933654089
  • Let Mercy Abound: Social Concern in the Greek Orthodox Church (1994) ISBN 978-0916586614
  • Living the Faith: The Praxis of Eastern Orthodox Ethics (1993) ISBN 978-0937032923
  • Living the Liturgy: A practical guide for participating in the divine liturgy of the Eastern Orthodox Church (1974) ISBN 978-0937032176
  • Of Life and Salvation: Reflections on Living the Christian life (1996) ISBN 978-1880971178
  • Orthodox Christian Beliefs: Real Answers to Real Questions from Real People (2002) ISBN 978-1880971710
  • Orthodox Christian Beliefs About the Bible (2003) ISBN 978-1880971833
  • The Orthodox Church: 455 Questions and Answers (1987) ISBN 978-0937032565
  • Proclaiming God's Word Today (1989) ISBN 978-0937032695
  • Toward Transfigured Life: The Theoria of Eastern Orthodox Ethics (1983) ISBN 978-0937032282
  • Wholeness of Faith and Life: Eastern Orthodox Ethics. Vol. 1: Patristic Ethics ISBN 978-1885652263. Vol. 2: Church Life Ethics (2004) ISBN 978-1885652294. Vol. 3: Orthodox Social Ethics (2004) ISBN 978-1885652300


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