Fr. Dr. Stelyios Muksuris

The Rev. Dr. Stelyios S. Muksuris was born in Constantinople (Istanbul), Turkey, and immigrated to the United States with his family in 1973. Raised in Boston, he graduated from Hellenic College (B.A., Bachelor of Arts) and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (M. Div., Master of Divinity) in Brookline, MA. He also graduated from the University of Durham, Durham, UK, in 2000 with the doctoral-level M. Litt. (Master of Letters) degree, and in 2009 with his Ph.D. in theology. His area of specialization is liturgical theological and history. Fluent in many languages and a member of several theological societies, Fr. Stelyios attends and speaks at conferences both nationally and internationally, and he continues to publish studies in theological journals here and abroad. He is the author of two voluminous books in his area of expertise. His doctoral dissertation will be published by Holy Cross Orthodox Press in Brookline, MA, by the spring or summer of 2013. Fr. Stelyios also authoried the introductory chapter of a new textbook on Christianity, entitled: Christianity: The Illustrated Guide to 2000 Years of the Christian Faith, published in October of 2009 (available via B&N online or amazon.com). He is currently at work editing and translating a book from French into English, which is expected to be published by Holy Cross Press in the future.

A priest of 22 years, Fr. Stelyios has served parishes in New England; Charlotte, NC; Kalamazoo, MI; and Athens, Greece, during a year-long sabbatical in which he also worked directly under the late Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and All Greece. Until recently, he served Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Mt. Lebanon, PA, as interim priest, and before that, as Assistant to Metropolitan Maximos of Pittsburgh, Registrar, and Illuminator Editor. He is currently Professor of Liturgy at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh and assists as Visiting Professor in the Religion Department of the University of Pittsburgh. He also assists the Metropolis of Pittsburgh with Greek correspondence and liturgical/theological matters, and has served as a consultant on liturgical texts and matters for the Archdiocese of America and the Oriental Pontifical Institute in Rome. Fr. Stelyios was elevated to the rank of Protopresbyter by Metropolitan Maximos in 2011.

Among his hobbies, Fr. Stelyios loves to read, write, run, power walk, play backgammon, and even plays the bouzouki! His favorite sports are hockey, basketball, tennis, and bowling. He is an avid Facebook poster (as many of you are finding out!) and writes articles for the Orthodox Christian Network (www.myocn.net/author/fr-stelyios-muksuris/).

Presbytera Georgia (née  Petromilonaki), is from Athens, Greece, and also holds theological degrees from Hellenic College (B.A.) and Holy Cross (M.T.S.).  She teaches courses in Systematic Theology and Biblical Greek at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary, as well as Greek School at Holy Cross and St. Nicholas Cathedral, and is currently the office manager for a Pittsburgh-based chemical distributor company.  An avid and talented artist, she has had several years of experience in youth ministry.  She is also a long-time moderator and resource person for the Orthodox Church on the popular Christian Forums website (christianforums.com).

Father and Presbytera’s daughter Katerina was born in Charlotte, NC, is a junior at Mt. Lebanon High School.  A straight-A student with interests in medicine and math, Kat has excelled as a Greek scholar in both the Archdiocese of America’s proficiency exam and the Rupublic of Greece’s Ellinomatheia program.  She is a very avid hockey fan (she loves the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Boston Bruins, of course!) and she also plays the piano and violin.