Fr. Dr. Stelyios Muksuris

Stelyios S. Muksuris
Protopresbyter, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of AmericaProfessor of Liturgical Studies and Languages, Byzantine Catholic Seminary

Fr. Stelyios S. Muksuris, PhD, ThD, was born in Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey). He immigrated with his parents to the United States at the age of five. As a United States citizen, he was raised and schooled in Boston, MA. Ordained a priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America 24 years ago, he now serves the Church with the rank of Protopresbyter at Kimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church in Aliquippa, PA. As Head of the Department of Liturgical History and Theology at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA, he is also Full Professor of Liturgical Studies and Languages.

Fluent in several languages, he proudly serves the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the Metropolis of Pittsburgh as a theological consultant on liturgical matters. He is currently in the process of editing and translating a five-volume series on liturgical questions and answers in the Orthodox Christian Tradition, written by the late renowned liturgiologist Ioannes Fountoules of Thessaloniki, Greece.

 He is a graduate of Hellenic College (BA, 1990) and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (MDiv, 1993) in Brookline, MA. He completed his postgraduate studies at Durham University (MLitt, 2000 in Byzantine Patristic Liturgy; PhD, 2008 in Liturgical Theology), where he studied for ten years under the renowned patristic scholar, Professor Fr. Andrew Louth. He also graduated from the University of Athens, Greece (ThD, 2012, in Sacramental Theology), under the renowned Professor of Church History Fr. Georgios Metallinos.

 Fr. Stelyios’ theses are entitled: 1) The Anaphorae of the Liturgy of the Apostles Sts. Addai and Mari and the Byzantine Liturgy of St Basil the Great: A Comparative Study; and 2) Economia and Eschatology: Liturgical Mystagogy in the Byzantine Prothesis Rite (Brookline, MA: Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 2013).  The book is now in its 3rd printing.

 He remains heavily engaged in academia. He has authored numerous scholarly articles in academic journals and books. A frequent speaker at conferences, both nationally and internationally, he remains an active member of various academic societies, including: 1) the American Academy of Religion; 2) the Orthodox Theological Society in America; 3) the Society of Oriental Liturgy; and 4) Societas Liturgica. 

 Fr. Stelyios enjoys bouzouki music and is an avid reader of archeology, information technology, and the sciences.  He also writes musical lyrics and has been an avid musician of the Greek bouzouki for 17 years.  These varied interests have encouraged him to communicate to the world also as a blogger, philosopher, and musician.

 Fr. Stelyios presently maintains a weekly blog called Logoi with FrDrStel (doctorssm.wordpress.com)which contains many of his theological and philosophical musings.