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Fr. George Karahalios

Born: September 22, 1931 in Athens, Greece
Died: September 8, 2015

  • Parents: Alexander and Irene
  • Wife: Calypso Lee Arianoutsos in 1954
  • Ordination to Diaconate: March 11, 1956, St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Astoria, New York, Bishop Athenagoras of Elaia
  • Ordination to Priesthood: March 24, 1957, Holy Cross Seminary, Brookline, MA, Bishop Athenagoras of Elaia. Offikia: Exomologos, Economos & Protopresbyter

Education

  • University of Athens, Greece Th.D 1991 (summa cum laude)
  • University of Heidelberg, Germany Ph.D 1971
  • Boston University S.T.M. 1965
  • Holy Cross School of Theology B. A. 1958 (summa cum laude)
  • Attended 1 year at Pantios College, Athens, Greece. Took courses at University of New Hampshire and Lowell University.

Doctoral Dissertations

  • The Anthropology (on Man) of Michael Psellus, directed by Vlassios Pheidas, University of Athens. Published the book in Athens, 2008
  • The Philosophical Trilogy of Michael Psellus, God-Cosmos-Man, directed by Hans Georg Gadamer, University of Heidelberg, Germany and the late P. P. Ioannou, University of Munich, Germany.

Areas of Academic Expertise

Ancient Greek and Hellenistic Philosophy: Presocratic Philosophers; Socratic Schools; Plato’s* and Aristotle’s philosophy. (*While teaching at Hellenic College, organized “The Platonic Circle” comprised of philo-Platonists who delved into specific issues and presented papers during monthly meetings which were open to the public.) Byzantine Philosophy: 4th century -12th century. Emphasis on various Platonic, Aristotelian and Neoplatonic revivals and movements in a Christian milieu. Their direct influence on the Rennaissance. Manuscripts: Deciphering, decoding and translation of rare Byzantine manuscripts. Languages: Classical, Hellenistic and Modern Greek, German, Latin, French Other: Classical Greek drama; biblical studies; Christian dogma, Byzantine history; sociology, world religions

Academic Experience

  • Assoc. Professor, Hellenic College/Holy Cross, Brookline, Massachusetts, 25 yrs. Also served as Dean Hellenic College; Director of Admissions and Holy Cross Alumni Director for several years.
  • Adjunct Professor in Philosophy, German and Greek, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts, 3 years.
  • Provost and Vice President, Holy Cross/Hellenic College, 3 years. Publications: Published in Greece, Anthropology (on Man) Michael Psellus. Translated edition of St. James Divine Liturgy, Holy Cross Press; translated Gregory Palamas, To Akindynus-Treatise I and To Akindynus-Treatise II; Alumni Lectures #3, Mysticism of Eleventh Century-Michael Psellus, Holy Cross Press, Greek Theological Review, Man and His Beginnings - Michael Psellus, Holy Cross Press. Senior Editor for Orthros, Narthex Press.

Parishes & Other Assignments

Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Dracut, MA. 3 years (built church) Sts. Constantine & Helen, Andover, MA : 22 years (built church) Chancellor, Greek Orthodox Diocese of Boston: 2 years Civilian Chaplain, U. S. Army Hqs. Heidelberg, Germany: 4 years Holy Trinity Church, Lowell, MA: 4 ½ years Holy Trinity Church, Concord, NH: 4 ½ years (bought new church & renovated it). While assigned to Concord, also served Laconia & Franklin, NH for about 2 years (built church in Laconia). Served part-time at Annunciation, Cranston, RI (1 year) and Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Somersworth, NH, 3 years. Served as Deacon at the New York Cathedral, summer of 1956.

Awards/Scholarships

Church History Award, Holy Cross, Brookline, MA, 1957; Taylor Foundation Scholarship 1956-57; Boston University Scholarship, 1960; Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Scholarship 1967-1970

Lectures/Seminars

University of Athens, Guest Lecturer 1988 & 1991. At Centre de Patriarcat Oecumenique, Chambesy, Switzerland, as official representative of Archdiocese, participated in Theological Seminars: in 1982, Meaning and Relevance of 2nd Ecumenical Synod for Today’s Christian World and in 1981 on 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther, Luther und die Deutsche Reformation in Oekumenischer Sicht.