Rev. Dr.Robert Stephanopoulos Honored
at St. John's University

Rev. Dr. Robert G. Stephanopoulos, Ph.D. was honored for his outstanding teaching at St. John's University in Jamaica, New York. The award ceremony took place at the 2nd Annual Evening of Greek Culture and Cuisine on Friday evening, October 13th in Marillac Terrace of Marillac Hall. The award was sponsored by the Modern Greek Language and Literature Program of the Languages and Literatures Department. He has dedicated over seventeen years of teaching the unique Eastern Orthodoxy theology course. Rev. Dr. Stephanopoulos has shaped the lives of generations of students. His wife, Presvitera Nikki, has supported his ministry through the years.

The Rev. Robert George Stephanopoulos, Ph.D. a priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America for 47 years, has been Dean of the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity since 1982.Prior to that time he served as pastor of St. Demetrios Church, Fall River, MA; the Church of Our Saviour, Rye NY and as Dean of Sts. Constantine and Helen Cathedral, Cleveland, OH. A renowned ecumenist, theologian, lecturer and pastor, he is Adjunct Professor of Eastern Christian Thought at St. John's University.

A graduate of Holy Cross School of Theology, Brookline, MA, he studied one year at the University of Athens School of Theology and received a Ph.D. in Ecumenics, Missions and World Religions at Boston University. Long active in interreligious outreach and dialogue, he has served as Ecumenical Officer of the Archdiocese, was the first Orthodox and youngest person ever elected recording secretary of the National Council of Churches. Author of Guidelines for Orthodox Christians in Ecumenical Relations, he is a Founding Member of Orthodox Dialogues with Catholics, Anglicans, Evangelicals and Jews. A frequent participant in international conferences, Father Robert was a member of the Church Leaders Peace Pilgrimage to the Middle East (December 1991); the 7th Assembly of the World Council of Church in Canberra, Australia (1991); and was a member of the National Council of Churches delegation to the USSR in 1974.

(Photo at right: Rev. Dr. Robert Stephanopoulos presented with Award for Outstanding Teaching by Yvonne Cassimatis, 3rd from left to right, and Dr. John G. Siolas of the St. John's University Modern Greek Language and Literature Program, as Presvitera Nikki Stephanopoulos looks on at left).

In addition to the Guidelines, Father Robert has authored the The Greek (Eastern Orthodox Church (1990), Patriarch Dimitrios in the USA (1991), and IAKOVOS: The Making of an Archbishop (1996).

Father Robert is married to Nikki Stephanopoulos, Director of News and Information/Public Relations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. They have four children and two granddaughters: Mother Agapia, a nun at the Convent of the Presentation of the Theotokos New South Wales, Australia; George, husband of Alexandra and father of Elliot Anastasia and Harper Andrea, is chief Washington correspondent for ABC News and host of This Week, Sunday mornings on ABC TV ; Marguarite is Asst. Vice President for Conferences and Events for Deutsche Bank in New York City and Andrew is a psychologist and Director of Client Care for Moonview Sanctuary, Santa Monica, CA..

(Posting date 10 December 2006

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