Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos is an expert on Eastern Christianity. A member of the North American Academy of Liturgy and the Society of Oriental Liturgy, he has written works in English, Greek, German, and Russian. Since 2009, he has been actively involved in the new Catalogue of Byzantine Manuscripts project out of the Protestant Theological University in Holland.
A former visiting professor at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University, Fr. Alexopoulos currently teaches Liturgical Studies and Sacramental Theology at The Catholic University of America. He also served as a parish priest and taught in the College Year in Athens Program for both the Greco-Roman Program of St. John’s University/St. Benedict’s College (Collegeville, MN) and the Pastoral Institute of the Archdiocese of Athens, Church of Greece.
The son and grandson of Greek Orthodox priests, Fr. Alexopoulos earned a B.A. in Religious Studies from Hellenic College, an M.Div. from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and a Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies from the University of Notre Dame. While at the University of Notre Dame, he taught the course “The Spirituality of the Christian East: Experience, Form, and Expression,” for which he received the Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Kaneb Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Fr. Alexopoulos is a full member of the Special Synodical Committee on Liturgical Renewal of the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece.
Praise for Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos
“There is no one better to introduce the distinct spirituality of the Christian East than Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos, a noted author, priest, scholar, and teacher… The spirituality of the Christian East, as Fr. Stefanos teaches, is at heart a liturgical spirituality.
– The Rev. Dr. Maxwell E. Johnson, Professor of Liturgy, University of Notre Dame
“Stefanos Alexopoulos is a highly regarded specialist in Byzantine Liturgy and has studied and written on its place in the wider context of the theological and spiritual traditions of the other Christian Churches of the East… An excellent scholar and engaging speaker.”
– Dominic E. Serra, SLD
“Stefanos Alexopoulos represents the best of a new generation of scholars who study Eastern Christian Liturgy. Coming from a traditional Orthodox country and educated in the best schools in North America, he ably combines authentic experience with rigorous study in his scholarship. His work is thus reliable, accessible, and fresh for those new to this field.”
– Very Rev. Alexander Rentel, Director of the master of divinity program, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary