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Biography of Dr. Harry Boosalis

Dr. Harry Boosalis, Th. D 
Professor of Dogmatic Theology
Bachelor of Arts, University of Minnesota (Philosophy and Classics)
Master of Divinity, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (Class of 1985)
Doctorate of Theology, University of Thessalonica (Doctoral Thesis: Orthodox Spiritual Life according to St. Silouan of Mount Athos)

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Greek-American parents, Dr. Boosalis grew up at St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church. Upon graduation from seminary, he served his home parish as a lay assistant and youth director under the tutelage of his life-long parish priest, Fr. Anthony Coniaris.

He then went on to pursue his doctoral degree in Greece under the direction of Prof. Georgios Mantzaridis. His dissertation provides a systematic presentation of the teaching of St. Silouan of Mount Athos on Orthodox spiritual life, highlighting its relevance for today.

Dr. Boosalis has been teaching Dogmatic Theology as a full time faculty member at St. Tikhon's Seminary since the Fall of 1992, when he organized, developed and implemented a new curriculum for the entire sequence of dogmatic courses in the Master of Divinity degree program. He serves the Seminary as the Chairman of the Department of Theology and Spirituality and is a member of the Academic Affairs Committee and the Curriculum Committee.

He is the author of five books: Holy Tradition: Ecclesial Experience of Life in Christ, Taught by God: An Introduction to Orthodox Theology, Knowledge of God: Ancient Spirituality of the Christian East, Orthodox Spiritual Life according to St. Silouan of Mount Athos, and The Joy of the Holy: St. Seraphim of Sarov and Orthodox Spiritual Lifem all published by St. Tikhon's Seminary Press. Two of the books have also been translated and published in Greece. He has edited and directed the publication of two other theological books for St. Tikhon's Seminary Press, including Time and Man by Prof. Mantzaridis, and Passions and Virtues by Prof. Anestis Keselopoulos. He is presently working on his forthcoming book titled Person to Person: The Orthodox Understanding of Man, which will be used as a main textbook in his course on Orthodox Anthropology.

Dr. Boosalis has also participated in two teaching missions to in East Africa conducted under the auspices of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC), including Tanzania (2009) and Kenya (2011). Since the summer of 2002, Dr. Boosalis has been leading a group of St. Tikhon's seminarians on an annual pilgrimage to Iveron Monastery on Mount Athos, Greece.