Fr. James Stathakios was raised in Patmos, Greece and arrived in America in 1961.
He studied at the Patmias Seminary in Patmos, Greece and upon receiving a special scholarship he attended the Hellenic College in Brookline, MA (1961-1963).
Ordained to the priesthood on June 29th, 1969, in Cleveland, OH by Bishop Gerasimos of Pittsburgh, he served the St. Spyridon Parish in Monessen, PA for five years, then the Sts. Constantine and Helen Church in Westland, MI for thirty years.
He served as Faculty Member at the Medical Research Department studying Biochemistry and Medical Sociology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH (1963-1969).
Fr. James retired in September, 2007, after serving 30 years at the Sts. Constantine and Helen Church. Father led the “Vision of the Future” development project, moving the church from Detroit to a beautiful, new building in Westland, MI. Groundbreaking for the church was in 1986, and His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew visited Sts Constantine and Helen Church for their Grand Opening. Fr. James and Presbytera Stella have two sons and many grandchildren. Since he retired, he has written a book, “Hidden Wisdom”. Although retired, he assists at the Sts. Constantine and Helen Church in Westland, MI and substitutes whenever called on by the Metropolis of Detroit.