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Dr. Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald Lectures at Richmond Parish

Dr. Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald, Adjunct Professor in Theology, was the guest of Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Richmond, VA on the weekend of March 11-13, 2016. She was warmly welcomed to the parish by Fr. Nicholas Bacalis.   

Dr. FitzGerald was the invited speaker at the “Orthodoxy on Tap” program on March 11. She spoke to a gathering of mostly young adults from the parish on “The Road to Recovery from the Passions.” Andrew Pavlakos, a 2015 graduate of Holy Cross and the parish’s pastoral assistant, introduced her as one of his most respected professors at Holy Cross.

The following evening, she offered the keynote lecture to the members of the Hellenic Society, “Paideia” of Virginia and also to the Cathedral Community Ministries organization. Her topic was “A Letter from Heaven: The Witness of St. Methodios of Constantinople.”

After the Sunday Liturgy, Dr. FitzGerald spoke to high school seniors, young adults, and other members of the parish on the theme, “Orthodox Spirituality: Discerning God’s Call for Today.”

Prof. FitzGerald is a graduate of Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. She completed advanced studies in Orthodox theology at the University of Thessaloniki and she received her doctorate from Boston University.

In addition to Holy Cross, she has also taught courses at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, the Ecumenical Institute in Geneva, Switzerland, and served on the clinical faculty of Andover-Newton Theological School. She has also been a “Distinguished Lecturer” at the Patriarch Athenagoras Institute at the Graduate Theological Union at the University of California, Berkeley, CA.

Active in various ecumenical dialogues, she has served as representative of the Ecumenical Patriarchate at a number of theological conferences and consultations in over thirty countries. She has served as a member of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches. She has also been active in programs of the National Council of Churches and the Massachusetts Council of Churches.

Dr. FitzGerald is a co-founder and Executive Director of St. Catherine’s Vision, an association of women theologians and other ordained and lay servant-leaders engaging contemporary issues of the Church. This is an endorsed organization of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America.

As a licensed psychologist, she is also a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. She served as the Director of Education of the training program at the Worcester Pastoral Counseling Center, an accredited program affiliated with Andover-Newton Theological School. She has been a clinical supervisor at Healthsigns Pastoral Counseling Center in Yarmouth MA and a consulting psychologist at the Gosnold Counseling Center in Falmouth, MA. She now maintains a private practice in Sandwich, MA.

Having served on the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Sexual Trauma Institute at St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, Dr. FitzGerald was active in developing ecumenical guidelines related to clergy sexual misconduct and abuse.

A noted lecturer and retreat leader, she is the author of the critically acclaimed Women Deacons in the Orthodox Church, Orthodox Women Speak: Discerning the ‘Signs of the Times’ (ed.), and Persons in Communion: A Theology of Authentic Relationships. She edited Encountering Women of Faith: The St. Catherine’s Vision Collection, volumes 1 and 2. She co-authored with her husband, Fr. Thomas FitzGerald, the popular study, Living the Beatitudes: Perspectives in Orthodox Spirituality.