Fr. Thomas FitzGerald Speaks on PBS Program
Fr. Thomas FitzGerald, Professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, was interviewed on December 10, 2014 for the PBS television program Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly. The interview was a part of the “Belief and Practice” segment of the weekly PBS program and appeared on PBS television stations the weekend of January 2-4, 2015. Conducted by executive producer Kim Lawten, the interview was recorded in the Holy Cross Chapel on the campus of Hellenic College Holy Cross.
Fr. FitzGerald was asked to speak on the Orthodox feast of Theophany that is observed on January 6 every year. He noted that the feast has two significant components. With the Service of the Blessing of Water, it serves as a reminder of both the Baptism of Christ and the Revelation of the Holy Trinity. For this reason, it is also known by Orthodox Christians as the “Feast of Lights.”
Fr. FitzGerald is a regular contributor to interchurch and ecumenical discussions. He is the executive secretary of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation. He also has participated in committees of the National Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches. He has represented the Ecumenical Patriarchate at ecumenical and interfaith gatherings.
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