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Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald

Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald

Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald, M.Div., Ph.D. is an Orthodox theologian, author and licensed psychologist. She completed graduate theological studies at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, the School of Theology of the University of Thessaloniki, Greece and Boston University. She has been Visiting Professor at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute of the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland and St. Vladimir’s Theological Seminary and currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Theology at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. She represents the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople at ecumenical and inter-faith conferences, and in this capacity she has also served on the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches. Her books include the critically acclaimed Women Deacons in the Orthodox Church: Called to Holiness and Ministry; Orthodox Women Speak: Discerning the "Signs of the Times' (ed.); Encountering Women of Faith: St. Catherine's Vision Collection (ed.) vol. 1 and vol. 2 ( Spring/Summer 2010); Living the Beatitudes: Perspectives from Orthodox Spirituality (co-authored with her husband, Rev. Dr. Thomas FitzGerald); Persons in Communion: A Theology of Authentic Relationships. Professor FitzGerald serves on the Editorial Board for the International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church. She founded and serves on the board of St. Catherine's Vision (SCV), an organization dedicated to contributing to the “building up the body of Christ” through initiatives addressing education, spiritual renewal and oneness in Christ and which is endorsed by the Standing Conference of Orthodox Bishops of America (SCOBA). For a second year, she is serving as consultant and on-air contributor for the Boston area cable access television program Feast of Healthy Thoughts, engaging contemporary themes related to Christian theology, spirituality and psychology.

Mary Beth Ingham

Mary Beth Ingham Sister Mary Beth Ingham C.S.J. is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University. Sr. Ingham specializes in the history of medieval philosophy, John Duns Scotus and the Franciscan spiritual tradition. She is the author of many scholarly articles and had published books in both French and English, including Scotus for Dunces: An Introduction to the Subtle Doctor; and (with Mechtilde Dreyer) The Philosophical Vision of John Duns Scotus: An Introduction.

Valerie Karras

HEI Valeria pic Valerie Karras has taught at Saint Louis University, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Hellenic College, Washington University in St. Louis and is currently assistant Professor of Church History at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. She has earned doctorates in patristic theology from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki and in church history from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She also holds a Master of Theological Studies degree from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Professor Karras's research interests include women in early and Byzantine Christianity, gender in early church theology, and Orthodox Christianity in ecumenical, interreligious, and feminist conversation. She is currently completing revisions for her book, Women in the Byzantine Liturgy (to be published by Oxford University Press) and has published articles, translations, and book reviews in scholarly journals.


Maria Gwyn McDowell

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Maria Gwyn McDowell is a doctoral candidate in theological ethics at Boston College, and holds an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is the secretary of the Orthodox Theological Society in America and on the editorial board for the St. Nina Quarterly. Her areas of interest are in ethics, contemporary Orthodox theology and gender theory. Her dissertation, entitled "Metaphorical Virtues and enGendered Presbyters", brings together gender studies, virtue ethics, and Orthodox sacramental and liturgical theology to argue for the moral and spiritual importance of ordaining both men and women to the sacramental priesthood. As a lifelong-Orthodox who has been a member of parishes in a number of Orthodox jurisdictions, she is also interested in considering the unique shape of North American Orthodoxy, influenced as it is by a pluralistic and democratic society.

LaReine-Marie Mosely

LaReine-Marie Mosley Sister LaReine-Marie Mosely, S.N.D. earned her Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 2008. She is now Assistant Professor of Theology at Loyola University Chicago, where she teaches on the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her areas of specialization embrace Christology, womanist theology and black Catholic theology. Her present research interests include the contributions of women religious, theologies of Mary, the role of race in the work of new theologians, liberation theologies, African American theologies. Recently Dr. Mosely was a panel member during the Black Catholic Consultation at the Catholic Theological Society of America's June 2008 meeting. She presented on "Black Catholic Theologians Across the Generations." Dr. Mosely was also one of six theological reflectors who provided feedback at "Solidarity in Christ's Mission," a June 2008 gathering of U.S. and Canadian Jesuits and their lay collaborators involved in social ministries. She is a Catholic religious, a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame.

Helen Creticos Theodoropoulos

HEI helen pic Helen Creticos Theodoropoulos has been active in the Orthodox Church in various ways for many years, teaching children and young adults. She holds degrees from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and the University of Chicago, where she earned her Ph.D. in theology. Currently part time faculty at Loyola University Chicago and at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox School of Theology, she has also been adjunct professor at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and has lectured at a number of colleges and seminaries. She served on the editorial board of The St. Nina’s Quarterly and is a founding member of the St. Catherine Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies. She has lectured widely to Orthodox and ecumenical religious groups, has presented papers at conferences, and authored book reviews. She and her husband Evan are the parents of three daughters, and parishioners of Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Glenview, Il.

Eve (Paraskevè) Tibbs

Eve Tibbs Eve (Paraskevè) Tibbs is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. She holds a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology with a minor in Church History and an M.A. in Theology with an emphasis in Biblical Studies, both with Fuller Theological Seminary. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. Dr. Tibbs is currently serving as Chair of the Eastern Orthodox Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion. She serves the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco as the Religious Education Coordinator and is a delegate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America to the National Council of Churches of Christ, USA.

Professor Tibbs' areas of specialization are the Trinity and Personhood, Ecclesiology; Early Church History; Patristic Thought and Doctrinal Development; Contemporary Eastern Orthodox Theology; Contemporary Western Systematic Theology; and Comparative Christian Theology. She is a parishioner of St Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, Irvine. She and her husband are the parents of three adult daughters.


Tracy Sayuki Tiemeier

HEI tiemeier pic Tracy Sayuki Tiemeier is Assistant Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA.

Holding a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology (with a minor in Comparative Theology) from Boston College, Dr. Tiemeier teaches and researches in the areas of Comparative Theology, Theological Anthropology, Faith and Cultures, Asian and Asian American Theology, Feminist Theology, Women in Religion, and Hinduism. Her current research project involves questions concerning Asian American women’s self-understandings and how the Tamil devotional poetry of the female Alvar, Antal, can shed light on contemporary questions of self.

Wendy M. Wright

Wendy Wright Wendy M. Wright holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara and is Professor of Theology at Creighton University, where she holds the John C. Kenefick Faculty Chair in the Humanities. She teaches regularly in several graduate ministerial programs including Creighton's Christian Spirituality Master's program and the National Methodist Academy for Spiritual Formation.

Her expertise falls in the areas of history of spirituality, family spirituality, spiritual direction and the Catholic devotional tradition. Her academic work has focused on the Salesian spiritual tradition founded by Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal. A prolific author, among her many books are Bond of Perfection: Jeanne de Chantal and François de Sales; Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal: Letters of Spiritual Direction; Francis de Sales: Introduction to the Devout Life and Treatise on the Love of God; Sacred Dwelling: A Spirituality of Family Life; The Vigil: Keeping Watch in the Season of Christ's Coming; The Rising: Living the Mysteries of Lent, Easter and Pentecost; The Time Between: Cycles and Rhythms in Ordinary Time; Sacred Heart: Gateway to God; Seasons of a Family's Life: Cultivating the Contemplative Spirit at Home; Heart Speaks to Heart: the Salesian Spiritual Tradition and Caryll Houselander: Essential Writings. She is currently working on a book on Marian devotion in Los Angeles. She and her husband, Roger Bergman, are the parents of three young adults.


Stefanie Yova Yazge

Yazge Stefanie Yova Yazge is a graduate of St. Vladimir’s Seminary, and a Doctoral Candidate completing her dissertation. A mother of three and wife of an Orthodox priest, her professional career includes work at the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches, and 12 years teaching at the collegiate level, including an Assistant Professor position at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (IN). She has written a chapter for Encountering Women of Faith : St. Catherine's Vision Collection vol 2: (to be released later this year) on the Order of Widows and life of St Paula. Areas of interest include liturgy and music, as she is also a choir director, and has been a regional Sacred Music Coordinator in the Antiochian Archdiocese. Currently she is an adjunct professor at Seton Hill University following the appointment of her husband Fr. Anthony Yazge as Director of Camping for the Antiochian Archdiocese, and a move to Pennsylvania.