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On October 26, 2018, Dr. Kyriaki Karidoyanes visited the Sheptytsky Institute and graciously agreed to an interview. In a wide ranging discussion, she spoke about her recent publications, what Orthodoxy can contribute to contemporary human psychology, women deaconesses in the church and on Orthodox women in the church, the 2016 Pan-Orthodox synod in Crete, and the current relationship between the Russian Orthodox Church and Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Dr. Karidoyanes is a theologian, pastoral counselor, licensed psychologist and adjunct professor at Holy Cross Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. She is the author of Women Deacons in the Orthodox Church: Called to Holiness and Ministry (Holy Cross Orthodox Press) and editor of Orthodox Women Speak: Discerning “Signs of the Times” (World Council of Churches Publications and Holy Cross Orthodox Press). With her husband, Fr. Thomas FitzGerald, Dean of Theology at Holy Cross, she has co-authored Living Faithfully: The Beatitudes in Everyday Life.

Awarded the Ph.D. degree from the Division of Theological and Religious Studies at Boston University, Dr. FitzGerald has specialized in Orthodox systematic theology both at the School of Theology of the University of Thessaloniki, Greece, where she obtained a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies, and at Holy Cross Orthodox School of Theology, where she earned the Master of Divinity degree. In 1994 she was honored as the first woman graduate to receive the Alumni Citation “in recognition of her support of and bringing recognition to Hellenic College-Holy Cross School of Theology.”

Presv. Kyriaki has served as a consultant to the World Council of Churches, where she taught as a visiting professor at the Ecumenical Institute (Geneva, Switzerland) during the 1994-97 academic years and the Institute’s Bossey Seminars 1998 (Athens, Greece).

For fourteen years Dr. FitzGerald served as a commissioner of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches, representing the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. She is frequently invited to represent the Patriarchate at international ecumenical dialogues and meetings.

To honour Father Peter’s work and dedication to the Sheptytsky Institute, the Foundation established the Father Peter Galadza Fund in the summer of 2020.

The purpose: to support MASIF academic activities, such as publications, conferences, academic related travel and provide modest bursaries.

Since last summer, the Father Peter Galadza Fund has grown to 10,560 CND and 6,750 USD.

You can contribute to the fund here: 

About Father Peter Gladza

Fr. Galadza is well-known to most of us as a dynamic priest, but he has also long occupied the Kule Family Professor of Liturgy Chair at the Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies. After completing his M.Div. at Chicago’s Catholic Theological Union in 1981, he was ordained to the presbyterate by Patriarch Josyf Slipyj and served in several parishes until 1988, when he completed a M.A. in liturgy at the University of Notre Dame. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in theology from the University of Saint Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. From 1994 to 2004 he edited Logos: a journal of Eastern Christian Studies. During the 1999-2000 academic year, Fr. Galadza served as dean of the L’viv Theological Academy in Ukraine, for which he was awarded a jeweled pectoral cross by then-bishop Lubomyr Husar. In 2003-2004 he was a research fellow at Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Research Center in Georgetown, Washington, DC. He also acted as editor-in-chief of The Divine Liturgy: An Anthology for Worship. During the 2010-2012 Father Peter was a President of Societas Orientalium Liturgiarum (SOL), an international professional society for the Study of Eastern Christian Liturgy founded by Robert F. Taft, SJ.

Under his leadership, the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute set new roots in Toronto as an autonomous academic unit within the University of Saint Michael’s College, Faculty of Theology, and as a part of the Toronto School of Theology.