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October 18, 2017

Professor Kyriaki FitzGerald Speaks at Conference in Italy

Dr. Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald, Adjunct Professor of Theology at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Co-founder and Executive Director of Saint Catherine’s Vision (SCV), offered the key note presentation at the Consultation on “Ecumenical Perspectives to the Role of Women in the Churches.”  This was held at the Monastery of Bose in Mangano, Italy on October 3 to 7, 2017.  She spoke on “Challenges and Opportunities of the Role of Women in the Church from a Theological Perspective.

The Consultation was sponsored by the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches with support from the Monastery of Bose.   Twenty- eight theologian and church leaders from Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant Churches in twenty countries participated in the Consultation.   There were also representatives of regional ecumenical organizations including the All Africa Conference of Churches, Caribbean Conference of Churches, Consejo Latinoamericano de Iglesias, Middle East Council of Churches, National Council of Churches in India, and the Conference of European Churches.

The Orthodox delegation was led by Metropolitan Seraphim of Zimbabwe, of the Patriarchate of Alexandria.  During his remarks to the Consultation, he included an update of the Patriarchate of Alexandria’s progress regarding the rejuvenation of the ministry of deaconesses.   

Metropolitan Seraphim also commended Professor Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald for her scholarly studies on the diaconate and for SCV’s monograph: Call for the Rejuvenation of the Ministry of the Ordained Deaconess. He informed the consultation participants that the bishops from the Patriarchate of Alexandria made use of SCV’s “Call” to assist with their participation during the Holy and Great Council which took place on the island of Crete, June 2016.  Furthermore, he also emphasized that the SCV document has served as a helpful resource throughout the Holy Synod’s on-going discernment process regarding of this ministry.

Orthodox participants came from the Churches of Constantinople, Alexandria, Russia, Romania and Greece. Oriental Orthodox participants came from the Churches of Alexandria and Armenia.

The participants shared reports from their churches and regional contexts identifying important new developments.  There was recognition that the opportunities related to the role of women in the churches vary from place to place. Yet, there is a common commitment to seek unity in the Church while focusing on Christ, and welcoming the gifts of women and men fully into the life of the churches. The participants acknowledged that, without these gifts, the life of the churches could not have continued, especially in difficult times.

       

September 9, 2017

Saint Catherine’s Vision is releasing this update and reminder for responses from faithful members of the Orthodox Church to our “Open Invitation Survey” for the October 3-7, 2017 Bose Consultation on the “Consultation on the Role of Women in the Churches.” The September 20th due date is quickly approaching.

If you already have responded, please accept our heartfelt gratitude!

Our survey is essentially a qualitative, more than a quantitative, survey, and your honest, personal response is important! At the same time, it is important to note that the greater the number of verifiable, thoughtful responses coming from around the Orthodox world, the more helpful the future conversation and potential witness for the Church may be!

Please, encourage other Orthodox Christians you respect to send in their responses to the Survey, as well!  For most people, this should not take more than 10-15 minutes to complete!  The link is: Open Invitation Survey for Orthodox Faithful.  We are deeply grateful by the sincerity by which the Survey-participants have responded thus far. 

 As we sincerely ask for your Survey response, we also seek your prayers, for the sake of the “building up of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12).

We thank you for your time and prayers!

August 10, 2017

Saint Catherine’s Vision is pleased to announce its Executive Director, Dr. Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald, has been invited to serve as a representative of the Orthodox Church at an international conference hosted by the World Council of Churches: “Consultation on the Role of Women in the Churches” to be held October 3-7th, 2017 at the Monastery of Bose, in Bose, Italy. Dr. Fitzgerald will speak on the “Challenges and Opportunities of the Role of Women in the Church from a Theological Perspective”.

This international conference (and certainly, Dr. FitzGerald’s topic) is of extraordinary significance.  Its impact depends not only on the speakers but also on their capacity to express the lived experiences of women whose work is directly connected to “building up the body of Christ.” (Eph. 4:12). Pan-Orthodox collaboration with the faithful is indeed, crucial. 

The consultation will assess developments regarding the participation of women in Christian churches since the 1980’s. To engage as many faithful Orthodox Christian men and women as possible, SCV is reaching out through this “Open Invitation Survey” to facilitate candid and constructive input for this historic event.

Deadline for participation in the survey is September 20, 2017. The responses from the surveys will be referenced in Dr. FitzGerald’s presentation and highlighted during the October Consultation. After the Consultation, we will release more details through a report relating more of our findings.

To participate in this important survey and for further information, please click on this link:

Open Invitation Survey for Orthodox Faithful

We ask members and friends of SCV (both old and new friends!) to pray these findings may be helpful toward the discernment of future initiatives for the sake of “building up the body of Christ”.

 

February 24, 2017

SCV's Co-Founder and Executive Director Dr. Kyriaki FitzGerald offers a SCV Exclusive of Emeritus Professor Evangelos Theodorou of the University of Athens School of Theology, a respected authority of liturgical theology and the historiography of the ordination of deaconesses appraisal regarding the recent blessing of deaconesses for the Orthodox Church in Africa to assist in the mission field. 

Click HERE for the full article.

February 9, 2017

SCV participated in the recent “Forum on Modern Slavery ‘Sin before our Eyes’” cosponsored by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Church of England. Advisory Board Member, Presbytera Maria Drossos, pictured below with His All Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew I, represented SCV for this historic event.  Participants were inspired by the addresses and call to action offered by both the Ecumenical Patriarch and the Archbishop of Canterbury. The conference gathered clergy and laity, academics and practitioners who presented and shared great insight on efforts addressing the various aspects of human trafficking.  A  Joint Declaration was signed at the conclusion of the Forum. For the full text, please click HERE.

Early in 2015, SCV launched  our Diakonima or “Public Service Ministry” engaging “Divine Compassion and Human Trafficking”.  Our goal in this initiative is to help promote awareness, collaboration, advocacy and action helping to equip the Orthodox Church in addressing the multifaceted aspect of this humantragedy. 

For further information about our SCV Divine Compassion and Human Trafficking click HERE.

November 25, 2016

SCV's Co-Founder and Executive Director Dr. Kyriaki FitzGerald offers a SCV Exclusive of Emeritus Professor Evangelos Theodorou of the University of Athens School of Theology, a respected authority of liturgical theology and the historiography of the ordination of deaconesses response to the Patriarchate of Alexandria’s decision to restore the Ministry of Deaconesses for the Orthodox Church in Africa. 

Click HERE for the full article.

May 20, 2016

SCV's Co-Founder and Executive Director Dr. Kyriaki FitzGerald was honored last night at the Hellenic College Holy Cross School of Theology Alumni Dinner with the "Alumni of the Year Award". She was recognized for her love and service to the church and to HCHC community as a student being the first female graduate and as a professor as well as her contributions to the church locally, nationally and globally.

Archbishop Dimitrios of America and Metropolian Methodios of Boston presented Dr. FitzGerald with a beautiful icon of Saint Katherine in honor of her work with Saint Catherine’s Vision. She was introduced by Dr. Despina Prassas and Dr. George Stavros. Congratulations to Dr. Kyriaki! Axia!

February 2, 2016

In December 2015, Saint Catherine’s Vision (SCV) launched an open “Call for Proposals” requesting help from qualified persons seeking their expertise and practical support in our first public service ministry or “diakonima” engaging “Divine Compassion and Human Trafficking”.

We are announcing the extension of the deadline for submissions to Thursday, February 18, 2016 to allow adequate time for additional individuals and organizations to respond to this open “Call for Proposals”.

Click HERE for the updated "Call for Proposals".

January 13, 2016

NEW FAQs Document on the Public Service Ministry “Divine Compassion and Human Trafficking"

Over the last 2-3 weeks, SCV has received numerous warm responses, inquiries and proposals from interested parties regarding their open "Call for Proposals," among which included a number of very good questions.

Through this new update, SCV hope to help clarify the parameters of our "diakonima" in "Divine Compassion and Human Trafficking."  SCV is distributing this document to encourage those who are interested to learn more about this initiative.

Click HERE to download the document.


December 19, 2015

Seeking Specialists’ Through “Call for Proposals” for SCV’s “Divine Compassion and Human Trafficking ‘Diakonima’”

Feast Day of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, November 2015, Sandwich, Massachusetts: Saint Catherine’s Vision (SCV) recently announced their “Call for Proposals” requesting help from qualified persons desiring to assist in their first public service ministry or “diakonima” on “Divine Compassion and Human Trafficking”.

The objective of this courageous initiative is to facilitate dialogue and bridge-building through a competent and safe platform to help establish a pan-Orthodox Christian response to the on-going tragedy of Human Trafficking.  “As God blesses,” states Dr. Kyriaki FitzGerald, Executive Director of SCV and Adjunct Professor in Theology at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, “we envision cultivating a dialogue to help promote  sound collaborative initiatives across Orthodox Christian jurisdictions, agencies and interested persons. . . Together, we desire to humbly bear witness to the unconditional love of God, while bringing a measure of competent, practical relief to facilitate healing and liberation in as many contexts as possible.” 

SCV is planning to bring together a small, select pan-Orthodox group of experienced theologians, leaders and practitioners whose proven work and expertise directly engage in this domain of ministry or service. “We are extending this invitation to respected non-Orthodox experts in the field, as well,” added Dr. FitzGerald.

In order to help build the first phase of this collaborative framework, SCV anticipates a three to five year process of private consultations, which hopefully will also be organized in conjunction with an annual public event (e.g. a lectureship or conference), so that Orthodox Christians and the general public may benefit from these conversations and service.

Saint Catherine's Vision is an international, pan-Orthodox Christian, non-profit organization.  SCV brings women theologians together with ordained and lay servant-leaders addressing contemporary concerns in a manner that is established in and accountable to the living tradition and canonical heritage of the Eastern Orthodox Church.  Founded in 2001, SCV is an endorsed organization of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America. 

CLICK HERE for a copy of the “Call for Proposals.”

For further information about SCV's initiative, "Divine Compassion and Human Trafficking" CLICK HERE.

November 18, 2015

Saint Catherine's Vision (SCV) presented Divine Compassion Conference III:  Divine Compassion and Women: Healing, Authority and Ministry in Orthodox Spiritual Tradition on Saturday, November 7th at the Archbishop Iakovos Library Learning and Resource Center of Hellenic College Holy Cross School of Theology.

Dr. Helen Creticos Theodoropoulos, a graduate of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology presently serving as Adjunct Professor of Theology at St. Savas Serbian Orthodox Seminary and Dr. Evangelia Amiridou, Associate Professor of Church History of the Aristotelian University School of Theology in Thessaloniki, Greece, offered the keynote address and keynote response, respectively.

This Conference was presented by Saint Catherine’s Vision (SCV), and co-sponsored with Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston. 

SCV is an international, Pan-Orthodox fellowship of women theologians together with ordained and lay servant-leaders engaging contemporary issues within the life of the Orthodox Church, blessed by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America.

Dr. James Skedros, Dean of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, served as Host and Moderator for the event. Dr. Kyriaki FitzGerald, Adjunct Professor in Theology at Holy Cross and SCV Executive Director offered an introduction to the conference topic and brief history of SCV’s progress to date.

Three afternoon seminar presentations engaging Divine Compassion, Women and: 1) Healing, 2) Authority and 3) Ministry were offered by co-authors of SCV’s upcoming book Encountering Women of Faith: The Saint Catherine’s Vision Collection, Volume III.  During the seminars, co-authors offered highlights from their research engaging the lives of women saints. A fourth optional seminar was presented just after the official close of the Conference for persons interested in taking part in SCV's ongoing "diakonima" discussions regarding "Divine Compassion and Human Trafficking".

For further information, please visit SCV’s website, www.saintcatherinesvision.org and co-sponsors: Hellenic College-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, www.hchc.edu and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston, www.boston.goarch.org

Video footage and photographs from this event will be posted on Saint Catherine’s Vision website soon.  For further information about SCV’s initiative “Divine Compassion and Human Trafficking” visit: http://saintcatherinesvision.com/collaborative-work/divine-compassion-and-human-trafficking.         

Click HERE for pictures from the conference.                                                 

October 14, 2015

Saint Catherine's Vision (SCV) is pleased to announce Divine Compassion Conference III on:  Divine Compassion and Women: Healing, Authority and Ministry in Orthodox Spiritual Tradition to be held Saturday, November 7th from 9 am- 4 pm at the Archbishop Iakovos Library Learning and Resource Center of Hellenic College Holy Cross School of Theology.

 

Dr. Helen Creticos Theodoropoulos, a graduate of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology presently serving as Adjunct Professor of Theology at St. Savas Serbian Orthodox Seminary and Dr. Evangelia Amiridou, Associate Professor of Church History of the Aristotelian University School of Theology in Thessaloniki, Greece, will be offering the keynote address and keynote response, respectively.

 

This conference and the preceding year-long period of preparation will culminate in the publishing of SCV's third collaboratively written book: Encountering Women of Faith, Volume III  (Holy Cross Orthodox Press). Afternoon presenters will be Volume III co-authors, leading seminars highlighting their research engaging the lives of women saints. This past summer, H.E. Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia served as special advisor during SCV’s most recent Writing Colloquium. The Saturday November 7th conference is co-sponsored with Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston.  

 

The afternoon session will include an opportunity for audience members to participate in one of three seminars:  "Divine Compassion, Women and . . . 1) Healing,  . . 2)  Authority and  . . .3) Ministry. Opportunities for full audience participation engaging these three inter-related topics also are scheduled. Afternoon seminar presenters include SCV ‘s Volume III co-authors who have been engaging through collaborative study, the lives of various women saints.  A fourth optional seminar will be offered just after the official close of the Conference for persons interested in taking part in SCV's ongoing "diakonima" discussions regarding  "Divine Compassion and Human Trafficking".

 

This pan-Orthodox Christian conference is designed especially for men and women who desire to learn more deeply about the participation of women in the life of the Church, especially through the powerful witness of female saints through history.  Orthodox Christians involved in various aspects of ordained and lay ministry within the life of the Church; including students of theology, seminary students and spouses, monastics, practitioners in parish and social philanthropic ministry, religious educators, parish council members, administrators and interested Christians are warmly encouraged to attend.

 

Tickets are available now through SCV’s Eventbrite site: divinecompassionconferenceiii.eventbrite.com.

October 2, 2015

Saint Catherine's Vision announces their upcoming Divine Compassion Conference III, Women: Healing, Authroity and Ministry in the Orthodox Spiritual Tradition.  We are honored that Dr. Helen Creticos-Theodoropoulos, of St. Savvas Seminary, Literybill, Ill will be offering the keynote address with Dr. Evangelia Amiridou, Associate Professor of Church History at Aristoelian University of Thessaloniki will be offereing the keynote response.

This is event is being cosponsored by Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston.   For more information and to register, click HERE.

Click the poster below to download and print.

September 22, 2015

 
Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia and Dr. Kyriaki FitzGerald
Co-Keynote Inter-national Orthodox Women's Conference in London
September 11-13, 2015

Under the auspices of Pope Tawadros II, Orthodox Women's Ministries sponsored its first Orthodox Women's Conference in London, Sept. 11-13, 2015. An Inter-Orthodox conference where both men and women were welcomed to attend, the conference's two main objectives were to establish a general understanding of the role of women from a historical, theological and practical perspective in today's world; as well as to cultivate a deeper appreciation for the call to holiness for men and women in the life of the Church.

"It is a joy and privilege to be offering this Inter-Orthodox event," stated conference organizer, Donna Marie Rizk, a 2008 Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology graduate, presently completing Ph.D. studies in Patristics from Kings College in London. "We welcomed men and women and encouraged all ages over eighteen to attend because it is vital that each member of the Church learns and supports the needs of the other, for the sake of  "the building up of the body of Christ" (Eph. 4:12), The conference was  by the grace and work of God, a true witness of His work in the Church and great 'spiritual' success! Dozens of youth, lay people - men and women - of all ages attended - from different jurisdictions, and countries (7 different countries and 5 different jurisdictions to be exact!)", she added. 

Metropolitan Kallistos spoke on "You are a Royal Priesthood: The Lay Christian as a Consecrated Person." Professor FitzGerald presented a lecture on "The Call to Holiness: The Role of the Laity in the Orthodox Church", other speakers and participants included, Fr. Thomas FitzGerald, Professor of Church History and Historical Theology from Holy Cross (and former Dean),  Dr. Mariz Tadros, Specialist in Middle East Politics and Human Development, Emmanuel Gergis, Ph.D. (cand..), Founder of the St. Cyril Orthodox Society and College and Fr. Seraphim El-baramousy, Monk and Theologian from the Baramos Monastery in Egypt. Dr. FitzGerald was also invited to offer a second presentation on "The Ministry of Deaconesses, Yesterday and Today, For the Future."

The presentations will be made available in the near future under the auspices of Orthodox Women's Ministry in collaboration with Saint Catherine's Vision (saintcatherinesvision.org).Click HERE for more information on this great conference.

July 1, 2015

H.E. Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia delivered the Divine Compassion Distinguished Lecture at Hellenic College-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology Saturday June 20th,, 2015.  He spoke on Divine Compassion and the Restoration of the Human Icon.  This Lectureship was presented by Saint Catherine’s Vision (SCV), and co-sponsored with Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston. 

SCV is an international, Pan-Orthodox fellowship of women theologians and other lay servant-leaders engaging contemporary issues within the life of the Orthodox Church, blessed by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America.

Greetings and introductions were offered by: Dr. James Skedros, Dean of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, on behalf of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of New York and H.E. Metropolitan Methodios of Boston and Dr. Kyriaki FitzGerald, Adjunct Professor in Theology at Holy Cross and SCV Executive Director. HCHC President-elect, Rev. Dr. Christopher Metropolis served as Master of Ceremonies on behalf of Fr. Nicholas Triantafilou, President of HCHC. 

Over 200 participants attended this event. Metropolitan Kallistos movingly spoke on the centrality of Divine Compassion to which all human persons are called, created “in the image of God”. He elaborated how this “image” is in the image of Christ the Logos of God and simultaneously in the image of the Holy Trinity. The Divine Compassion Distinguished Lectureship also marked SCV’s official roll-out of their first public service ministry or “diakonima” engaging the issue of Divine Compassion and Human Trafficking. Presvytera Maria Drossos, member of the SCV Advisory Board, offered a brief presentation on the severity of human trafficking, “the elephant in the room” both locally and globally in contemporary society.  An elegant brunch was served after the program, where audience participants were invited to an additional forum on “Divine Compassion and Human Trafficking” facilitated by Matushka Vera Proctor (M.Div., SVS), Director of FOCUS, Minneapolis, MN.

In his description of humanity’s creation in the image of Christ, Metropolitan Kallistos introduced four fundamental qualities of the mystery of human personhood: 1) all human persons are endowed with “logiki” and the “royal dignity” of their heavenly Father, God the King; 2) all are endowed with freedom. This is a heavy burden as it requires the “cross of choice and conflict.”  When we fail to choose responsibly “we reject the divine image within us, we become less than human…”  And consequently, “if we deny others their freedom, we dehumanize them...”  From this perspective, Metropolitan Kallistos stressed the importance of SCV’s new diakonima on: Divine Compassion and Human Trafficking, “It is precisely here that we discern the wickedness, the grievous and shocking sinfulness of all human trafficking, of all forms of sexual exploitation and abuse.  We are treating human beings in such cases not as subjects (of our Heavenly King and Father) endowed with freedom, but as commodities to be manipulated as we wish.  We are now treating them not as persons in the image (of God), but as objects.  We lose all reverence in this way for the Divine Image and so we lose all sense of relationship with the O/other.  That is why human trafficking is so disgraceful. . . ”

Metropolitan Kallistos’ third point focused on how all human persons are called to be “creators”. Reflecting the human ability to have both self-awareness and God-awareness “We give creation a voice.  . . . We render it articulate in praise of God.” This serves as a foundation to his fourth point: all human persons are capable of offering back to God praise, doxology and thanksgiving. That which most distinguishes the human from the other animals “in his privilege as priest of the creation is the ability to bless God”.

Metropolitan Kallistos also identified how each human person is created in the divine Trinitarian image of God.  On the level of creation, “all that has been affirmed of God as Trinity, is to be affirmed also to the human being in God’s Trinitarian image. . .  All of this makes clear the central value of compassion for any undertaking of the human icon made in the image of God… It is only through compassion that we become totally human,  through our ability to suffer with and for others in loving and generous companionship.”  He concluded his presentation by reflecting on the icon depicting three angels at table, known as “Rublev’s Trinity”.  This scene, adopted from the Old Testament account of the three angelic strangers visiting Abraham and Sarah (Gen. 18:1-15), has become an image pointing to the mystery of the Holy Trinity in the Orthodox Church.  In the icon he noted how the Trinity is in dialogue and engaged in mutual intimacy, stressing “we too, are somehow included in the mutual love among the members of the Trinity.” He reflected on how the three “are engaged in dialogue and what is the subject of their communication? They are saying to each other, ‘God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son’ (John 3:16).  They are speaking of the act of self-emptying compassionate Love, whereby Christ Jesus died in sacrifice upon the cross.” The metropolitan asserted that the icon known as “Rublev’s Trinity” bears witness as a supreme expression of the Divine Compassion…. “It is this same Divine Compassion that is the inspiration of the whole program of diakonima of Saint Catherine’s Vision.” The metropolitan concluded his lecture by stressing how compassion is costly, how the exercise of Divine Compassion for us “is both costly and luminous….both sacrificial and intensely joyful”.

To listen to the presentations click HERE. For more information of our co-sponsors click on their links: Hellenic College-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, www.hchc.edu and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston,  www.boston.goarch.org.

May 6, 2015

His Eminence Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia will offer the keynote on “Divine Compassion and Restoring the Human Icon” for the Divine Compassion Distinguished Lectureship at HCHC Saturday June 20, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to about 12:30 p.m.   This event is being presented by Saint Catherine’s Vision (SCV).  Saint Catherine’s Vision is an international Pan-Orthodox organization of women theologians and other lay servant-leaders addressing contemporary concerns of the Orthodox Church.  SCV recently announced their new initiative engaging the issue of “Divine Compassion and Human Trafficking”.   From this event, a donation will be made by SCV from the net proceeds towards this new initiative. SCV will begin encouraging theological and spiritual reflection on this issue, by initiating educational programing and promoting various ways members of the Church may respond.  A fall/winter of 2016 consultation on this topic is presently being considered by SCV.

This Distinguished Lectureship and Brunch is co-sponsored by Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston.  This event will take place at the Maliotis Center of Hellenic College.   A brief discussion-group opportunity related to the “Divine Compassion and Human Trafficking” initiative will be offered as a supplemental option at the end of the event.   Donation for the brunch is $35.00 per person with sponsorship opportunites available.

Please visit divinecompassionrestoringthehumanicon.eventbrite.com for reservations and sponsorship opportunities. 

Click HERE to download the event flyer.

SCV is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible to the full extend allowable by law.

April 17, 2015

Save the Date released by Saint Catherine's Vision for upcoming Distinguished Lectureship Series on June 20, 2015.

March 19, 2015

Saint Catherine’s Vision’s Young Scholar, Presbytera Athanasia Mellos Kostakis, M.Div., MSW, a student at Boston University’s School of Theology is conducting research for her Doctor of Ministry project thesis.  It is a confidential study on Orthodox Christians in Lay Ministry. 

She was first highlighted at our Divine Compassion and Women of the Church: Theological Perspectives conference in June 2014 and was enthusiastically received by conference participants. SCV’s Young Scholar Initiative promotes dedicated Orthodox Christians whose work reflects the “building up of the body of Christ.” 

Presbytera Athanasia is seeking to interview Orthodox Christians in Lay Ministry. These interviews will be conducted through March 2016. Please click here to view the flyer for more information and eligibility. Contact Presbytera Athanasia directly at akosta@bu.edu if you are interested in participating and/or have questions about participating including eligibility. 

March 3, 2015

Saint Catherine's Vision Executive Director and Co-founder, Dr. Kyriaki FitzGerald will speak at the "Orthodox Christian Women Lenten Retreat" in Akron, OH on March 14, 2015.

She will speak on "Divine Compassion and Psalm 50." Click on this link for further information and registration.

February 10, 2015

SCV will be working on Volume III of the Encountering Book Series this coming June 2015. To order our first two volumes click here.

February 10, 2015

SaVe the DaTe!

Saint Catherine's Vision is excited to announce the Divine Compassion Distinguished Lectureship!

Saint Catherine's Vision is pleased to announce for June 21, 2015, cosponsored by Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston, the Divine Compassion Distinguished Lectureship with return keynote speaker Metropolitan Kallistos Ware of Diokleia.

SCV in deep gratitude thank His Eminence Metropolitan Kallistos Ware of Diokleia for kindly accepting our return invitation for a second year. Click here to view his keynote address from the Divine Compassion and Women of the Church: Theological Perspectives conference held on June 20-21, 2014.

February 9, 2015

SCV’s Co-founder and Executive Director, Dr. Kyriaki FitzGerald presented at the Deaconesses, Ordination of Women and Orthodox Theology International Conventional and Electronic Theological Seminar and Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece on January 22-24, 2015.  More information about this conference can be found by clicking here

This conference recommended restoration of the ordained deaconesses. With the Orthodox Church for more than a generation taking a concrete position on this issue as expressed by the famous 1988 Rhodes, Greece Conference document which affirms that “the apostolic order of deaconess should be revived,” many have come to the forefront of this important issue.  Many sections of Dr. Kyriaki FitzGerald’s paper which was delivered in Thessaloniki reflects what was previously included in Saint Catherine’s Vision June Conference, Divine Compassion and Women of the Church: Theological Perspectives.  Click here to view the full video presentation by Dr. Kyriaki FitzGerald.

In addition to presenting on this important topic, Dr. Kyriaki FitzGerald honored longtime mentor Emeritus Professor Evangelos Theodorou, now 94 years old, with a Laudatum.  It was he who 60 years ago opened the discussion within the Orthodox theological circles regarding the Ordination of Women with his dissertation on deaconesses.  Click here for the full Laudatum about Professor Theodorou by Dr. Kyriaki FitzGerald.

January 10, 2015

SCV's Executive Director, Dr. Kyriaki Fitzgerald-Karydoyanes will be presenting at the International Theological Conference on Deaconesses, Ordination of Women and Orthodox Theology to be held in Thessaloniki on January 22-25, 2015.  Click HERE for more information on this conference. 

November 29, 2014

Saint Catherine's Vision has published "A Call for the Rejunvenation of the Ministry of the Ordained Deaconess."  The document is addressed to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Secretariat of the Great and Holy Council.  It is being widely distrbuted for prayerful reflection by hierarchs, clergy and laity. 

Click HERE for the Press Release

Click HERE to download the PDF text of the "Call"

October 20, 2014

Saint Catherine's Vision is happy to announce that all of the videos from the Divine Compassion and Women of the Church: Theological Perspectives conference are available.  Please go to our Media Video Gallery for these fruitful presentations on an important topic in the Church today!

August 12, 2014

Saint Catherine's Vision has released the first in a series of videos from the Divine Compassion and Women of the Church: Theological Perspectives conference.  Click HERE for the keynote address of the conference by His Eminence Metropolitan Kallistos Ware held of June 20, 2014 at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.

August 5, 2014

Read about the Divine Compassion and Women of the Church: Theological Perspectives conference held on June 20-21, 2014 at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in the July-August 2014 Orthodox Observer on Page 5. The article was written by Executive Director of Saint Catherine's Vision, Dr. Kyriaki FitzGerald.

July 2, 2014

(Brookline, MA) His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston warmly welcomed the renowned theologian Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia to the Metropolis and the conference on “Divine Compassion: Women in the Church, Theological Perspectives.” The conference was held at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA on June 20-21, 2014. 

In his welcome, Metropolitan Methodios of Boston spoke of the profound influence which the lectures and writings of Metropolitan Kallistos has had on the life of the Church. He also took note of Metropolitan Kallistos’ distinguished service to the Ecumenical Patriarchate and his participation in the Orthodox-Catholic International Theological Consultation and the International Orthodox-Anglican Theological Consultation on which he is the chairman. This was followed by greetings from Dr. James Skedros, Dean of Holy Cross School of Theology and Dr. Kyriaki FitzGerald, Executive Director of St. Catherine’s Vision.

The Conference on Divine Compassion and Women of the Church: Theological Perspectives held on June 20-21, 2014 gathered over two hundred participants from throughout the United States and Canada.  This conference is the second in a series engaging themes related to Divine Compassion (theia eleos), co-sponsored by Hellenic College-Holy Cross School of Theology, the Metropolis of Boston, and St. Catherine’s Vision (SCV).

Professor James Skedros, Dean of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of theology warmly greeted Metropolitan Kallistos to the campus.  Dr. Skedros noted the rich contributions the life and work of Metropolitan Kallistos has made in the Orthodox Church throughout the world.  Following Dean Skedros, Dr. Kyriaki FitzGerald  Adjunct Professor in Theology at Holy Cross and Executive Director of St. Catherine’s Vision, stated, “this second Conference on Divine Compassion provided the opportunity for Orthodox Christians to appreciate a little more deeply the reality of Divine Compassion,  theia eleos,  and the various ways this influences the life and participation of women and men within the Church and society.”

Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh, a former doctoral student of Metropolitan Kallistos, was invited to introduce Metropolitan Kallistos. 

Metropolitan Kallistos began his keynote address with, “In the Jesus Prayer, mercy is the link between the glory of God and the sinner.” His presentation focused not only on God’s compassion but also the suffering that Christ experienced while on earth. He is the “wounded healer” and he does this with the “salvation exchange” expressed by St. Athanasius:  “God became man so man could become God.” 

Regarding the ministry of women, two schools of thought were pointed out on the gifts of women and men.    One school, of which Metropolitan Kallistos expresses some “reservations”, is associated with the work of Professor Paul Evdokimov (1901-1970), who argues that man is represented in a particular manner by Christ and woman is represented in a particular manner by the Holy Spirit.  Another school of theological thinking is represented by the early church Fathers who, for the most part, emphasize the humanness (as anthropos) of Christ and all persons, stressing in his conclusions that “we must be careful when distinguishing the gifts of men and women.  All diakonia (service) “means laying down your life for others . . . both men and women.”

A day-long series of presentations related to the conference theme followed the next day. The presenters were:  Dr. Despina Prassas (Providence College and Holy Cross), Iulia Curtright, Ph.D. cand.,(Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Lincoln, Nebraska) engaging themes related to: “Incarnated Mercy: The Theotokos and the Saints”;  Fr. Robert  and Matushka Susan Arida (Holy Trinity Church, Boston MA) engaging themes related to “The Healing of Relationships concerning ‘Adam and Eve’, Today”; Kh. Christina Reimann, MA., M.Ed., CADCII,  (St. Anthony the Great Church, San Diego, CA), Dr. George Stavros (Boston University Danielsen Institute), engaging themes related to “Encountering Divine Compassion through Everyday Relationships: Home, Community and the Workplace”; Dr. Fotini Kapsalis (Trinity College, Eastern and Orthodox Christian Studies Program, Toronto, CA), Dr. Kyriaki FitzGerald  (Adjunct Professor in Theology, Holy Cross and Saint Catherine’s Vision, Executive Director), engaging themes on Divine Compassion: Women, Worship and Ministry; Pres. Athanasia Kostakis, M.Div., MSW, D.Min. cand., (Holy Trinity Church, Dallas, TX) offered the “Saint Catherine’s Vision Young Scholar’s Initiative” pre-conference seminar on: “Resilience in Lay-Ministry from and Orthodox Perspective”.

Metropolitan Kallistos closed the conference noting the uniqueness of every human person; as “no one is redundant” while still being created in the image and after the likeness of God.  He also stressed that we need to “continue to explore new ways for the roles of women in the Church . . .  and that compassion transforms our relationships with others.”

SCV is a Pan-Orthodox organization of women theologians and other lay servant-leaders dedicated to developing and implementing spiritually and theologically sound initiatives “for the building up of the body of Christ” (Ep.4:12) and is endorsed by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America. 

June 23, 2014

Praise God and thanks to everyone who participated at the Divine Compassion and Women of the Church: Theological Perspectives conference!  It was a huge success!  Stay tuned to our website and our facebook page at www.facebook.com/SaintCatherinesVision for pictures and videos coming soon!

May 7, 2014

Divine Compassion and Women of the Church: Theological Perspectives Conference to Take Place at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology June 20-21, 2014

Divine Compassion and Women of the Church: Theological Perspectives  is the theme  for the second in a series of conferences to take place at HCHC June 20 & 21, 2014.The  Conference Opens  Friday evening  June  20th  at 7pm with honored guest speakers followed  by an opening  reception at  the  Maliotis  Center on the  HCHC  campus.

“It is very gratifying for us to be co-sponsoring this conference with the Metropolis of Boston and Saint Catherine’s Vision. We are delighted and honored that His Eminence, Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia will be delivering the keynote address engaging the theme, ‘Divine Compassion and the Ministry of Women in the Church,’ stated Professor James Skedros, Interim Dean of Holy Cross.

“Truly, it is our joy and privilege to welcome into our midst, His Eminence Metropolitan Kallistos.  His love of Scripture and the Church Fathers, scholarly acumen, teaching, pastoral experience and writing (from which a great many have benefitted, including myself), have made him a unique witness and contributor to the life of the Church today.  We welcome him to Boston with open arms and hearts!”

“Engaging this important topic through the lens of Divine Compassion, we believe, may inspire further theological and spiritual reflection in a number of other facets of Orthodox Christian life.”

“Divine Compassion, the “eleos” of God is Love Applied. Divine Compassion is at the very heart of what it means to be a human person and at the same time, what it means to be a member of the Church.  There will be a specific focus during our two days together on how Divine Compassion influences the participation and ministry of women (and men!) within the life of the Church.” stated Dr. Kyriaki FitzGerald, Adjunct Professor of Theology at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and  Director of Saint Catherine’s Vision.

Saint Catherine’s Vision is an association of women theologians and other lay servant-leaders, blessed by the Canonical Assembly of Orthodox Bishops in North and Central America.  “We pray that Orthodox Christians, interested friends and persons in active service to the Church, especially, will make the time and join us,” stated Dr. FitzGerald. 

The two day Conference will be held  at  the  Maliotis  Center  on Hellenic College Holy Cross  Campus presenting distinguished speakers who will highlight a select number of dimensions of theology, Church life, and human life, itself, regarding the “eleos”, the Compassion of God, from an Orthodox perspective.

Topics and speakers in the program are: Divine Compassion, as Incarnated Mercy: The Theotokos and Women Saints, by Dr. Despina Prassas and Iulia Curtright, Ph.D. cand.; Divine Compassion and the Healing of Relationships between ‘Adam and Eve’, Today, by Fr. Robert and Matushka Susan Arida; Encountering Divine Compassion through Everyday Relationships: Home, Community and the Workplace, Dr. George Stavros and Kh. Christina Reimann, M.A., M.Ed., CADA II; Encountering Divine Compassion: Women, Worship and Ministry, Dr. Fotini Kapsalis and Dr. Kyriaki FitzGerald.  There is also a pre-conference seminar scheduled on Resilience in Lay Ministry from an Orthodox Perspective, offered by Pres. Athanasia Kostakis, M.Div., MSW, D.Min., cand..

May 2, 2014

Registration is now open for the Divine Compassion and Women of the Church: Theological Perspectives conference at Hellenic College Holy Cross School of Theology on June 20-21, 2014.    Click here to register now!

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April 8, 2014

Divine Compassion and Women of the Church with keynote address by His Eminence Metropolitan Kallistos Ware will be held on June 20-21, 2014.  Save the date as registration will be opening soon!

December 28, 2013

SaVe ThE dAtE for our upcoming conference Divine Compassion and Women of the Church! Tentative dates for the conference are June 20-21, 2014.  

December 9, 2013

The Divine Compassion Conference: Orthodox Christians in Service of Perfect Love was co-sponsored by Hellenic College Holy Cross, the Metropolis of Boston and Saint Catherine’s Vision on November 14-16, 2013, was a fruitful success!  Over one hundred participants from the USA, Canada, and Europe gathered to discuss theological, ministerial, and caregiving aspects of God’s love and compassion. Click here to read more and view photos from the conference.

 

Meet Some of the Featured Speakers:

                        

Metropolitan Methodios  Bishop John        V.Rev.Fr.Roberto Ubertino

                          

Dr. Lewis Patsavos         Dr. Beth Dunlop                Rev. Dr. Ioan Sauca

                                        

Dr. Timothy Patitsas     Rev.Dr.Tom FitzGerald  Dr. Kyriaki FitzGerald

                           

Dr. Peter Bouteneff         Dr. George Stavros       Dr. Despina Prassas

                          

 Presb.Maria Drossos         Vera Proctor             Dr. James Skedros

                         

Dr. Tony Vrame      Fr. Demetrius Nicoloudakis    

V.Rev.Fr. Antony Hughes

Video footage and photographs from this event will be posted on Saint Catherine’s Vision website soon.  For further information about SCV’s initiative “Divine Compassion and Human Trafficking” visit: http://saintcatherinesvision.com/collaborative-work/divine-compassion-and-human-trafficking.                                        

                                        

                                       

Professor Evangelos Theodorou’s original research in Greek on deaconesses is now available!

Click on the links below: 

 Volume I Heroines of Love: Deaconesses through the Age

Volume II Ordination or Appointment of Deaconesses

                                       

 

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