International Inter-Orthodox Conference Discusses Women in Ministry

International Inter-Orthodox Conference Discusses Women in Ministry


Dr. Kyriaki FitzGerald, Adjunct Professor of Theology at Holy Cross, joined Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia to offer the keynote presentations at a conference on Orthodox Women’s Ministry held at Heythrop College in London on September 11-13, 2015. Both spoke on the theme “The Call to Holiness: The Role of the Laity in the Orthodox Church.”

The Inter-Orthodox conference was sponsored by the Coptic Orthodox Church and received the blessing of Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria. The gathering brought together over two hundred participants from eight countries and a number of Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches.

The conference was organized by Donna Marie Risk, a 2008 graduate from Holy Cross and now a doctoral candidate in Patristics at King’s College, London. Other speakers included Dr. Mariz Tadros, formerly of the American University in Cairo; Emmanuel Gergis, founder of the St. Cyril Orthodox Society and College; and Fr. Seraphim El-Baramousy from the Monastery of St. Mary El Baramous near Alexandria, Egypt.


More news from Holy Cross School of Theology:

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 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.

More information can be found on the websites of cosponsors: Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology,  The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston, and Saint Catherine’s Vision, inc., .


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