Biography of Fr. Thomas FitzGerald


Fr. Thomas FitzGerald, Th.D., is a Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. He is the Professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. He recently completed serving for seven years as Dean of Holy Cross.

A graduate of Suffolk University, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Boston University School of Theology, he received his doctorate in Theology with highest honors from the School of Theology at the University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

Fr. Thomas frequently represents the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese at theological conferences and ecumenical consultations. He is the Orthodox Executive Secretary of the Orthodox–Roman Catholic Bilateral Theological Consultation in North America. He is a consultant for the Committee on Ecumenical Relations and the Committee on Theological Education of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops. He represented the Ecumenical Patriarchate on the executive staff of the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland from 1994 to 2000. In this position, he met with church leaders in over twenty countries.

His publications include: The Orthodox Church in America (1995), The Ecumenical Patriarchate and Christian Unity (1997, 2009), and The Ecumenical Movement (2004). He has edited: Servant of the Gospel: Studies in Honor of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew (2011), Restoring the Unity of Faith: The Orthodox-Oriental Orthodox Theological Dialogue (2007) and Turn to God: Rejoice in Hope: Orthodox Reflections on the Way to Harare (1998). With his wife, Dr. Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald, they have written Living the Beatitudes: Perspectives from Orthodox Spirituality (2000, 2006).