Dr. Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald is a theologian, educator and licensed psychologist and serves as Adjunct Professor in Theology at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. The author of the book, Women Deacons in the Orthodox Church: Called to Holiness and Ministry, she is recognized as a leading expert in the subject of Orthodox deacons and the theology of ministry more generally. Her other writing includes Persons in Communion: A Theology of Authentic Relationships, Living Faithfully: The Beatitudes in Everyday Life (co-authored with Fr. Thomas FitzGerald), numerous articles in Orthodox and other academic journals, and the editor of and contributor to Encountering Women of Faith, St. Catherine's Vision Collection, Vol. 1 and 2.
Dr. FitzGerald pursued advanced graduate studies in dogmatic theology at the School of Theology of the University of Thessaloniki, Greece (under the mentorship of Fr. John Romanidis, of blessed memory) and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (under the mentorship of Metropolitan [then Father] Maximos Aghiorgoussis) where she earned her Master of Divinity degree. She subsequently was awarded her Ph.D from the Department of Theological and Religious Studies of Boston University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Dr. FitzGerald has also served on the graduate theological and/or clinical faculties of the Ecumenical Institute of the University of Geneva/World Council of Churches, St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, Andover-Newton Theological School, and Holy Cross Orthodox School of Theology. 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, and is invited to represent the Patriarchate of Constantinople at international ecumenical dialogues and meetings.