Book Release for Encountering Women of Faith:
The St. Catherine's Vision Collection, Vol. 1

Title: Encountering Women of Faith: The St. Catherine's Vision Collection, Vol. 1
Editor: Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald
Publisher: InterOrthodox Press
Place and Date of Publication: California, 2006
ISBN: 1-932401-07-5
Price: $14.95
Availability: InterOrthodox Press (the publishing arm of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute): (510) 649-3450. The book is also available through the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology bookstore by calling (617) 731-3500.

Encountering Women of Faith is co-authored by members of the Board of St. Catherine’s Vision, a group of women theologians seeking to serve God with all their mind, heart and strength. This book is pivotal in its inspiring presentation of women saints--of those who fought the good fight--and their influence on us, as we struggle for sainthood in this modern age.. It is also an historic book, since it is a Pan-Orthodox initiative, an initiative blessed by SCOBA, this is also the first book written to honor women everywhere who have pursued Orthodox theological studies, as well as all women who have dedicated themselves to Christian service.

Each chapter is written from a carefully explored theological, spiritual and contemporary perspective. The stories of St. Susanna, St. Elizabeth Feodorovna, the New Martyr, St. Melania the Younger, St. Olympias the Deaconess, St. Xenia of Petersburg and Fool for Christ, St. Mary Magdalene, St. Catherine, and the Myrrh-bearing Women are told by women who share their stories. Inspiring, revealing, funny, and sad, the authors explore how the witness of these women have influenced their lives.

Authors included are Susan Ariada, Hilary Chala, Julia Corduneanu, Barbara K. Harris, Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald, Nikki Stournaras, Eleni Simmons, Valerie G. Zahirsky.

Table of Contents:

Introduction: The Veneration of Saints as a Christian Practice
Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald

Saints Susanna: Stories of Deception and Revelation
Susan Arida

The New Martyr Elizabeth Feodorovna
Hilary Chala

Saint Melania the Younger – Philanthropist
Eleni C. Simmons

Deaconess Olympias: A Sister in the Faith
Valerie G. Zahirsky

Kenosis: Divine Domination or Voluntary Transformation? A Lesson from St. Xenia, the Homeless Wanderer of St. Petersburg and Fool-for-Christ
Barbara K. Harris

Love Overcoming Adversity: The Life of St. Melania the Younger
Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald

An Invitation to Join Christ and Mary Magdalene at the Tomb: A Personal Confession
Nikki Stournaras

Education as Doxology
Learning from St. Catherine’s Vision
Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald

Women Disciples Who Boast to the Apostles: Brief Paschal Reflections on the Good News
Iulia Corduneanu

About the Authors and St. Catherine's Vision

St. Catherine's Vision is a group of women graduates of Orthodox Theological Schools that have come together (with the blessing of SCOBA) to help harness the skills and knowledge of women graduates in the service of the Church. A planning committee has been established and has been working for over three years. The goal of the committee is to identify women graduates, solicit their interests and participation, and to select and prioritize projects that will benefit the Church.

For more information or to assist with the initiatives of St. Catherine's Vision, visit the group's website at the URL, or contact the group through email at

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