“Happy Birthday!”: Alumnae Contribute to New Book about Women Saints
17 June 2011 • On-Campus Event • By Deborah (Malacky) Belonick
Three seminary alumnae—Susan Arida, Stefanie Yova Yazge, and Valerie Zahirsky—are contributing authors to Encountering Women of Faith, volume II, a book that tells the stories of ten women saints within the Orthodox Christian tradition. Inside the book, readers will find the lives of Ss. Christina of Tyre, Juliana, Perpetua, Felicitas, Anna, Paula, Populia, Mother Maria Skobtsova, and Mary of Egypt, among others.
Each chapter of the volume contains a three-part format: a history of the saint and her service to community; a candid meditation by each author as to how the saint has touched her own life; and "Reflection and Discussion Questions" suitable to personal or group study. Appropriately, the title's "Happy Birthday" launch recently occurred at the "Women Disciples of the Lord" conference held on our campus from June 17–19, at which contemporary women serving the Lord in areas such as theological studies, education, chaplaincy, prison ministry, hospice, pastoral counseling, spiritual direction, philanthropy, publications, and missions made presentations.
The book's authors are all members of "St. Catherine's Vision," a group founded by and open to women graduates from all Orthodox Christian theological schools, with the mission to "study and support the many ways in which the people of God are called to contribute toward the building up of the body of Christ through education, spiritual renewal, and Orthodox unity." The newly released title is published by Holy Cross Orthodox Press and edited by Dr. Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald. The book is part of a the Saint Catherine's Vision Collection. The title will be available through our SVS Press & Bookstore in the near future.