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Eleanor Malburg Eastern Churches Seminar

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Notre Dame and the 38th year of the College’s collaboration with Byzantine Catholic, Orthodox and Roman Catholic eparchies and dioceses


38th Annual Eleanor Malburg Eastern Churches Seminar
Saturday, October 28, 2023


Frederica Mathewes-Green
“Praying the Jesus Prayer”
St. Mary Romanian Orthodox Cathedral
3256 Warren Road, Cleveland, OH 44111


10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


This event is free and open to the public.


Doors open at 10 a.m.

  • 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Presentation
  • 11:30 a.m. to noon: Q & A with the presenter;
  • noon: Tours of the Romanian Ethnic Art Museum

In this seminar, Frederica Mathewes-Green presents insights into the ancient desert prayer that tunes the heart to God. The Jesus Prayer “has historically been passed on face-to-face, from one Christ-loving person to the next, down the generations ever since the desert saints. . . As you form the habit of saying this prayer in the back of your mind all the time, it soaks into you, like dye into cotton, and colors the way you encounter every person and circumstance you meet.”

Frederica Mathewes-Green is a wide-ranging author of eight books, including The Illumined Heart, The Open Door, and Mary as Early Christians Knew Her. She is the Khouria (spiritual mother) of Holy Cross Orthodox Church near Baltimore.

NOTE: This presentation will be videotaped before a live audience for future viewing on YouTube through collaboration with Notre Dame College of Ohio.

Pre-registration is required. Register online at

About The Eleanor Malburg Eastern Churches Seminar

Each year, Notre Dame College celebrates its collaboration with Byzantine Catholic, Orthodox and Roman Catholic eparchies and dioceses in sponsoring the Eleanor Malburg Eastern Churches Seminar, which is free and open to the public. Offerings are accepted during the event.

The Eleanor Malburg Eastern Churches Seminar is an annual dialogue between the clergy, bishops and laity of the Orthodox and Catholic churches in the Greater Cleveland area. It began with the shared vision of Fran Babic, former director of the Lifelong Learning Center at the College, and Notre Dame alumna the late Eleanor Malburg ’84, administrative assistant in the College’s Pastoral Ministry Office.

The program is open to all Christians—Eastern and Western Traditions—and to all those interested in deepening their understanding of the Eastern Churches. Clergy, deacons, religious, seminarians and the faithful of our Churches are especially encouraged to participate.

The Notre Dame Department of Theology, in collaboration with Orthodox, Byzantine and Roman Catholic churches, presents the Eleanor Malburg Eastern Churches Seminar with the hope that knowledge and ecumenical dialogue will lead to greater understanding and mutual respect.

The Eastern Churches Seminar planning committee, comprised of clergy and laity from the Orthodox, Byzantine Catholic and Roman Catholic traditions, seeks patrons to help defray seminar expenses. Donors contributing at least $100 will be listed on the patron page of the seminar program.

Past Lectures

The 37th annual Eleanor Malburg Eastern Churches Seminar


“After the Deluge: What It Will Mean to Be Church in Post-pandemic Times”

The Most Rev. John Michael Botean, bishop of the Romanian Eparchy
of St. George the Martyr in Canton
View now or click here to watch on the Notre Dame College YouTube Channel
Beginning November 1, 2021

Please complete this 1-minute online survey after viewing.

Notre Dame College and co-sponsors presented the 36th Eleanor Malburg Eastern Churches Seminar:

Very Reverend Alexander Garklavs
Eucharist in Art and Life

As the first virtual presentation in its 36-year history during 2020


In the Christian traditions of East and West, Eucharist and art hold much in common. Both have sensory and spiritual dimensions. Both bring people together. Both transform minds and hearts. Both feed the soul’s hunger for personal meaning and interpersonal communion. Both express praise and thanks to God. And both the Eucharist and the arts are about living life to the full. The Eucharist has inspired countless masterpieces of visual, musical, and literary art. In tum, the arts have added beauty and joy to the celebration of Eucharist. The interplay of Eucharist, art, and life is the focus of Father Alexander Garklavs’ presentation for this year’s Eastern Churches Seminar. Father Garklavs is currently pastor of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Parma, Ohio. He formerly served as chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America.