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Eleanor Malburg Eastern Churches Seminar

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

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Beginning November 1, 2021

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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 seminar celebrated its 35th annual program in 2019.

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.

For more information, contact Sr. Karita Ivancic, associate professor of theology at Notre Dame, at 216.373.5357 or

Past Lectures

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.