Notre Dame College Presents Acclaimed Religious Scholar, Author at 34th Eastern Churches Seminar

Notre Dame College will present internationally acclaimed scholar, author and lecturer, Sr. Vassa Larin, as the distinguished speaker at the 34th annual Eleanor Malburg Eastern Churches Seminar.

Larin, an American-born Russian Orthodox nun and host of the online show "Coffee with Sr. Vassa," will present "Timeless Christianity in a Changing World" in the College’s Regina Auditorium on Sunday, October 21, from 3-5 p.m. The Auditorium is located at 1857 South Green Road, South Euclid, OH 44121.

The seminar is open to the public and free of charge, though free will offerings are welcome.

Larin teaches liturgical studies at the Catholic Theological Faculty of the University of Vienna in Austria. She is author of numerous scholarly articles, including a monograph on Byzantine liturgy and theology. She is an outspoken expert on current issues of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR).

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

Larin's online and multimedia ministry includes more than 60 catechetical videos translated into over 12 languages and used by Christian educators worldwide; original, daily reflections on Scripture provided to more than 2,000 email subscribers; and audio podcasts, social media blog posts and more.

About Sr. Vassa Larin

Born to the family of a Russian Orthodox priest in New York, Larin graduated from Nyack, N.Y., High School and enrolled at Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pa., at the age of 16. Three years later, she left college to enter the Lesna Convent of the ROCOR in Provement, France, where she received extensive academic and spiritual novitiate training.

She went on to earn a master’s degree in orthodox theology and a doctorate summa cum laude with a dissertation on the Byzantine hierarchal liturgy, both from the Orthodox Institute of the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Germany. Her dissertation, The Byzantine Hierarchal Divine Liturgy in Arsenij Suxanov’s Proskinitarij, was published in 2010 as volume 286 of the academic series Orientalia Christiana Analecta.

Larin is a member of the Commission of the Inter-Council Presence of the Russian Orthodox Church: the Commission on Liturgy and Church Art and the Commission of the Inter-Council Presence of the Russian Orthodox Church: the Commission on Canon Law. She is a founding member of the Society of Oriental Liturgies and a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy.

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

October 2018

About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

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