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For the first time in the nearly 40-year history of Notre Dame College’s Eastern Churches Seminar, the event will debut on the College’s website and YouTube channel. 

Notre Dame and its co-sponsors will present the 36th annual Eleanor Malburg Eastern Churches Seminar featuring the Very Rev. Alexander Garklavs’ discussion “Eucharist in Art and Life” as a virtual presentation on Sunday, October 25. The presentation will be available at no cost on and  

Offerings are accepted and can be made online, over the phone, via email or by U.S. mail. Details for making a donation are available online. Note that your donation is intended for the Malburg Seminar. 

Eucharist in Art and Life

The Eucharist has inspired countless masterpieces of visual, musical and literary art in the Christian traditions of East and West. The arts have added beauty and joy to the celebration of Eucharist. The interplay of Eucharist, art and life is the focus of the presentation for this year’s Eastern Churches Seminar.  

Both the Eucharist and art have sensory and spiritual dimensions, bring people together, transform minds and hearts, feed the soul’s hunger for personal meaning and interpersonal communion, and express praise and thanks to God. Both the Eucharist and the arts also are about living life to the full.  

The Very Rev. Alexander Garklavs

Garklavs graduated from Tulane University and from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary. He was ordained to the holy priesthood in 1982. He served parishes in Buffalo and East Meadow, New York, and currently serves as pastor of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Parma, Ohio.

He was the chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America, chaired the church’s Pastoral Life Department and has served on numerous diocesan and national church departments and commissions. He has been married for 40 years to Carol, who is a social worker, and is father of two sons and grandfather of two boys.

“I appreciate being a participating member of the Eastern Christian Seminar group since coming to Ohio in 2012,” he said.   

The Eleanor Malburg Eastern Churches Seminar

Each year, Notre Dame College and its Department of Theology celebrates its collaboration with Byzantine Catholic, Orthodox and Roman Catholic eparchies and dioceses in sponsoring the Eleanor Malburg Eastern Churches Seminar. The presentation is an annual dialogue between the clergy, bishops and laity of the Orthodox and Catholic churches in the Greater Cleveland area. 

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 parishioners are encouraged to participate. The College presents the Eleanor Malburg Eastern Churches Seminar with the hope that knowledge and ecumenical dialogue will lead to greater understanding and mutual respect. 

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


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.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or