Yury Avvakumov

Yury Avvakumov

Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor of Theology
History of Christianity

Education

M.A. in Classics, Leningrad State University (1981);

Ph.D. equivalent in Orthodox Theology, Russian Orthodox Theological Seminary and Academy in St. Petersburg (1990);

Dr. Theol. in Catholic Theology, Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich (2001).

Recent Publications

Books:
2011. Витоки унійного богослов‘я. Проблема церковної єдності в обрядових дискусіях між Римом і Константинополем в ХІ-ХІІІ ст. [The Origins of the Unionist Theology. Church Unity in Ritual Controversies between Rome and Constantinople, XI–XIII centuries]. Lemberg: Ukrainian Catholic University Press. 
 
2004. Mитрополит Андрей Шептицький і греко-католики в Росії. Документи і матеріали  1898–1944. У двох книгах. Кн. 1: Документи і матеріяли 1899–1917. [Metropolitan Andrej Sheptytskyj and Greco-Catholics in Russia. Documents and Materials, 1898–1944. Vol. 1: Documents and Materials 1899–1917. Documents in Russian, French, Italian, Latin, Polish, German, Ukrainian]. Lviv: Ukrainian Catholic University Press.
 
2002. Die Entstehung des Unionsgedankens. Die lateinische Theologie des Hochmittelalters in der Auseinandersetzung mit dem Ritus der Ostkirche [The Origins of the Idea of Church Union. Medieval Latin Theology Confronts the Rite of the Eastern Church] (Veröffentlichungen des Grabmann-Institutes 47). Berlin: Akademie-Verlag.
 
Co-edited with Mark Smirnov. 1996. Religion und Gesellschaft im postsowjetischen Raum. Sammlung von Aufsätzen [Religion and Society in the Post-Soviet Space. A Collection of Papers]. Würzburg: Verlag “Der christliche Osten.”
 
With Grigorij Protopopov and Aleksej Judin. 1992. Cattolici in Russia e Ucraina [Catholics in Russia and Ukraine]. Milano: Casa di Matriona.  
 

Book Chapters:

2014. “Sacramental Theology of the Byzantine Christianity, 9th-15th centuries,” in Hans Boersma and Matthew Levering, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Sacramental Theology. Oxford University Press.

2014. “Encounter with the Christian East,” in Thomas Prügl and Joseph Wawrykow, eds., The Cambridge History of Later Medieval Theology. Cambridge University Press.

2014. “Переднє слово до українського видання” [Introduction to the Ukrainian edition] in: Cyrille Korolevskij, Metropolite André Szeptyckyj, 1865-1944 (Opera theologicae societatis scientificae Ucrainorum, vol. XVI-XVII). Transl. into Ukrainian. Lviv: Svichado, 2014, pp. iii-xvii.

2012. “Переднє слово до українського видання” [Introduction to the Ukrainian edition] in: Ihor Mončak. Florentine Ecumenism in the Kievan Church. The Theology of Ecumenism Applied to the Individual Church of Kyiv. Transl. into Ukrainian. Lviv: Ukrainian Catholic University Press, 2012, pp. ix-xvi.

2011. “The Controversy over the Baptismal Formula under Pope Gregory IX,” in M. Hinterberger and Ch. D. Schabel, eds., Greeks, Latins, and Intellectual History, 1204-1500. Leuven etc.: Peeters, 2011, pp. 69-84 (Recherches de théologie et philosophie médiévales. Bibliotheca; 11).

2011. “Ekumenizm wymiaru powszechnego: dziedzictwo metropolity Andrzeja Szeptyckiego w kontekście sporu o bizantyjstwo na Ukrainie i w Rosji w pierwszych trzech dekadach XX wieku” [Ecumenism of a Catholic Dimension. The Heritage of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky in the Context of the Controversy on “Byzantinism” in Ukraine and Russia in the 20th century. In Ukrainian, summary in Polish], in A. R. Szeptycki, ed., Kościoł, naród, państwo. Działalność s dziedzictwo metropolity Andrzeja Szeptyckiego (1865-1944). Wrocław-Warszawa: Kolegium Europy Wschodniej-Fundacija Rodu Szeptyckich, 2011, pp. 51-105. 

 

 

Biography

Yury Avvakumov’s main area of research lies in medieval ecclesiology and sacramental theology, especially within the context of the Latin-Byzantine relations in the Middle Ages. He also specializes in the history of Russian and Ukrainian theology and in the history of the Eastern Catholic Churches, from their medieval beginnings to the present day.

He authored a monograph on the controversies between Latins and Byzantines on the sacraments and their implications for medieval ecclesiology: “The Origins of the Idea of Church Union. The Latin Theology of the High Middle Ages Confronting the Rite of the Eastern Church” (DieEntstehung des Unionsgedankens. Die lateinische Theologie des Hochmittelalters in der Auseinandersetzung mit dem Ritus der Ostkirche. Berlin 2002). He also contributed chapters to a number of collective works, in particular: “Medieval Thought. Ideas, Debates and Personalities in the Context” (Mittelalterliches Denken. Debatten, Ideen und Gestalten im Kontext. Darmstadt 2007); “From the Schism to the Crusades, 1054-1204” (Vom Schisma zu den Kreuzzügen, 1054-1204. Paderborn 2005); “The Idea of the Church and Spirituality. Dominican Contributions to the Ecclesiology and to the Church Life in the Middle Ages” (Kirchenbild und Spiritualität. Dominikanische Beiträge zur Ekklesiologie und zum kirchlichen Leben im Mittelalter.  Wien 2007), as well as numerous articles to such scholarly journals as Munchener Theologische Zeitschrift, Ostkirchliche Studien, Una Sancta, Communicantes, Bogoslovskie trudy (“Theological Studies”, Moscow), Bohoslovja (“Theology”, Lviv).

Avvakumov’s main contribution to the history of the Eastern-rite Catholics in Russia and Ukraine is his edition of the documents from the recently opened archives in Lviv, Ukraine: “Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytskyi and the Greco-Catholics in Russia, 1899-1917” (Vol. 1. Lviv 2004. Vol. 2 in progress).

He is currently working on a project on the ecclesiology of the 12th century, with special reference to the canonistic texts of the period.

Before coming to Notre Dame in 2010, Prof. Avvakumov held numerous academic, administrative, and pastoral positions in Russia, Germany and the Ukraine. He is currently a member of the Board of Theological Experts at the Patriarchal Curia of the Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church in Kyiv, Ukraine. 

Contact

429 Malloy Hall
(574) 631-7153
avvakumov.1@nd.edu