Yury P. Avvakumov

Yury P. Avvakumov

Associate Professor
Associate Professor of Theology
History of Christianity


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

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 and Journal Articles:

2017. “The Mavericks. Ukrainian Greco-Catholics, Past and Present,” in Thomas Bremer and Andrii Krawchuk (eds.), Ukraine: Challenges for the Churches (Basingstoke UK: Palgrave Macmillan) 

2017. Book review: How the Jesuits Survived Their Suppression. The Society of Jesus in the Russian Empire (1773-1814). By Marek Inglot SJ. Edited and translated by Daniel L. Schlafly (Philadelphia: Saint Joseph’s University Press, 2015. xvii + 305 pp.). June 2017 issue of Church History (Cambridge University Press).

2017. “Anselm of Havelberg as ‘Ecumenist’: Fiction and History”, in Irene Bueno and Camille Rouxpetel (eds.), Les récits historiques entre Orient et Occident, XIIe-XVe siècles (Rome: Collection de l’École française de Rome) 

2017. “Western ‘Confessions’ and Eastern Christianity”, in Kenneth Appold and Nelson Minnich (eds.), Cambridge History of Reformation Theology, c. 1500-c.1675 (Cambridge University Press)

2017. “Leaven. Patristics and Orthodox Churches”. Article for Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (de Guyter Publ.) 

2017. “Leaven. Medieval and Early Modern Latin Christianity”. Article for Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (de Guyter Publ.) 

2017.  “Renaissance Popes and Christian East,” in Nelson H. Minnich (ed.), Brill Companion to the Renaissance Papacy: from Florence to Trent (Brill Publ.) 

2017. “Encounter with the Christian East,” in Thomas Prügl and Joseph Wawrykow, eds., The Cambridge History of Later Medieval Theology (Cambridge University Press) 

2015. “Візантинізація і реформа: ‘Східний поворот’ Митрополита Андрея Шептицького в контексті богословсько-історичних суперечок першої третини ХХ століття” [“Byzantinization and Reform: The ‘Eastern Turn’ of Metropolitan Andrei Sheptytsky in the Context of Historical-Theological Controversies of the Early Twentieth Century” (in Ukrainian, with a summary in Engl.], in Ковчег. Науковий збірник з церковної історії [The Journal of Church History, L’viv] 7 (2015) 103-147.

2015. “Sacramental Ritual in Middle and Later Byzantine Theology: Ninth – Fifteenth Centuries,” in Hans Boersma and Matthew Levering, (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Sacramental Theology (Oxford etc.: Oxford University Press, 2015), 249-266.


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. 




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).

Dr. Avvakumov completed his studies in Orthodox theology in St. Petersburg, Russia, and his doctorate in Catholic theology at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. Prior to coming to Notre Dame in 2010, he held numerous academic, administrative, and pastoral positions in Germany, Ukraine, and Russia, including Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv where he served as Dean of Humanities and the founding chair of the Department of Classical, Byzantine, and Medieval Studies in 2006-2009. He was also a member of the Board of Theological Experts at the Patriarchal Curia of the Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church in Kyiv, Ukraine, in 2007-2011.


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