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Huffington Ecumenical Institute

Speakers for the Fall 2010 HEI Lecture:
Mary, Mother of God: Bridge to Unity?


Fr. Deacon Nicholas Denysenko

Fr. Deacon Nicholas Denysenko, newly-appointed assistant professor of liturgy at LMU, holds a B.S. in business from the University of Minnesota (1994), an M.Div. from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in liturgical studies from the Catholic University of America. His research interests center on liturgical theology, particularly festal celebrations in the Byzantine liturgical tradition, Mariology, mystagogy, and contemporary pastoral theology. In 2007 he published “The Soteriology of the Feast of Mary’s Birth” in Theological Studies, and has two forthcoming articles on pastoral liturgy in the Byzantine tradition. A native of Minnesota, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife, Tresja, and their daughter.


Rev. Fr. Dorian Llywelyn, S.J.

Rev. Fr. Dorian Llywelyn, S.J, acting director of the Huffington Ecumenical Institute since 2007, is an assistant professor of Christian spirituality at LMU, where he teaches classes in Mariology, theology and literature, iconography, hagiography, systematic theology, and faith and culture.  He holds degrees in English and theology from the University of Cambridge, the Pontificia Universidad de Salamanca, the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and the University of Wales. He is the author of Sacred Place, Chosen People: Land and National Identity in Welsh Spirituality, and Toward a Catholic Theology of Nationality.  A native of Wales, he is a member of the California Province of the Society of Jesus.


David A. Sanchez, Ph.D.

Dr. David A. Sanchez is an assistant professor of New Testament Studies at Loyola Marymount University.  He is currently the Vice-President and President Elect of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States, the Book Review Editor for the Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology, and the forthcoming Book Review Editor for the Journal of the American Academy of Religion.  Prof. Sanchez holds an M.A. in Biblical Studies from the School of Theology at Claremont and a M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Christian Origins and Early Christianity from Union Theological Seminary, New York.  He is the author of the award-winning book, From Patmos to the Barrio: Subverting Imperial Myths.


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