Nicholas E. Denysenko

Assistant Professor of Theological Studies
Department of Theological Studies
Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive, Suite 3700
Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659, USA
University Hall 3764
Phone: 310-568-6235xx


Academic Background

  • B.S., University of Minnesota, 1994
  • M.Div., St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, 2000
  • Ph.D., The Catholic University of America, 2008

Current Areas of Research

Currently researching Byzantine rite of Chrismation for a forthcoming book. Developing new research on contemporary Orthodox architecture in America. Ongoing research projects include an analysis of the ecclesiological situation of Orthodoxy in Ukraine; a case study of contemporary Russian Orthodox piety; a historical study of the confessions of faith in the Byzantine rite of episcopal ordination; and the history of the Byzantine Christmas and Lenten Liturgical cycles.

Courses Currently Teaching

Dr. Denysenko specializes in the area of liturgy and sacraments. He is teaching Eastern Christian Traditions in Fall 2012;  Introduction to Christian Theology and The Rites in Spring 2012. He taught and Liturgical Theology in Summer 2012.

Professional Bio

Son of post-World War II immigrants from Ukraine, he is a native of Minnesota, he has studied and worked in New York and Washington, DC. Dr. Denysenko was a full-time music director at St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral in Minneapolis, and worked as a marketing professional for Augsburg Fortress and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Dr. Denysenko has taught at The Catholic University of America, George Washington University, and at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (summers). He is an ordained deacon of the Orthodox Church in America and author of The Blessing of Waters and Epiphany, (Ashgate, 2012).


Selected Publications


  • The Blessing of Waters and Epiphany, (Ashgate, 2012). More information available here: Blessing of Waters and Epiphany
  • "Rituals and Prayers of Forgiveness in Byzantine Lent," Worship, forthcoming.
  • Review of Maxwell Johnson, ed., Issues in Eucharistic Praying in East and West: Essays in Liturgical and Theological Analysis (Liturgical Press, 2010), Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies, forthcoming.
  • "Baptismal Themes in the Byzantine Blessing of Waters on Theophany," Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies, forthcoming.
  • "The Revision of the Roman Missal: An Orthodox Reflection," Worship, forthcoming. Review of R. Kevin Seasoltz, God’s Gift Giving: In Christ and Through the Spirit (Continuum, 2007), in St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly 55 (2011) 110-113.
  • "Towards an Agenda for Byzantine Pastoral Liturgy: A Response to Peter Galadza," Bolletino della Badia Greca di Grottaferrata 7 (2010) 45-68."
  • A Proposal for Renewing Liturgy in the Twenty-First Century," Studia Liturgica 40 (2010) 231-259."Psalm 81: Announcing the Resurrection on Holy Saturday," Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies 50 (2009): 55-88.
  • "The Life in Christ by Nicholas Cabasilas: A Mystagogical Work," Studia Liturgica 38 (2008) 242-260."The Soteriological Significance of the Feast of Mary’s Birth," in Theological Studies 68 (2007) 739-760.
  • "The Revision of the Vigil Service," in St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly 51 (2007) 221-51.


Latest News

Dr. Denysenko is currently serving as the Director of the Huffington Ecumenical Institute at Loyola Marymount University.