I am a Lecturer in Early Christian Literature and Byzantine Theology at Liverpool Hope University. My experience is quite unique. After the fall of communism, I began my theological education in Ukraine and entered the Lviv Theological Academy (later on transformed into the Ukrainian Catholic University) at the moment when the theological tradition had just been revived. Shortly thereafter, I continued my studies at the Faculty of Theology at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), where I obtained my Master in Religious Studies as well as my Master and Doctoral Degree in Theology.
My research interests
lie mostly in early Christian literature, the writings of the Apostolic Fathers
(1st – 2nd centuries) in particular, as well as later Patristic writings of the
Byzantine period, including Old Slavonic transmission of early Christian
literature. Within this field I focus on theological controversies (esp.
Christology), liturgical practices (especially baptism, Eucharist, prayer),
discipline (community formation, hierarchy, church orders), textual
transmission, etc. My interest in Christian origins and later Byzantine period
is not limited to history alone, since I consider the encounter with the past
as an excellent resource and opportunity for theological reflections today. In
view of this, I deal also with more recent Eastern Christian theological trends
(especially those from the 20th century) and contemporary ecumenical issues
(including Catholic-Orthodox relations). In addition, I consider that the opportunity to live
in different countries, Ukraine, Belgium and now the UK, and travel around the
world has triggered my interest in history and culture more generally.
As a Catholic priest, I am involved in pastoral care of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church in the UK and in chaplaincy at St Edward's College in Liverpool.