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Donna Rizk Asdourian, Ph.D.


Dr. Donna Rizk comes from the traditions of the Coptic and Armenian Orthodox Church. She holds a BA from the University of Hawaii in English and Education, a Master of Theological Studies (MTS) from Holy Cross Orthodox Theological Seminary in Boston, MA. She then studied a year at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley in Liturgy and then lived in Vienna, Austria to study German and took more studies in Eastern Liturgy. After Vienna, she moved to Oxford and completed her second Masters in Eastern Christian Studies with emphasis in Armenian and Greek language and history. Her Master’s thesis focused on deification in the writings of the early Alexandrian fathers. Donna holds her doctorate in Theology from King’s University in London on the work of a second century apologist, Aristides of Athens. Her research interests include Coptic and Armenian history and theology, Women’s role in the Church, Eastern liturgical studies, and Patristics.

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