Church Fathers Non-Credit Course

Oct 6, 2015Nov 17, 2015
Gavin House
1220 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Scott D. MoringielloDePaul University

Paul Mankowski, SJLumen Christi Institute

Aaron CantySaint Xavier University

Andrew Radde-GallwitzUniversity of Notre Dame

Rev. Msgr. Michael HeintzUniversity of Notre Dame


6:00pm Buffet Dinner
6:30pm Lecture

Intended for current students and recent graduates of the University of Chicago. Others interested in attending please


“Greatness, depth, boldness, flexibility, certainty and flaming love—these virtues of youth are marks of patristic theology. Perhaps the Church will never again see the likes of such an array of larger-than-life figures such as mark the period from Irenaeus to Athanasius, Basil, Cyril, Chrysostom, Ambrose, and Augustine”
– Hans Urs von Balthasar, “The Fathers, the Scholastics, and Ourselves”

From the close of the apostolic age until the 8th century, the Church Fathers developed a vision of Christian wisdom, debated the nature of Christ, grace and free will, the role of the Church, and the meaning of a Christian life in the context of a changing social and political world. This series will introduce students to major figures and themes of the patristic period and convey their relevance to the life of faith today.

October 6
St. Ignatius of Antioch
Scott Moringiello, DePaul University

October 13
St. Irenaeus of Lyons
Scott Moringiello, DePaul University

October 20
St. Clement of Alexandria
Scott Moringiello, DePaul University

October 27
St. Jerome
Paul Mankowski, S.J., Lumen Christi Institute

November 3
St. Athanasius of Alexandria
Aaron Canty, Saint Xavier University

November 10
St. Gregory of Nyssa
Andrew Radde-Gallwitz, University of Notre Dame

November 17
Why the Fathers Still Matter
Msgr. Michael Heintz, University of Notre Dame


Scott D. Moringiello is Assistant Professor in the Department of Catholic Studies at DePaul University, where he teaches classes on Catholic theology and religion and literature. He holds a PhD in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, an MPhil from the Divinity Faculty at the University of Cambridge, and a BA in Philosophy and Classics from Williams College. His research interest include religious themes in contemporary literature and the history of biblical exegesis.

Paul Mankowski, SJ, is the Scholar-in-Residence at the Lumen Christi InstituteA native of South Bend, Indiana, and a member of the Society of Jesus, he has an A.B. from the University of Chicago, an M.A. from Oxford, and a PhD in Semitic Philology from Harvard University. He taught for many years at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and has published in the areas of language, theology, and the biblical text.

Aaron Canty is Professor of Religious Studies at Saint Xavier University. His current research focuses on the development of medieval Christology, eschatology, and scriptural exegesis. He is author of Light and Glory: The Transfiguration of Christ in Early Franciscan and Dominican Theology (Catholic University of America Press, 2011), A Companion to Job in the Middle Ages, eds. Franklin T. Harkins and Aaron Canty (Leiden: Brill, 2017), and an edition of excerpts from John of La Rochelle‚Äôs commentaries on the Synoptic Gospels (in Archivum Franciscanum Historicum).

Andrew Radde-Gallwitz is Assistant Professor in the Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He holds a PhD from Emory University and an MTS from Duke Divinity School. His research focuses on the intellectual history of Christianity in the second through the fifth centuries, especially on Christian doctrine, Platonism, and negative theology. He is author of Basil of Caesarea, Gregory of Nyssa, and the Transformation of Divine Simplicity, for which he received the Templeton Award for Theological Promise in 2011, and Gregory of Nyssa on the Trinity and Christ (forthcoming).

Reverend Monsignor Michael Heintz is an Associate Professor of Theology at Mount Saint Mary's Seminary. He holds a PhD in Historical Theology from the University of Notre Dame and an MDiv and M.A. from St. John’s Seminary. He is a diocesan priest and Rector of St. Matthew Cathedral in South Bend. Msgr. Heintz is currently completing a translation of Origen’s Homilies on the Psalms for inclusion in the Fathers of the Church Series  (CUA Press).