Church Fathers Non-Credit Course

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