Winter Non-Credit Course, "Saint Paul: The Life and Letters of the Apostle to the Nations"

Mar 3, 2020
Gavin House
1220 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Cameron FergusonUniversity of Chicago

Justin HowellThe University of Chicago

Fr. Andrew LiaugminasCalvert House Catholic Center

Paul Mankowski, SJLumen Christi Institute

Fr. Don Senior, CPCatholic Theological Union

6:00 Dinner | 6:30 Lecture

This weekly non-credit course is open to current students and faculty. Registrants are free to attend as many sessions as they choose. Sessions do not presuppose previous attendance or prior knowledge of the subject.


Who was Paul and what was his 'good news'? What does he mean by faith or by “principalities and powers”? After Jesus himself, perhaps no Christian personality has evoked such admiration, so much controversy, and so many questions. This course will examine the life and thought of the Apostle Paul through focused presentations on several of his letters. The first presentation will introduce the study of Paul, and following presentations will examine his letters, including 1-2 Thessalonians, Galatians, 1-2 Corinthians, and Romans, from a variety of perspectives. No prior reading or knowledge is expected and Bibles will be on hand to read and discuss passages of Paul’s letters.


Introduction to Paul and his Study
Jan. 14  |  Fr. Paul Mankowski, SJ

First and Second Letters to the Thessalonians
Jan. 21  |  Justin Howell, University of Chicago

Letter to the Galatians
Jan. 28  |  Fr Donald Senior, CP, Catholic Theological Union

First Letter to the Corinthians
Feb. 4  |  Cameron Ferguson, University of Chicago

Second Letter to the Corinthians
Feb. 11  |  Cameron Ferguson, University of Chicago

Letter to the Romans (Chapters 1-8)
Feb. 18  |  Fr. Paul Mankowski, SJ

Letter to the Romans (Chapters 8-16)
Feb. 25  |  Fr. Andew Liaugminas, Calvert House

Paul's Legacy
March 3  |  Fr. Paul Mankowski, SJ



Cameron Ferguson recieved his PhD in Biblical Studies from the University of Chicago Divinity School. He holds a BA and MA from the University of Minnesota, and his research focuses on New Testament and early Christian literature, specifically the influence of Paul on the synoptic Gospel authors.

Justin Howell was awarded his PhD from the University of Chicago Divinity School in 2016, with a focus on the New Testament and early Christian literature. His dissertaion was on "The Pharisees and Figured Speech in Luke-Acts". He is currently a writing instructor and freelance editor, based in Chicago.

Fr. Andrew Liaugminas is a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, and the Director and Chaplain of Calvert House. After his ordination to the priesthood in 2010, Fr. Liaugminas served as the Associate Pastor of Mary, Seat of Wisdom Parish in Park Ridge, Illinois, before being assigned to doctoral studies in Rome in 2013. He completed his doctoral studies in Dogmatic Theology in Rome, focusing on the Christology of Saint Thomas Aquinas and Hans Urs von Balthasar, with an emphasis on the relationship of their christological thought to the theology of the Fourth Gospel.

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.

Fr. Donald Senior, CP, is President Emeritus, Chancellor, and Professor of New Testament at Catholic Theological Union. He holds an STL and and STD from the University of Louvain, Belgium. His work has focused on the study and interpretation of the Gospels, the Pauline literature, 1 Peter, and New Testament archaeology.  He is author of several books, including The Gospel of Matthew at the Crossroads of Christianity and Why The Cross?; is editor of  The Catholic Study Bible (3rd Edition); and is General Editor of a new edition of the Jerome Biblical Commentary. Fr. Senior is a Passionist priest, belonging to a religious community that was one of the founding members of CTU.