Dionysius the Areopagite Reading Course

Oct 9, 2023Nov 13, 2023
Gavin House
1220 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Fr. Andrew SummersonUniversity of Toronto and Lumen Christi Institute


Open to current students and faculty at the University of Chicago. Participants can come to whichever sessions they choose. Others interested in participating should contact Books, food, and beverages will be provided. 

This reading group explores the key works of Dionysius the Areopagite. A mysterious figure in the Christian tradition, he presents himself as a friend of both Paul and Plato. Christian theology in East and West remains forever indebted to his contribution.

A copy of The Complete Works will be provided to all participants. 


This group will meet Mondays (beginning October 9th) from 1pm - 2pm. 

October 9: The Mystical Theology

October 16: Divine Names | Pt. 1

October 23: Divine Names | Pt. 2

October 30: The Ecclesiastical Hierarchy | Pt. 1

November 6: The Ecclesiastical Hierarchy | Pt. 2

November 13: The Letters

Rev. Andrew Summerson, S.Th.D. is Assistant Professor of Greek Patristics at the Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies in the Faculty of Theology at the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto, parish priest at St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church in Whiting, Indiana, and Program Fellow in Patristics and Eastern Christianity at the Lumen Christi Institute. He is the author of Divine Scripture and Human Emotion in Maximus the Confessor (Brill 2021). He is currently working on a monograph exploring Maximus the Confessor's interpretation of Gregory Nazianzen.