Holy Cross: Pappas Patristic Institute’s 6th Summer Patristic Studies Program

Announcing the Pappas Patristic Institute’s
 Sixth Annual Summer Patristic Studies Program

July 23 – 28, 2012

At Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

Brookline, Massachusetts

We are again pleased to inform you about our sixth annual week-long Summer Patristic Studies Program on the campus of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA on July 23-28, 2012. This is a unique opportunity to study and discuss classic texts of the early Church through small group-study led by doctoral candidates and brief lectures led by our instructors.  

The intended audience for the program includes theology and religious studies students at the masters and undergraduate levels, along with clergy, lay people, and undergraduates with an interest in learning more about the Church Fathers.  Students enrolled in an undergraduate or masters program who wish to receive credit for the courses should indicate this on the registration form.  Doctoral-level students are also welcome.

The current list of courses for this summer includes:

The Philokalia:  Exploring a Classic Text in Orthodox Spirituality,
 Dr. Bradley Nassif,  North Park University

Readings in the Filioque Controversy,
 Dr. Brian Matz, Carroll College

Approaches to Prayer in the Early Church,
 Dr. George Tsakiridis, Assistant Professor in Philosophy and Religion at South Dakota State University

Economia and Ecology: The Church Fathers on the Creation,
 Dr. David K. Goodin, McGill University, Montreal

The Formation of Christian Identity: Unity and Diversity in the Second Century,
 David Jorgensen, Princeton University 

In addition, two evening lectures will be offered during the week:

Dr. Maria Doerfler, Duke University,
 “Contributions to the study of Ancient Christianity from the Syriac Christian Tradition”

Dr. Bruce Beck, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology,
 “Contributions to the study of Ancient Christianity from Patristic Sermons: the Art of Analogical Reading”

The program goes from Monday evening, July 23, through Saturday afternoon, July 28.   Each course will be offered daily during a three-hour session.  Each participant will have the opportunity to take two courses during the week (see below for more details on the schedule and methodology).   For attendees needing lodging, housing will be provided on campus.  For more information, or to register, please send an email to the Director of the Pappas Institute, Dr. Bruce Beck (pappaspatristic@comcast.net) at your earliest convenience.   We will then send you a registration form to fill out.  Please register at your earliest convenience to facilitate planning.

Program Fees:

            Registration (includes lunches):                                                    $400

            Registration (one course, includes lunch)                                   $250

            Room and Board (for 6 nights, Mon – Sat, and meals)               $250

Program Details:

Goal: to provide the opportunity for in-depth, group study of significant theological topics of contemporary relevance based on selected writings of the ancient Church.

Primary Audience: Masters-level students of theology, divinity, or similar programs who wish to further their knowledge of the writings and practices of the early Church. All others interested in coming are also welcome to apply.

Pedagogical Method: each course will study in small groups led by Faculty primary patristic texts on topics. Following the group study of selected texts, the instructor will offer a 20 minute lecture followed by further discussion.

For more information or to register, please contact:

Dr. Bruce Beck (by email at: pappaspatristic@comcast.net

Director, Pappas Patristic Institute of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology


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