Graduate Student and Thematic Conferences

Summer Study Program in Patristics, July 30 - Aug 4, 2017

We are pleased to announce the seventh annual week-long Summer Patristic Studies Program on the campus of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA on July 30 - August 5, 2017.  This week-long program is a unique opportunity to study and discuss classic texts of the early Church through small group-study and brief lectures from leading patristic scholars.  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.  To register, please fill out the online registration form For more information, or to register, please send an email to the Director of the Pappas Patristic Institute, Dr. Bruce Beck ( at your earliest convenience.

Registration Form

Program Announcement (PDF)

Graduate Student Conference, March 2-4, 2017

Each Spring semester the Institute holds a conference for doctoral and masters students in the area of patristics, historical theology, and the history of Christianity in late antiquity. This graduate student conference provides an opportunity for graduate students to present their own work, dialogue, and meet with peers and colleagues in the field.  Below is information about our upcoming conference.

Conference Schedule

Conference Announcement

Registration Form

Fall Conference: Patristic Preaching and its Reception, October 9-11, 2014

The conference focuses on patristic sermons, including what can be learned about their rhetorical settings and audience reception.  A great deal of work has been done in the past several decades on recovering the hermeneutical mind of the ancient church. Fortunately, both the methods of exegesis as well as the hermeneutical presuppositions that undergird these methods have become more frequently represented wherever the topic of biblical interpretation has been discussed.  However, the related topic of the act of preaching in antiquity has not yet received the same kind of attention. Building on some of the few, notable monographs that have appeared recently on this topic, this conference will explore both the forms and genres of the patristic sermons, including their relationship to biblical hermeneutics where relevant, and the rhetorical contexts in which these sermons were given (e.g. liturgical, catechetical, festal, etc.). The rhetorical context would include the reception of these sermons by those hearing them. Lastly, the conference wishes to include within its scope the question: what might be gleaned from these ancient models for preaching in the Church today?