Summer Patristic Studies Program 2017
An Ethos of Dialogue will be Central to our Work

Summer Study Program in Patristic Studies, July 30  - August 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 4, 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.  For more information, please send an email to the Director of the Pappas Patristic Institute, Dr. Bruce Beck (  at your earliest convenience. To register, see the link below to the online registration form.

Online Registration Form

Course Selection Form

Program Announcement (PDF)


1) Wealth and Poverty in the Patristic Tradition, Dr. Brian Matz, Fontbonne University
2) The Ascending Pilgrimage: The Spiritual Life according to Irenaeus of Lyons, Don Springer, McMaster Divinity School
3) Reading Scripture with the Fathers, Dr. Bruce Beck, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
4) Economia and Ecology: The Church Fathers on the Creation, Dr. David Goodin, McGill University
5) Virtues and Vices in the Eastern and Western Fathers, Kevin Clarke, Ave Maria University
6) Lives of the Saints: Imitation as Spiritual Formation, Dr. Sean Moberg
7) The Lord's Prayer in Patristic Tradition, Dr. Zachary Kostopoulos, Fellow, Holy Cross GOST
8) Taming the Thoughts: Ascesis in the monastic writings, Dr. Despina Prassas, Providence College
9) Christ in the Greek Patristic Tradition, Dr. Paul Kolbet, Yale Divinity School and Hellenic College