Summer Patristic Studies Program 2016
An Ethos of Dialogue will be Central to our Work

Summer Study Program in Patristic Studies, July 17-22, 2016

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 17-22, 2016.  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)

Course Descriptions and Faculty Biographies


  1. The Gospel of Matthew in the Patristic Tradition, Dr. Brian Matz, Fontbonne University
  2. Taming the Thoughts: Ascesis in the Monastic Writings, Dr. Despina Prassas, Providence College
  3. The Desert Fathers: Stories and Sayings for Contemporary Life, Sean Moberg, Catholic University of America
  4. Ancient Christian Spiritual Practices: A Guided Tour, Dr. Paul Kolbet
  5. Patristic Texts on the Church and Salvation, Dr. Anthony Coleman, St. Gregory University
  6. 20th Century Neo Patristic Theologies: Florovsky and His Followers, Dr Paul Gavrilyuk, University of St. Thomas
  7. Reading Scripture with the Fathers: Studies in Patristic Theology of Interpretation, Dr. Bruce Beck, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
  8. The Problem of Evil in the Writings of the Fathers, Dr. David Goodin, McGill University
  9. The Theology and Hermeneutics of Irenaeus of Lyons, Dr. David Jorgensen, Colby College
  10. The Divine Liturgy Celebrated and Interpreted in the Patristic Period, Teva Regule, Boston College
  11. Patristics (Meta)Ethics, Dr. Daniel Robinson, California State University
  12. Repentance, Reconciliation, and Confession in the Fathers, Dr. George Tsakiridis, South Dakota State University