Fourth Annual Summer Patristic Studies Program
July 19 – 24, 2010
At Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
St. John Chrysostom writing with St. Paul looking over his shoulder. Milan, Ambrosian A 172, Sup., fol. 263v (property of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana);
from Margaret Mitchell, The Heavenly Trumpet, plate 4, p. 505
We are pleased to announce the fourth annual week-long Summer Patristic Studies Program on the campus of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA on July 19-24, 2010. 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, or to register, please send an email to the Director of the Pappas Patristic Institute, Dr. Bruce Beck (firstname.lastname@example.org
Academic Credit: Students enrolled in an undergraduate or masters program who wish to receive credit for the courses should indicate this on their registration form. Students seeking academic credit must submit a research paper of approximately 15 pages, due by November 1, 2010.
Current List of Courses:
· The Desert Fathers: Stories and Sayings for Contemporary Life,
Dr. Bradley Nassif, North Park University
· Patristic Interpretation of the Bible: Historical Methods and Contemporary Lessons,
Dr. Bruce Beck, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
· Patristic Social Ethics,
Dr. Brian Matz, Carroll College
· The Human Person as Image and Likeness of God,
Sr. Nonna Verna Harrison, Saint Paul School of Theology
· The Divine Liturgy Celebrated and Interpreted in the Patristic Period
Rev. Dr. Nicholas Denysenko, George Washington University
The program goes from Monday evening, July 19, through Saturday afternoon, July 24. Each course will be offered daily in a 2 ½ 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 (email@example.com
· Registration for Credit (including lunches): $525
· Registration without Credit (including lunches): $375
· Room and Board (for 6 nights, breakfasts, & dinners) $240
* Goals: 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: Theology and religious studies students at the masters and undergraduate levels, doctoral students in the field, along with clergy, lay people, and undergraduates with an interest in learning more about the Church Fathers All others interested in coming are also welcome to apply.
* Pedagogical Method: each course will be comprised of small groups of 6-10 people led by Faculty. The groups will study together selections of primary patristic texts selected by the instructor based on the theme of the course. Following the group study of selected texts, the instructor will offer a brief lecture (20-25 minutes) followed by further discussion.
* Structure of Program
Check-in is Monday afternoon, July 19, between 2:00 and 6:00 p.m. Dinner is at 6:00 p.m. Orientation will be Monday evening after dinner.
Sessions will be held Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sessions will consist of group-study sessions led by faculty along with doctoral students as teaching fellows.
Each session will be 2 ½ hours, consisting of
15 minutes introduction of the texts by instructor
90 minutes group study led by instructor and teaching fellow
Break (30 Minutes)
45 minutes lecture and further discussion
Each student may choose two courses of study for the week, one morning and one afternoon class. Each course will meet 5 times (once each day).
Founded by a generous grant from the late Stephen Pappas and his wife Catherine, the goal of the Pappas Patristic Institute is the advancement and promotion of eastern patristic studies in the service of the academy and of the Church.