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The CENTER for the STUDY of




By following the prompts and pages on this site, you will be able to discover more about what our Center offers prospective students and fellow and visiting scholars.

  • Our graduate program
  • Events (lectures, seminars and colloquia, workshops, conferences) whether within the University or open to the public
  • Resident faculty who teach and research in the early Christian era
  • Our current graduates and their fields of study
  • Program alumni - current positions, publications and other successes
  • Publications and other projects that the Center initiates or supports

The Center is an interdisciplinary unit that stretches across a number of schools and departments, drawing its courses from those other units.  This involves us in a number of goals and governing principles.  

Our Goals
  • To foster an interdisciplinary approach to the study of early Christianity across the whole University.
  • To provide the setting and the resources, and to create regular and special events, that will help all faculty and graduate students in the field to share their interests and enthusiasms, build on what they have achieved, and develop new ideas and projects.
Our Governing Principles
  • We believe that the development of early Christianity has to be studied in its social, political, and cultural context.
  • We emphasize the importance of the ancient languages of the early Christian era - Greek especially, but also Latin, Syriac, and Coptic (along with several other languages of the Christian Orient).
  • We aim to develop within each student the skills proper to a range of disciplines and methodologies. 

To see how we apply these principles in practice, click here.

For a brief history of the Center, since 1998, click here




The Center has moved. We are now located in McMahon 211.




Professor Philip Rousseau

"On First Looking into Gregory the Great's Moralia"

Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 5:15 PM

Open to the public

106 McGivney Hall



Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 at 5:15 PM

Yuliya Minets, Center for the Study of Early Christianity

"The miraculous ability to speak in foreign languages in early Christian literature"

"Demons speaking in tongues" [Dinner discussion] 

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 at 5:15 PM

Edward Naumann, Ph.D., Greek and Latin

"The damnation of baptized infants according to Augustine"

Seminars are restricted to invited guests and members of the ECS/CUA community. Please direct inquiries to 


The Center for the Study of Early Christianity offers a variety of seminars and lectures throughout the academic term, many of which are open to the public.  Please refer to our Current Events link for a listing of the current seminars slated for the Fall Semester.

All inquiries from students and researchers are welcome. 
Please contact us at
211 McMahon Hall 
620 Michigan Ave NE
Washington DC 20064
202.319.6609 (fax)
Prof. William Klingshirn
Ms. Siena Sanchez-O'Brien
Administrative Assistant
205 McMahon Hall