Ph.D. Degrees Awarded, Early Christian Studies
The Rev. William B. Palardy (May 1992): "The Church and the Synagogue in the Sermons of Saint Peter Chrysologus." Father Palardy served as Rector and President of the Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts from 2010-2016. He recently became pastor of St. Agatha Parish in Milton, MA.
John J. O'Keefe (May 1993): "Interpreting the Angel: Cyril of Alexandria and Theodoret of Cyrus, Commentators on the Book of Malachi." Dr O'Keefe is the A.F. Jacobsen Professor of Theology and Director of the Center for Catholic Thought at Creighton University in Omaha, NE. Among other works, he has published (with R.R. Reno), Sanctified Vision: An Introduction to Early Christian Interpretation of the Bible (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005).
Jeffrey L. McDonald (May 1995): "The Christological Works of the Emperor Justinian"
The Revd Panayiotis E. Papageorgiou (May 1995): "A Theological Analysis of Selected Themes in the Homilies of St. John Chrysostom on the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans." Dr Papageorgiou is protopresbyter, Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, Marietta, GA.
The Revd Joseph Torchia, O.P. (May 1995): "The Theological Significance of the Doctrine of Creatio ex nihilo in St. Augustine's Anti-Manichean Polemic." Dr Torchia is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Providence College, Providence, RI, and Editor-in-Chief of The Thomist. He is author of Creatio ex nihilo and the Theology of St Augustine: the Anti-Manichaean Polemic and Beyond (New York, NY: Peter Lang, 1999), and Exploring Personhood: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Human Nature (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008).
Sr Gertrude Gillette, O.S.B. (May 1996): "The Glory of God in Augustine's Enarrationes in psalmos." Sister Gertrude served as Associate Professor of Theology at Ave Maria University in Naples, FL, and is now superior of the Benedictines of Mary Queen of Peace in Mount Holly, NC.
The Very Revd Michael A. Mascari, O.P. (May 1996): "Zeno, Gaudentius, and Chromatius: the Dynamics of Preaching in Northern Italy." Father Mascari previously served as Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of Albert the Great (with its headquarters in Chicago, IL) and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Providence College, Providence, RI. He is currently Socius for the Intellectual Life of the Order of Preachers.
Carole Cole Burnett (May 1996): "God's Self-Revelation in the Theology of Pelagius." Dr Burnett is Staff Editor of the series "Fathers of the Church," published by the Catholic University of America Press, and teaches history in the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St Mary's Seminary and University, Baltimore, MD.
Stanley P. Rosenberg (May 1999): "Christianizing the Cosmos: Intellectual and Popular Cosmology in Saint Augustine." Dr Rosenberg is a member of the Theology Faculty at Oxford University and Director of the Centre for Scholarship and Christianity, also in Oxford.
Cornelia Horn (May 2001): "Beyond Theology: the Career of Peter the Iberian in the Christological Controversies of Fifth-Century Palestine." Dr Horn has been appointed to a Heisenberg Professorship in "Language and Cultures of the Christian Orient" at the University of Halle. She is author of Asceticism and Christological Controversy in Fifth-Century Palestine: the Career of Peter the Iberian (Oxford and New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2006).
Demetrios S. Katos (May 2001): "Palladius of Helenopolis: Origenist Monk and Writer of the Fifth Century." Dr Katos is Dean of the Hellenic College and Professor of Religious Studies at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. His book Palladius of Helenopolis, The Origenist Advocate was published by Oxford University Press in 2012.
Robert E. Winn (January 2002): "The Theology of Eusebius of Emesa." Dr Winn is Professor of History at Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa. He is author of Eusebius of Emesa: Church and Theology in the Mid-Fourth Century (Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2011). He is currently turning his attention to early medieval historiography, and to Bede in particular; and he hopes to produce a volume of Eusebius of Emesa's sermons translated into English.
William E. Fahey (May 2002): "Maximus of Turin and his Late Antique Community." Dr. Fahey is President of the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, NH.
Mihai Vlad Niculescu (January 2004): "Origen's Mystagogical Paideia." Dr Niculescu is Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Bradley University in Peoria, IL. He is author of The Spell of the Logos: Origen's Pedagogy in the Contemporary Debate Regarding Logocentrism (Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2009), and (in Romanian) of Theology and Retractation [Teologie si retractare]: A Phenomenological Approach to Patristic Literature (Iasi: Sapientia, 2003).
C. Clark Carlton (January 2003): "The Dogmatic and Ascetical Theology of St. Mark the Monk." Dr. Carlton is Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Sociology and Political Science at Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN.
Lois Farag (May 2003): "St. Cyril of Alexandria, a New Exegete: his Exegetical Method and Theology as Presented in his Commentary on the Gospel of John." Dr Farag is Associate Professor of Early Church History at the Luther Seminary in St Paul, MN. She is author of St Cyril of Alexandria, a New Testament Exegete: His Commentary on the Gospel of John (Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2007); Balance of the Heart: Desert Spirituality for Twenty-First Century Christians (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2012); and The Coptic Christian Heritage: History, Faith and Culture (London: Routledge, 2013).
Joel Kalvesmaki (May 2006): "Formation of the Early Christian Theology of Arithmetic: Number Symbolism in Irenaeus, Hippolytus, and Platonic Gnosis." Dr Kalvesmaki is the Editor in Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks. The published version of his doctoral research, The Theology of Arithmetic: Number Symbolism in Platonism and Early Christianity, has just been published by the Center for Hellenic Studies, and he is preparing (with Robin Darling Young) an edited collection of essays, Evagrius and His Legacy.
Eric Phillips (May 2006): "Man and Salvation in Theodore of Mopsuestia." Dr. Phillips is pastor of Concoria Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) in Nashville, Tennessee.
Anne Seville (October 2008): "Ascetics and Society in Nilus of Ancyra: Old Testament Imagery as a Model for Personal and Social Reform." Dr Seville teaches history in the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St Mary's Seminary and University, and is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology at Loyola College, both in Baltimore, MD.
Jonathan Loopstra (May 2009): "Patristic Selections in the 'Masoretic' Handbooks of the Qarqapt? Tradition." From 2008 to 2009, after a year teaching under the aegis of the International Center for the Study of the Christian Orient in Granada, Spain, Dr Loopstra taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Reformed Theological Seminary, Washington DC. From 2009 to 2011, he was Assistant Professor of History and Director of the Center for the Study of Ancient Mesopotamia at the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani. He is now Assistant Professor of History at Capital University, Columbus, OH. He has a study of an East Syrian manuscript forthcoming from Gorgias Press in 2012, and has prepared an edited collection of essays (with Michael Sokoloff) on Syriac lexicography.
Sidney R. Banks (May 2011). "Blazing Walls, Blazing Brothers: Monks and the Making of the Demon in the Pachomian Koinonia." Dr. Banks teaches Latin at Florence High School, Florence AL.
Carl W. Griffin (May 2011). “Cyrillona: A Critical Study and Commentary.” Dr Griffin is Associate Director of the Center for the Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts at Brigham Young University, co-editor of the “Eastern Christian Texts” series, and associate editor of the “Library of the Christian East.” He is co-editor, with Kristian S. Heal, of Syriac Manuscripts from the Vatican Library, 1 (Provo, UT: Bibliotheca Apostolica Vaticana & Brigham Young University, 2005).
Jutta Raithel (Jan. 2011). "Beginning at the End: Literary Unity and the Relationship between Anthropology and Liturgy in the Protevangelium Jacobi (P. Bodm. 5)."
Mark Mourachian (May 2012). "Human Freedom in the Context of the Theological Anthropology of St. Ephrem the Syrian." Dr Mourachian teaches at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, PA.
Allen E. Barnes (May 2014). "Origen's Developing Understanding of the Exegete's Task and its 'canonical' Implications."
Ky R. Heinze (May 2015). "Sacrifice to Demons in Porphyry and Origen." Dr. Heinze teaches Classics at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy, Barry’s Bay, Ontario.
Dana Robinson (Jan. 2016). "Food and Lay Piety in Late Antiquity." Dr. Robinson is currently Postdoctoral Fellow in the Honors Program at Creighton University.
Sean Garth Moberg (May 2016). "The Apophthegmata Patrum and the Greek Philosophical Tradition."
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