Conference Program

All Sessions Held at the Villanova Conference Center
601 County Line Road Radnor, PA  19087
Phone:610.523.1776 - Fax: 610.523.1779



SESSION I : 8:30 AM-10:00AM 

1.       The Patristic Scriptural Imagination, Part 1: Imagery and (Divine) Inspiration in the 2nd century

Room 115/117

Organized by Jonathan Yates

Chair: Jonathan Yates, Villanova University


The Ethics of Ignatius of Antioch as Imitatio Christi in "Flesh and Spirit

Paul Anthony Hartog, Faith Baptist Seminary


The Role of Spirit in the Community of the Didache

Clayton Jefford, Saint Meinrad College and Seminary


Irenaeus on the Spirit and the Water

D. Jeffrey Bingham, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary



2.       Tradition and Innovation in Early Modern Theology

Room 101

Chair: S. Joel Garver, LaSalle University


Aristotelian Physics and the Place of Christ’s Glorified Body in the Debate between Peter Martyr Vermigli and Johannes Brenz

Joshua Benjamins, University of Notre Dame


Baroque Jesuits and “The Greeks”: Reception and Perception of the Eastern Church by Luis de Molina, Francisco Suárez, and Gabriel Vásquez

Eric DeMeuse, Marquette University


Michael Sattler and Conrad Grebel: Contrasting Theologies of Early Anabaptism

Timothy Troutner, University of Notre Dame




3.       Augustine on the Common Good of Creation

Room 103

Chair: Chris Barnett, Villanova University


Becoming Spiritual: Action and Knowledge in Augustine’s Early Works

Ian Clausen, Villanova University


What’s Wrong with Wanting a Little Privacy? Augustine on Desiring without Possessing

Paul Camacho, Villanova University


Communion Alone: Augustine and Monica at Ostia

Joshua Nunziato, Villanova University



Session II: 10:15 AM – 12:15PM


4.       The Patristic Scriptural Imagination, Part 2: Theological Exegesis in and after the Golden Era

Room 115/117

Chair: Clayton Jefford, Saint Meinrad College and Seminary


The Spirit of Private Scripture Reading in the Second Century

Stephen Presley, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary


Tertullian, 2 Timothy 3:16, and the Spirit’s Inspiration of 1 Enoch

Jonathan Yates, Villanova University


Patristic Soldiers in the Filioque Battles of the Ninth Century

Brian Matz, Fontbonne University



5.       High Medieval Readers of the Victorines

Room 101

Chair: Nicole Reibe, Boston College


Systemizing Readers of Hugh: The Summa sententiarum and Peter Lombard

                Robert J. Porwoll, University of Chicago


Victorine influence on Aelred of Rievaulx’s “Jesus at the Age of Twelve”

 Andrew Salzmann, Benedictine College


The Victorine Legacy among Secular Theologians in the Thirteenth-Century University of Paris: Hugh and Richard of Saint-Victor as Theological Authorities

Stephen Metzger, University of Notre Dame


Embodied Grace: Thomas Gallus’s Angelic Anthropology and Bonaventure’s Vir Hierarchicus

Katherine Wrisley Shelby, Boston College



6.       Devotion and Transformation

Room 103

Chair: Rachel Smith, Villanova University


Question Your Souls Faithfully”: Augustine, Rape, and Occasions for the Transformation of Self

Beth Zagrobelny Lofgren, Catholic University of America


Manna on the Tongue: The Jesus Prayer as Daily Bread in St. Hesychios’ “On Watchfulness and Holiness”

Siobhan Benitez, Catholic University of America


Revering Religious Objects: Aquinas and Neuroscience in Conversation

Matthew Dugandzic, Catholic University of America


Living Faith and the Moral Life: Aquinas and the Practical Side of Faith

Andrew Whitmore, Catholic University of America



7.       Augustine’s Theology of Creation

Room 114

Chair: Paul Camacho, Villanova University



Plotinus and Augustine on Evil and Matter

Maurizio Filippo Di Silva, Universidade Federal do Paraná


From Nothing to Something in Christ: Admiring the Miracle of Creation with Augustine

Benjamin Paul Winter, Saint Louis University


“So used and unused at the same time”: Reframing Augustine’s uti-frui distinction

Melanie Webb, Princeton Theological Seminary


The Good of Nature in St. Augustine’s City of God

Robert Barry, Providence College



8.       Flesh and Spirit in Byzantine Theology

Room 119

Chair: Lisa D. Maugans Driver, Valparaiso University


Eucharist as Sacred Symbol and Sacred Act: The Eucharist as Both Matter and Spirit in Dionysian Liturgical Theology

Patrick Connolly, Villanova University


The Roles of the Spirit and Humanity in the Unification of Creation in the Deification of the Cosmos

Hunter Gallagher, Bishop McNamara High School


The Sweetness of the Immaterial: Hesychast Affectivity and the Spiritualization of Body

Tikhon Alexander Pino, Marquette University


Becoming Uncreated: Hesychasm and the Uncreated Light in Gregory Palamas

Dorothy Chang, Fordham University



9.       Political Theology and Ecclesial Life in the High Middle Age

Room 120

Chair: Daniel W. Houck, Southern Methodist University


The Two Swords and the Two Testaments: Pope Innocent III, the Senses of Scripture, and the Meaning of Kingship

Andrew W. Jones, Saint Paul Center


Pure Nature and Pure Politics: Theological Anthropology and Political Theology in Thomas Aquinas, John of Paris, and Giles of Rome

Jacob W. Wood, Franciscan University of Steubenville


St. Thomas’s Interpretation of Aristotle on the Good of the City (EN I.2, 6)

J.J. Mulhern, University of Pennsylvania



LUNCH, 12:15 PM-1:30PM
Conference Center Dining Room
Transportation to Villanova Campus by taxi or Uber

SESSION III: 1:45 PM-3:45 PM

10.       Augustine and Politics

Room  115/117

Chair:  J.J. Mulhern, University of Pennsylvania     


Augustine Reads Varro: Christian Political Philosophy as the Comprehensive Hermeneutical Horizon

Mark Shiffman, Villanova University


God and the Common Good: Reconsidering Augustine’s City of God

Josh Gaghan, Duke University


‘Politics and the Soul’: A Reconsideration

Peter Busch, Villanova University


Augustine on Pluralism

Hans Feichtinger, Saint George’s Parish, Ottawa



11.       Devotion in Image

Room 101

Chair: Frances Biscoglio, Mercy College


‘A Great, Heavenly Light:’ Saints and Angels and The Book of Kells

June-Anne Greeley, Sacred Heart University


Word and Image in Hrabanus Maurus’ In Honorem Sanctae Crucis

Jennifer Awes-Freeman, University of Saint Thomas


The St. Lucy Altarpiece by Domenico Veneziano Reconsidered

Mary D. Edwards, Pratt Institute


A Matter of Devotion— The Works of Mercy—In Theology, Art and Practice

Ann Marie Caron, RSM, University of Saint Joseph


12.       Theology of Saint Augustine: Love’s Labour

Room 103

Chair: Ian Clausen, Villanova University


The Place of the Psychological Analogy and the Primacy of Love in Augustine’s De Trinitate

                Michael Camacho, Pontifical John Paul II Institute


Non potest ergo separari dilectio: Augustine’s Unifying Spirituality of Charity     

David Meconi, SJ, Saint Louis University


'We Have Been Made Christ': Augustine's Filioquist Defense of Deification.

Christopher Iacovetti, Wheaton College


13.       Mystical Theologies of Devotion

Room 114

Chair: Amanda Burtka, Villanova University          


“God’s Speech is Fired”: Richard Rolle’s Mysticism and the Liturgical Training of the Sense

Nunzio N. D’Alessio, Catholic Theological Union


“The Wound of Willful Longing: The Grammar of Divine Desire in Julian of Norwich’s Revelations of Divine Love

Austin Wilson, Duke University


Whitsuntide and White Attire: Margery Kempe and the Devotions of Pentecost

Cathryn McCarthy Donahue, College of Mount Saint Vincent


Silent Spirituality: The gift of Teresa of Cartagena’s Deafness

Nicole Reibe, Boston College



14.       Scholastic Theology: Christ, Sacrament, and the Divine Life

Room 119

Chair: Nathaniel Peters, Boston College


Is Christ One or Two? Late 12th-century Approaches to the Union of Christ’s Body and Soul

Eric Mabry, University of Toronto


Aquinas on Bodily or Sensible Beauty

Michael J. Rubin, University of Mary Washington


Giving One’s Word:  “Psychological Analogy” as “Social Analogy” in Thomas Aquinas’s Trinitarian Theology

Michael Joseph Higgins, Catholic University of America


Commonly Fed: Aquinas on the Incarnation and the Eucharist and Their Implications for the Dinner Table.

David Russell Mosley, Johnson University



15.       Poetics and Practice

Room 120

Chair:  Brendan Sammon, Saint Joseph’s University


The Restless Heart on the Aisle: Augustine and Drama

J. Stephen Russell, Hofstra University


The Sweetness and the Healing: Augustine and Dante on the Perils and Promises of Poetry

Matthew Rothaus Moser, Loyola University Maryland


                Seeing Beatrice in La Vita Nuova

Ann M. Wiles, James Madison University


Works in Progress: Dante’s Practices of Humility on the Terrace of Pride

Rachel Teubner, University of Virginia






Room 115/117


Caroline Walker Bynum

Professor Emerita, Institute for Advanced Study

University Professor Emerita, Columbia University

Wine and Cheese Hour 6:00 PM, Atrium

Please feel free to consult the literature at the registration table for dining suggestions.


SESSION V: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM 

16.    Variations on Grace
Room 115/117
Chair: Robert Barry, Providence College
Session Sponsored by the Boston Colloquy on Historical Theology

Capital Grace in Alexander of Hales
Boyd Taylor Coolman, Boston College

The Ontology of Grace in Alexander of Hales
Vincent L. Strand, S.J., Gregorian University

The Development of the Doctrine of Merit in the Middle Ages with an Eye to the Reformations
Charles Raith II, John Brown University

17.       Early Scholastics: Scriptural Exegesis and Speculative Theology Around Alexander of Hales
Chair: Chair: Thomas Piolata, OFM Cap, Catholic University of America
Session sponsored by the Boston Colloquy on Historical Theology

Littera occidit, spiritus autem uiuificat: Peter Comestor’s Historical Theology—How Does it not Kill the Soul?

Alexander Andree, University of Toronto

Robert Grosseteste and Alexander of Hales on the Relationship between the Old and New Testaments
Stephen Hildebrand, Franciscan University of Steubenville

The Anagogy of the Gospel: Alexander of Hales, Dionysius and Theological Exegesis in John’s Gospel
Aaron Gies, Catholic University of America

Beauty, Trinity, and Transcendentals in the Summa halensis
Justin Shaun Coyle, Boston College

18.       Pilgrim City, Body of Christ: The Church in Patristic Theology
Chair:  Paul Camacho, Villanova University

The Church as Body and Soul in the Latin Fathers
James K. Lee, Southern Methodist University

Embodied Maternity and the Death of Carnal Love: Notes on the Trinity and the Church in the Early Augustine (387-88)

Douglas Finn, Boston College

Augustine’s “Jerusalem” as the Caelum Caeli in the Psalms of Ascent

Gerald Boersma, Saint Bonaventure University

19.       Death and Resurrection in Patristic Theology & Practice
Chair: J Stephen Russell, Hofstra University

Christian Faith and the Synthesis of Matter and Spirit: Gregory of Nyssa’s Theological Anthropology in De anima et resurrectione
Christopher Cimorelli, Caldwell University

“A Vessel Divinely Molded”: Theological Anthropology of St. Basil the Great
An Do, Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School

The Matter of Dead Human Bodies: An Augustinian Thanatology
Philip Porter, Duke University

20.       Patristic Anthropology and Christology
Chair:  Timothy Austen, Villanova University

Love binds the community: agape in Ignatius of Antioch
Scott D. Moringiello, DePaul University

Sacrifice and Delicacy: The Salvation of the Flesh and the Eucharist in Irenaeus of Lyons   
Marcos A. Ramos, OP, Saint Michael’s College

Somatic Union As an Aspect of Theosis in Cyril of Alexandria
Andrew C. Mercer,  Southern Methodist University

Theological Anthropology and the Christological Debates
Ty Monroe, Boston College

Session V: 10:45 AM-12:15 PM 

21.       Italian Women Visionaries, 1250-1550 : Body, Family, Voice
Organized by E. Ann Matter, University of Pennsylvania
Chair:  Rachel Smith, Villanova University

Mitigating Corporeal Sensations: The Fifth Supplemental Step of Angela of Foligno’s Memorial
Giuseppe Bruno-Chomin, University of Pennsylvania

Through the Eyes of the Mother: Catherine of Siena’s Teaching on Maternal Love
Luna Sarti, University of Pennsylvania

Authority and Autobiography in the Vita of Lucia Brocadelli of Narni
Samantha Pious, University of Pennsylvania


22.       Retrieving Premodern Understandings of Spiritual Perception for Contemporary Theology
Room 101

Chair: Gregory LaNave, Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception, DHS
Sponsored by the Boston Colloquy on Historical Theology

Introducing the Spiritual Perception Project: The Historical and Constructive Stages.        

Paul Gavrilyuk, University of Saint Thomas

Trained Perception: Conversations with John Cassian
Frederick D. Aquino, Abilene Christian University

Beatific Sensation: Medieval Speculation on the Ultimate Experience of God
Boyd Taylor Coolman, Boston College

23.       Eucharist in the Middle Ages
Chair:  Michael Camacho, Pontifical John Paul II Institute

The Trinitarian Dimensions of Eucharistic Theology
Nathaniel Peters, Boston College

Prima dispositio materiae': Dimensive Quantity in Thomas’s Doctrine of Transubstantiation
Joshua Lim, University of Notre Dame

The Eucharist as Source of Virtue: Raymond’s Catherine and Jacobus’s Mary Magdalene
Ann W. Astell, University of Notre Dame

24.       The Semantics of God in Fourteenth-Century Scholasticism
Room 114
Chair:  Matthew Chominski, Archmere Academy

Knowledge Fit for the Wayfarer: Duns Scotus, The Indifference of Being, and Apophatic Theology
Daniel W. Houck, Southern Methodist University

The Envious Instant: Material Conditions of Truth in Thomas Bradwardine
Sean Hannan, MacEwan University

Nominalism as Post-scholasticism: Pierre of d'Ailly's Destructiones modorum significandi
Matthew Vanderpoel, University of Chicago

25.       From the Elemental to the Intelligible: Matter in the Aristotelian Tradition
Chair: Adriano Duque, Villanova University

Ancient Matters: Elements and Aristotelian Ressourcement
Trevor Anderson, University of Notre Dame

Between Being and Nothingness: Aquinas on the Intelligibility of Matter
Lee M. Cole, Hillsdale College

Corpuscles, Particles, and Elements: Matter in Early-Modern Scholasticism
Matthew T. Gaetano, Hillsdale College

26.       The Indissolubility of Body and Soul and the Sacrament of Marriage: Augustinian and Thomistic Perspectives
Chair:   Catherine Looker, SSJ, Chestnut Hill College

Identity in Relation
 Andrew Kim, Walsh University

Spiritual Formation and Matrimony
Dominica Rhein, Independent Scholar

The Sanctity of Difference
Jared Topp, Independent Scholar


LUNCH, 12:15 PM-1:45PM
Conference Center Dining Room

Session VI: 1:30 PM-3:30 PM

27.       Bonaventure’s Theological Craft
Room 115/117
Chair:     Benjamin Paul Winter, Saint Louis University               

Supra-Intellective, Affective, and Poor: The Architecture of Mysticism in Plotinus and Bonaventure
Thomas Piolata, OFM , Catholic University of America

Bonaventure’s Theomimetic Francis
Luke Togni, Marquette University

Sacraments and sacramental significance: on reading Bonaventure’s Breviloquium as a nuptial analogy.
Daniel Wade McClain, Loyola University Maryland

Theological Reasoning, Hexaëmeron Style
Gregory LaNave, Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies

28.       Spirit and Sensation
Room 101
Chair:  Brooke Hunter,, Villanova University

Hildegard and Visual Sensation
Jennifer Wang, Villanova University

Pars pro toto: A Synechdochical Approach to the Theology of Co-Redemption in the Writings of Gertrude the Great of Helfta
Ella Johnson, Saint Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry

Divine Intimacy as Produced by and Productive of Community: Gertrude of Helfta and Catherine of Siena
Michael Pezzulo, Independent Scholar

Observer or Participant? The Embodiment of Devotional Practices in the Company of Ignatius of Loyola
Catherine Looker, SSJ, Chestnut Hill College

29.       Exegesis and Asceticism among the Fathers
Chair:    Jennifer Awes-Freeman, University of Saint Thomas

For You, the Word either Decreases or Increases according to Your Capacity” (Luc. 7.12): Ambrose of Milan on the verbum scriptum and the verbum incarnatum
Angela Russell Christman, Loyola University Maryland

Different Biblical Versions Show Distinct Christological Truths: St. Jerome’s Commentary on Isaiah and the Servant Songs
Corey John Stephan, Boston College

The Ascetical Dimension of Prayer and Knowledge of God in Evagrius Ponticus
Carl Vennerstrom, Independent Scholar

Material Minds and Subtle Bodies: On the Integrating Ethics of John Cassian
Niki Kasumi Clements, Rice University

30.       Faith, Politics, and Pastoral Care
Chair   Gregory Lippiatt, Independent Scholar         

Christian Emperors as Persecutors of Other Christians in the Fourth Century
Thomas Brauch, Central Michigan University

Holistic Pastoral Care in the Christian East: the Body’s Role in Social Ministries and Spiritual Formation
Lisa D. Maugans Driver, Valparaiso University

John of Paris, John Courtney Murray, and the Problem of Church and State: In Search of a Via Media
Matalyn E. Vander Bleek, Catholic University of America

Milton Transforming Augustine: The City of God in Paradise Lost
Dwight Lindley, Hillsdale College

31.       Humility in Theology and Practice
Chair:  June-Anne Greeley, Sacred Heart University

Humble Matters, Humble Letters, Humble Lord An Exploration of the Biblical Trinitarian Mysticism of Hugh of St. Victor
Clifton Stringer, Boston College

Francis of Assisi, The Sultan of Egypt, and the Fifth Crusade
Frances Biscoglio, Mercy College

The Legacy of Leprosy: The Life of Saint Francis and Bonaventure’s Understaning of Sickness and Health
Allison Zbicz Michael, Catholic University of America

32.       Thomas Aquinas on Christ and the Spirit
Chair:  Ty Monroe, Boston College

The Intimacy of Instinctus Spiritus Sancti (ST I-II.68.2):  Gregory Palamas’s Pneumatology and Thomas Aquinas’s teaching on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit​
Jane Sloan, Marquette University

“What are You When You’re Dead?”: Thomas Aquinas on the Separated Soul

Matthew Chominski, Archmere Academy

Viator et contemplatus? Thomistic Reflections on the Place of Christ’s Humanity in the Beatific Vision
Francis J. Caponi, OSA, Villanova University

Session VII:

Plenary Session 4:00 PM- 5:45 PM
Room 115/117

Catherine Kavanagh
Senior Lecturer, Mary Immaculate College, 
Limerick, Ireland



Sacred Space and Sacred Symbol: Maximus the Confessor, Eriugena, and Abbot Suger






Vigil Mass 5:45 PM

Room 119

Cocktails 6:15 PM

Atrium & Courtyard

Feast in Celebration of the 41st Patristic, Medieval, Renaissance Studies Conference

7:00 PM





10 AM:  Sunday Roundtable

A Matter of Devotion

An Open Conversation

with Caroline Walker Bynum and Catherine Kavanagh

All are welcome.

All Conference Events will conclude by 12pm