Conference Program

All Sessions Held at The Inn at Villanova University
601 County Line Road Radnor, PA  19087
Phone:610.523.1776 - Fax: 610.523.1779


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Friday, October 13, 2017


SESSION I : 8:30 AM-10:00AM 


1.       Early Latin Trinitarian Theology – Not Augustine’s

Room 115

Organized by Jordan Daniel Wood, Boston College

Chair: Paul Hartog, Faith Baptist Theological Seminary


Tertullian, Before Augustine & After the ‘Linguistic Turn’

Taylor Ross, Duke University


How to Read Hilary’s De trinitate: A Rhetorical Assay

Justin Shaun Coyle, Boston College


Trinity and apophaticism in Marius Victorinus

Jordan Daniel Wood, Boston College



2.       ‘Alterae Christae’: Liturgical Leadership of the Thirteenth-Century Women at Helfta

Room 101

Chair: Laura Marie Grimes, Sophia Catholic Communion 


Encounter with God Triune through the Seasons and Feasts of the Liturgical Year

Sister Ann Marie Caron, University of Saint Joseph


The Priest, the Mass, and the Nuns of Helfta

Anna Harrison, Loyola Marymount University


‘This is My Body’: Liturgical Meditation and Re-Invention of “Woman” in Gertrude the Great of Helfta’s Spiritual Exercises

Ella Johnson, St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry



3.       Christology and its Effects in Late Antiquity

Room 102

Chair: Brian Dunkle, SJ, Boston College


“Yet they saw it confessing Christ as Lord”: Sensible Evidence of God in St. Athanasius’ De Incarnation

Benjamin Safranski, Franciscan University of Steubenville


Gregory of Nyssa on Christology and Divine Transcendence in Contra Eunomium III.3-4

Thomas D. Tatterfield, Boston College


The Neo-Arian Historian Philostorgius

Thomas Brauch, Central Michigan University



Session II: 10:15 AM – 12:15PM


4.       Liturgy and Learned Prayer in the Twelfth Century

Room 115

Organized by: Robert J Porwoll, University of Chicago

Chair: Daniel W. McClain, Loyola University, Maryland


Elizabeth of Schönau: Female Flesh and Liturgical Realism

Christina Llanes, University of Chicago


The Prayers of Heloise

Robert J Porwoll, University of Chicago


Cosmic Tragedy and Mystery in the Liturgical Commentary of Honorius Augustodunensis

Daniel Yingst, University of Chicago



5.       Saint Augustine on the Church and Her Ministry

Room 101 Douglas Finn, Boston College

Chair: Douglas Finn, Boston College


Elegit Piscatorem: the role of the Fisherman in the Rhetoric of Augustine’s Sermones ad Populum

                Charles Kim, Jr., Saint Louis University


"Feed My Sheep": Augustine on John 21 and the Episcopal Office

Shane M. Owens, Catholic University of America


Augustinian Inflections in the Medieval Debate Concerning Clerical Celibacy

J. Columcille Dever, University of Notre Dame


Totus Christus and Modern Christian Liturgy

Joshua Gonnerman, Catholic University of America



6.       Constitutive Acts: Prayer, Ritual, and Theology in Early Christianity

Room 102

Chair: Franklin Harkins, Boston College



Early Christian Theology of Incense

Zachary Keith, Catholic University of America


Performative Reading of the Visions in the Shepherd of Hermas

Angela Kim Harkins, Boston College


A Material Theology of Suffering: Suffering, Soteriology and Eschatology in Early Christian Funerary Artifacts

Aaron Kilbourn, Liberty University Rawlings School of Divinity



7.       The Saints: Art, Literature and Prayer

Room 114

Chair: Anna Harrison, Loyola Marymount University


Potential Literary Antecedents to the Seventh-Century Life of the Virgin

Ally Kateusz, University of Missouri, Kansas City


Witness, Penitent, Visionary:  Margery Kempe and the Intercessory Powers of Mary Magdalen

Cathryn McCarthy Donahue, College of Mount Saint Vincent


How were the Frescoes by Altichiero and Avanzo in the Cappella di San Giacomo in Padua Experienced During Liturgy, Prayer or Meditation in the Fourteenth Century?

Mary D. Edwards, Pratt Institute


8.       Liturgy and Eucharist in the Reformed Tradition

Room 119

Chair: Charles Johnson, Princeton Theological Seminary


Epiclesis Lost & Found: The Reformed Eucharist

S. Joel Garver, LaSalle University


The Eucharistic Ontology of Francis Turretin

Michael Vendsel, Tarrant County College


Believing is Seeing: Vision and Sacraments in Francis Turretin

Dorothy Chang, Fordham University


“D'oster ceste melancholie”: Tragedy Sacrificed

Dennis Hou, Independent Scholar


LUNCH,  12:15 PM - 1:30 PM 

The Inn At Villanova University

St. Ambrogio

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


9.       Augustine on Moral and Political Agency

Room  115

Chair: Thomas Clemmons, Catholic University of America

Organized by Ian Clausen, Villanova University &  J. J. Mulhern, University of Pennsylvania  


Purifying the Church’s Heart: The Ecclesial Glue of Augustine’s Theory of Moral Action

Petra Turner, University of Virginia


Beyond Cicero’s Pious Faithfulness:The Augustinian Conscience between Duty and Confession

Ian Clausen, Villanova University


Common Good in Cicero and St. Augustine?

J. J. Mulhern, University of Pennsylvania


Human Good, Political Good, Common Good: The City of God as the Unattainable Truth of Political Community

Mark Shiffman, Villanova University



10.       Theology as Doxology: Origen and Saint Gregory Nazianzen

Room 101

Chair: Angela Russell Christman, Loyola University Maryland


Reading the Bible in Origen’s Caesarean “School”

John Solheid, University of Saint Michael’s College, Toronto


“They always looked upon God and the invisible things”: Israelite Prophets and Christian Worship in Origen’s Contra Celsum

John Sehorn, The Augustine Institute


The Nexus of Belief and Worship: Origen's Critique of Plato and the Eastern Christian Ethos.

Christopher McLaughlin, Boston College


Visual Images Fit for Liturgy in Or. 40 (On Baptism) of St. Gregory of Nazianzus.

Ron Ditmars, Erasmus Academy



11.     The Poetics of Time and Space

Room 102

Chair: June-Ann Greeley, Sacred Heart University


Form and Feeling in Cassian’s Liturgical Practices

Niki Kasumi Clements, Rice University


The Social Possibilities of Spatial Trajectories: Rogationtide in Merovingian Gaul

Nunzio N. D’Alessio, Catholic Theological Union


“Ic onfeng þin sar”: Liturgical Poetics of Distance and Likeness in Early English Crucifixion

Evelyn Reynolds, Indiana University


Liturgy of Bones: the Spatial Relevance of Saints’ Relics in the Pilgrimage Narrative of Felix Fabri

Galina Krasskova, Fordham University



12.      Saint Thomas Aquinas on Worship and Sacrament

Room 114

Chair: Gregory Grimes, Villanova University


Participatio Christi: The Medieval Sacramental Triptych

Eric Mabry, Christ the King Seminary


The Eucharistic Ecclesiology of Aquinas’s Corpus Christi Liturgy

Joseph Grone, Boston College


A Living Sacrifice: The Moral Life as Worship in Aquinas

Michael A. Wahl, Boston College



13.      Luther and Theology

Room 119

Chair: S. Joel Garver, LaSalle University   


Prediction without Prophets: A Cultural Transformation from Medieval Church to Lutheran Orthodoxy

Charles Johnson III, Princeton Theological Seminary


Reconciling Luther: The Two-Part Definition of Christian Righteousness in the Galatians Commentary

Mitchell Kennard, Southern Methodist University


Daniel Hofmann and his Legacy: Faith and Reason in Early Lutheran Orthodoxy

Tomás Valle, University of Notre Dame




Room 115

Susan Ashbrook Harvey

Willard Prescott and Annie McClelland Smith Professor

of History and Religion

Brown University

Liturgical Voices:

Models from Ancient Syriac Christianity

Wine and Cheese Hour 6:00 PM, Atrium



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SESSION V: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM


14.       Saint Anselm and His Legacy: Theology and Devotion

Room 115

                        Chair: Nicole Reibe, Loyola University Maryland


Anselm of Canterbury on Necessity and convenio

Justus H. Hunter, United Theological Seminary


The Prayers of St. Anselm to “St.” Mary: Marian Devotion as Trinitarian Spirituality

June-Ann Greeley, Sacred Heart University


Going to Pray: The Emptying of Prayer in Anselm’s ‘Prayer to St Paul’

Terence Sweeney, Villanova University


What is the Wakefield Master Saying?

Martha Oberle, Independent Scholar


15.     Lectures on the Prophets in the Twelfth Century


                      Room 101

        Chair: Franklin Harkins, Boston College

        Organized by Thomas Piolata, OFM Cap., Catholic University of America


Identifying a Source (or Author) and a Theme in a 12th Century Manuscript’s Commentary on Zephaniah

Thomas Piolata, OFM Cap, Catholic University of America


Reevaluating the Manuscript Evidence for a 12th Century Commentary on Ezekiel

Rebecca Keller, Catholic University of America


Ad plenam scientiam: The Structured Purpose of Theology in 12th Century Prologues on Ezekiel

Allison Zbicz Michael, Catholic University of America


Early Supposition Theory in 12th Century Joel

Justin Donovan, Catholic University of America



16.     Saint Augustine on Interior and Exterior Cultivation

Room 102

Chair: Brad Boswell, Duke University


Augustine and the Grace of Manual Labor

Aaron Morrison, Princeton Theological Seminary


In the Church Garden: Cultivation in Conversion and Liturgy in Augustine’s Confessions
Michelle J Falcetano, Villanova University


Augustine and the Life of Antony

Thomas Clemmons, Catholic University of America



17     Preachers and Teachers: Saint Ambrose and Saint John Chrysostom

Room 114

Chair: Daniel Wade McClain, Loyola University Maryland


John Chrysostom’s Preaching on Job as Exemplary Husband and Father

Douglas Finn, Boston College


The Shadows of the Saints: Relics in the Martyr Homilies of John Chrysostom

Samuel B. Johnson, University of Notre Dame


Tradition and Innovation in Ambrose of Milan’s Hexaëmeron

Angela Russell Christman, Loyola University, Maryland


Ennodius’s Ambrosiana as Pastoral Imitation

Brian Dunkle, SJ, Boston College



18.      Nature, Grace, Relation: The Theology of Saint Thomas Aquinas

Room 119

Chair:  Francis Caponi, OSA, Villanova University


Nature and Grace in the Order of Charity

Austin Wilson, Duke Divinity School


Aquinas and the 'Instrumentalization' of Virtue: The Importance of the Human Person's Twofold End

Gilbert Stockson, University of Notre Dame


Prayer in God?  Trinity, Receiving, and the Prayer of Christ in Aquinas’s Trinitarian Theology           

Michael Joseph Higgins, Pontifical John Paul II Institute


Beauty, Goodness, and Truth: The Relational Transcendentals in Aquinas and Balthasar

Michael J. Rubin, University of Mary Washington



19.       Christian Education and Liturgical Formation in the Second Century

Room 120    

                        Chair: Timothy Austen, Villanova University


Lex orandi, lex identitatis: Prayer as Identity Formation in the Martyrdom of Polycarp

Paul Hartog, Faith Baptist Theological Seminary


The Shifting Sands of Prayer in the History of the Didache

Clayton Jefford, Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology


Irenaeus on Education

Jeffrey Bingham, Southwestern Seminary


Session VI: 10:45 AM-12:15 PM 


20.       Theology of Saint Bonaventure

Room 115

Chair: Kevin L. Hughes, Villanova University

Ratzinger’s Bonaventure: authentically anti-Aristotelian (with respect to history)?

Matthew Boulter, University of Dallas



The development of Pietas in the cultic thought of St. Bonaventure

Luke Togni, Marquette University

"All of the things which should be sought": The Lord's Prayer as the Summit of Desire in Bonaventure's Breviloquium

Daniel W. McClain, Loyola University, Maryland.




21.       (Re-)Naming God: Creative Retrievals of the Divine Names Tradition

Room 102

Chair: Terrence Sweeney, Villanova University


God as Beauty: Thomas Aquinas and William Desmond on Beauty as a Divine Name

Brendan Sammon, Saint Joseph’s University


God as Love: Dionysius the Areopagite, Jean-Luc Marion, and William Desmond on Divine Erotics

Paul Camacho, Villanova University


God as Mercy: St. Augustine and Ferdinand Ulrich on Doxological Naming in the Practice of Brotherly Love

Erik Van Versendaal, Pontifical John Paul II Institute




22.      Theurgy and Liturgy – Iamblichus and Augustine

Room 114

Organized by Hans Feichtinger, Archdiocese of Ottawa and Seamus O’Neill, Memorial University

Sponsored by Memorial University

Chair: J. J. Mulhern, University of Pennsylvania


How to read the Most Divine Iamblichus? A Very Short Introduction

Hans Feichtinger, Archdiocese of Ottawa


My weight is my love: Augustine and Iamblichus

Maurizio Filippo Di Silva, Universidade Federal do Paraná


Augustine and Iamblichus on Evil Demons and Theurgy: Contacts and Conflict

Seamus O’Neill, Memorial University



23.   The Soul in Scholastic Theology

Room 119

Chair: Michael J. Rubin, University of Mary Washington


Aspectus, Affectus, and the Metaphysics of the Soul According to Robert Grosseteste

Brett W. Smith, Catholic University of America


Liberum Arbitrium in the Extant Cistercian Commentaries on the Sentences, 1250-1400

Andrew J. Cuff, Catholic University of America


St. Thomas and the Analogicity of Immanent Action

Samuel Wigutow, Catholic University of America



24   Intimacies in Medieval Thought

Room 120

Chair: June-Ann Greeley, Sacred Heart University


Aemulatio and the Practice of Scholarly Friendship in Abelard's Historia Calamitatum and His and Heloise's Subsequent Exchanges

Robert Sweetman, Institute for Christian Studies


Supersession and Family Trauma in the Glossa Ordinaria to Genesis

John Y.B. Hood, Independent Scholar


The Lover and the Psalms: Hadewijch of Antwerp’s Mystical Poetry

Erin Risch Zoutendam, Duke University

LUNCH, 12:15 PM-1:45PM
The Inn at Villanova University

St Ambrogio

Session VII: 1:30 PM-3:30 PM


25.     Saint Augustine on Christ, the Church and the World

Room 115

                        Chair: Joshua Gonnerman, Catholic University of America


Coordinating the Lord’s Prayer in Early North African Christianity: Tertullian, Cyprian, and Augustine

Augustine M. Reisenauer, O.P, University of Notre Dame


Ranking Pagans: An Augustinian Evaluation of Pagan Knowledge in De Civitate Dei

Brad Boswell, Duke University


Unjust Excommunications and Augustine’s Doctrine of the Church

Eric J. DeMeuse, Marquette University


Competing Christs: Augustine’s Developing Christology

Ty Monroe, Boston College



26.       Cosmos, Liturgy, and the Shape of Redemption

Room 101

                        Chair:  Ron Ditmars, Erasmus Academy


A Christian Theourgia: The Liturgy of the Dionysian Ecclesiastical Hierarchy

Patrick Connolly, Saint Louis University


Pagan and Christian Parallels in Early Irish Cosmology

Cathy Bodin, McDaniel College


Restoring the Discarded Image: Dante and C. S. Lewis on the Cosmic Liturgy of the Medieval Cosmos

David Russell Mosley, Holy Family Academy


Dante's Holy Tears: Hope, Prayer, and the Comic Shape of Redemption in the Divine Comedy

Matthew Rothaus Moser, Loyola University Maryland



27.     Retrievals: Medieval Wisdom and Contemporary Thought

Room 102

Chair:  Ian Clausen, Villanova University


Monasticism: The Work of God as a Participation in Beloved Sonship and the Universal Call to Holiness

Ryan Welch, Franciscan University of Steubenville


Ancient Symbols and Modern Actors: Envisioning Liturgy as a Symbolic Drama

Kyeil Kwak, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia


The Pastoral Function of the Ecclesial Meaning of the Eucharist in the work of Henri de Lubac

Kyle D. Potter, Marquette University



28.       The Body and the Word in Imperial Spain and Colonial Latin America

Room 114

Chair: Adriano Duque, Villanova University 


The Polemical Body: The Language of Illness as a Defense of Converso Christians

Nicole Reibe, Loyola University Maryland


Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz and the Villancico: Poetry in the Service of Liturgy in Seventeenth-Century Mexico

Marcos A. Ramos, O.P, University of St. Michael’s College




29.      The School of St. Victor: Masters Hugh and Richard

Room 119

Chair: Luke Togni, Marquette University


Meditatio and Memoria as Preparation for Contemplatio:

Comparing Augustine and Hugh of Saint-Victor

Derek M. Geerlof, Ambrose University


Hugh of St. Victor’s Objective Christology of Assumption and Passover

Clifton Stringer, Boston College


Love as Debt in the Thought of Richard of St. Victor

Michael Camacho, Pontifical John Paul II Institute


Session VIII:


Plenary Session 4:00 PM- 5:45 PM

Room 115


Margot Fassler

Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy

University of Notre Dame

Liturgical Sequences as Communal Prayer

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10 AM:  Sunday Roundtable

A Sacrifice of Praise:  Liturgy, Prayer, and Hymnody at the Center of Faith and Life

 An Open Conversation 

with Susan Harvey and Margot Fassler

All are welcome.

Room 115/117


All Conference Events will conclude by 12pm