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




SESSION I: 8:30 AM-10:00AM 


1.       Critical Mystical Theologies

Room 115

Chair: Nicole Reibe, Loyola University Maryland


Hildegard and Margaret Ebner: Narrative, Time, and Subjectivity

Yue Jennifer Wang, Villanova University


Julian of Norwich, Holie Church, and the Unknown Deed of the Last Day

Erin Risch Zoutendam, Duke University


The Spirituality of the Cross: Edith Stein’s Works in the Tradition of Mystical Theology

Ho Thi Nguyen, Villanova University




2.       The Theology of Thomas Aquinas

Room 108

Chair: Matthew Boulter, Maynooth University


The Image of God in Aquinas’s Commentary on the Sentences

Daniel W. Houck, John Leland Center for Theological Studies


Truth, Corporeality, and Incarnation in Aquinas’ De Veritate

Robert J. Dobie, LaSalle University


Expanding the Thomistic Understanding of Fortitude

Andrew Whitmore, Christendom College



3.       Late Antiquity: Holiness and Power

Room 114

Chair: Sharon Gutkowski, Villanova University


The Emperor Julian on Liturgy

David Neal Greenwood, University of Aberdeen


The Emperor Theodosius I and Nicene Rigorist Schismatics

Thomas Brauch, Central Michigan University


Saints and the Sanctification of Time: Hagiography and History in Late Antiquity

Rebecca Keller, Catholic University of America



4.       Augustine’s Preaching and Polemics contra Donatistas

Room 119

Chair: Jonathan Yates, Villanova University

Organized by Jonathan Yates, Villanova University


Resurrecting a Donatist Rejoinder: The Case of Cresconius

Jesse Hoover, Baylor University


Did Augustine’s Anti-Donatist Arguments Evolve Over Time?  

The Sermon at Caesarea Mauretania as a Test Case

Alden Bass, Oklahoma Christian University


The 411 Confrontation of Carthage in the Memory of Emeritus of Cherchell and Augustine

Geoffrey Dunn, Villanova University



Session II: 10:15 AM – 12:15PM


5.       Bonaventure’s Christocentrism: Philosophical, Theological, Historical, Spiritual

Room 115

Organized by: The Bonaventure Studium

Chair: Gregory LaNave, Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception


A Panel Discussion with:


Katherine Wrisley Shelby, Boston College

Christopher Cullen, SJ, Fordham University

Junius Johnson, Baylor University



6.       Creative Fidelity (1): Delivering a Good Word

Room 119

Chair: Erik Van Versendaal, Northeast Catholic College


Compassion, Comfort, and Consolation in Literature: Insight from the Italian Three Crowns

Sarah Faggioli, Villanova University


Retrieving the Heart of Christian Conversation: Aquinas’s Intellectual Emanations of Word and Love

Jennifer M. Sanders, University of Saint Thomas


Subcreation in History: Tolkien amid Aristotle, Sidney, and John Paul II

Michael Tomko, Villanova University




7.       Augustine: Time, Knowledge, Consciousness

Room 108

Chair: Hans Feichtinger, Saint Paul University



Saint Augustine’s Narrative Time Consciousness

Michelle Falcetano, Villanova University


Augustine and the Circumcision of Time

A.W. Strouse, The New School


Hopeful Dissatisfaction: The Eschatological Significance of the Vision at Ostia

Jonelle Weier, Boston College


The Notitia of Truth in Confessions  X

Samuel Pell, Cornell University



8.       Dominican Scholastic Theology: Aquinas and Eckhart

Room 114



                8a. Aquinas the Exegete


Thomas Aquinas and the Four Senses of Scripture

Jeffrey Baynham, Catholic University of America


Aquinas’ Eschatological Historiography: Job, Providence, and the Multiple Senses of the Historical Event

T. Adam Van Wart, Ave Maria University


8b. Aquinas and Eckhart on Time and Eternity


Inter Omnia Mirabilissimum Est: Thomas Aquinas and the Mystery of Temporality in the Being of Christ

Eric A. Mabry, Christ the King Seminary


The Birth of the Eternal: Eckhart and the Vindication of Time

Stephen Surh, Boston College



9.       Cult and Culture in the Early Middle Ages (1)

Room 120

Chair: Martha Oberle


Mutual Acculturation in the Irish Early European Christian cultures

Catherine Bodin, McDaniel College


After Martin of Tours: Why did Sulpicius Severus compose his Chronica?

Maria Theotokos Adams, Catholic University of America


Ravens in the Mead-hall: Rewriting Faith in the Wake of Charlemagne and the Saxon Wars

Galina Krasskova, Fordham University


Real Carolingians?:  Carmen 28 (Contra Iudices) by Theodulf of Orleans and Impressions of the Common Weal in Charlemagne’s Empire

June-Anne Greeley, Sacred Heart University




12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

For Ticket Holders Only

In the Ballroom at The INN

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


10.       Bonaventure: Prophecy, History, and Philosophy

Room  115

Organized by the Bonaventure Studium

Chair: Boyd Taylor Coolman, Boston College


History, Prophecy, and Prophetic Speculation in Bonaventure’s Theology

C. Colt Anderson, Fordham University


Expansion as the Sign of God's Providential Blessing in Legenda Maior and Hexaemeron

Susan Potters, Independent Scholar


A Time for Philosophy: Bonaventure’s Use of Aristotle in the Commentary on Ecclesiastes

Kaylie Page, Yale Divinity School


Response by Boyd Taylor Coolman




11.       Creative Fidelity (2): Spirit in Community, in Conversation with Cyril O’Regan’s Anatomy of Misremembering

Room 119

Chair: Rachel M. Coleman, Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on the Family


Enjoying Freedom, or “I-Thou-We”: Augustine’s Caritas and the Exorcism of Hegelian Geist

Erik Van Versendaal, Northeast Catholic College


Metaxological Metaphysics and the Dialectics of the State: Community, Society and Tradition in the Between

James Murdoch, Villanova University


12.       Scripture, History, and Eschatology: Tertullian & Augustine

Room 108

Organized by John C. Cavadini, University of Notre Dame

Chair: Stuart Squires, University of Saint Thomas


“The Truth has become history, or the flesh”: Tertullian of Carthage’s Figural Reading of Scripture

J. Columcille Dever, University of Notre Dame


“We ourselves will be the seventh day”: Resurrected Humanity as the Fulfillment of Historical Ages in Augustine’s De civitate Dei

Augustine M. Reisenauer, OP, University of Notre Dame


Catholicity as a Historical Vocation: Augustine’s use of the Old Testament during the Donatist Controversy

Travis Lacy, University of Notre Dame


“Apocalypse Now: The Architectonic Plan of Augustine’s City of God

John C. Cavadini, University of Notre Dame





13.       Cult and Culture in the Early Medieval Theology & Practice (2)

Room 120

Chair: Catherine Bodin, McDaniel University         


The Priesthood as Christian Chronology in Hrabanus Maurus’s De institutione clericorum

Gabriel Torretta, OP, University of Chicago Divinity School


Anselm of Havelberg and the Pneumatic Progress of History

Andrew Salzmann, Benedictine University


The Pilgrimages of Count Fulk V of Anjou and Early Crusading

Mark Blincoe, California Baptist University






Room 115

Gillian Clark

Professor Emerita and Senior Research Faculty

University of Bristol

“What happened?

Augustine and the History of Late Antiquity




Wine and Cheese Hour

6:00 PM

Mansion at the INN

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





Morning Prayer: 7:30 AM – 8:00AM


All are welcome.

Room 119


SESSION V: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM



14.       The Effective Word

Room 115

Chair: J. J. Mulhern, University of Pennsylvania


14a. Philosophical Dialogue as the Effective Word


Recognizing Terence and Persius in Augustine’s De Magistro

Shannon Dickson, University of Saint Thomas


Philosophical Dialogue: Revisiting the Paradigms

J. Stephen Russell, Hofstra University


       14b. Preaching as the Effective Word


John Chrysostom's Preaching on Job's Wealth and Poverty

Doug Finn, Villanova University


Figural Preaching: Patristic & Medieval Exegesis in Contemporary Ecclesial Practice

James Stambaugh, Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania


15.       Continuing Conversations:  A Discussion of Anatomy of Misremembering with Cyril O’Regan

Room 119

        Chair: Terence Sweeney, Villanova University

        Organized by Terence Sweeney, Villanova University


Karl Hahn, Villanova University

Rachel Coleman, Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family

Cyril O’Regan, University of Notre Dame



16.       Identity with God: World, Soul, Heart

Room 108

Chair: Patrick Nolin, University of Toronto

Organized by Barrie Rose Williams, Boston College


Meister Eckhart's Pneumatology

Austin Holmes, Boston College


The Soul as the Home of the Trinity: The Humble Hospitality of Divine Union in Marguerite Porete’s Mirror of Simple Souls

                Barrie Rose Williams, Boston College


The Flowing Blood of the Godheart: Identity and Heart in Mechthild von Magdeburg’s Christology Sarah Livick-Moses, Boston College



17.       Theology and Time in the Greek Fathers

Room 114

Chair: John Solheid, University of St. Michael’s College


The Spirit, Giver of Life: Irenaeus on Living in Time and Eternity

Ryan L. Scruggs, McGill University


The Elasticity of Time in Early Byzantine Earthquake Responses

Mark Roosien, Yale University


Christic Embodiment in Maximus the Confessor’s Capita de Caritate

Matthew B. Hale, Catholic University of America


18.       Asceticism and Spiritual Practice

Room 120

Chair:  Thomas Clemmons, Catholic University of America


Dependence and Critique: Pseudo-Romanos and Antonios on Saint Simeon the Stylite

Mitchell Stevens, Saint Louis University


Fasting and Illness in the Rule of St. Augustine

Sharon M. Gutkowski, Villanova University


Silver Tried Seven Times: Spiritual Stages and Historical Ages in the Theological Pedagogy of Augustine

Shane M. Owens, Catholic University of America


Reclaiming Porosity within the Immanent Frame: Mining Wisdom from the Sufi Practice of dhikr

Megan Hopkins, Boston College

Session VI: 10:45 AM-12:15 PM


19.       Augustine: The Other Within, the Other Without

Room 115    

                        Chair: Yue Jennifer Wang, Villanova University


The Enigma of Self in Augustine: An Examination of “An Other Inside Me” in Marion’s Reading of Confessions

Chungsoo J. Lee, Loyola University, Chicago


Augustine’s Blinkered Israelology

Ellen T. Charry, Princeton Theological Seminary


Generations and Genealogies: Augustine on Race, Language, Ethnicity

Hans Feichtinger, Saint Paul University


20.       Thinking Through Tradition: Ancients and Moderns in Conversation

Room 119

Chair: Martha Oberle


History as a Corrective for Self-Deception in the Thought of John Henry Newman

Mac Stewart, Catholic University of America


Owen Barfield and Evagrius Ponticus

Christopher McLaughlin, Boston College


History in the Procedure of Theological Inquiry

Patrick Nolin, University of Toronto


21.       Ratio and Affectus: Victorine and Franciscan Theology

Room 108

Chair: Katherine Wrisley Shelby, Boston College


Affectus Ad Intra in Richard of St. Victor’s De Trinitate

Robin Landrith, Boston College


The Theological Significance of 'Salvation History' in the Victorine-Early Franciscan Tradition.

Boyd Taylor Coolman, Boston College


Ratzinger’s Bonaventure: Prolegomena, Poiêsis, & Proposed Conclusions

Matthew Boulter, Maynooth University


22.       Contested Apocalypses

Room 114



Journeys to Hell:

Violence and Justice in the Apocalypse of Anastasia and the Apocalypse of the Theotokos

Dorothy Chang, Fordham University


Cyrillian Time and the Other Third Rome

Dennis Hou



12:15 PM - 1:45 PM

For Ticket Holders Only

In the Ballroom at The Inn 

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


23.       The Theology of Origen and the Cappadocians

Room 115

                        Chair: Mark Roosien, Yale University


Reichstheologie or Counterpolitics?

Discerning the Political Theology of Origen’s Contra Celsum

Timothy Troutner, University of Notre Dame


Biblical History and Christian Meaning In Origen’s Homilies on Psalm 77

John Solheid, University of Saint Michael’s College


St. Macrina, Modeling Cappadocian Faith:

Gregory of Nyssa’s use of his elder sister as an example of the dynamic progress of the soul

V. K. McCarty, General Theological Seminary


Mary in the Christological Discourse of the Cappadocian Fathers

        Blake Adams, Wheaton College



24.       Augustine:  Controversy, Genealogy, Narrative, and History

Room 119

Chair: A.W. Strouse, The New School


Augustine and Fortunatus: Exegesis and Debate

Thomas Clemmons, Catholic University of America


John Cassian and the Pelagian Controversy: A Reconsideration

Stuart Squires, University of Saint Thomas


Histories of Thieves: Anti-Imperial Genealogies in Augustine and Bartolome de las Casas

Terence Sweeney, Villanova University


Cochrane on Augustine:  Narrative and History

J. J. Mulhern, University of Pennsylvania




25.       Narrating Saints Back to Their Creator: Hope, Hagiography, and the Return to God

Room 108

Chair: S. Joel Garver, LaSalle University

Organized by Beth Zagrobelny Lofgren


Kenosis, Hagiography, and the Bodies of Eunuchs

Beth Zagrobelny Lofgren, Catholic University of America


The End Is the Beginning: The Logic of Oppositional Tension in Bonaventure and Teilhard de Chardin Marc V. Rugani, Saint Anselm College


“Looking at the promises,” looking at the present: hope as a hermeneutic virtue in John of Apamea’s thought

Rodrigue Constantin, Catholic University of America


Death before Death: Abba Moses on Preparing for the End

Siobhan Benitez, Catholic University of America




26.       Poetics of Vision: Art, Poetry, Prose

Room 114

                        Chair: Galina Krasskova, Fordham University


True or False? Is The Book of Margery Kempe Autobiography or Historical Fiction?

Cathryn McCarthy Donahue, College of Mount Saint Vincent


The Questions of Sir Amadace

Martha Oberle


The Frescoed Life of St. Catherine of Alexandria in the 14th-century Oratory in Bagno a Ripoli near Florence

Mary D. Edwards, Pratt Institute




27.       The Medieval and the Modern: Philosophical Conversations

Room 120

Chair: James Murdoch, Villanova University


Science and Human Values, Or – The Intellectual Crisis of the Modern World; The Origins of the Crisis and Its Resolution

T. Patrick Burke, Temple University


Divine Omnipotence and the Impossibility of Certain Truths:

Descartes, The Thinking Thing, and the Consequences of an All-Powerful God

Josh Merlo, University of Buffalo

Simply Given: Simplicity, Essential Unity, and Intra-Divine Giving in Balthasar, Aquinas, and some Social Trinitarians

Michael Higgins


Session VIII:


Plenary Session 4:00 PM- 5:45 PM

Room 115


Cyril O’Regan

Huisking Professor of Theology

University of Notre Dame


"Historiography and the Ends of Theory"


Vigil Mass 5:45 PM

Room 119


Cocktails 6:15 PM


Atrium & Courtyard


in Celebration of the 44th

Patristic, Medieval, Renaissance Studies Conference

7:00 PM

10 AM:  Sunday Roundtable

Faith in History:

Time, Narrative, Providence, Apocalypse

 An Open Conversation

with Gillian Clark  

and Cyril O’Regan

All are welcome.

Room 115/117

All Conference Events will conclude by  12pm.