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

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

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

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


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


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

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

No longer “according to the flesh": Locating the Incarnate Economy in the Theology of Maximus the Confessor
Samuel B. Johnson, University of Notre Dame

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 Pinho, Marquette University

Becoming Uncreated: Hesychasm and the Uncreated Light in Gregory Palamas
Dorothy Chang, Fordham University

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

Aquinas as Reader of the City of God: Augustinian-Thomist Reflections on Political Order
C. C. Pecknold, Catholic University of America

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

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

‘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

Ama et labora: The Development of Augustine’s Theology of Work
Mark Therrien, University of Notre Dame

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

“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

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 Mosely, Johnson University

15.       Poetics and Practice

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


Holy Beds and Holy Families:  
The Impact and Use of Devotional Objects in Fifteenth-Century Northern Europe


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

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

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

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

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

On the Death of Bishops: Catholic and Donatist Burial Practices in Augustine’s North Africa
Bradley J.  Daugherty, Vanderbilt University

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

20.       Patristic Anthropology and Christology

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

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
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

The Trinitarian Dimensions of Eucharistic Theology
Nathaniel Peter, 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
Organized by

Knowledge Fit for the Wayfarer: Duns Scotus, The Indifference of Being, and Apophatic Theolog
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: Jude P. Dougherty, Catholic University of America.

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

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

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:  Rachel J. Smith, 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

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

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

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

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

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