Saint Monica Institute for Patristic Studies

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St. Monica: 2012 - 2013 Season

September 5, 12, 19, 26:

Saint Irenaeus of Lyon's Proofs of the Apostolic Preaching will be read and studied. In what serves basically as an abbreviated manual of theology from the third century, Irenaeus strives to show that "what was quite impossible to our nature, and therefore like to be little belived in by man, God caused to be announced in advanced by the prophets, that ... we might know that it was God, who had revealed to us in advance our redemption." Our moderator will be Father Michael Novajosky of St. Jude's Parish in Monroe, who received his licentiate in pastristic theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. The edition used is from the Ancient Christian Writers series published by Paulist Press for those who may wish to acquire the text.

November 7, 14, 28:

The Life of Saint Augustine is a brief work written by his close friend Possidius, and offers a fascinating view into the life of the saint, as well as the importance of his ministry and writings as seen by his contemporaries. Our moderator, Dr. Lois Gandt, co-founder of the Saint Monica Institute, received her doctorate in patristic theology from Fordham University.

January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30:

St. Augustine's Of True Religion will be read, with a particular focus on the imporance of truth and how it serves as a foundation for the Church and proper participation in public life. The moderator will be Father Samuel Kachuba, who received his licentiate in dogmatic theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and who now serves as the Assistant Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Bridgeport and Parochial Vicar at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Greenwich.

March 6, 13, 20, 27:

Saint Gregory of Nyssa's Life of Moses will be read and studied as a perfect meditation for Lent, Holy Week and easter, as an exhortation for the Christian moral life. Gregory first studies the life of Moses as presented in Sacred Scripture and then presents the spiritual understanding of Moses' life "to obtain suggestions of virtue. Through such understanding we may come to know the perfect life for man." Our moderator will be Father Michael Novajosky. The edition is part of "The Classics of Western Spirituality" series printed by Paulist Press.