St Andrew's Patristic Symposia

St Andrew's Patristic Symposia were inaugurated in 2009 and originally took the form of a series of scholarly lectures delivered annually throughout the month of September, two every week. Since 2012, the annual symposia adopted the form of regular, two-day conferences. In the wake of the sixth edition (2014), the conference has become biennial. From the outset, the symposia proved to be an open space for crossdisciplinary approaches to the patristic phenomenon, and so they remain. For this reason, our patristic symposia have become a welcoming framework for scholars interested in the Church fathers and mothers, irrespective of their field of expertise, academic affiliation and denominational background.

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Shown below are the Patristic Symposia held by St Andrews.

2022 St Andrew's Patristic Symposium
'St Maximus the Confessor: 7th Century Christianity: Theology and History'




With the blessing of our College Dean, His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia, the Ninth Patristic Symposium will take place at St Andrew's in the second half of 2022. The theme of this years' Symposium is 'Saint Maximus... read more

2018 St Andrew's Patristic Symposium
'St Irenaeus of Lyons: History, Theology & Significance of the Apologists'

The importance of St Irenaeus of Lyons for the history of theological reflection is hardly disputed by modern scholarship today. He has been heralded as the first great father of the Christian Church in whom we see, for the very first time, all elements... read more

2016 St Andrew's Patristic Symposium
'The Personality and Contributions of Saint John Chrysostom'

Traditionally acknowledged as a great orator, scriptural interpreter and dedicated shepherd, in recent times the significance of Chrysostom is primarily assessed from the viewpoint of social history. Very recently, his input to the notion of free will has opened... read more

2014 St Andrew's Patrisitc Symposium
'From Alexandria to Cappadocia and Back Again'

On 26-27 September, 2014, the Very Revd Dr Doru Costache (Senior Lecturer in Patristic Studies, St Andrew's) and Dr Adam G. Cooper (Senior Lecturer, John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family), convened St Andrew's Sixth Patristic... read more

2013 St Andrew's Patristic Symposium
'St Cyril of Alexandria'

Convened by the Very Revd Dr Doru Costache and Dr Philip Kariatlis, St Andrew's Patristic Symposium on St Cyril of Alexandria, which was held on the 20-21 September at the Theological College, was a huge success. Opened by His Grace Bishop Iakovos... read more

2012 St Andrew's Patristic Symposium
'St Athanasius The Great'

Convened by Very Rev. Dr Doru Costache and Dr Philip Kariatlis. Keynote paper by Dr Adam Cooper (John Paul II Institute, Melbourne VIC). Select proceedings from this Symposium are scheduled to be published as peer reviewed... read more

2011 St Andrew's Patristic Symposium
'St Gregory of Nyssa'

Convened by Very Rev. Dr Doru Costache and Dr Philip Kariatlis. Keynote papers by Dr Anna Silvas, FAHA (UNE, Armidale NSW) and Dr Bronwen Neil (ACU, Brisbane QLD). Select proceedings from this Symposium have been... read more

2010 St Andrew's Patristic Symposium
'St Gregory the Theologian: The Poetry of Theology'

Convened by Rev. Dr Doru Costache and Dr Philip Kariatlis. Keynote papers by His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, Dr Anna Silvas, FAHA (UNE, Armidale NSW) and Emeritus Professor Georgios Mantzaridis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)... read more

2009 St Andrew's Patristic Symposium
St Basil the Great: History, Theology and Perennial Significance'

Convened by Rev. Dr Doru Costache and Dr Philip KariatlisSelect papers from this Symposium have been published as peer reviewed journal articles in Phronema 25 (2010). This edition of Phronema was edited by the Symposium's... read more

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