It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I welcome you to embark upon a truly unique educational experience; one that is inspired by the mind and heart of St. Augustine of Hippo, imbued with the desire for a traditional way of study and dedicated to the noble, loving pursuit of Christian community. These are just a few of the qualities that distinguish the Collegium Augustinianum in its idealistic vision and mission.
We are a specialized graduate school driven by the resonant voice of St. Augustine as it echoes throughout the major epochs of the Western philosophical and theological tradition, leaving its mark on a great many movements ranging from medieval scholasticism and reformed theology to phenomenology and postmodernism. Hence, the research interests of both our scholars and students touch upon the various ways in which the Augustinian tradition has helped shape and mold the sacred sciences to this day. For example, one of our doctoral students is working on the application of Augustinian Just War Theory to the contemporary problem of terrorist insurgency; such research demonstrates not only the vast historical and conceptual scope of St. Augustine’s thought but also the great variety of scholarly interest welcomed at the Collegium.
We are quite proud of the scholarly achievements of our renowned faculty and the prominent role of our fellows in governing the academic direction of the Collegium. Our fellows are firmly dedicated to a reclamation of the professorial ideals of the medieval studium, guaranteeing a strong, unwavering commitment to educational excellence, as well as an old world mentoring relationship between professor and student, master and novice.
I therefore welcome you to enter into an educational ideal, a Christian community of scholars brought together by the common love of study for study’s sake and the unifying fellowship that forges one mind and heart out of many; or as St. Augustine so eloquently put it, veritas per caritatem.
Patrick A. Messina, Ph.D.
Rector and Associate Professor of Philosophy and Theology