Dear Colleagues, Students and Friends,
Greetings in the Lord!
On behalf of the faculty and fellows of the Collegium Augustinianum,
it is my pleasure to invite you to become a part of our community of
Christian scholars who share a common love for the rich and passionate
thought of St. Augustine, the Bishop of Hippo and Father of the Church.
Unlike many universities, we are a small, highly specialized graduate
school for philosophy and theology in the Christian, Augustinian tradition.
Our central focus is Augustine’s thought and his venerable tradition as
expressed through the ages, especially in the Middle Ages, as articulated
by St. Anselm of Canterbury, St. Bernard de Clairvaux and St. Bonaventure,
to name a few. But, our scholars are equally interested in St. Augustine’s
influence on Reformation theology and philosophers like Hegel, Kierkegaard,
Max Scheler and Martin Heidegger. In fact, my own research and writing
has focused on the influence of Augustine on Heidegger’s Being and Time.
Thus, the Collegium Augustinianum is not a “patristic” institute as such;
but rather, we approach Augustine and his tradition as philosophers and
I further invite you to become not merely a student, but to become
a friend in our community of scholars. At the Collegium Augustinianum,
students will attend lectures, but our pedagogy focuses on the tutorial
where a student or small group of students will meet with a professor
monthly to discuss primary texts together. In this way, learning is founded
upon the common intellectual relationship of the professor and the student
with the text. As a Christian community, we strive to pray together, study
together and even to have meals in common because, following our holy
father, Augustine, we believe that the “love of wisdom” is actually the love
of God, who is love itself.
Like the monastic professor in the Middle Ages teaching his students,
the Collegium Augustinianum is an ideal. Therefore, I especially invite
students who are seeking not only an education, but a journey of the
soul. If there is anything that I can help you with, please feel free to
contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-248-1836.
Most Rev. Craig J. N. de Paulo, Ph.D., D.D.
Rector and Professor of Philosophy and Theology