Rector's Greeting

Dear Colleagues, Students and Friends,

                

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 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 theologians. We have students working on the connection between Henri de Lubac and Augustine as well as those working on original translations of medieval manuscripts. We are interested in Augustine and in medieval, modern and contemporary connections with the Bishop of Hippo.

                  

I further invite you to become not merely a student, but to become a friend in our community of scholars. 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 believe that the “love of wisdom” is the love of God, as Augustine put it. The Collegium Augustinianum is an ideal. Therefore, I especially invite students who are seeking not only an education, but a journey of the soul. 


Many Blessings,


+Bishop Craig


(Most Rev.) Craig J. N. de Paulo, Ph.D., D.D.

Rector and Professor of Philosophy and Theology