Patristic Symposium

Patristic Symposium

The Patristic Symposium was founded in 1986 by Rev Prof D Vincent Twomey, SVD, Professor of Moral Theology at Saint Patrick’s College, and Rev Dr Thomas Norris, lecturer in Dogmatic Theology at the same college. The Reverend Thomas Finan, Professor of Ancient Classics was invited to be the Honorary President, thus establishing a special link with the Department of Ancient Classics in the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, which continues to this day. The members of the Symposium come from various universities and colleges in Ireland. From the outset, the Symposium has enjoyed Ecumenical status and promoted an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Fathers of the Church and Late Antiquity.

The aim of the Symposium has been to provide a relaxed forum for scholars of Patristics and related subjects, to stimulate discussion about the Fathers of the Church and their enduring relevance. [Read more on our statues page…]

Ordinary Symposium meetings generally occur three times a year, and comprise two hour-long papers read by members or invited speakers, from both Ireland and farther afield, followed by lunch.

Conferences are held every three years, the Proceedings of which are published by Four Courts Press, Dublin. The first seven Conferences covered the following areas:

  • Neoplatonism
  • Scriptural Interpretation
  • Christology
  • The Holy Trinity
  • The Great Persecution
  • Salvation
  • The Holy Spirit in the Fathers of the Church. Please click here to

For further information, please contact:

Dr Janet Rutherford
Honorary Secretary