Monastic Studies (Early and Medieval), Eastern Christianity
Born 16 July 1957 in Houston, Texas. Professed as a monk of Saint John's Abbey, 11 July 1982; solemn profession, 11 July 1985; ordination to the diaconate, 12 July 1989; ordination to the priesthood, 8 June 1990.
International Conference on Patristic Studies: attended quadrennial conferences in Oxford in August 1987, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015.
North American Patristics Society, 1994–; attended annual meetings in 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2014, 2016.
Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, 1996–.
Spiritus, a journal for critical essays on Christian spirituality (Johns Hopkins University Press), editorial advisory board member, 2000–.
Symposium Syriacum. Attended quadrennial meetings in 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016.
Society for Biblical Literature, 2006–. Attended annual meeting in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.
Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity.Area Editor for “Christian Religious Life.”
International Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches, 2009–.
North American Oriental Orthodox-Catholic Dialogue, 2010–.
Working the Earth of the Heart: the Messalian Controversy in History, Texts and Language to 431, Oxford Theological Monographs (Oxford: Clarendon Press).
“Manifestation of Thoughts in the Rule of Benedict,” Studia Patristica XXV: Papers Presented to the Eleventh International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford 1991 (Louvain: Peeters), 451-56.
“Scripture and Contemplation in the Monastic Spiritual Theology of John Cassian,” Studia Patristica XXV: Papers Presented to the Eleventh International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford 1991 (Louvain: Peeters), 457-61.
“From logos to verbum: John Cassian's Use of Greek in the Development of a Latin Monastic Vocabulary,” The Joy of Learning and the Love of God: Studies in Honor of Jean Leclercq (Kalamazoo: Cistercian Publications), 5-31.
“Asceticism and Spirituality in Late Antiquity: New Vision, Impasse, or Hiatus?,” Christian Spirituality Bulletin 4:1, 11-15; reprinted in American Benedictine Review 48 (1997), 254-65.
“Reimagining Early Monastic Spirituality,” review article on John Binns, Ascetics and Ambassadors of Christ: The Monasteries of Palestine, 314-631; David Brakke, Athanasius and the Politics of Asceticism; Susanna Elm, ‘Virgins of God’: The Making of Asceticism in Late Antiquity, Christian Spirituality Bulletin 5, 22-25; reprinted as “Asceticism: A Feature Review,” American Benedictine Review 50 (March 1999), 3-10.
Cassian the Monk (Oxford University Press: New York). Translated into Rumanian and Polish; Italian translation in progress
Prayer and Community: the Benedictine Tradition, Darton, Longman and Todd (U.K.) and Orbis Books (USA). Translated into Czech; Korean and Portuguese translations in progress.
“Evagrius Ponticus on Prayer and Anger,” Religions of Late Antiquity in Practice, ed. Richard Valantasis (Princeton: Princeton University Press), 65-81.
“Monasticism” and “Anthony of Egypt,” The Early Christian World, ed. Philip Esler (London/New York: Routledge), 344-66, 1088-1101.
“Desert Fathers,” Encyclopedia of Monasticism (Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn), 371-73.
Cassian Monahul [Rumanian translation of Cassian the Monk] (Sibiu: Editions Deisis).
“‘We’? Reflections on Affinity and Dissonance in Reading Early Monastic Literature,” Spiritus 1, 93-102.
“Imageless Prayer and the Theological Vision of Evagrius Ponticus,” Journal of Early Christian Studies 9, 179-210.
“Il monachesimo e il Nuovo Testamento. Un fenomeno assente nel primo cristianesimo,” “L’ascetismo premonastico,” “Il monachesimo in Gallia. Martino di Tours e l’isola di Lérins,” “San Benedetto,” “La Santa Regola,” “Il monachesimo in Nord America,” “Ecumenismo,” Atlante storico del monachesimo orientale e occidentale, ed. Juan María Laboa (Milan: Jaca Book), 22-25, 60-63, 76-79, 80-83, 254-57, 260-61; French edition: La grande aventure du monachisme entre orient et occident (Paris: Lethielleux); English edition: The Historical Atlas of Eastern and Western Christian Monasticism (Collegeville: Liturgical Press).
“Evagrius Ponticus on Monastic Pedagogy,” Abba, aFestschriftfor Bishop Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia, ed. John Behr, Andrew Louth, Dimitri Conomos (Crestwood, NY: Saint Vladimir’s Seminary Press), 241-
“John Cassian’s Schema of Eight Principal Faults and his Debt to Origen and Evagrius,” Jean Cassien entre Orient et Occident, ed. Cristian Badilita (Paris: Beauchesne), 205-19.
Kasjan mnich [Polish translation of Cassian the Monk] (Cracow: Tyniec).
“Evagrius Ponticus and the ‘Eight Generic Logismoi’,” In the Garden of Evil: The Vices and Culture in the Middle Ages, ed. Richard Newhauser (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies), 3-34.
“Christian Spirituality in the Roman Empire, 100-600 CE,” The Blackwell Companion to Christian Spirituality, ed. Arthur Holder (Oxford: Blackwell), 73-89.
“Monastic Perspectives on Celibacy,” Sexuality and the U.S. Catholic Church: Crisis and Renewal, ed. Lisa Cahill (New York: Crossroad), 120-25.
Opening Keynote Address, “The Encounter of the Early Church with the Greek and Roman World: A View from Monastic Theology,” Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America 61, 1-13.
“Il ritratto scritto. I Dialoghi di Gregorio e il loro impatto storico,”Benedetto. L’eredità artistica, ed. Roberto Cassanelli and Eduardo López- Tello Garcia (Milan: Jaca Book), 11-24; French edition: “Le portrait écrit. Les Dialogues de Grégoire et leur impact historique,” Benoît et son héritage artistique (Paris: Cerf, 2007); Spanish edition: “El retrato escrito: los Diálogos de Gregorio y su impacto histórico,” San Benito. El arte benedictino (Zamora: Ediciones Montecasino/Bilbao: Ediciones Mensajero, 2009).
“Prayer,” Oxford Handbook of Early Christianity, ed. Susan Ashbrook Harvey and David Hunter (New York: Oxford University Press), 744-63
“Yours, Mine, or Theirs? Historical Observations on the Use, Collection, and Sharing of Manuscripts in Western Europe and the Christian Orient,” Malphono w-Rabo d- Malphone. Studies in Honor of Sebastian P. Brock, ed. George Kiraz (Gorgias Press), 603-60.
“Prayer among the Benedictines,” A History of Prayer: From the Early Church to the Reformation, ed. Roy Hammerling (Leiden: Brill), 201-22.
“Early Monasticism and Community Movements Today: What is Old and New, and How Do They Meet?,” in One Heart, One Soul, Many Communities, ed. Mary Forman (Collegeville: Liturgical Press), 3-23.
“Monastic Attitudes towards Philosophy and Philosophers,” Studia Patristica XLIV: Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Conference on Patristic Studies (Oxford 2007). (Louvain: Peeters), 321-27.
Entries on “Benedictine Order,” “Monasticism,” “Monastic Vows,”The Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity, ed. Daniel Patte (Cambridge/ New York: Cambridge University Press).
“The Origins and Fate of Monasticism,” Spiritus 10, 256-63.
“Evagrius and the Eastern Monastic Tradition on the Intellect and the Passions,” Modern Theology 27, 263-75; rpt. in Faith, Rationality, and the Passions, ed. Sarah Coakley (Malden, MA/ Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell), 67-79.
“The Use of Biblical Texts in Prayer and the Formation of Early Monastic Culture,” American Benedictine Review 61, 193-206.
“Monastic Space and Time,” Western Monasticism ante litteram: The Spaces of Early Monastic Observance, ed. Hendrik Dey and Elizabeth Fentress (Turnhout: Brepols), 43-51.
“Benedictine Monasticism and Mysticism,” Wiley-Blackwell Companion to ChristianMysticism, ed. Julia Lamm (Malden, MA/ Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell), 216-36.
“False Alternatives? The Active/Contemplative Dichotomy,” Misson and Monasticism. Acts of the International Symposium at the Pontifical Athenaeum S. Anselmo, Rome, May 7-9, 2009, ed. Conrad Leyser and Hannah Williams, Studia Anselmiana 158 (Rome, 2013), 19-22.
“The Ascetic Taxonomy of Antioch and Edessa at the Emergence of Monasticism,” Adamantius 19, 207-21.
“Re-thinking the History of Monasticism East and West: A Modest tour d’horizon,” Prayer and Thought in Monastic Tradition. Essays in Honour of Benedicta Ward SLG, ed. Santha Bhattacharji, Rowan Williams, Dominic Mattos (London: Bloomsbury), 3-16.
“Another Cassian?” (review article), Journal of Ecclesiastical History 66, 372-376
“Patristics beyond ‘East’ and ‘West,’” Patristic Studies in the Twenty-First Century, ed. Carol Harrison, Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony, Theodore de Bruyn (Turnhout: Brepols), 317-41
“HMML and Syriac Manuscripts,” Manuscripta Syriaca. Des sources de première main, ed. F. Briquel Chatonnet and M. Debié, Cahiers d’études syriaques 4 (Paris: Geuthner), 1-16.
“Evagrius Beyond Byzantium: the Latin and Syriac Receptions,” Evagrius and His Legacy in Byzantium and the West, ed. Robin Darling Young and Joel Kalvesmaki (South Bend: Notre Dame University Press), 206-35.
“Psalms and Prayer in Syriac Monasticism: Clues from Psalter Prefaces and their Greek Sources,” Prayer and Worship in Eastern Christianities, 5th to 11th Centuries, ed. Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony and Derek Krueger (London and New York: Routledge).