‘The Passions in the Platonic Tradition, Patristics and Late Antiquity’.

In an effort to explore the effects of the pandemic the aim of the Symposium on April 19 and 20, 2021 was to study emotional responses in the following three moments in the unfolding of (de)confinement: (1) undergoing forceful separation at the outbreak of the pandemic, (2) experiencing loss during the pandemic and (3) embracing change and reimagining a life after the pandemic. Some questions open to discussion included, how do emotions in these stages affect corporeality, community, lived experience, identity and religious practice?

Anthony Dupont concluded the Symposium with his lecture entitled ‘Augustine’s Tears: a Plea for the Virtue of Honesty”

  • Proceedings of the symposium will appear as The Passions in the Platonic Tradition, Patristics and Late Antiquity in VOX PATRUM vol. 81, March 2022 [Editor: Marcin R. Wysocki (John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin), Guest Editor: Pablo Irizar (McGill University)]

In Memoriam Petrus Cornelius Mayer OSA

We received the news that in Germany on March 8 2021, fr. Petrus Cornelius Mayer passed away. One day short of his 92st birthday.

From the many run to the one, collect what has been scattered together into one, flow together, secure yourself, stay with the one; don’t go after the many.That’s where true happiness lies. (S. 96,6)

Born March 9, 1929 in Budapest, Hungary, he fled his country in 1946 with his family and they settled in Germany where he entered the augustinian order as a novice in 1949. In Würzburg he studies Theology, and received his doctorate in 1963. He became a Professor at the Justus Liebig University of Giessen. His immense work in the field of research on Augustine earned him an Honorary Doctorate at the University of Villanova in 1988.

His first big feat in the field of Augustine Research was the Corpus Augustinianum Gissense (CAG)which consists of the body of works of Augustine in Latin. First on CD-Rom, then as an online resource. In 1979 he started another ‘life’s work’ : the Augustinus-Lexikon. He bundled keywords from the works and doctrine and life of Augustine and assembled experts in the field to write articles about these lemmata. Once retired from the univirsity in 1995, he took this project to the Zentrum für Augustinus-Forschung, where he tirelessly worked to complete the job untill his health prohibited it in 2017.

Unfortunately, p. Petrus Mayer will not see his Augustinus-Lexikon complete – the plan is for that to happen in the summer of 2021.

Researchers Relate

On our English YouTube channel we started a series under the name Researchers Relate where a researcher explains his current research in a short video. We kick the series off with Fabio Della Schiava. He is particularly interested in the reception of Augustine’s De civitate Dei in the XV century.

Merry Christmas and a Happy 2021

The Augustinian Historical Institute wishes you a merry Christmas, which perhaps more than ever will be a time of reflection on the immense value of friendship, togetherness, and the importance of physical contact in our digital age. We also wish you the strength to be able to cope with all the current restrictions in the new year, knowing that there will come an end to it. For some inspirational quotes of Augustine’s thoughts on friendship, click >>here<<

Please note that we will open our doors again on Tuesday, the 5th of January.

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