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6:15 PM | The First Theologians: Who Were the Church Fathers and Why Do They Matter?

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George Mason University
Merten Hall | Room 1201

Update: Due to an Illness, Fr. Andrew was unable to deliver the lecture. It was presented on his behalf by Fr. Gregory Pine, OP of the Thomistic Institute.

A lecture by Fr. Andrew Hofer, OP (Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception).

6:15 PM

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Mason Catholic Patriots and free and open to the public.

About the Speaker: 

Fr. Andrew Hofer, O.P., grew up as the youngest of ten children on a farm in Kansas, and studied history, philosophy, and classics at Benedictine College. He then went to St Andrews, Scotland for a Master of Letters in medieval history. He entered the Order of Preachers as a son of the Province of St. Joseph, and was ordained a priest in 2002. After finishing his S.T.L. and serving as an associate pastor for a brief time, he was sent to Kenya as a missionary for two years. He taught at the Tangaza College of The Catholic University of Eastern Africa and other institutions in Nairobi. He returned to the U.S. and completed the Ph.D. in theology at the University of Notre Dame, with the primary area of history of Christianity (specializing in patristic theology with additional studies in medieval theology) and the secondary area of systematic theology. His research appears in such journals as Vigiliae ChristianaeAugustinianumInternational Journal of Systematic TheologyNew BlackfriarsNova et VeteraPro EcclesiaThe ThomistCommunio, and Angelicum and in books published by Catholic University America Press and Ignatius Press. He is the author of Christ in the Life and Teaching of Gregory of Nazianzus (Oxford Early Christian Studies), Oxford University Press, 2013, and the editor of Divinization: Becoming Icons of Christ through the Liturgy, Hillenbrand Books, 2015.