Church Fathers Study Group

The Early Church Fathers Study Group is part of the St Paul's Adult Faith Formation program, and has been active since Spring 2014. We share a love of reading the original works of the Church Fathers, Saints, and Doctors who clarified the doctrine and tradition of the Roman Catholic Church, thru to Vatican II. Our group exists to encourage the laity's grasp of the theological traditions of the Roman Catholic Church, and we help each other's understanding within our group discussions, where all are welcomed to participate.

Fall 2019 Schedule of Readings

The Early Church Fathers Study Group of St Paul's is delighted to announce the Fall semester of readings and discussions. We will begin with St Augustine's On Christian Doctrine, and follow up with writings by Saints Ambrose, Athanasius, Gregory of Nazianzus, Gregory Thaumaturgus, and Basil. We will be meeting from 7:00 - 9:oo pm in the Conference Room of the Spiritual Center (entrance off of the  parking lot of St Paul) on bimonthly Monday evenings. The schedule and the suggested editions for readings are given below. All are welcome!

Monday, August 19
  • St Augustine, On Christian Doctrine Books I-II
Monday, September 9
  • St. Augustine, On Christian Doctrine books III-IV 
Monday, September 30
  •  St. Ambrose, On the Holy Spirit, Book I
Monday, October 14
  • St. Ambrose, On the Holy Spirit, Book II
Monday, October 28
  • St. Ambrose, On the Holy Spirit, Book III  
Monday, November 11
  • St. Athanasius, On the Incarnation
Monday, November 25
  • St. Gregory Nazianzen, Five Theological Orations
Monday, December 9
  • St. Gregory Thaumaturgus, ON the Trinity
Monday, December 16
  • St. Basil, De Spiritu Sancto


1. August, On Christian Doctrine

2. Ambrose, On the Holy Spirit

3. Athanasius, On the Incarnation
ISBN-10: 1420959557
ISBN-13: 978-1420959550

4. Gregory Nazianzen, Five Orations and Letters to Clodinius
ISBN-10: 0881412406
ISBN-13: 978--0881412406

5. Gregory Thaumaturgus, On the Trinity and Twelve Topics on the Faith
ISBN-10: 1530223873
ISBN-13: 978-1530223879

6. Basil, De Spiritu Sancto
ISBN-10: 1785162969
ISBN-13: 978-1785162961