Module 5 – Desert Monasticism – From Antony to Ireland – (6 units/9 semester hours)

Module 5 presents to students an investigation and analysis of desert monasticism: Evagrius Ponticus, Athanasius and Antony, the desert fathers and mothers: their sayings and practices, the pilgrimage of Egeria, John Cassian, and monasticism within the Coptic Church. Module readings draw on primary sources including saints' lives, rules and customaries, liturgies, scriptural commentaries, handbooks of spiritual advice, prayers and other devotional treatises, histories and chronicles. In addition, the module investigates the shaping effect of African monasticism on the development of Christian spirituality and theology beyond a specifically African context. The module also explores the role of key female leaders in the rise of monasticism in an African context.

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for the program

In October 2016, we begin with the new group of students that desires to study towards an MA in Early African Christian Studies. Now is the time to register!

in Heliopolis

The residential weeks for the MA studies and its administrative center are at St Michael and all Angels Anglican Church in Heliopolis. The MA study is ecumenical and open to students from any denomination.


» 1 October 2016. Deadline for paying the one-time Registration fee for new students only.

» 5 October 2016: deadline for paying tuition.

» 5-8 October 2016: Residential week with Dr Evan Howard on Monasticism in the Early Church