Welcome to the website of the North American Patristics Society! NAPS promotes the study of late antiquity and early Christianity primarily through our journal and annual meeting.  For further information about our activities and membership in the society, follow the links in the column to the left.

The 2016 annual meeting will take place in Chicago from May 26 to 28, 2016. We hope that you will join us. Our Vice President, Kate Cooper, has released the Call for Papers, and it may be found here.

Meanwhile, we wish everyone a wonderful Fall semester and best regards for your research endeavors.

Susanna Elm, 2014-2016 President of NAPS

Membership & Subscriptions

Subscription to the Journal of Early Christian Studies is included with your membership. *Student Discount Available

Interested in having your work published in an upcoming volume? Read our Submission Guidelines.

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Call for Nominations

Now accepting nominations for two Board Members-at-large, one Student Board Member, and one Vice President/President Elect.

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  • We are pleased to announce a partnership with The Pennsylvania State University Press to publish Inventing Christianity, a new book series. We are currently accepting proposals for the series, which seeks original work that contributes to the study of the second and third centuries and interrogates notions of “inventing” early Christianity (e.g. developing notions of Christian identity, boundary formation, etc.) from a variety of scholarly perspectives.

    You may learn more about the series by following either of the links below, and by all means feel free to contact the series editors with any questions.

    David L. Eastman and L. Stephanie Cobb
    Co-Editors of Inventing Christianity, The Pennsylvania State University Press
    November 16th, 2015 Continue Reading
  • Villanova has now published a mobile app of Augustine’s Confessions !

    See: www.villanova.edu/augustinesconfessions

    The formal launch of this app will be November 13, 2015 at 2:30, at the Augustinian Institute at Villanova University.

    All are welcome!

    Fr. Allan Fitzgerald, O.S.A.
    The Augustinian Institute

    October 22nd, 2015 Continue Reading
  • An INCOMING [PEGASUS]2 Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship is a regular 3-year postdoctoral fellowship for researchers that are currently performing research abroad and wish to continue their research career in Flanders.

    NAPS Members interested in applying for this fellowship are invited to contact Dr. Anthony DuPont (K. U. Leuven) for preliminary discussion of proposals. His email address is anthony.dupont @ theo.kuleuven.be.

    October 6th, 2015 Continue Reading
  • Recent PhDs and current graduate students in philosophy, theology, or religious studies are invited to apply to the 2016 St. Thomas Summer Seminar in Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology. The seminar will be held at the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota, from June 14th to June 29th, 2016. Participants will receive a stipend of $2000, as well as room and board.

    For more information and instructions on how to apply, see:


    October 6th, 2015 Continue Reading