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 2018 annual meeting will take place in Chicago from May 24-26, 2018. We hope that you will join us. As we get closer to this event, the full program will be posted on the website.

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

Jeffrey Bingham, 2017-2018 President of NAPS


Currently NAPS is accepting submissions for presentations at our Annual Meeting in Chicago, May 24-26, 2018. The deadline for submissions has been extended to December 4, 2017. Click the link to the left for Annual Meeting and then Call for Papers for further information.


Contact and Mailing address for the Society:

Dr. Rick Brumback
Secretary and Treasurer, NAPS
Freed-Hardeman University
158 E. Main St.
Henderson, TN  38340

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.

Become a Member

Call for Nominations

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

Submit a Nomination


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  • The 15th International FIEC Congress will be held in London, 4-8 July, 2019, hosted by the Classical Association, the Hellenic Society and the Roman Society, in collaboration with the Institute of Classical Studies, London, UCL, KCL, Birkbeck College, Royal Holloway University of London and Roehampton University.

    All practical information about registration, fees, and instructions for the submission of abstracts for the papers/panels will be available from the Congress website: the URL will be available in May 2018.

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  • The Canadian Society of Patristic Studies will hold its annual meeting at the University of Regina, May 27–29, 2018 under the auspices of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Papers are presented in English or French; time for presentation and discussion is 30 minutes.  Proposed titles, an abstract of approximately 100 words, and an indication of audio-visual requirements and accessibility requirements need to be submitted by February 15, 2018 by email to the programme coordinator, Lincoln H. Blumell (). Please write “CSPS Proposal” in the subject line of your email. For more information, go to http://www.ccsr.ca/csps/callforpapers.htm.

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