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School of Theology and Ministry

Brian Dunkle, S.J.

assistant professor of historical theology


Contact Information | (617) 552-1315

Simboli Hall 219


A.B., M.St., M.A., S.T.B., S.T.L., Ph.D. (University of Notre Dame)

Areas of Interest

Patristics, especially fourth-century Christology and Trinitarian theology; Ambrose of Milan, the Cappadocians, and Augustine; early Christian hymns and poetry.


Rev. Brian Dunkle, S.J., grew up in Freeport, N.Y., before leaving to attend Harvard University, where he studied Classics and competed on the track and cross country teams. After graduation he taught in Rome and studied at Oxford (MSt) before joining the Jesuits, which led to the novitiate in Syracuse, philosophy studies at Fordham University, and theology at the Gregorian University in Rome (STB) and at BCSTM (STL), with stints teaching Classics at Canisius College in Buffalo and serving as an associate pastor in Oceanside, N.Y. While pursuing his doctorate in historical theology at Notre Dame, he served in the St. Joseph County jail and local parishes, including the area’s Melkite Greek Catholic community, and spent two summers teaching philosophy at St. Joseph’s Scholasticate in Vietnam. He remains active in retreat direction and enjoys running and basketball.


Fall 2016
Introduction to Patristic Theology (TMST 7151)
Latin West and Greek East: From Nicaea to the Fall of Constantinople (TMST8555)

Spring 2017
The Development of Christological Doctrine (TMST7051)
The Trinity in the Early Church (TMST 7152)

Other Courses
Theology and Literature
Ambrose of Milan

Recent Publications

Enchantment and Creed in the Hymns of Ambrose of Milan
. Oxford: Oxford University, 2016.

St Gregory of Nazianzus: Poems On Scripture. Introduction and translation from Greek. Crestwood, N.Y.: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2013.

Articles and Book Chapters
“Ambrose of Milan on Deification.” In Deification in the Latin Patristic Tradition, edited by Jared Ortiz. Proposal with Catholic University of America Press.

“Humility, Prophecy, and Augustine’s Harmony of the Gospels.” Augustinian Studies 44 (2013): 1–19.

“Anselm of Havelberg’s Use of Authorities in His Account of the Filioque.” Byzantinisches Zeitschrift 105 (2012): 693–720.

“Service in the Analogia Entis and Spiritual Works of Erich Przywara.” Theological Studies 73 (2012): 339–362.

“Mystagogy and Creed in Ambrose’s Iam Surgit Hora Tertia.” In Studia Patristica 69: Papers presented at the Sixteenth International Conference on Patristic Studies held in Oxford 2011, v.17, edited by Markus Vincent, 25–34. Leuven: Peeters, 2013.

“Classics, Patristics, and the Development of the Jesuit Ratio Studiorum.” In Classics and Jesuit Education, edited by Edmund Cueva, Shannon Byrne, and Frederick Benda, S.J., 34–46. Newcastle, England: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009.

“Proclaiming the Silence: Motives and Models in Gregory Nazianzen’s Poem 2.1.34a.” In Motivi e forme della poesia cristiana antica tra scrittura e tradizione classica. Studia Ephemeridis Augustinianum 108, vol. 2, 383–389. Rome: Institutum patristicum Augustinianum, 2008.

“A Development in Origen’s View of the Natural Law.” Pro Ecclesia 13 (2004): 337–351.