Assistant Professor of Historical Theology
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 (M.St.) before joining the Jesuits, which led to the novitiate in Syracuse, philosophy studies at Fordham University, and theology at the Gregorian University in Rome (S.T.B.) and at BCSTM (S.T.L.), 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.
Philosophy for Theological Studies
Theology & Literature
Introduction to Patristic Theology
Latin West & Greek East
Ambrose of Milan: On Noah, Defense of David, and Another Defense of David. Translation and introduction. Forthcoming from Catholic University of America Press for the Fathers of the Church Series.
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
with Angela Kim Harkins, "Hymns" in The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Ritual. Edited by Risteo Uro, Juliette J. Day, Richard E DeMaris, and Rikard Roitto. Forthcoming.
“John Chrysostom’s Community of Anger Management.” In Studia Patristica 82, edited by Yannis Papadokiannis, 1–12. Leuvens: Peeters, 2017.
“Beyond Carnal Cogitations: Deification in Ambrose of Milan.” In Deification in the Latin West, edited by Jared Ortiz, 132–52. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University Press, 2019.
“‘Made Worthy of the Holy Spirit’: A Hymn of Ambrose in Augustine’s Nature and Grace.” Augustinian Studies 50 (2019): 1–12
“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.