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St. Ambrose of Milan: Re-Constructing Community conference Call For Papers has been extended through October 15th in order to accommodate those who have asked for more time to prepare their proposals. Many thanks to those of you from many countries and states who have already submitted proposals. You will be hearing from us soon.

"St. Ambrose of Milan: (Re-)Constructing Community"

An Interdisciplinary and International Conference


 April 6-8, 2018

Hosted by the Academy for the Study of Saint Ambrose of Milan

St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa

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In coordination with the Dies Academicus (Classe di Studi Ambrosiani), “Progetti e prospettive di ricerca su sant’Ambrogio a livello internazionale,” at the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan, March 20-21, 2018. 

Ambrose of Milan built community, not only in the literal sense (e.g., through construction of churches) but also by crafting or re-crafting the sense of community in the Late Ancient Roman Empire, especially in the West.  This international conference on the campus of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, will address the many ways and means by which Ambrose constructed community.  How did Ambrose form a community, mold a particular sense of community, or reshape the understanding of an established community?  How did he redefine what it meant to be Roman?  Christian?  Rich or Poor? How did he connect the Powerful and the People, the Sage and the Simple?  Humans and the rest of creation?  How did his sense of community engage the (so-called) pagan, the Jew, the heterodox, the barbarian? 

Call for Papers:

To answer such questions, the broadest approaches are needed.  Disciplines may include, but are not limited to, Art and Archaeology, Communication, History, Law, Medicine, Music, Philosophy, Poetry and Literature, Politics, Science, and Theology. Papers may also address the communities that Ambrose ‘inherited’ or how later generations used Ambrose for their own community building efforts.  Interdisciplinary topics are encouraged (though not required).  

Papers are to be 20 minutes to allow time for questions.  Time will be allotted during and after the session for dialogue.  Graduate student papers welcome.

Abstracts, 200-300 words in length, should meet the deadline of October 1, 2017

ASSAM is pleased to be able to offer a limited number of travel subsidies for those whose papers have been accepted, especially for those with limited or no institutional support.  Our intention is to encourage participation by a new generation of scholars and by scholars from around the world.


Fr. Bud & Ethan


‘Ours is the ministry:’  The pastoral charism of St. Ambrose of Milan


The Academy for the Study of St. Ambrose of Milan invites you to a unique opportunity for parishes and parochial schools, and any other interested religious or lay people.  The workshop will help you to incorporate your Patron Saint into your pastoral, spiritual, liturgical, and educational ministries.  You will also enjoy meeting and swapping ideas with representatives from other institutions.


We are honored to be guided by Monsignor Cesare Pasini, Prefect of the Vatican Library, and Fr. Allan Fitzgerald, Director of the Augustine Institute at Villanova University.  Both are Ambrose scholars of international regard and are deeply spiritual in their approach.


The workshop will be held on the campus of St. Ambrose University, in Davenport Iowa, on April 8th 2018, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  The cost is $25.00 per person: we are deliberately keeping the costs at a minimum to encourage you to send as many representatives as you would like.


This workshop is particularly valuable for institutions named for St. Ambrose. 

At the same time, the ideas to be exchanged are useful for any parish seeking to tap into the unique charism of their own patron, whoever that might be, since the concepts are the same.


We are inviting you to send a representative or delegation to this workshop and promise that it will be richly rewarding and fruitful to your ministry.  


You may also be interested in attending our international conference, “Ambrose of Milan: (Re-) Constructing Community” (April 6-8), which immediately precedes the “Ours is the Ministry” workshop on the 8th.


The cost of the conference AND workshop combined is $100.


More information and registration for either the conference/workshop or the pastoral workshop alone can be found here:  


You can also contact Fr. Robert “bud” Grant, Ph.D. or Dr. Ethan Gannaway, directors of the Academy for the Study of St. Ambrose of Milan at this address: 




2018 Conference Updates:


Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Rita Lizzi, University of Perugia

Dr. J. Warren Smith, Duke Divinity School

Special Guests include:

Msgr. Francesco Braschi, Director of the Department of Slavic Studies of the Accademia Ambrosiana, Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana 

Fr. Brian Dunkle S.J., Assistant Professor of Historical Theology, School of Theology and Ministry, Boston College

Dr. Paola Moretti, Associate Professor of Latin Language and Literature at the Università degli Studi di Milano

Msgr. Cesare Pasini, Prefect of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana

Fr. Allan Fitzgerald, Director of the Augustine Institute at Villanova University


This conference is in conjuction with the Accademia Ambrosiana's Dies Academicus, "Progetti E Prospettive Di Ricerca Su Sant'Ambrogio A Livello Internazionale,"  March 20-21, 2018: Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan, Italy.  For information on the Milan Conference click here.

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The Academy for the Study of St. Ambrose of Milan

“St. Ambrose of Milan: (Re-)Constructing Community” 

An Interdisciplinary and International Conference