September 27, 2019

Catholic University’s Center for the Study of Early Christianity is hosting a conference on Christian culture titled, “Treasures New and Old: Christian Culture and Cultures in the Patristic Age” on Friday, Oct. 4, from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in O’Connell Hall, Heritage Hall at Catholic University. The conference will be preceded by a Mass to be celebrated from 10 to 11 a.m. in Caldwell Chapel.

The daylong conference will feature research presented by faculty, alumni, and students from Catholic University to analyze some of the ways in which Christian cultures were created in the second to seventh centuries AD.

The conference will explore themes including, asceticism, monasticism, Christian poetry, education, Church and state, liturgy, music, biblical interpretation, Christian art, and architecture. The research will focus on areas both east and west of Jerusalem, and north and south of the Mediterranean Sea, and will examine texts written in early Christian languages. 

Following the conference, a reception and exhibition of early Christian artifacts will be displayed in the May Gallery in the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library at Catholic University. 

The Center for the Study of Early Christianity is the only center of its kind in the D.C. area, focusing on the foundations of Christian religion and culture.

For more information on the conference and to register, please visit the center's website.

MEDIA: To attend the conference or to schedule an interview, contact the Office of Marketing and Communications at or 202-319-5600.