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Meet the Faculty: Columba Stewart, OSB



Columba Stewart, OSB  

Professor of Theology, 1983-
Curator of Research Collections, 1998-

Chair of Department of Theology, 1992-1994


A.B., Harvard College, 1979; M.A., Yale University, 1981; D.Phil., University of Oxford, 1989; Dominican Studium, Oxford, 1988-89

[email protected]


Recent courses:

  • Bible and Prayer 
  • Eastern Christianity 
  • Monastic History I 
  • Sources of Christian Mysticism


Cassian The Monk

Cassian The Monk

(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999).

Prayer and Community: The Benedictine Tradition

Prayer and Community: The Benedictine Tradition

(Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 1998).


"Evagrius Ponticus and the Eight Generic Logismoi" for In the Garden of Evil: The Vices and Culture in the Middle Ages, ed. Richard Newhauser (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 2005), pp.3-34.

"Christian Spirituality in the Roman Empire, 100-600 CE" for The Blackwell Companion to Christian Spirituality, ed. Arthur Holder (Oxford: Blackwell, 2005).

"Monasticism" in Saint John's at 150: A Portrait of this Place Called Collegeville, ed. Hilary Thimmesh (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2006).

"Monastic Perspectives on Celibacy," for Sexuality and the U.S. Catholic Church: Crisis and Renewal, ed. Lisa Cahill (New York: Crossroad, 2006), pp. 120-25.

Introduction to Thomas Merton, Cassian and the Fathers: Initiation Into the Monastic Tradition, ed. Patrick O'Connell (Monastic Wisdom Series) (Collegeville, Liturgical Press, 2005).

Review of Francis J. Clark, The "Gregorian" Dialogues and the Origins of Benedictine Monasticism, in Theological Studies 66 (2005), 452-454.


Gave a retreat at Cistercian Abbey, Dallas, Texas, August 15-18, 2006

Gave a retreat at Glenstal Abbey, Limerick, Ireland, August 8-12, 2005.

New Camaldoli Hermitage, Big Sur, California, presentations on various monastic topics, July 17-21, 2006.

Monastic Institute, Saint John's School of Theology·Seminary, "Early Monasticism and Community Movements Today: What is Old and New and How Do They Meet?," July 1, 2006.

Catholic Theological Society of America, Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas: "The Encounter of the Early Church with the Greek and Roman World: A View from Monastic Theology," June 8, 2006.

Monastic Formators' Program, Rome, Presentations on background to the Rule of Benedict, the teaching of the Rule on authority, and monastic formation, May 29-June 2, 2006.

Roundtable on Microfilm/ Digital Resources for Medieval Studies, 41st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western State University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 4, 2006.