Columba Stewart, OSB
Professor of Theology
A.B., Harvard College, 1979
Area of Focus
- Monastic Studies (Early and Medieval), Eastern Christianity
- Born 16 July 1957 in Houston, Texas. Professed as a monk of Saint John's Abbey, 11 July 1982; solemn profession, 11 July 1985; ordination to the diaconate, 12 July 1989; ordination to the priesthood, 8 June 1990.
- International Conference on Patristic Studies: attended quadrennial conferences in Oxford in August 1987, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015.
- North American Patristics Society, 1994–; attended annual meetings in 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2014, 2016.
- Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, 1996–.
- Spiritus, a journal for critical essays on Christian spirituality (Johns Hopkins University Press), editorial advisory board member, 2000–.
- Symposium Syriacum. Attended quadrennial meetings in 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016.
- Society for Biblical Literature, 2006–. Attended annual meeting in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011,
2012, 2013, 2014.
- Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity.Area Editor for “Christian Religious Life.”
- International Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches, 2009–.
- North American Oriental Orthodox-Catholic Dialogue, 2010–.
- Working the Earth of the Heart: the Messalian Controversy in History, Texts and Language to 431, Oxford Theological Monographs (Oxford: Clarendon Press).
- “Manifestation of Thoughts in the Rule of Benedict,” Studia Patristica XXV: Papers Presented to the Eleventh International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford 1991 (Louvain: Peeters), 451-56.
- “Scripture and Contemplation in the Monastic Spiritual Theology of John Cassian,” Studia Patristica XXV: Papers Presented to the Eleventh International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford 1991 (Louvain: Peeters), 457-61.
- “From logos to verbum: John Cassian's Use of Greek in the Development of a Latin Monastic Vocabulary,” The Joy of Learning and the Love of God: Studies in Honor of Jean Leclercq (Kalamazoo: Cistercian Publications), 5-31.
- “Asceticism and Spirituality in Late Antiquity: New Vision, Impasse, or Hiatus?,” Christian Spirituality Bulletin 4:1, 11-15; reprinted in American Benedictine Review 48 (1997), 254-65.
- “Reimagining Early Monastic Spirituality,” review article on John Binns, Ascetics and Ambassadors of Christ: The Monasteries of Palestine, 314-631; David Brakke, Athanasius and the Politics of Asceticism; Susanna Elm, ‘Virgins of God’: The Making of Asceticism in Late Antiquity, Christian Spirituality Bulletin 5, 22-25; reprinted as “Asceticism: A Feature Review,” American Benedictine Review 50 (March 1999), 3-10.
- Cassian the Monk (Oxford University Press: New York). Translated into Rumanian and Polish; Italian translation in progress
- Prayer and Community: the Benedictine Tradition, Darton, Longman and Todd (U.K.) and Orbis Books (USA). Translated into Czech; Korean and Portuguese translations in progress.
- “Evagrius Ponticus on Prayer and Anger,” Religions of Late Antiquity in Practice, ed. Richard Valantasis (Princeton: Princeton University Press), 65-81.
- “Monasticism” and “Anthony of Egypt,” The Early Christian World, ed. Philip Esler (London/New York: Routledge), 344-66, 1088-1101.
- “Desert Fathers,” Encyclopedia of Monasticism (Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn), 371-73.
- Cassian Monahul [Rumanian translation of Cassian the Monk] (Sibiu: Editions Deisis).
- “‘We’? Reflections on Affinity and Dissonance in Reading Early Monastic Literature,” Spiritus 1, 93-102.
- “Imageless Prayer and the Theological Vision of Evagrius Ponticus,” Journal of Early Christian Studies 9, 179-210.
- “Il monachesimo e il Nuovo Testamento. Un fenomeno assente nel primo cristianesimo,” “L’ascetismo premonastico,” “Il monachesimo in Gallia. Martino di Tours e l’isola di Lérins,” “San Benedetto,” “La Santa Regola,” “Il monachesimo in Nord America,” “Ecumenismo,” Atlante storico del monachesimo orientale e occidentale, ed. Juan María Laboa (Milan: Jaca Book), 22-25, 60-63, 76-79, 80-83, 254-57, 260-61; French edition: La grande aventure du monachisme entre orient et occident (Paris: Lethielleux); English edition: The Historical Atlas of Eastern and Western Christian Monasticism (Collegeville: Liturgical Press).
- “Evagrius Ponticus on Monastic Pedagogy,” Abba, a Festschrift for Bishop Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia, ed. John Behr, Andrew Louth, Dimitri Conomos (Crestwood, NY: Saint Vladimir’s Seminary Press), 241-
- “John Cassian’s Schema of Eight Principal Faults and his Debt to Origen and Evagrius,” Jean Cassien entre Orient et Occident, ed. Cristian Badilita (Paris: Beauchesne), 205-19.
- Kasjan mnich [Polish translation of Cassian the Monk] (Cracow: Tyniec).
- “Evagrius Ponticus and the ‘Eight Generic Logismoi’,” In the Garden of Evil: The Vices and Culture in the Middle Ages, ed. Richard Newhauser (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies), 3-34.
- “Christian Spirituality in the Roman Empire, 100-600 CE,” The Blackwell Companion to Christian Spirituality, ed. Arthur Holder (Oxford: Blackwell), 73-89.
- “Monastic Perspectives on Celibacy,” Sexuality and the U.S. Catholic Church: Crisis and Renewal, ed. Lisa Cahill (New York: Crossroad), 120-25.
- Opening Keynote Address, “The Encounter of the Early Church with the Greek and Roman World: A View from Monastic Theology,” Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America 61, 1-13.
- “Il ritratto scritto. I Dialoghi di Gregorio e il loro impatto storico,”Benedetto. L’eredità artistica, ed. Roberto Cassanelli and Eduardo López- Tello Garcia (Milan: Jaca Book), 11-24; French edition: “Le portrait écrit. Les Dialogues de Grégoire et leur impact historique,” Benoît et son héritage artistique (Paris: Cerf, 2007); Spanish edition: “El retrato escrito: los Diálogos de Gregorio y su impacto histórico,” San Benito. El arte benedictino (Zamora: Ediciones Montecasino/Bilbao: Ediciones Mensajero, 2009).
- “Prayer,” Oxford Handbook of Early Christianity, ed. Susan Ashbrook Harvey and David Hunter (New York: Oxford University Press), 744-63
- “Yours, Mine, or Theirs? Historical Observations on the Use, Collection, and Sharing of Manuscripts in Western Europe and the Christian Orient,” Malphono w-Rabo d- Malphone. Studies in Honor of Sebastian P. Brock, ed. George Kiraz (Gorgias Press), 603-60.
- “Prayer among the Benedictines,” A History of Prayer: From the Early Church to the Reformation, ed. Roy Hammerling (Leiden: Brill), 201-22.
- “Early Monasticism and Community Movements Today: What is Old and New, and How Do They Meet?,” in One Heart, One Soul, Many Communities, ed. Mary Forman (Collegeville: Liturgical Press), 3-23.
- “Monastic Attitudes towards Philosophy and Philosophers,” Studia Patristica XLIV: Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Conference on Patristic Studies (Oxford 2007). (Louvain: Peeters), 321-27.
- Entries on “Benedictine Order,” “Monasticism,” “Monastic Vows,”The Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity, ed. Daniel Patte (Cambridge/ New York: Cambridge University Press).
- “The Origins and Fate of Monasticism,” Spiritus 10, 256-63.
- “Evagrius and the Eastern Monastic Tradition on the Intellect and the Passions,” Modern Theology 27, 263-75; rpt. in Faith, Rationality, and the Passions, ed. Sarah Coakley (Malden, MA/ Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell), 67-79.
- “The Use of Biblical Texts in Prayer and the Formation of Early Monastic Culture,” American Benedictine Review 61, 193-206.
- “Monastic Space and Time,” Western Monasticism ante litteram: The Spaces of Early Monastic Observance, ed. Hendrik Dey and Elizabeth Fentress (Turnhout: Brepols), 43-51.
- “Benedictine Monasticism and Mysticism,” Wiley- Blackwell Companion to ChristianMysticism, ed. Julia Lamm (Malden, MA/ Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell), 216-36.
- “False Alternatives? The Active/Contemplative Dichotomy,” Misson and Monasticism. Acts of the International Symposium at the Pontifical Athenaeum S. Anselmo, Rome, May 7-9, 2009, ed. Conrad Leyser and Hannah Williams, Studia Anselmiana 158 (Rome, 2013), 19-22.
- Translation of Hildemar of Corbie’s commentary on Ch. 4.17-78 of the Rule of Benedict, available at http://www.hildemar.org/FullText.html#Ch4
- “The Ascetic Taxonomy of Antioch and Edessa at the Emergence of Monasticism,” Adamantius 19, 207-21.
- “Re-thinking the History of Monasticism East and West: A Modest tour d’horizon,” Prayer and Thought in Monastic Tradition. Essays in Honour of Benedicta Ward SLG, ed. Santha Bhattacharji, Rowan Williams, Dominic Mattos (London: Bloomsbury), 3-16.
- “Another Cassian?” (review article), Journal of Ecclesiastical History 66, 372-376
- “Patristics beyond ‘East’ and ‘West,’” Patristic Studies in the Twenty-First Century, ed. Carol Harrison, Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony, Theodore de Bruyn (Turnhout: Brepols), 317-41
- “HMML and Syriac Manuscripts,” Manuscripta Syriaca. Des sources de première main, ed. F. Briquel Chatonnet and M. Debié, Cahiers d’études syriaques 4 (Paris: Geuthner), 1-16.
- “Evagrius Beyond Byzantium: the Latin and Syriac Receptions,” Evagrius and His Legacy in Byzantium and the West, ed. Robin Darling Young and Joel Kalvesmaki (South Bend: Notre Dame University Press), 206-35.
- “Psalms and Prayer in Syriac Monasticism: Clues from Psalter Prefaces and their Greek Sources,” Prayer and Worship in Eastern Christianities, 5th to 11th Centuries, ed. Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony and Derek Krueger (London and New York: Routledge).