“Rejoice, You Too Are Christ” Lecture Concludes Salesian Center Programming for Academic Year

by Lore McFadden  / lore.mcfadden@desales.edu / April 8, 2014

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., -- “Rejoice, You Too Are Christ”: Augustine’s Doctrine of Divinization will be presented by Fr. David Vincent Meconi, S.J. on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Gambet Center on the DeSales University Center Valley campus. This lecture, which is hosted by The Salesian Center for Faith and Culture and the Philosophy and Theology Department at DeSales University, is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required.

Fr. Meconi teaches courses on Trinitarian theology, Christology and soteriology in the early Church, the history of Christian deification, and St. Augustine of Hippo in the Department of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University; he is also the editor of Homiletic and Pastoral Review.  He holds the pontifical license in Patrology from the University of Innsbruck and the D.Phil. in Ecclesiastical History from Oxford University. 

Most recently he published the Annotated Confessions of Saint Augustine, The One Christ: St. Augustine's Theology of Deification, as well as co-edited (along with Eleonore Stump) the Cambridge Companion to Augustine. He is a former president of the Jesuit Philosophical Association, as well as a Fellow the current Fellow at the Augustinian Institute at Villanova University.

Meconi graduated from Hope University, obtaining a degree in philosophy and theology and attended Yale and Marquette University, where he was able to study the German language. He studied abroad in Rome at Gregorian and at Innsbruck in Germany where he studied to be a Jesuit. Meconi then attended Oxford University to deepen his educational pursuits. Fr. Meconi speaks many languages including English, German, Italian, Spanish, French, Greek, and Latin. He became a Jesuit in 2002.

Established in 2000, The Salesian Center for Faith and Culture’s mission is to promote the interaction of faith and culture, in a mutually beneficial engagement, through academic initiatives that focus on the authentic integration of social concerns and gospel values. The Salesian Center supports intellectual activity in research studies, dialogue events including public forums and lectures and partnership programs. For information about The Salesian Center for Faith and Culture, visit our website at www.desales.edu/salesian or call 610-282-1100, ext. 1244.