The De mysteriis of St. Ambrose

The De mysteriis of St. Ambrose

Course Description: Course Description: St. Ambrose, the fourth-century bishop of Milan, is one of the principal Latin Fathers of the Church, a famed theologian, rhetorician, and administrator. In this course we will read and discuss Ambrose’s De mysteriis, a compilation of sermons given to newly baptized Christians during Easter week on the sacraments of initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist. We will discuss Ambrose’s ideas and emphases, considering them in the context of his own time and also how they are similar to or different from teachings on the sacraments in later eras.


Level: Familiarity with Latin grammar, morphology, and vocabulary is strongly preferred, though interested students of any level are welcome.

Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.

Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.

Thursdays, 5:00p.m. U.S. Eastern Time


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Joshua Gregor

Joshua Gregor is head of the Latin department at Sacred Heart Academy in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has taught Latin courses ranging from beginning grammar up through Cicero and Horace, as well as medieval and Renaissance Latin. With Paideia he has previously taught the liturgical hymnody of St. Thomas Aquinas. Joshua holds a B.A. in philosophy from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome, with a thesis on William Wordsworth’s Romantic theory of poetry. Afterwards he received an M.A. in linguistics from Indiana University, focusing on Latin and Romance languages. Joshua additionally spent several years in seminary, where he also studied humanities, theology, and Gregorian Chant.