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Dr Luigi Gioia

Dr  Luigi Gioia

Research Associate

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Prof. Luigi Gioia received his D.Phil at Oxford University (Christ Church) where he worked on a doctoral dissertation on Augustine’s De Trinitate from a dogmatic point of view under the supervision of Prof. Mark Edwards and Prof. John Webster.

He was Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at the Pontifical University of S. Anselmo in Rome and has lectured on Ecclesiology, Trinity, Theology of History, Anthropology and Spirituality, Liturgy and Ecclesiology and Justification both at graduate and undergraduate level. He is the Academic Director of a project on Leadership and the Rule of Saint Benedict resulting from a cooperation between the University of S. Anselmo in Rome and the Faculty of Business and Management of the University of S. Gallen in Switzerland. In 2016-17 he was a visiting scholar at the Divinity Faculty in Cambridge working on a monograph exploring language and desire in Augustine and Merleau-Ponty.

Between 2017 and 2019 Dr Gioia was appointed as Development Officer at the VHI. Thanks to his extensive experience, Luigi has been actively involved in a variety of Catholic contexts in many European countries (France, UK, USA, Italy, Germany and Switzerland) in academic, pastoral, and admnistrative roles. Moreover, he has given many academic talks and preached retreats in Korea, China, Philippines, Ghana, Australia, Canada and USA.
Besides his academic works, Luigi Gioia has written several books of spirituality in Italian and in English aimed at a broad readership. His book Say it to God: In Search of Prayer has been chosen as the Archbishop of Canterbury Lent Book for 2018.

Research Interests

Luigi is working on a monograph which examines the implications of Trinitarian theology on self, sexuality and gender in Augustine and across the patristic tradition, resorting to heuristic tools provided by French phenomenology (especially Jean Luc Marion and Jean-Yves Lacoste).   

Key Publications

  • Touched by God. The Way to Contemplative Prayer, London: Bloomsbury, 2018.
  • Say it to God: In Search of Prayer: The Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book 2018, London: Bloomsbury, 2017.
  • The Theological Epistemology of Augustine’s De Trinitate, Oxford: Oxford Univeristy Press, 2016.
  • “Benedictine Monasticism: An Ecclesial Spirituality”, Cistercian Studies Quarterly 51.2 (2016), 147-56. 

  • La Chiesa, Popolo di Dio in cammino nella storia, Todi: Tau Editrice, 2015.
  • “Morte e autenticità nell’attività teologica”, Gregorianum 96/2 (2015), 253-264.
  • "Il carattere teologale, storico ed ecclesiale dell'identità personale in Agostino", Gregorianum 95/4 (2014), 487-509. 

  • "Augustine’s De Trinitate", in C. Pecknold and T. Toom (eds), T&T Clark companion to Augustine and modern theology, London: T&T Clark, 2013, 3-19. 

  • "La connaissance du Dieu Trinité chez saint Augustin. Par delà les embarras de l’analogie et de l’anagogie", in E. Durand and V. Holzer (eds.), Les sources du renouveau trinitaire au XXe siècle, Cogitatio Fidei, paris: Cerf, 2008, 97-139.

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