Regular Faculty

Fr. Eugene Ludwig, OFM Cap

DSPT Professor - Fr. Eugene Ludwig, OFM Cap

Professor of History and Patristic Theology

Office Location: East 202
Phone: 510-883-2079
Office Hours: Mondays, 1:00-3:00 pm


BA, St. Anthony's College; BD, MTh, Maryknoll Seminary; MA, Manhattan College; ThD, Graduate Theological Union.


History is largely a people discipline. Understanding how people act and react in ways that reflect where they are located is an important and transferable skill. I hope my students will take the material they have studied with me and use it in a way that informs their own decision making and understanding in how they form their own life.

Fr. Eugene sees philosophy as a formative tool in the development of the human person. Consequently his methodology for teaching involves using primary texts and showing students ways of reading the primary texts that inform them on events, people, and culture with respect to a historical context. Fr. Eugene sees teaching as a way for people to come away with a new perspective and to have a deeper understanding of the human person.

Courses Taught:

Research Interests:

With respect to Patristics, Fr. Eugene is interested in the way that Christianity and late antique society interacted with one another. With respect to philosophy, Fr. Eugene is interested in Platonism and what happens to it as it moves through the period of late antiquity.

His other academic interests are: Church Fathers; Religion in Late Antiquity; the Relation between Religion and Philosophy; and religious practices such as theurgy and magic.

Fr. Eugene is currently working on Cyril of Alexandria's Paschal Letters, with a point of view about what Cyril the Bishop was saying to his people in these letters. The letters are not written to a monastic audience, but ordinary people. The letters contain Cyril the Bishop's views of fasting and asceticism from his Christology. Fr. Eugene is also working on Christian Funerary Art, the connection that is made in art, of the parallels, for example, of Moses striking the rock in the desert and the raising of Lazarus. Finally, Fr. Eugene is working on a particular area of Patristic exegesis, how the Church Fathers read St. Paul. It is impossible to read the Fathers without understanding that they are interpreting St. Paul, and that they are deeply immersed in the continuity between Adam and Christ, Grace and Salvation, and all Christology which comes from St. Paul.

Selected Publications:

  • Author of 34 entries in The New Westminster Dictionary of Church History. Louisville: Westminster, 2008.
  • "The Christian Triad of Prayer, Self-Discipline, Good Works." Invited Lecture, School of Pastoral Leadership, Archdiocese of San Francisco, March 2001.
  • The Poetry of Christmas: Readings from the Menaion. Byzantine Catholic Center of San Francisco, December 1998.