Rev. Andrew Hofer, O.P.

Rev. Andrew Hofer, O.P.

Associate Professor of Patristics and Ancient Languages, Director of the Doctoral Program

Associate Professors

B.A., Benedictine College
M. Litt., University of St. Andrews (Scotland)
M.Div./S.T.B., Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception
S.T.L., Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

About Rev. Hofer


Father Andrew Hofer, O.P., grew up as the youngest of ten children on a Kansas farm. He entered the Dominican Province of St. Joseph in 1995 and professed simple vows the following year. He made his profession of solemn vows in the Great Jubilee Year of 2000, and was ordained a deacon in 2001 and a priest in 2002.

His assignments have included serving as a parochial vicar in Rhode Island, a missionary in Kenya, a doctoral student at the University of Notre Dame, a formator at the Dominican House of Studies, and a member of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception. He is finishing a book titled The Word in Our Flesh: A Return to Patristic Preaching, whose research the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship funded through its Teacher-Scholar Grant. Since the fall of 2021, he has been the editor of the journal The Thomist, for which he previously was book review editor.

Select Publications

Academic Publications:


Thomas Aquinas and the Crisis of Christology, co-edited with Michael Dauphinais and Roger Nutt. Foreword by J. Augustine Di Noia, O.P., and sixteen chapters by scholars. Ave Maria, FL: Sapientia Press, 2021.

Thomas Aquinas and the Greek Fathers, co-edited with Michael Dauphinais and Roger Nutt. Foreword by Matthew Levering and twelve chapters by scholars. Ave Maria, FL: Sapientia Press, 2019.
Reviews: Weinandy, Journal of Theological Studies, 2020; Saward, New Blackfriars 102 (2021): 143–45.

Divinization: Becoming Icons of Christ through the Liturgy, edited by Andrew Hofer, O.P. Foreword by Matthew Levering and five chapters by scholars. Chicago: Hillenbrand Books, 2015.
Review: Ortiz, “Divinization, Liturgy, and Evangelization,” Catholic World Report, July 8, 2015.

Christ in the Life and Teaching of Gregory of Nazianzus. Oxford Early Christian Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
Reviews: Batllo, Revue Thomiste 113 (2013): 662–63; Ludlow, Irish Theological Quarterly 79 (2014): 281–83; Silvas,
Theological Studies 75 (2014): 670–72; Wickham, Journal of Ecclesiastical History 65 (2014): 876–78; Smith, Journal
of Early Christian Studies 22 (2014): 594–96; Maraval, Revue d’histoire ecclésiastique 109 (2014): 1153–54;
Gkortsilas, Scottish Journal of Theology 69 (2016): 226–27; Fulford, Journal of Theological Studies 67 (2016): 315–
18; Ayres, The Thomist 80 (2016): 314–17; Harris, Vigiliae Christianae 70 (2016): 591–95; Litke, Angelicum 94 (2017): 241–45; Clarke, Nova et Vetera (Eng.) 18 (2020): 1403–07.


“St. Thomas Aquinas on St. Benedict,” American Benedictine Review 71 (2020): 410–34.

“Humbert of Romans on the Papacy before Lyons II (1274): A Study in Comparison with Thomas Aquinas and Pope Gregory X’s Extractiones,” The Thomist 84 (2020): 51–102.

“The Beginning and the End, as well as the Stations along the Way,” (Book symposium essay for Brian E. Daley, S.J., God Visible: Patristic Christology ReconsideredPro Ecclesia 28 (2019): 335–42.

“Retracing the ‘Art of Arts and Science of Sciences’ from Gregory the Great to Philo of Alexandria,” co-authored with Alan Piper, O.P., Journal of the History of Ideas 79 (2018): 507–26.

“The Undivided Church: Myth and History.” (Book Symposium essay for Robert L. Wilken, The First Thousand Years: A Global History of ChristianityNova et Vetera (Eng) 13 (2015): 1255–60.

“Clement of Alexandria’s Logos Protreptikos: The Protreptics of Love.” Pro Ecclesia 24 (2015): 498–516.

“St. Thomas as Teacher in the Introduction to Theology.” Josephinum Journal of Theology 21 (2014): 146–63.

“Recent Proposals for the Pastoral Care of the Divorced and Remarried: A Theological Assessment,” co-authored with seven others (John Corbett, O.P., et al.), Nova et Vetera (Eng) 12 (2014): 601–30. German trans. in Forum Katholische Theologie 30 (2014): 161–85.

“Who is God in the Old Testament? Retrieving Aquinas after Rahner’s Answer.” International Journal of Systematic Theology 14 (2012): 439–58.

“Looking in the Mirror of Augustine’s Rule.” New Blackfriars 93 (2012): 263–75.

“The Reordering of Relationships in John Chrysostom’s De sacerdotio.” Augustinianum 51 (2011): 451–71.

“He Taught Us How to Fly: Albert the Great on John the Evangelist.” Angelicum 87 (2010): 569–89.

“Balthasar’s Eschatology on the Intermediate State: The Question of Knowability.” Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 12 (2009): 148–72.

“Origen on the Ministry of God’s Word in the Homilies on Leviticus.” Nova et Vetera (Eng) 7 (2009): 153–74.

“Amalek and the Early Christian Battle for Scriptural Interpretation.” Communio: International Catholic Review 36 (2009): 168–74.

“Dionysian Elements in the Christology of Thomas Aquinas: A Case of the Authority and Ambiguity of Pseudo–Dionysius.” The Thomist 72 (2008): 409–42.

“Matthew 25:31–46 as an Hermeneutical Rule in Augustine’s Enarrationes in Psalmos.” The Downside Review 126 (2008): 285–300.

“The Humble Speech of the Lord: Revelation and Conversion according to St. Ephrem.” Pro Ecclesia 17 (2008): 224–42.

“Christian Harmony and Unity in Moral Theology: The Witness of St. Ignatius of Antioch.” Josephinum Journal of Theology 14 (2007): 102–16.

“The Circumcision of the Lord: Saving Mystery after Modern Oblivion.” Nova et Vetera (Eng) 3 (2005): 259–78.

“Proclamation in the Theological Aesthetics of Hans Urs von Balthasar.” Worship 79 (2005): 20–38.

“The Old Man as Christ in Justin’s Dialogue with Trypho.” Vigiliae Christianae 57 (2003): 1–21.


“Frequent Communion for the Greater Glory of God: Thomas Aquinas and Ignatius of Loyola,” for Ignatius the Thomist, edited by Justin Anderson, Matthew Levering, and Aaron Pidel, S.J., submitted for volume under review.

“Augustine’s Mixture Christology,” Studia Patristica, from the XVIII. International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford (2019), forthcoming as a workshop paper in 2021.

“God in Saint Augustine’s Confessions,” in Saint Augustine: The Confessions, edited by David Vincent Meconi, S.J., Ignatius Critical Editions, 2d ed. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, submitted.

“Book VI: Augustine’s Anxiety and Ours,” in Augustine’s Confessions and Contemporary Concerns, edited by David V. Meconi, S.J. Saint Paul, MN: Saint Paul Seminary Press, forthcoming in 2021.

“Introduction: Thomas Aquinas on Christ’s Judgment of Teachers of the Faith,” in Thomas Aquinas and the Crisis of Christology, edited by Dauphinais, Hofer, and Nutt, forthcoming in 2021.

“Aquinas’s Use of Patristic Sources in His Theology of Religious Life,” in Reading the Church Fathers with Thomas Aquinas, edited by Piotr Roszak and Jörgen Vijgen, Bibliothèque de l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes, Sciences Religieuses 189. Turnhout: Brepols, 2021. Pp. 295–338.

“The Ends of the Two Cities: Augustine’s Appeal for Peace,” essay on Book 19 in The Cambridge Companion to Augustine’s City of God, edited by David V. Meconi, S.J., Cambridge University Press, 2021. Pp. 228–50.

Foreword to Gregory Hrynkiw, Cajetan on Sacred Doctrine. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2020. Pp. ix–xvi.

“Scripture in the Christological Controversies.” In The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Biblical Interpretation, edited by Paul Blowers and Peter Martens. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019. Pp. 455–72.

“Conclusion: Reading Thomas Aquinas and the Greek Fathers Together for the Renewal of Theology,” in Thomas Aquinas and the Greek Fathers, edited by Dauphinais, Hofer, and Nutt. Pp. 303–30.

“Augustine, Aquinas, Thérèse, and the Mysticism of Mother Teresa’s Five-Finger Gospel.” In Mother Teresa and the Mystics: Toward a Renewal of Spiritual Theology, edited by Michael Dauphinais, Brian Kolodiejchuk, M.C., and Roger Nutt. Ave Maria, FL: Sapientia Press, 2018. Pp. 79–101.

“Deification in the Dominican Tradition: Albert, Thomas, and Catherine.” In Called to be Children of God: The Catholic Theology of Human Deification, edited by David Meconi, S.J., and Carl E. Olson. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2016. Pp. 101–17.

Introduction (pp. 1–14), “Aquinas, Divinization, and the People in the Pews” (pp. 54–72), and Conclusion (pp. 116–27) in Divinization: Becoming Icons of Christ through the Liturgy, edited by Hofer. Chicago: Hillenbrand Books, 2015.

“The Stoning of Christ and Gregory of Nazianzus.” In Re-Reading Gregory of Nazianzus: Essays on History, Theology, and Culture, edited by Christopher A. Beeley. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2012. Pp. 143–58.


A book manuscript titled The Word in Our Flesh: The Power of Patristic Preaching. Research funded by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Over 120,000 words. Submission to a press in 2021.

The Cambridge Companion to Augustine’s Sermons, co-edited with David V. Meconi, S.J. Seventeen chapters by scholars. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, under contract.

The Oxford Handbook of Deification, co-edited with Paul L. Gavrilyuk and Matthew Levering. Foreword by Kallistos Ware and forty-five chapters by scholars. Oxford: Oxford University Press, under contract.

“Christ the Wisdom of God in Early Christian Sources,” for Christ the Wisdom of God in the Thought of Thomas Aquinas, edited by Boyd T. Coolman and Daria Spezzano, in preparation for volume to be under review.

Augustinus Afer: In Service to Reconciliation, Justice, and Peace,” for Africae Munus: Ten Years Later, edited by Maurice Ashley Agbaw-Ebai and Matthew Levering, in preparation for volume to be under review.

“Aquinas’s Use of Canon Law in the Mendicant Controversies,” invited for Thomas Aquinas and Canon Law, edited by Justin Anderson, Atria Larson, and Jörgen Vijgen, in preparation for volume to be under review by Brepols in its Disputatio series.

“Preaching on Heaven and its Peace,” invited for The Cambridge Companion to Augustine’s Sermons, edited by David Meconi, S.J., and Andrew Hofer, O.P., under contract.

“God: Fourth Century,” entry of 6,000 words for The Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity, edited by David G. Hunter et al., under contract.

Editors’ Introduction (co-authored) for The Oxford Handbook of Deification, edited by Gavrilyuk, Hofer, and Levering, under contract.

“Cyril of Alexandria,” for The Oxford Handbook of Deification, edited by Paul L. Gavrilyuk, Andrew Hofer, O.P., and Matthew Levering, under contract.

“The God of Peace, Deification, and Gregory of Nazianzus on Peace,” for Ontology and Ethics, a Chicago Theological Initiative conference co-organized by George Kalantzis, Matthew Levering, and David Luy at Wheaton College, April 1-2, 2022, and subsequent submission.


Oliver B. Langworthy, Gregory of Nazianzus’ Soteriological Pneumatology. Journal of Theological Studies, n.s., 72 (2021): now online.

Gabrielle Thomas, The Image of God in the Theology of Gregory of Nazianzus. Journal of Theological Studies, n.s. 71 (2020): 362–64.

Leo J. Elders, Thomas Aquinas and His Predecessors: The Philosophers and the Church Fathers. The Thomist 83 (2019): 132–36.

Hans Boersma, Scripture as Real Presence: Sacramental Exegesis in the Early Church. Journal of Early Christian Studies 26 (2018): 348–50.

Mark F. M. Clavier, Eloquent Wisdom: Rhetoric, Cosmology and Delight in the Theology of Augustine of Hippo. Journal of Early Christian Studies 24 (2016): 612–13.

Hans Boersma, Embodiment and Virtue in Gregory of Nyssa: An Anagogical Approach. Nova et Vetera (Eng) 13 (2015): 626–30.

John Peter Kenney, Contemplation and Classical Christianity: A Study in Augustine. Journal of Early Christian Studies 23 (2015): 139–41.

Khaled Anatolios, Retrieving Nicaea: The Development and Meaning of Trinitarian Doctrine. The Thomist 78 (2014): 450–54.

Gilles Emery, O.P., The Trinity: An Introduction to Catholic Doctrine on the Triune God. Nova et Vetera (Eng) 11 (2013): 288–91.

A. Edward Siecienski, The Filioque: History of a Doctrinal Controversy. The Thomist 75 (2011): 503–07.

Mark Edwards, Catholicity and Heresy in the Early Church. The Thomist 74 (2010): 322–26.

Simon Tugwell, O.P., ed., Humberti de Romanis Legendae Sancti Dominici. The Catholic Historical Review 96 (2010): 330–1.

Christopher A. Beeley, Gregory of Nazianzus on the Trinity and the Knowledge of God: In Your Light We Shall See Light. Religious Studies Review 35 (2009): 275.

Bryan M. Litfin, Getting to Know the Church Fathers: An Evangelical Introduction. Religious Studies Review 35 (2009): 272.

Matthew Levering, Scripture and Metaphysics: Aquinas and the Renewal of Trinitarian Theology. Nova et Vetera (Eng) 4 (2006): 449–54.

Popular and Pastoral Publications:


A Living Sacrifice: Guidance for Men Discerning Religious Life, co-authored with Benedict Croell, O.P. Foreword by Abbot Primate Gregory J. Polan, O.S.B. Valdosta, GA: Vianney Vocations, 2019.
Select reviews and interviews: Catholic World Report, June 3, 2019 (online); Religious Life: A Publication of the Institute on Religious Life, July/August 2019, 20–21; Enneking, O.S.C., Horizon: Journal of the National Religious Vocation Conference, Fall 2019, 27–28; Calvano, O.P., Dominicana 62 (2019): 70–73; Parry, O.Praem., Catholic Herald, July 28, 2019 (online); Wurtz, C.S.C., Review for Religious 1 (2021): 126–27.

Requested to be translated into Polish.


Nine Days with Saint Michael, co-authored with Jonah Teller, O.P. Edited by Sebastian White, O.P. Paris: Magnificat, 2021.

Nine Days with Saint Joseph, co-authored with Jonah Teller, O.P. Edited by Sebastian White, O.P. Paris: Magnificat, 2021.

The Magnificat Way of the Cross. Edited by Sebastian White, O.P. Paris: Magnificat, 2020.

Contact Rev. Hofer

Contact Us