Footsteps of Faith:
Encountering the Christian Tradition A

crosslisted as DS2708C/3708C

Rev. Dr Max Vodola
Study Tour, 2021
This unit is one of two complementary units that relate to “Footsteps of Faith: Encountering the Christian Tradition” Study Tour. Students may undertake both or either of the units in conjunction with the Study Tour.
The main focus of this unit is the patristic legacy, the monastic centuries and medieval achievements. Further the unit engages students with a representative selection of texts from great figures, architectural sites, music and art. The total experience is enlivened and enriched through the liturgical and pastoral dimensions of each time and place.



intensive: tour of particular countries in Western Europe (approximately 4 weeks) plus research and writing in Semester One


  • second level: one 4,500-word essay or equivalent project 100%
  • third level: one 5,000-word essay or equivalent project 100%


  • Collinson, Patrick, Nigel Ramsay, and Maureen Sparks, eds. A History of Canterbury Cathedral. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.
  • Corish, Patrick J. The Irish Catholic Experience: A Historical Survey. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan, 1985.
  • Dowley, Tim. Christian Music: A Global History. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2011.
  • Kerby-Fulton, Kathryn, Maidie Hilmo, and Linda Olsen. Opening up Middle English Manuscripts: Literary and Visual Approaches. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2012.
  • Losack, Marcus. Glendalough: A Celtic Pilgrimage. Dublin: Columba, 2010.
  • Murray, Peter, and Linda Murray. The Oxford Companion to Christian Art and Architecture. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.
  • Mursell, Gordon. English Spirituality. 2 vols. London: SPCK, 2001.
  • Rogers, Patrick. Westminster Cathedral: From Darkness to Light. London: Continuum, 2003.
  • Saward, John, John Morrill, and Michael Tomko, eds. Firmly I Believe and Truly: The Spiritual Tradition of Catholic England. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • Telepneff, Gregory. The Egyptian Desert in the Irish Bogs: The Byzantine Character of Early Celtic Monasticism. Etna, CA: Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies, 2002.