Can. Dr Jonathan Farrugia

Academic Qualifications

Doctorate in Patristic Studies


Can. Dr Jonathan Farrugia (b. 1978) is a Maltese scholar of early Christian thought and is the Head of the Department of Church History, Patrology, and Palaeochristian Archaeology at the University of Malta. In 2016, he earned his doctorate in patristic studies from the Pontifical Augustinian Patristic Institute in Rome. His thesis was entitled ἀμαρτία in the Homilies of Gregory of Nyssa, and he has published a number of studies on St. Gregory of Nyssa’s homilies. He has published studies on Gregory of Nyssa, Augustine, and hagiography in internationally renowned publications like “Augustinianum”, “Studia Ephemeridis Augustinianum” “Studia Patristica” and “Supplements to Vigiliae Christianae”, as well as in local publications such as “Knisja 2000”.

He also has a passion for the history of religious artefacts in his homeland, having published studies in “Treasures of Malta” and other local publications. His landmark book “Ir-Redentur: history, art, and cult of the miraculous effigy of Christ the Redeemer at Senglea, Malta” has won the national book prize for bibliographic research in 2020.

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