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The Fathers of the Church: A New Translation (FOTC or FC) is an ongoing book series of English translations of patristic texts from early Christian writers published by The Catholic University of America Press. Inaugurated by its first volume in 1947, The Apostolic Fathers, and initially planned by its founder and first editorial director Ludwig Schopp to span 72 volumes,[1] the series aimed to supersede the nineteenth-century Ante-Nicene Fathers and Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers collections, making use of critical editions of the relevant texts that had since become available and coupling each volume with useful features such as scholarly introductions, footnotes, bibliographies, and Scripture indices. Although originally focused on creating newer translations of previously translated texts, the series would later refocus to prioritize publishing texts never before translated into English.

In 1989, a new series titled The Fathers of the Church: Medieval Continuations was created, inaugurated by the first of six volumes of letters by St. Peter Damian,[2] to expand the scope of translations beyond the first centuries of Christianity.

List of FOTC volumes

  1. (1947) The Apostolic Fathers. Translated by Francis X. Glimm, Gerald G. Walsh, and Joseph M.-F. Marique. Includes the First Epistle of St. Clement, the so-called Second Epistle of St. Clement, the seven epistles of St. Ignatius of Antioch, the Epistle of St. Polycarp, the Martyrdom of St. Polycarp, the Didache, the Epistle of Barnabas, the Shepherd of Hermas, the Epistle to Diognetus, and the fragments of St. Papias.
  2. (1947) St. Augustine. Christian Instruction (trans. John J. Gavigan); Admonition and Grace (trans. John Courtney Murray); The Christian Combat (trans. Robert P. Russell); Faith, Hope and Charity (trans. Bernard M. Peebles).
  3. (1947) Salvian the Presbyter. The Writings of Salvian, the Presbyter. Translated by Jeremiah F. O'Sullivan. Includes The Governance of God, the epistles of Salvian, and the Four Books of Timothy to the Church.
  4. (1947) St. Augustine. The Immortality of the Soul (trans. Ludwig Schopp); The Magnitude of the Soul (trans. John J. McMahon); On Music (trans. Robert Catesby Taliaferro); The Advantage of Believing (trans. Luanne Meagher); On Faith in Things Unseen (trans. Roy Joseph Deferrari and Mary Francis McDonald).
  5. (1948) St. Augustine. The Happy Life (trans. Ludwig Schopp); Answer to Skeptics (trans. Denis J. Kavanagh); Divine Providence and the Problem of Evil (trans. Robert P. Russell); Soliloquies (trans. Thomas F. Gilligan).
  6. (1948) St. Justin Martyr. The Writings of Saint Justin Martyr. Translated by Thomas B. Falls. Includes the First Apology, the Second Apology, and the Dialogue with Trypho, as well as spurious works scholars categorized as Pseudo-Justin: The Exhortation to the Greeks, the Discourse to the Greeks, and The Monarchy or the Rule of God.
  7. (1949) St. Nicetas of Remesiana. Writings (trans. Gerald G. Walsh). Sulpicius Severus. Writings (trans. Bernard M. Peebles). St. Vincent of Lérins. Commonitories (trans. Rudolph E. Morris). St. Prosper of Aquitaine. Grace and Free Will (trans. J. Reginald O'Donnell).
  8. (1950) St. Augustine. The City of God, Books I-VII. Translated by Demetrius B. Zema and Gerald G. Walsh.
  9. (1950) St. Basil. Ascetical Works. Translated by M. Monica Wagner.
  10. (1950) Tertullian. Apologetical Works. Includes Apology (trans. Emily Joseph Daly), The Testimony of the Soul (trans. Rudolph Arbesmann), To Scapula (trans. Rudolph Arbesmann), and On the Soul (trans. Edwin A. Quain). Minucius Felix. Octavius. Translated by Rudolph Arbesmann.

See also


  1. ^ Ludwig Schopp, ed. (1947). The Apostolic Fathers. The Fathers of the Church 1. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press. p. [iv].
  2. ^ Peter Damian (1989). Letters, 1–30. The Fathers of the Church, Medieval Continuation 1. Translated by Owen Blum. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press.
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