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Bernard Mulholland, Nazareth Quest (2022).

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Sunday, December 25, 2022

Christmas Letter 2022 from the International Association of Patristic Studies

As we collectively turn our minds to celebrating and commemorating a number of religious festivals at this time of year it is perhaps appropriate to share this Christmas message from the International Association of Patristic Studies - Association Internationale D'Études Patristiques. Wishing everybody a Merry Christmas and a truly Happy New Year.

Dear Members of AIEP,

The holiday season always invites us to reflect on how we have used the time that God has given us. This is undoubtedly necessary and beneficial both on a personal and institutional level. The AIEP Executive Committee also believe it is important that we reflect, in order to make our members aware of the great effort we are undertaking to update and modernize our association. This effort also implies an immense challenge, which is not to lose sight of the mission AIEP’s founders entrusted us with “to promote the study of Christian antiquity, especially the Church Fathers, and to connect all academics dedicated to this fascinating field of study.”

Some of the tasks carried out this year are:

Enhancing our Youtube channel with interesting videos on "Research in Patristic Studies in the 21st century: Challenges, Possibilities and New Methods". Also continuing with the section dedicated to thanking members who have contributed significantly to expanding AIEP.

Updating our database and email addresses so as to provide all members with useful information regarding the field of Patristic Studies. This task has been and continues to be difficult and for this reason we apologize to some AIEP members who have not received this information properly.

Remodeling our website, which will allow all members of our association to find information referring to the immense production carried out by AIEP members more efficiently.

Keeping the Facebook group updated, which is undoubtedly a way of linking and generating friendship among AIEP members.

These tasks would have been impossible without the help of Fernando Soler, Paolo Bernardini, Alyson Nunez and Margrethe Kamille Birkler. We also want to especially thank the National Correspondents of the 54 countries in which AIEP is present, for helping us disseminate information regarding activities related to Patristic Studies and for connecting members of their country.

Next year, we will continue to improve these activities already begun and start new and challenging initiatives. Finally, we would like to thank all AIEP members for their continued support and friendship and share with you some of the many reflections on Christmas that the Fathers and the great authors of Early Christianity offer us as strength and spiritual nourishment: 

Augustine of Hippo: (Sermon 185, 1)

Wake up: God has become man for you. Wake up, you who sleep, rise from the dead, and Christ will be your light. For you precisely, God has become man. You would have died forever, if he had not been born in time." 

Leo the Great, Pope (Sermon on the Nativity of the Lord 1, 13)

«Today, dear brothers, our Savior has been born; Let us rejoice. There can be no place for sadness, when life has just been born; the same one that ends the fear of mortality and instills in us the joy of the promised eternity”.

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Sunday, October 30, 2022

About the author Dr. Bernard Mulholland

Bernard Mulholland is author of the novel, NAZARETH QUEST (2022).


Dr. Bernard Mulholland is an archaeologist and historian with a Ph.D. from Queen’s University in Belfast. His thesis was published as a monograph: The Early Byzantine Christian Church (Byzantine and Neohellenic Studies, 9, Oxford, 2014).

His other academic publications include:

Bernard Mulholland, 'Identification of Early Byzantine Constantinopolitan, Syrian, and Roman church plans in the Levant and some possible consequences', Patristic Studies in the twenty-first century: proceedings of an international conference to mark the 50th anniversary of the International Association of Patristic Studies, ed. Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony, Theodore de Bruyn and Carol Harrison (Turnhout, 2015), 597-633

---, 'the man from MENSA' - 1 of 600: Mensa research (Charleston, 2016).

---, 'the man from MENSA'  - 1 of the 600: Politics 1990-1995 (Charleston, 2016).

---, Ratio analysis of financial KPI in the Higher Education sector: a case study (Belfast, 2018).

---, Early Byzantine Ireland: a survey of the archaeological evidence (Belfast, 2021).

---, Navan Fort, Ireland: archaeological and palaeoecological analysis (Belfast, 2021).


Mulholland, B. (2021). 'Can archaeology inform the climate change debate?' Academia Letters, Article4385.


Visit his website:    


Bernard is a member of the International Association of Patristic Studies, the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies, the Council for British Archaeology, and has been a member of Mensa for some thirty years.

            Dr. Bernard Mulholland was elected in April 2016 to the Irish Mensa committee for a two year term. Previously he was a regional organiser for the Mensa Foundation for Gifted Children during the early nineties. Bernard has been the editor and secretary for Poliphony, which is the journal of British Mensa’s politics special interest group, between 1995-96 and then again 2000-05. He also wrote reports for Spacesig’s newsletter Spacesignl and also wrote a bi-monthly media column between 1997-2003. Bernard founded Mensa’s science interest group and was its secretary and editor of its journal Wissenschaft from 2003-08.

As an archaeologist, Bernard has worked professionally in Ireland, and as an academic in Italy and Israel.

Interests include travel, especially on overland expeditions throughout Africa, but with ambitions to travel throughout Asia as well, good food, great company, and wildlife.


All business enquiries email: [at]

Alternatively, make contact via Bernard Mulholland's profile.


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Nazareth Quest - a novel by author Bernard Mulholland

Nazareth Quest - a novel by author Bernard Mulholland.

Invited to join a team of archaeologists in Nazareth, Israel to survey the archaeology beneath the Sisters of Nazareth Convent, Brendan Mallon leapt at the opportunity to do so. Crusaders, both Templars and Hospitallers, have been intimately associated with the history of Christian churches in Nazareth for more than a millennia, and now these archaeologists found themselves tasked with uncovering their secrets. What first drew these Crusaders to Nazareth, and could the archaeologists reveal the hidden truth behind many of the mysteries that have transcended time.

Forced to battle, first, with soldiers of Christ, and then for their very existence against a demon overlord with ties to the British monarchy. The archaeologists each had to dig deep to discover the route to their own salvation. And, more than that, to then decide whether to join a quest to recover holy relics associated with the Last Supper. 

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