On Thursday, 19th October 2017 ...
Revd Profesor Salvino
Caruana OSA, Director Augustinian Institute - Pieta'
will address the audience on the theme of Dr Martin
Luther's Use of Augustine on Grace and Free Will in On
the Bondage of the Will at the auditorium of the
Millennium Chapel, Church Street, Paceville, St.
Julian's at 7.00pm.
available on prior request. Drinks will be served after
the lecture. The lecture is under the auspices of the
Friends of Augustine of the Millennium Chapel. After the
lecture, Revd Professor Salvino Caruana OSA will comment
on his new publication ...
"Jiena s'hawn nista'" (Martinu Luteru) Riforma jew
launched at the event. The publication will be for
sale at the discounted price of €10 (after €13) and
copies will be signed by the author.
Luther was born to Hans Luder, and his wife
Margarethe (née Lindemann) on 10th November 1483 in
Eisleben, Saxony. His family moved to Mansfeld in 1484,
where his father was a leaseholder of copper mines and
smelters. He was determined to see Luther a lawyer. In
1501, at the age of 19, he entered the University of
Erfurt, which he later described as a beerhouse and
whorehouse. He was made to wake at four every morning
for what has been described as: "a day of rote learning
and often wearying spiritual exercises". He received his
master's degree in 1505. In accordance with his father's
wishes, Luther enrolled in law school at the same
university that year but dropped out almost immediately,
believing that law represented uncertainty.
attributed his decision to an event: on 2 July 1505, he
was returning to university on horseback after a trip
home. During a thunderstorm, a lightning bolt struck
near him. Later telling his father he was terrified of
death and divine judgment, he cried out: "Help! Saint
Anne, I will become a monk!" He came to view his cry for
help as a vow he could never break. He left law school,
sold his books, and entered a
closed Augustinian cloister in Erfurt on 17 July 1505.
He received a bachelor's degree in Biblical studies on
the 9th March 1508, and another bachelor's degree in
the Sentences by Peter Lombard in 1509. In 1516, Johann
Tetzel, a Dominican, and papal commissioner
for indulgences, was sent to Germany by the Roman
Catholic Church to sell indulgences to raise money to
rebuild St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The most important
for Luther was the doctrine of justification. Luther
came to understand justification as entirely the work of
God. This teaching by Luther was clearly expressed in
his 1525 publication On the Bondage of the Will, which
was written in response to On Free Will by Dewsiderius
Erasmus (1524). On 18th April 1521, Luther appeared as
ordered before the Diet of Worms. It was conducted from
28th January to 25th May 1521, with Emperor Charles Vth presiding.
Martin Luther married Katarina von Bora, one of 12 nuns
he had helped escape from the Nimbschen Cistercian
convent in April 1523, when he arranged for them to be
smuggled out in herring barrels. At the time of their
marriage, Katharina was 26 years old and Luther was 41
years old. Luther died on the 18th February 1546.
Professor Theodor Dieter from the University of
Strasbourg will be delivering the 21st Annual Saint
Augustine Lecture - 2018.
Theodor Dieter is very well known for his insights
into the intellectual profile of the young Luther, for
which Augustine of Hippo played an import role in the
development of his theology of grace and freedom of the
will. Prof Dieter is the main architect of almost all of
the Lutheran-Catholic dialogue texts of the past twenty
years. He is research professor and head of the
Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg.
has been invited to Malta deliver lectures on: Martin
Luther's Use of Augustine in the Heidelberg Disputation
University of Malta lecture will be on Tuesday, 5th
December 2017 at GateWay Hall E whereas the Augustinian
Institute lecture will be held on: Wednesday, 6th
December 2017 at the Main Lecture Hall of the
Augustinian Institute at Pietà.
is co-sponsored by The Maltese Augustinian Province, the
University of Malta and the Archdiocesan Foundation for
lectures are for the general public and entrance is
free. Drinks will be served after lecture.
Professor Salvino Caruana OSA
PO Box 61
Msida PO MSD 1000
2124 9407 -
9940 2102 - 7728 1249