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Dr William P. Hyland

Lecturer in Church History

wph3William Hyland  has taught at several American universities, including Cornell University (NY), Benedictine College, Kansas and most recently at St Norbert College , Wisconsin where he was the  first Director of the Center for Norbertine Studies and held the Clarence Heidgen Chair of Catholic Studies. He is President of the editorial board of the book series Premonstratensian Texts and Studies (Cistercian Publications). He specializes in Medieval Church history, with a particular focus on monasticism and spirituality.

Research Interests

Dr. Hyland’s  current book project is an English translation and study of the principal spiritual writings of the Premonstratensian Jacobus Panhausen, abbot of Steinfeld from 1540-1582.  Panhausen was an important figure in the  renewal of the Premonstratensian order. Dr. Hyland also continues to investigate the participation of religious orders in the fifteenth century reform councils, and the role of religious rules in the wider phenomena of personal and ecclesiastical reform.


  • PhD  Cornell University  (1992)
  • M.A. Cornell University (1989)
  • B.A. Emory University  (1986)
  • University College, Oxford (1984-5) studied English and Irish Ecclesiastical History.

Selected Publications


Custody of the Heart: Selected Spiritual Writings of Abbot Martin Veth, O.S.B. Atchison: Benedictine College Press, 2001.

Book Chapters:

 Premonstratensian Voices of Reform at the Fifteenth Century Councils.” In  Reassessing Reform: A Historical Investigation into Church Renewal. Edited by Christopher M. Bellitto and David Zachariah Flanagin. (Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2012) pp. 170-189.

“The Climacteric of Late Medieval Camaldolese Spirituality: Ambrogio Traversari, John-Jerome of Prague, and the Linea Salutis Heremitarum.”  In Renaissance Culture and Politics: Florence and Beyond. Edited by Daniel Bornstein and David Peterson. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008) pp. 107-120.

 “Prophecy and Community Leadership in Rudolph of Fulda’s Vita Leobae”. In Prophet Margins: the Vatic Impulse in Medieval Literature. Edited by Edward Risden. (New York: Peter Lang, 2003) pp. 29-42.

 “John-Jerome of Prague and the Religion of the Saracens”. In Medieval Christian Perceptions of Islam. Edited by John V. Toland. (New York: Garland Press, 1996) pp. 199-208. 


“The Incarnation, Reform and the Unity of the Church: a Sermon of Master Johannes Wifflet, O.Praem, for the Feast of the Annunciation at the Council of Basel (1432)”. Analecta Praemonstratensia 83 (2007) pp. 153-168.

“Abbot John-Jerome of Prague: Preaching and Reform in Early Fifteenth-Century Poland”. Analecta Praemonstratensia 80 (2004) pp. 5-42.

“American Tears”: Cotton Mather and the Plight of Eastern Orthodox Christians”. The New England Quarterly  77 (2004) pp. 282-290.

“John-Jerome of Prague (1368-1440): A Norbertine Missionary in Lithuania”. Analecta Praemonstratensia  78 (2002) pp. 228-254.

“Reform Preaching and Despair at the Council of Pavia-Siena (1423-24)”. The Catholic Historical Review  83 (1998) pp. 409-430.

“John-Jerome of Prague (1368-1440) and the Errores Graecorum: anatomy of a polemic against Greek Christians”. Journal of Religious History 21 (1997) pp. 249-267.

“Missionary Nuns and the Monastic Vocation in Anglo-Saxon England”. The American Benedictine Review 47 (1996) pp. 141-174.

“John-Jerome of Prague and Monastic Reform in the Fifteenth Century”. The American Benedictine Review 47 (1996) pp. 58-98.

Forma perfeccionis heremitarum: a Fifteenth-Century Primer for Hermits”. Studia Monastica 37 (1995) pp. 395-404.   This article includes an introduction to and critical edition of the previously unpublished Latin text.

 “John-Jerome of Prague: Portrait of a Fifteenth Century Camaldolese”. The American Benedictine Review 46 (1995) pp. 303-334.

Book Series:

As President of the editorial board of Premonstratenisan Texts and Studies, I have overseen publication of the  following volumes:

Anselm of Havelberg. Anticimenon: On the Unity of the Faith and the Controversies with the Greeks. Translated by Ambrose Criste, O.Praem., and Carol Neel. (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press & Cistercian Publications, 2010).

Spirituality of the Premonstratensians: The Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries. Francois Petit, O. Praem.  Translated by Victor Szczurek, O. Praem. (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press & Cistercian Publications, 2011).

Premonstratensian Monasteries of Medieval Ireland. Miriam Clyne (Forthcoming)


“ John-Jerome of Prague at the Council of Basel: Varieties of Reform Discourse” in Camaldoli e l’ordine Camaldolese dalle Origini alla Fine del XV Secolo (Convengo Internazionale di Studi in Occasione del Millenario di Camaldoli , ed. by Pierluigi Licciardello (Centro Storico Benedettino Italiano of Badia di Santa Maria del Monte, Cesena, series Italia Benedettina} 2014.

Contact details

Dr William P. Hyland
Teaching Fellow in Church History

St Mary's College 
The School of Divinity 
University of St Andrews 
South Street 
St Andrews 
Fife KY16 9JU 
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: + 44 (0)1334 462844
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