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Cloister - Durham

Matthew J Mills
BTh Hons, MA, DPhil.

My research and writing take inspiration from the theology and history of the Catholic tradition, especially ideas about the Virgin Mary ('Mariology') and monasticism.


Presently employed in Durham, as Head of Development at the magnificent Romanesque cathedral, I have been a senior member of St Chad's College since 2020, and holder of an honorary fellowship within the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University since 2021. Having held lectureships in theology and medieval studies within the University of Oxford, I have also been a senior member of Regent's Park College since 2013.



  • Blessed Mary and the Monks of England: Benedictines and Cistercians, 1000-1215 (Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2024), in press

  • Forgiveness and Restorative Justice: Perspectives from Christian Theology, with Myra. N. Blyth and Michael. H. Taylor (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021)


  • Keeper of the Word: The Virgin Mary in Anglican, Baptist and Catholic dialogues, edited with Ross J. Maidment (Oxford: Regent’s Park College, 2023), in press

  • ‘Section on Restorative Justice’, edited with Myra N. Blyth, The Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 5.1 (2016), pp. 49-152

  • In the Shadow of Your Wings: Worship Book of Regent’s Park College, edited with Myra N. Blyth (Oxford: Regent’s Park College, 2013)



  • ‘Seeking Goodness: A Dialogue between Iris Murdoch and Peter Abelard,’ in Miles Leeson and Frances White, eds, Iris Murdoch and the Western Theological Imagination (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2024), in preparation

  • ‘Preface’, in Ross J. Maidment and Matthew J. Mills, eds, Keeper of the Word: The Virgin Mary in Anglican, Baptist and Catholic dialogues (Oxford: Regent’s Park College, 2023), pp. xvii-xxv

  • ‘Mulierem fortem: The Marian Pattern of Christian Discipleship’, in ibid., pp. 63-78

  • ‘Maria, gratia plena: Vision, Convergence and Controversy’, in ibid., pp. 133-40

  • 285 entries, in A. Louth, ed., The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 4th edn, 2022)

  • ‘A Vindication of Desire: St Anselm, with C. S. Lewis’, The Downside Review 139.2 (2021), pp. 133-44

  • ‘In the Barque of Peter: St Anselm’s Ecclesiology’, The Saint Anselm Journal 15.2 (2020), pp. 97-114

  • ‘Caritatis communionem: Reconciliation through an Ecumenism of Friendship’, in A. Goodliff, A. Clarke and B. Allison-Glenny, eds, Reconciling Rites: Essays in Honour of Myra N. Blyth (Oxford: Regent’s Park College, 2020), pp. 224-40

  • ‘Stephen of Sawley’s Meditations on Our Lady’s Joys and the Medieval History of the Rosary’, Cistercian Studies Quarterly 50.4 (2015), pp. 424-39

  • ‘Preface’, in Myra N. Blyth and Matthew J. Mills, eds, In the Shadow of Your Wings: Worship Book of Regent’s Park College (Oxford: Regent’s Park College, 2013), pp. 7-8



  • Slotemaker, John T. and Sweeney, Eileen C., eds, New Readings in Anselm of Canterbury’s Intellectual Methods (Leiden; Boston, MA: Brill, 2022), 303pp., The Medieval Review, forthcoming

  • Angier, Tom, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Natural Law Ethics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019), 356pp., Journal of Moral Philosophy 19 (2022), pp. 431-34

  • Bell, David N., Handmaid of the Lord: Mary, the Cistercians, and Armand-Jean de Rancé (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2021), 400pp., The Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies 11 (2022), pp. 217-19

  • Griffiths, Fiona J., Nuns’ Priests’ Tales: Men and Salvation in Women’s Monastic Life (Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018), 360pp., History: Journal of the Historical Association 107.374 (2022), pp. 170-72

  • Lipscomb, Benjamin J. B., The Women Are Up to Something: How Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot, Mary Midgley, and Iris Murdoch Revolutionized Ethics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021), 344pp., Studies in Christian Ethics, 35.4 (2022), pp. 859-61

  • Borromeo, Charles, Selected Orations, Homilies and Writings, ed. J. R. Cihak, trans. A. Santogrossi (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2017), 216pp., Regent’s Reviews 12.1 (2020), pp. 36-38

  • Pepinster, Catherine, The Keys and the Kingdom: The British and the Papacy from John Paul II to Francis (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2017), 245pp., Regent’s Reviews 12.1 (2020), pp. 33-36

  • Cone, Steven D., Theology from the Great Tradition (London; New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2018), 726pp., Regent’s Reviews 11.1 (2019), pp. 13-15

  • Houston, James M. and Zimmerman, Jens, eds, Sources of the Christian Self: A Cultural History of Christian Identity (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm B. Eerdmans, 2018), 692pp., Regent’s Reviews 11.1 (2019), pp. 39-41

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