Renie Choy
Dr Renie Choy
Tutor and Lecturer in Church History


Dr Renie Choy is Tutor and Lecturer in Church History at St Mellitus College. She was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Canada. Doctoral studies in church history brought her Oxford, where she completed a dissertation on early medieval monasticism. Renie attends St Alban the Martyr Church in Holborn, London, and serves as an elected governor of a Church of England primary school. Aside from goals relating to teaching, writing, and parenting her three young children, Renie hopes one day to write a musical score for a film, find an object of archaeological importance, and own some sheep.

Research Projects

My current research engages with the postcolonial critique of Christian historiography




  • 'Intercession' in Andrew Irving and Daniel DiCenso, eds., Medieval Latin Liturgy: A Research Guide (Brill, in preparation)
  • 'The Formulation of Prayer for the Formation of Faith in the Early Middle Ages', c. 700-900', in A. Cocksworth and J. McDowell, eds., T&T Clark Companion to Christian Prayer (London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming)
  • ‘Mediator: Medieval Christianity and Reformation Christianity', in Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, forthcoming)
  • 'Cathedral and Monastic: Applying Baumstark's Categories to the Carolingian Divine Office', in R. Kramer, E. Kurdziel, and G. Ward, eds., Categorising the Church: Monastic Communities, Canonical Clergy and Episcopal Authority in the Carolingian World (780-840) (Turnhout: Brepols, forthcoming)
  • ‘Praying by the Rules: Legislating Intercessory Prayer in Carolingian Monastic Reform’, in K. Pansters and A. Plunkett-Latimer, eds., Shaping Stability: The Normation and Formation of Religious Life in the Middle Ages, Disciplina Monastica (Turnhout: Brepols, 2016), pp. 69-88
  • “‘The brother who may wish to pray by himself’ : Sense of Self in Carolingian Prayers of Private Devotion’, in S. Bhattacharji, R. Williams, and D. Mattos, eds., Prayer and Thought in Monastic Tradition: Essays in Honour of Sr Benedicta Ward (London: Bloomsbury, 2014), pp. 101-20
  • ‘The Deposit of Monastic Faith: The Carolingians on the Essence of Monasticism’, in P. Clarke and C. Methuen, ed., The Church on its Past, Studies in Church History 49 (Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell, 2013), pp. 71-83
  • ‘Christian Letter-Writing: Seeking Meaning Behind Epistolary Clichés’, in P. Clarke and C. Methuen, ed., The Church and Literature, Studies in Church History 48 (Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell, 2012), pp. 1-11


  • Contributions to A. Louth, ed., Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, 4th Edition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

  • Contributor to the Hildemar Project which provides an English translation of Hildemar of Corbie's Commentary on the Rule of Benedict