Praedicatio

The Preaching: Spiritual reflections expounding theological truths

Lectio

The Lecture: Theological formation from Masters

Disputatio

The Disputation: The Scholastic Method at its heart

Commentaria

The Commentary: Looking to the Great Masters

Albertus Magnus Center for Scholastic Studies

Praedicatio. Lectio. Disputatio. Commentaria.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Save the Date: Summer Program 2015!

The Albert the Great Summer Program 2015 will be taking place in Norcia, Italy from July 12th-25th. The cost is 700€, and includes room and partial board.
We will be posting more information on the website after Christmas, including this summer's curriculum, the tutors who will be with us, the excursion itinerary, and (hopefully!) some information about scholarships.

For more information, contact Chris Owens, Co-Director at chris.owens@albertusmagnuscss.org

Friday, March 14, 2014

Why study St. Thomas in Norcia?

Perhaps this is a question that you have been thinking - "an academic program is great, but why should I study for two weeks in Norcia?" We believe firmly that the academic study of theology is an endeavor that is first done on one's knees. Theology is unique among all of the sciences because it has God as its object (Cf. ST Iq1a7). While one may be able to demonstrate conclusions from principles in any science, the principles of theology are received through revelation and accepted by faith (Cf. ST II-IIq2). For this reason, it is imperative that those engaged in theological pursuits first immerse themselves in a life of prayer. St. Thomas himself received his first education in Monte Cassino, the monastery founded by St. Benedict. Perhaps it was there that St. Thomas first began to be formed in the school of prayer and contemplative life that would foster his theological endeavors later in life.

Norcia, the birthplace of St. Benedict, is a small fortified town in the heart of the Sibilline mountains of Italy, known for its wild boar and black truffles found in the surrounding area. From nearly anywhere in the town, you are a mere 5 minutes walk to the gate of the town, which opens up to walks in the countryside and surrounding mountains. The heat of the summer is restrained by the mild mountain nights, and the fresh spring water is available from any of the many fountains located around town.

The monastery of St. Benedict is in the heart of the town, providing a liturgical rhythm to daily life that elevates the experience of the natural beauty in the area to become the perfect atmosphere for contemplating the higher truths of God. (Cf. ST II-IIq180a4)

Just as St. Thomas  was first educated in a Benedictine school of prayer, consider joining us in Norcia this summer in an atmosphere perfectly disposed to contemplating the divine truths.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Sponsor a Student

We have had a few requests from university-aged students as to whether there might be some scholarship money available. Since we operate on such a tight budget, we want to be able to make it so that anyone who wants to attend has the means in order to do so. If you are able, please consider donating a partial scholarship for someone who would want to attend the program this summer. For more information, see the Support Page or Contact us.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Connect with us online

Did you know we have Facebook and Google+ pages? We also have an RSS feed, so that you don't miss any updates to the site. Check us out by following the links in the right-hand side bar.

We look forward to you joining in the conversation with us.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Summer Program 2014: By Faith in Jesus Christ: Paul's Letter to the Romans

We have confirmed our booking in Norcia, and have lined up most of the teaching staff! Today, I am happy to announce the summer program 2014: "By Faith in Jesus Christ: Paul's Letter to the Romans".

The core of the program will be an intensive two-week study of Paul's Epistle to the Romans, along with commentary by the Fathers, and, of course, St. Thomas Aquinas. For more information, see the summer program's Main Page.

Registration will open on the 2nd of February, but please, feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.