The Preaching: Spiritual reflections expounding theological truths


The Lecture: Theological formation from Masters


The Disputation: The Scholastic Method at its heart


The Commentary: Looking to the Great Masters

Albertus Magnus Center for Scholastic Studies

Praedicatio. Lectio. Disputatio. Commentaria.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Publication Announcement

The 2016 Albert the Great Summer School in Norcia was an incredible success! With 31 participants and 9 faculty members, it was our largest summer school in the 5 years we have been in operation. One of the fruits of our lecture series will be the publication of the lectures given during the program sometime this fall.

The contents will include:

“The Relationship between the Old Law and the New according to St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae”
—Christopher Owens, S.T.L. (cand.)

“The High Priesthood of Christ and the Sacrificial Blood of Redemption”
 —John Joy, S.T.L.

“The Physical and Metaphysical Nature of the Sacrifice of the Mass”
 —Fr. Thomas Crean, O.P., S.T.D.

“The Symbolism of the First Entrance in the Byzantine Liturgy by St. Maximus the Confessor” 
—Fr. Yosyp Veresh, S.T.D.

“The Use of the Epistle to the Hebrews in the Liturgy”
 —Fr. Cassian Folsom, O.S.B., S.L.D.

“The Sacrificium Laudis in the Epistle to the Hebrews” 
—Peter Kwasniewski, Ph.D.

Credere oportet accedentem ad Deum - On the Nature and Necessity of Faith”
—Br. Evagrius Hayden, O.S.B., S.T.M.

“Christ as Head of the Human Race”
—Daniel Lendman, S.T.L.

Please check back soon for more updated information.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

"The Transcendent Christ: St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews"

"There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours." (Psalm 86:8)

The St. Albert the Great Center for Scholastic Studies has announced its theme for their 2016 summer theology program: "The Transcendent Christ: St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews".

From July 10-24th, the St. Albert the Great Center for Scholastic Studies will hold a summer session in Norcia, Italy. In partnership with the Monasterio San Benedetto, this will be the fifth year they have held the Summer Institute.

The St. Albert the Great Center is dedicated to the revival of higher studies in theology undertaken according to the mind and method of the great scholastics, and in particular the work of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Building upon the study of the two previous summers, this summer's program will focus on St. Paul's Epistle to the Hebrews. With the sacred text as the primary source, participants will also follow along the interpretive tradition of the Church by reading commentaries of the Fathers and in particular St. Thomas's commentary on the epistle.

While the Letter to the Romans speaks about the subject of grace in itself (Summer 2014), and the subject of the First Letter to the Corinthians is grace as it is found principally in the Sacraments (Summer 2015); the Letter to the Hebrews offers the opportunity to explore in depth the subject of grace as it is found in its source, Jesus Christ, the head of the mystical body. In particular, St. Paul's letter focuses on how the excellence of the work of Christ has a three-fold extension: to the whole of creation, to the rational creature, and to the justification of the saints.

This year, in addition to the regular AMCSS tutors, the program is privileged to have Dr. Peter Kwasniewski of Wyoming Catholic College as a guest tutor who will help lead seminar discussion. Besides the daily seminars, there will be a guest lecture by Fr. Cassian Folsom, OSB, the founder and prior of the monastery, as well as from other monks of the monastery. The two-week program reaches its climax in an authentic scholastic disputation, moderated by one of the monks.

In addition to the academic program, there is the opportunity to participate in the daily life of worship (High Mass, Divine Office) of the Benedictine monks who live and pray at the birthplace of SS. Benedict & Scholastica. Optional excursions will be planned to other nearby pilgrimage sites, as well as a longer weekend trip to Rome at the end of the program in order to have a relaxing but formative experience in the Eternal City, the glorious foundation seat of the Church.

For more information, visit the program page:

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

"Light unto the Mysteries of God: Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians"

To me, though I am the very least of the saints, this grace was given, to make all men see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God"
~ Ephesians 3:8

The subject of the 2015 Albert the Great Summer Program has been confirmed. Building on the study from the 2014 program, Paul's Letter to the Romans, where we studied the subject of Grace in itself, we will gather this summer in Norcia, Italy from July 12th-25th in order to study Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians.

The theme, "Light unto the Mysteries of God", reveals the subject matter which we will be studying, which is the subject of grace as it is found principally in the sacraments. In particular, St. Paul's letter focusses on the sacraments of Baptism, Matrimony, and the Eucharist, and so participants will gain a greater understanding not only of these sacraments, but also an understanding of how grace works through the sacraments so as to order man to his end.

For more information, please visit the AMCSS 2015 Summer Program page.

We are now a registered 501(c)(3) Charity!

Our PatronWe have been working hard this past year, not only to continue to develop solid summer programs, but also to sure up our foundations as an organization in order to be able to grow and develop in the future.
To that end, this past year we have become a registered non-profit corporation in the State of Minnesota, and, as an early Christmas gift, we received confirmation from the Federal Government that our application for tax exempt status was accepted!

This means that we can now receive tax deductible donations. If you have never made a tax-deductible contribution, this works by our supplying you a letter confirming your gift on a particular date, which you can then use as a deduction when you are paying your taxes.

Our goal is to raise $10,000 to support our operations in 2015. This includes providing scholarship for university students or seminarians to come to our summer program, support for planning future conferences, and also keeping our very minimal infrastructural bills paid.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution online, please visit our Support page. If you would like to make a donation by mail, please contact Chris Owens via our Contact page.

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 675€, 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