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.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Announcing the 2017 Summer Program



"Divine Power in a Hidden Way: Thomas' Commentary on the Sentences IV"

From July 2nd-14th, the St. Albert the Great Center for Scholastic Studies will hold a summer session in Norcia, Italy. In partnership with the Monastero San Benedetto, this will be the sixth 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.

This summer's program will be focused on sacramental theology. We will be undertaking a close reading of selected texts from the Commentary of Aquinas upon the Fourth Book of the Sentences of Peter Lombard, in particular those questions treating the sacraments "in general", Baptism, and the Eucharist.

The Sentences was the standard "textbook" of the 13th and 14th century University of Paris, and all bachelors were required to write a commentary. Thus, in this work we find the thought of a relatively young Thomas Aquinas, having begun his writing of it at around 28 years of age.

This study is a particularly noteworthy one, as it will be the first time a study of Aquinas' Commentary on the Sentences will be undertaken with recourse to a full-translation of the Latin into English, thus making it accessible to all.

This year the program is again privileged to have Dr. Peter Kwasniewski of Wyoming Catholic College and Fr. Thomas Crean, OP of the Dominican priory in Leicester, England and currently teaching at Newman College, Ireland, a recently-founded liberal arts college. Both are Fellows of AMCSS and, along with the other tutors, will help lead seminar discussion and offer lectures in the lecture series. Besides the daily seminars and lectures offered by the tutors, there will be a guest lecture by Fr. Cassian Folsom, OSB, the founder of the monastery. The two-week program reaches its climax in an authentic scholastic disputation, moderated by one of the tutors.

In addition to the academic program, there is the opportunity to participate in the daily life of worship 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, and participants are encouraged to plan for extra time before or after the program in order to explore Rome, the glorious foundation seat of the Church.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Now Available!

The lectures and the scholastic disputation from last summer's theology program on the Letter to the Hebrews have been collected into an elegant volume published under the title Praelectiones et Quaestiones Disputatae (lectures and disputed questions) - On St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews: Proceedings of the 2016 Summer Theology Program of the Albertus Magnus Center for Scholastic Studies.

Available for order on Amazon for $18.99 (€19.99 / £15.99).

A preview of the contents:

1. "The Sacrifice of Christ as an Act of Vicarious Satisfaction" by John P. Joy, S.T.L.

2. "How Is the Mass a Sacrifice?" by Rev. Thomas Crean, O.P., S.T.D.

3. "The Symbolism of the First Entrance of the Holy Synaxis in the Mystagogy of St. Maximus the Confessor" by Rev. Yosyp Veresh, S.T.D.

4. "Biblical and Liturgical Typology in the Letter to the Hebrews" by Rev. Cassian Folsom, O.S.B., S.L.D.

5. "The Christian Liturgy as Sacrificium Laudis in the Epistle to the Hebrews” by Peter Kwasniewski, Ph.D.

6. “‘Credere oportet accedentem ad Deum’ – On the Nature and Necessity of Faith” by Br. Evagrius Hayden, O.S.B., S.T.M.

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

8. Quæstiones Disputatæ

Q. 1. Whether he who performs the rites of the Old Law offends God?

Q. 2. Whether the shedding of blood is necessary for the remission of sins?

Q. 3. Whether to please God it is sufficient to believe that he is and is a rewarder of those who seek him?

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: http://www.albertusmagnuscss.org/p/summer-program-2016.html

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.