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.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Lodging in Rome

We have confirmed our reservations for the group for our trip to Rome at Casa Maria Immacolata.

The Casa Maria Immacolata, managed by Figlie della Carità of S. Vincenzo de Paoli, is situated in the historical centre of the city, within a walking distance from St Peter's Basilica and Piazza del Popolo.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Rome Updates

With preparations for the 2012 Summer Program moving into their finals stages, we would like to offer a brief update regarding our planned excursion to Rome for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. We will be arriving in Rome on Thursday, June 28, around 10:30.

Papal Mass - The Holy Father will offer Mass for the Feast of Ss. Peter and Paul on Friday, June 29, at 9:00, in the Vatican Basilica, with the Imposition of the Pallium on Metropolitan Archbishops. We have received confirmation of our reservations, so tickets for the whole group will be waiting for us at the bronze doors of the Vatican.

Scavi Tour - Unfortunately, there are no openings left for the tour of the necropolis beneath St. Peter's Basilica, which we hoped to include in our itinerary. If another group cancels, however, we are on the list.

Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel - We will not be organizing this as a group tour, but individuals who would like to make their own arrangements for a visit during our brief stay in Rome are encouraged to consider purchasing tickets in advance at the Online Ticket Office. There is an extra fee of 4 euro for doing so, but this will allow you to bypass the line at the entrance, which can be very, very long during the Summer months especially.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Quaerere Deum

Final Release of Quaerere Deum.
Eight years ago, our close friends, Tom Kolenberg and Eric Griffin, produced our first short video which gave a glimpse into our life. The video was an immediate success. But within a short time, we realized that a new video would be necessary which could illustrate the tremendous growth of the community and in a longer format, depict more aspects of our daily life. Inspired by the full length documentary of Carthusian life, “Into Great Silence” we sought to produce a medium length film of high quality which would expose those far away from us to the inner workings of our life. Thus the idea of “Quaerere Deum” was born. The title comes from the first task of all monks, To Seek God, as described by the Rule of St Benedict. We especially want to thank Peter Hayden, brother of our Br. Evagrius, who gave of his time and talent to produce this wonderful film. May God continue to bless him and the work he does, as well as all of our friends who watch this video. Without further ado, we present to you “Quaerere Deum”. Please feel free to pass this along to others.”                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                  ~Fr Benedict, O.S.B.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

New Dates Confirmed

A slight adjustment of the dates of the 2012 Summer Program has been made necessary. The new dates, fixed now and confirmed, are June 18 - June 30.

Here is a quick overview of the program calendar. See the Summer Program 2012 page for more details.

18 June, Monday: Arrival Day.
19 June, Tuesday: Academic Day.
20 June, Wednesday: Academic Day.
21 June, Thursday: Optional Trip to Assisi.
22 June, Friday: Academic Day.
23 June, Saturday: Academic Day.

24 June, Sunday: Morning in Norcia - Optional Trip to Cascia in the Afternoon.
25 June, Monday: Academic Day.
26 June, Tuesday: Academic Day.
27 June, Wednesday: Academic Day.
28 June, Thursday: Optional Trip to Rome.
29 June, Friday: Feast of Saint Peter and Paul in Rome.
30 June, Saturday: Departure Day (or you can extend your stay in Rome!)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Fr. Cassian named as person of the year by Inside the Vatican Magazine

"Sometimes we are able to see a splendid adventure of life and faith just at the moment that it is unfolding. And we are able to watch the struggles and challenges and successes of a man, or of a group of men, and even to participate with them in that adventure.

Fr. Cassion Folsom, O.S.B.
Such is the case with Father Cassian Folsom and the refounding of the Benedictine monastery in Norcia, Italy—the birthplace of St. Benedict in about A.D. 480—which was closed in 1810, and reopened after 190 years in the year 2000.

For what Father Folsom has done for Norcia, for what he has done for monasticism in general and Benedictine monasticism in particular, for what he has done for the Church’s liturgy (for the last three years, the monastery in Norcia has been offering Holy Mass in both uses of the Roman Rite, old and new) and for what he has taught all of us about following Christ by his Christian example, we feel privileged to have the opportunity to select Cassian Folsom, who is also an old friend, as our “Person of the Year” for 2011."

Read more here. Congratulations to Fr. Cassian! We are honored by his participation and help with our programs.