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:


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