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.