Monday, December 4, 2017

Announcing the 2018 Summer Program

"Human Suffering and Divine Providence:
Thomas's Commentary on Job"

From June 17th-28th 2018, 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 seventh 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 divine providence. We will be undertaking a close reading of selected texts from Thomas's Commentary on Job. "The whole intention of this book is directed to this: to show that human affairs are ruled by divine providence using probable arguments." (St. Thomas Aquinas, Prologue, Commentary on Job)

Dr. Michael Sirilla Chris Owens Fr. Thomas Crean, OP
This year, the program is pleased to welcome Dr. Michael Sirilla, director of the graduate theology program at Franciscan University of Steubenville, as a guest tutor. Additionally, Fr. Thomas Crean, OP of the Dominican priory in Leicester, England and Fellow of the AMCSS will be joining us. Fr. Crean is currently teaching at Newman College, Ireland, a recently-founded liberal arts college. Besides the daily seminars and lectures offered by the tutors, there will be a guest lecture by Fr. Prior, Benedict Nivakoff, OSB, as well as 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 include a trip to Orvieto, where Thomas lived while he wrote the Commentary on Job. 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. Indeed, the program ends on the day before the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul so that participants might attend the Papal Mass at St. Peter's on that day. Tickets will be arranged for all who are interested.

For more information, visit the Summer Program details page.