Veterum Sapientia

Veterum Sapientia 2014: exploring the Latin heritage of the Church

Veterum Sapientia is a week-long Latin program for Catholic priests, seminarians, and those men and women belonging to religious orders. This program seeks to respond to the call of Saint John XXIII’s Apostolic Constitution Veterum Sapientia to revitalize the Latin language in the Catholic Church. This full-immersion (Latine tantum) program offers intensive instruction in the language to intermediate and advanced students of Latin.

Veterum Sapientia is jointly sponsored by host institution Belmont Abbey College and by SALVI, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to the promotion of active Latin.

Program Dates: July27–August 2

Arrival: Sunday, July 27, 3:00–6:00 p.m.

Departure: Saturday, August 2, 12:00–3:00 p.m.

Program Description: Veterum Sapientia offers a unique, guided exploration of the most important categories of writing that make up the Church’s Latin patrimony, with exercises ordered toward helping participants grow in their understanding of the mechanics of the language and internalize new vocabulary through active use. Classes and related activities (e.g. meals, games, walks) will be conducted in Latin and in a combination of Latin and English, as appropriate to participants’ level of experience. Plenary class sessions and some small-group work will be devoted to reading and discussion of texts representing the major genera of Latin writing in the life of the Church: scriptural Latin, patristic Latin, liturgical Latin, scholastic Latin, ecclesiastical (curial) Latin, and Gregorian chant (hymns). In other small-group sessions, participants will be guided through active exercises in speaking and in simple writing, based on material from these representative texts.

Participants will work with instructors every day, experiencing a series of plenary and small-group class sessions for a minimum total of six hours of instruction daily. Common lunches, dinners, and evening recreational activities will also be provided, offering opportunities for informal conversations in Latin. All class sessions, common meals and recreation activities will be conducted on the Belmont Abbey College campus. On-campus dorms and nearby off-campus hotels are both available for participants’ lodging.

Eligibility: Veterum Sapientia is intended for intermediate-level and advanced students of Latin. Intermediate-level students have generally completed at least two semesters of study in a college or seminary environment. Two full years or more are ideal. We will accommodate applicants at both levels on a space-available basis.

Cost: Tuition for Veterum Sapientia is $250 and is paid at registration. The price does not include lodging or transportation to and from Belmont Abbey College. It does include daily lunch and dinner, as well as non-alcoholic beverages. Full refunds (minus a $40 processing fee) are available until July 1.

Location: Sessions will be conducted on the campus of Belmont Abbey College, located just outside Charlotte, NC. Belmont is conveniently located just 8 miles from the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

Belmont Abbey College
100 Belmont-Mt.Holly Rd
Belmont, NC 28012

Lodging: Participants will be responsible for their own lodging. BAC dorm rooms will be available for $25/night. Rooms have also been reserved at the Hampton Inn across the street from the campus. Mention that you’re with the Belmont Abbey College Latin Conference for a reduced rate of $94/night. 704.825.6100


Dr. Nancy Llewellyn

Dr. Nancy Llewellyn is Associate Professor of Latin at Wyoming Catholic College. She holds a Ph.D. from UCLA, an M.A. from the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome (where she also studied at the Gregorian University with Reginald Foster), and a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College. Since 1998, she has led numerous workshops on spoken Latin for students and teachers in California, Michigan, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Virginia.

Msgr. Daniel Gallagher

Msgr. Daniel Gallagher is a priest of the Diocese of Gaylord, MI. He served as Associate Professor of Theology and Director of Graduate Seminarians at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, MI before he was released to serve in the English section of the Secretary of State office in the Vatican. He later succeeded Fr. Reginald Foster in the Latin office of the Vatican.

Dr. Gerald Malsbary

Dr. Gerald Malsbary holds a doctorate in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto where he wrote his dissertation on Early Christian Latin poets. He taught languages and philosophy at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia for seventeen years. In 2008, he took a position as the Director of the First-Year Symposium and Professor of Latin, Greek and German at Belmont Abbey College.

John Pepino, PhD

John Pepino, PhD, teaches Latin and Greek at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary, the seminary of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP) in Nebraska, USA. He also teaches online Latin courses using Hans Orberg’s Lingua Latina series. His own bilingual background (French and English) and boyhood in multilingual Europe predisposed him to a natural, oral/aural approach to Latin. His interests also include the decline of the living Latin culture in the Western Church as well as the means the Holy See advocates to recover it.

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