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