Veterum Sapientia is a week-long Latin program which seeks, in a small way, to respond to the call of
Blessed John XXIII’s Apostolic Constitution Veterum Sapientia to revitalize the Catholic Church’s Latin
heritage in the modern world. It offers intensive instruction in the language to intermediate and advanced students of
Latin with opportunities for practice in listening comprehension and speaking.
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: August 4–10, 2013.
Arrival: Sunday, August 4, 3:00–6:00 p.m.
Departure: Saturday, August 10, 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 experience a series of plenary and small-group classes 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 conversation in Latin to those who wish to participate. All class sessions, common meals and recreational activities will be conducted on the Belmont Abbey College campus; participants’ lodging will be off-campus (see area hotel information below).
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, provided we receive a minimum of ten applicants per level, ten being the minimum number necessary to constitute a group within the larger context of the workshop. Plenary sessions and intermediate-level classes will be conducted in Latin and English. Small-group sessions for advanced participants will be conducted in Latin.
Cost: Tuition for Veterum Sapientia is $250 and is paid at registration. The price does not include lodging, but
does include lunch, dinner, as well as non-alcoholic beverages. Full refunds (minus a $40 processing fee) are available until
Once you have completed online registration and been notified that your information has been received, you may pay for Veterum Sapientia through PayPal (below), or by sending a check payable to SALVI to:
Veterum Sapientia 2013
SALVI c/o Mr. Raymond J. Kelly
1020 East Main St.
Flushing, MI 48433.
After initial registration is completed and payment received, every applicant will receive a short placement test that must be returned before enrollment can be considered final.
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, however rooms have 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 $89/night. 704.825.6100
Other possible accommodations
Fairfield Inn, Gastonia
800.891.3955 - 704.867.5073
Located off I-85 at Exit 20 (Approximately 8 miles from campus) Includes a continental deluxe breakfast; indoor pool and spa; all rooms equipped with a mini fridge and microwave; fitness room. Close to mall and restaurants.
Comfort Suites, Gastonia
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Located off I-85 at Exit 20 (Approximately 8 miles from campus)
Includes complimentary hot breakfast and free admission to Gastonia YMCA. Rooms equipped with a microwave, refrigerator, sleeper, and king size bed.
BAC Dorm Rooms
There is a possibility that a small number of dorm rooms may be made available for a significantly lower cost, but we ask that only those with little or no income request such rooms.