Veterum Sapientia

Veterum Sapientia 2013: exploring the Latin heritage of the Church

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 July 1.

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
All-suite Hotel - 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee Policy
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.


Fr. Reginald Foster, O.C.D. | Head Instructor

Renowned Latinist Fr. Foster taught at the Gregorian University in Rome for 40 years and worked in the Latin Letters section of the Vatican Secretariat of State. He retired from his work in Rome in 2008 and returned to his native city of Milwaukee, WI, where he continues to teach Latin.

Msgr. Daniel Gallagher | Assisting Instructor

Msgr. 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 Vatican Secretariat of State. A former student of Fr. Foster, he succeeded him in the Latin Letters office on Fr. Foster’s retirement.

Dr. Gerald Malsbary | Assisting Instructor

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

Dr. Nancy Llewellyn | Assisting Instructor & Curriculum Coordinator

Dr. Llewellyn is Associate Professor of Latin at Wyoming Catholic College. She holds a Ph.D. from UCLA, a Licentiate from the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome, and a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College. During her time in Rome she also studied under Fr. Foster at the Gregorian University. Dr. Llewellyn founded SALVI in 1997 and has served since 2006 as Lead Instructor at SALVI’s summer immersion workshop, Rusticatio Virginiana.

Fr. Jason Barone| Administrative Coordinator

Fr. Barone is a priest for the Diocese of Charlotte and a parochial vicar at Sacred Heart parish in Salisbury, NC. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed seminary studies at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD, as well as Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, NE, and was ordained in June 2012. Fr. Barone has had the privilege of studying Latin with Fr. Foster, Dr. Malsbary, and Dr. Llewellyn.

Hodie est
ante diem xiii Kalendas Maias MMDCCLXVII A.U.C.

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