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Summer events: conferences and Latin courses in Europe

On my side of the Atlantic, there are a number of events which may be of interest to those on both sides of it.

The Roman Forum Summer Symposium 30 June – 11 July 2014: now with Fr John Hunwicke
In the idyllic setting of a small town on Lake Garda in Italy, this is a truly unique event: 11 days of talks and social activities, with daily Traditional Sung Mass, with some of the leading intellectuals of the Traditional Catholic movement, including Dr John Rao, Christopher Ferrara, Mgr Ignacio Berrairo, and the President of the FIUV (and a long-time associate of the event), Mr James Bogle. For the first time, the roster of speakers will include Fr John Hunwicke of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, who blogs at Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment.

The programme has now been confirmed: see it here. The headline cost is €2,100. Enquiries by email to Dr John Rao:

The Latin Mass Society's One Day Conference: The Traditional Mass and Evangelisation; 24th May 2014. Speakers include Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Joseph Pearce, Fr Michael Mary of the Papa Stronsay community (Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer). It takes place in the Regent Hall, Oxford Street, London; the fee is £20.

Book here. (NB this happens only every two years.)

Albertus Magnus Centre Summer Programme at the Prior of St Benedict, Norcia (Nursia), Italy: 16-30 June 2014.
Two weeks of study, focusing on St Paul's Letter to the Romans through St Thomas Aquinas' great Commentary (details). The course is led by Prior Cassian Folsom; among other faculty will be the Dominican scholar Fr Thomas Crean OP, well known in traditional circles in England. The headline cost is €775; this covers tuition and half-board.

Book online here.

Latin Mass Society Residential Latin Course: 28th July - 1st August, at Pantasaph in North Wales
This is taught in two streams, beginners and the more advanced, by two superb Latin tutors: Fr John Hunwicke, and Br Richard Bailey (he will be Fr Richard by then). It takes place in the Franciscan Retreat Centre at Pantasaph in North Wales; accomodation is down the road in St Winefried's Guest House, next to the Medieval Shrine of St Winefried, in North Wales. There is Traditional Mass every day in Pantasaph's Pugin Chapel, Sung or - usually - Solemn. The headline price is £340, full board. There is a 50% discount for clergy, seminarians, and those about to join seminary.

Book online here.

Novum Vivarium Latin Summer School: June 23th - August 16th, 2014, in Rome.
If you are serious about learning Latin, and have the time, spend 8 weeks doing this course in Rome itself. There is simply nothing like it in the world: a total immersion Latin course designed to give you fluency in reading Latin. They have developed a unique approach to teaching which has been extremely successful; check out their longer courses as well.The headline price is €4,980 and covers full participation in the eight-week course (from July 24th to August 17th ), including hosting, textbooks, and excursions. The cost of participation in only one of the two modules is €2,500.

These are all highly recommended. All the organisers are totally committed to the their mission of spreading knowledge of our Catholic heritage, and as a result all the prices are incredibly low: compare them with the cost of similar events, conferences and Latin Courses, to see for yourself. All of them would very much appreciate donations: follow the links to learn more about them.