Summer program in Norcia! (And a note about beer.)

I received this via email.  It has a perfect intersection of things I like:

Each summer for the past five years, the town of Norcia [where the great monastery of Benedictines is] has been home to the Summer Program of the Albertus Magnus Center for Scholastic Studies. This two-week program focuses on a combination of Scripture, Church Fathers, and St. Thomas, with lectures, discussions, and disputations held in the beautiful and leisurely setting of this lovely medieval town, and with the monastic rhythm of prayer as the very heart and center of the whole enterprise. And there is always the great monk-brewed beer to sip at the end of a long day of study and conversation. [I’d like to go myself!]

This year, participants will study the Epistle to the Hebrews, its rich teaching on Christology, priesthood, sacrifice, sacraments, and worship. Faculty will include Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, [Of Wyoming Catholic College] Fr. Thomas Crean, O.P., Br. Evagrius Hayden, O.S.B., John Joy, Christopher Owens, and Daniel Lendman. Guest lectures will be delivered by monks from the monastery, including its prior, Fr. Cassian Folsom, O.S.B.

Attendees have the opportunity of attending daily traditional Latin Masses (there are quiet low Masses early in the morning and the communal Missa Cantata later on) and the chanted monastic office. Food and drink will flow plentifully each evening with a five-course Italian dinner, highlighting the culinary delights of the region. [Believe me… that will be memorable.] Participants will be in Norcia for the festive celebration of the feast of St. Benedict on July 11th and will make pilgrimages to the nearby towns of Assisi and Cascia. A brief excursion to Rome at the end is available as an add-on.

The dates for the Summer program are July 10–24, 2016. The cost for tuition, room, and half-board (light breakfast and five-course dinner) is 900 Euros (about $1,020). Tuition includes a hardcover bilingual edition of the Commentary on Hebrews as well as other course materials.

(A background in academic theology is not required. Students working towards degrees may request a summary of the program with faculty credentials and a certificate of completion that they may submit for course credit elsewhere.)


Speaking of Norcia… don’t forget about their wonderful BEER.  You can now order it at   And, what’s more, you can subscribe as part of their Brewmonks’ Club to have beer regularly sent to you.

I received my first shipment just before the Triduum.  On the on hand, it was there in time for Easter.  On the other hand, it was there during the Triduum.   I look forward to it with some priest friends and a clerical evening.

Do your own priests a favor!   Sign them up for the Brewmonks’ Club!

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  1. Phil_NL says:

    900 euros? For two weeks? That’s a steal. You could say you pay for the course, and get the board for free! (though in reality, it’s probably the other way around).

    If it wasn’t for the fact I have a truckload of exams to grade in those weeks, I’d be sorely tempted. And I don’t even drink beer.

  2. Mojoron says:

    We cannot “import” adult beverages into our state since the beverage control board virtually controls all brands, types, etc. of liquor, beer, wine. aperitif’s, etc. I only wish that we could have these types of beer since I enjoy Belgium Monk beer’s. I will have to take a trip to one of my “free” states next door and do some smuggling.

  3. cda_sister says:

    What are the prerequisites for a student to be able to attend this program?

  4. Lisa says:

    Dear cda_sister,
    My husband is one of the founders and program directors of the Albertus Magnus Center. The only real prerequisite for the course is a desire to study and learn about the Catholic faith with the help of St. Thomas Aquinas.

    God bless!

  5. cda_sister says:

    Thank you Lisa. Thinking it might be something my grandson would be interested in doing. Not this year but perhaps in another year. He’s only 19 and first year in college. I will share this with him and pray. He is a very devout young man and thanks to our former pastor and youth ministers, has a very firm foundation in the truths of our faith. He continues to surprise me with his knowledge of things regarding the faith that I never knew at his age.

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