Announcing a unique new Summer Theology Program at St. Mary's Oratory in Wausau, WI. Hosted by the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest together with The Aquinas Institute for the Study of Sacred Doctrine and the Albertus Magnus Center for Scholastic Studies.

The topic of study this year is St. Thomas Aquinas' commentary on the Epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians. Deepen your knowledge and appreciation of the Catholic faith through daily seminars and lectures by professors of The Aquinas Institute and Albertus Magnus Center, culminating in a formal scholastic disputation.

Participate in the rich liturgical life of the Institute of Christ the King with daily Mass and prayer throughout the week, including a solemn high Mass and procession for the Feast of the Assumption of Mary.

The course runs from Monday-Friday, August 12-16, 2019.

For more information and to apply, visit: Albertus Magnus Center for Scholastic Studies and select Summer 2019 - USA.



About the Aquinas Institute:

The mission of The Aquinas Institute is to form a new generation of Catholic theologians and philosophers through direct contact with the sources of Catholic doctrine, faithful to the teaching authority of the hierarchy of the Church, and in a community that has the Incarnate Word of God as its center.

The primary means of this formation is teaching, and the secondary means is the publication of the works of great teachers.

About the Albertus Magnus Center:

The Albertus Magnus Center for Scholastic Studies is an organization dedicated to the promotion of sacred theology undertaken according to the mind and method of the great scholastics.

This purpose is realized principally through our summer theology programs, in which participants are invited to an intensive course of studies in Catholic theology presented in the form of the great universities of the high Middle Ages. Unique to these programs is the combination of scholastic form and content, namely the study of St. Thomas Aquinas in the way that St. Thomas himself would have studied. Hence the dedication of the Center to his own teacher, St. Albert the Great. 

Our programs thus strive to approximate in a modern context the three primary tasks of the medieval Magister in Sacra Pagina (teacher of Sacred Scripture), which are to read (legere), to dispute (disputare), and to preach (praedicare). Aquinas himself comments on these three tasks in his inaugural lecture as Master of the Sacred Page at Paris in 1256. He connects them to the words of Titus 1:9, saying: "Of these three offices, namely, to preach, to read, and to dispute, it is said in Titus 1:9, that he may be able to exhort [with respect to preaching], in sound teaching [with respect to reading], and to refute opponents [with respect to disputation]."

Hence, the central focus of our programs is a close reading (legere) of the great texts of the theological tradition utilizing a dialectical method that aims to arrive at knowledge of truth through reasoned discourse involving discussion and culminating in a formal scholastic disputation (disputare). The task of preaching (praedicare) belongs properly to the ordained ministers of the Church in the context of the sacred liturgy, which nourishes and sustains the spirit of prayer and contemplation in which we seek to carry out our studies. In an extended sense, however, the academic lectures given by our teaching faculty are also a kind of "speaking forth" (prae-dicare) of the great mysteries of the faith.