ABOUT THE INSTITUTE
Who We Are
Officially launched on Oct. 7, 2018—the feast day of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary - the Alcuin Institute is an educational and cultural institute that oversees the formation of Catholic leaders and educators throughout the Diocese of Tulsa & Eastern Oklahoma (cf. Bsp. David A. Konderla, God Builds a House).
As a faculty of friends, we are uniquely committed to promoting in all diocesan educational and cultural programming a stronger appreciation of the intimate ties uniting the intellect with the imagination, especially by advocating for an intentional return to the spiritual, intellectual, and artistic sources of the Christian West.
What We Do
The Alcuin Institute for Catholic Culture seeks to cultivate in the Diocese of Tulsa & Eastern Oklahoma forgotten, and often forbidden, realities—such as virtue, chivalry, valor, self-denial, a fondness for things of the past, and the real mirth found in friendship in order that truth, goodness, and beauty may prevail. In doing so we hope to become a bastion for authentic Catholic culture. How do we go about doing this?
By imitating the greatest teachers of old, of course: Socrates and Christ! We travel around the eastern half of Oklahoma inviting folks to join us in robust and lively conversations about things that truly matter. Such conversations are always—and necessarily—accompanied with much food, drink, and mirth!
Our Lady of Victory
The Alcuin Institute claims Our Lady of Victory as our patroness of help. Though her prayers, we hope to succeed in our mission to promote Catholic culture. Accordingly, the Our Lady of Victory Medal is our annual award given to an eminent Catholic thinker whose work complements the mission of the Alcuin Institute. More specifically, the medal is given to a scholar whose labor has helped rally the Christain faithful togther with a shared, Catholic vision of reality. Our recent recipients of this award are listed here:
- 2019 | Dr. Michael P. Foley
- 2020 | Dr. John A. Cuddeback