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Pat Flynn: Philosophy for the People

Suan Sonna: From Protestant to Catholic

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Bishop Konderla: “When Did God Make Time?”

Join the Alcuin Institute on September 17th to hear Bishop Konderla give his annual Inaugural Address to teachers! Bishop David Konderla will be speaking on the subject of God and His relationship to time, arguing that “the truths of faith and the facts of science cannot be in conflict with each other; for God is the Author of both.” Brief socials will precede and follow Bishop’s talk, so please join us for this great night of fellowship as we kick off the new academic year!

“Gird up your loins now, like a man; I will question you, and you tell me the answers! Where were you when I founded the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its size? Surely you know? Who stretched out the measuring line for it? Into what were its pedestals sunk, and who laid its cornerstone, while the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?”

—Job 38:3-7

Alcuin Short Course: Reason; One God

The founders of the 16th century Protestant movement and the 18th century French Enlightenment both maintained that faith and reason are irreconcilably opposed. The conflict between fideism and rationalism, which erupted in the French Revolution, is the origin of the modern secular state that casts its shadow across the West. But the Roman Catholic Church has taught since ancient times that faith and reason are both from God, who is Truth itself, and truth cannot contradict Truth. The Eternal Light of God was made flesh in “ the fullness of time,” when the ancient Greek and Roman reason-based philosophy reached its apex, and its limit, anticipating the fullness of Revelation. Modern science was sprung from the natural philosophy of the Medieval Church that serves as a foundation to natural theology. Vatican I solemnly defined the natural knowability of God; that is, man’s ability to know God’s existence and his properties with certitude by reason alone. In this short course, we will look at how philosophy and science enable us to know the preambula fidei—the culmination of reason’s investigation into truth about the cosmos and its Creator as we explore St. Thomas’ Treatise on the One God.
Please contact Mr. Eli Stone at eli.stone@dioceseoftulsa.org if you are interested in attending. This 8-week course, taught by Mr. William Dunn, meets every Wednesday at the Chancery Offices in Broken Arrow, 7:00-8:30pm, beginning on October 6th and continuing through November 24th. The course is free to attend, and will use the Summa Theologiae of St. Thomas Aquinas as a primary reading source.

Bl. Alcuin of York Lecture & Award Ceremony

Christ’s kingdom is not like Caesar’s; it is not like the kingdoms of the world. But this does not mean that it leaves these kingdoms alone to dominate the lives of humanity. Rather, the reality of the crucifixion and resurrection and their recapitulation in the lives of the faithful, most spectacularly through martyrdom, undoes the very foundations of tyrannical power. Christianity overcomes fear through hope, and the powers of the world rule only through fear. This talk begins in the New Testament, moves through the age of Roman martyrdom, and through to the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas, with an eye always toward our current predicament.
Join the Alcuin Institute on October 7th for our annual Bl. Alcuin of York Lecture & Award Ceremony! This year, we are honoring Dr. Andrew Willard Jones, who will in turn honor us with a lecture entitled “The Weakness of Caesar and the Power of the Cross: How Martyrdom Defeats Tyrants.” The event will begin with Mass at 5:00pm, followed by a social, dinner, lecture, and the presentation of our signature Our Lady of Victory Medal. We hope you will be able to join us as we honor a robust Catholic thinker and his promotion of Catholic culture!
Andrew Willard Jones is the Director of Catholic Studies at Franciscan University and is a founding editor of the website and journal, New Polity. He is the author of Before Church and State: A Study of Social Order in the Sacramental Kingdom of St. Louis IX and most recently of The Two Cities: A History of Christian Politics. Andrew’s work focuses on a re-evaluation of our current social predicament through an authentically Catholic vision of reality. Andrew was raised in Washington State, attended Hillsdale College, earning degrees in history and economics, followed by a PhD in Medieval Church history from St. Louis University. He lives in Steubenville with his wife, Sara, and their nine kids.

St. John’s Day Wine Blessing Ceremony

For ages, Catholics throughout Christendom have had their wine blessed on the feast of St. John the Apostle. The tradition originates from the legend that the Beloved Disciple of Jesus once partook of a glass of poisoned wine, but was miraculously unharmed on account of the special blessing that he gave it with the Sign of the Cross. In the not-so-distant past, Catholics would bring their bottles and barrels of vino to the Church on the feast of St. John to have their wine solemnly blessed. The blessed wine would then be drunk by the family for protection against poisoning and the promise of good health. It would also be offered to guests throughout the year-as a most fitting gesture of Catholic hospitality. Join us as we revive this ancient tradition of our faith! This family-friendly celebration will start with a noon Mass at Holy Family Cathedral, followed by a social, the blessing of wine, and a reception with delectable desserts! So, grab your favorite bottle of Merlot, Cab, or Rosé, and come as we "drink the love of St. John" and toast in the New Year!  

Faith & Culture Conference: Art & Revelation

Join the Alcuin Institute for Catholic Culture for our annual Faith & Culture Conference! Featuring keynote speakers Dr. Jared Staudt, Dr. Joshua Hren, and Dr. Aaron Henderson, and highlighting the work of local artist Hollie Stokes, we will examine the importance and significance of art & beauty in communicating God's self-revelation. Participants will learn of the various ways that the Church has historically used art to communicate the truth of God and His creation, and explore some ways that Catholics today can continue the beautiful artistic traditions of the Church, and communicate the truth of God to an aesthetically deadened age. Registration for the event is $12, and includes conference admission, lunch, and an afternoon social. Catholic School Personnel can receive three (3) CSO ongoing formation hours for attending this event; contact your principal for more information. Admission for Clergy, Religious, and CSO personnel is free. For more information, please contact Becky Holder at becky.holder@dioceseoftulsa.org.  

Space is limited; Register today!


R. Jared Staudt PhD, serves as Associate Superintendent for Mission and Formation for the Archdiocese of Denver and Visiting Associate Professor for the Augustine Institute. He is author of The Primacy of God: The Virtue of Religion in Catholic TheologyRestoring Humanity: Essays on the Evangelization of Culture, and The Beer Option: Brewing a Catholic Culture Yesterday & Today. He is also the editor of Renewing Catholic Schools: How to Regain a Catholic Vision in a Secular Age. He and his wife Anne have six children and he is a Benedictine oblate.
Joshua Hren is founder of Wiseblood Books and co-founder of the MFA at the University of St. Thomas. He regularly publishes essays and poems in such journals as First Things and America, National Review and Commonweal, Public Discourse and LOGOS, Evangelization & Culture and The Lamp. Joshua’s books include:  the novel Infinite Regress; the short story collections This Our Exile and In the Wine Press; the book of poems Last Things, First Things, & Other Lost CausesMiddle-earth and the Return of the Common Good: J.R.R. Tolkien and Political PhilosophyHow to Read (and Write) Like a Catholic; and Contemplative Realism: A Theological-Aesthetical Manifesto. www.joshuahren.com
Hollie Stokes is a natural light, family documentary and storytelling photographer working in Tulsa and the surrounding areas. As a wife and mother of four, her passion is storytelling and photography. Whether it is written or visual, she has always gravitated towards stories, and hopes to capture genuine, real and honest moments of motherhood and childhood. She is a contributing artist of Artifact Motherhood, a collaboration of artist-mothers from around the world, and her personal portfolio can be found at www.holliestokes.com.