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Classes, Gatherings,
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Real Learning

returning to the primary sources
of human & divine wisdom

Real Friendship

authentically cultivating
real communities

Real Living

integrating the truths of faith
into everyday life

Upcoming Events

St. John’s Day | Wine Blessing

Dr. Joey Spencer | Angels and the Christian Moral Life

Third Wednesday Reading Group: A Christmas Carol

2024 Charlemagne Ball

 

Alcuin understood that the movement of the mind from a state of ignorance to a state of knowledge, though at times difficult, ought not be a cold, sterile, and impersonal act that hardens the soul. Education should instead resemble a well-planned meal, advancing from course to course, each plate preparing the next, in the end leaving the guest utterly satisfied, yet somehow desiring more. The pleasure of the feast is a result of the company kept and the food served. Alcuin maintained that the best intellectual diet consisted of ‘ancient’ fare, that is ‘toothsome food’ that has been proven to cause health and vitality.

The Alcuin Institute seeks to return to this kind of education, one that is at once broad and deep, yet light and whimsical, and thoroughly grounded in the primary sources of the Christian West; the deer and pheasant to be found in our very own precincts. Such a feast among friends in Christ is “the best that life can offer.”

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Upcoming Events

Third Wednesday Reading Group: A Christmas Carol

o you want to grow in the intellectual life and make new friends along the way? Join the Alcuin Institute faculty on the third Wednesday of each month this academic year as we read beloved and impactful texts and explore their riches together! Our book for September is Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (ISBN: 9780199536306). Come…

St. John’s Day | Wine Blessing

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…

Dr. Joey Spencer | Angels and the Christian Moral Life

Come celebrate the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas (Jan. 28) with the Alcuin Institute and St. Philip Neri University Parish! St. Thomas has much to teach us about the moral life and about angels (he is the “Angelic Doctor,” after all). But rarely perhaps do we consider the role of angels in the moral life….

2024 Charlemagne Ball

“If music be the food of love, then play on!” – Duke Orsino, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night The Alcuin Institute requests the pleasure of your company at the 2023 Charlemagne Ball. In festive celebration of the sacrament of Holy Matrimony, join others for an enchanting evening of fine dining and formal dancing. Registration includes a champagne…

Past Events

Third Wednesday Reading Group: Babette’s Feast

Do you want to grow in the intellectual life and make new friends along the way? Join the Alcuin Institute faculty on the third Wednesday of each month this academic year as we read beloved and impactful texts and explore their riches together! Our book for September is Isak Dinesen’s Babette’s Feast (ISBN: 0241597285). Come ready…

Third Wednesday Reading Group: Frankenstein

Do you want to grow in the intellectual life and make new friends along the way? Join the Alcuin Institute faculty on the third Wednesday of each month this academic year as we read beloved and impactful texts and explore their riches together! Our book for September is Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (ISBN: 0143131842). Come ready to…

Third Wednesday Reading Group: Pinocchio

Do you want to grow in the intellectual life and make new friends along the way? Join the Alcuin Institute faculty on the third Wednesday of each month this academic year as we read beloved and impactful texts and explore their riches together! Our book for September is Carlo Collodi’s The Adventures of Pinocchio (ISBN:…

Dale Ahlquist | Bl. Alcuin of York Lecture

Join the Alcuin Institute on October 7th for our annual Bl. Alcuin of York Lecture & Award Ceremony! This year, we are honoring Dale Ahlquist for his work in promoting Catholic learning and culture, especially through the advancement of the work of G.K. Chesterton and the renewal of Catholic schools. Ahlquist will, in turn, honor us with a…

New Orleans Pilgrimage

Join Dr. Richard Meloche and Fr. Alessandro Calderoni for a 4-day mini pilgrimage to one of the most Catholic cities in the nation: New Orleans, LA! Unlike the Protestant towns established along the Eastern seaboard, ‘Nola’ was founded as a distinctive Catholic enclave wherein everything – from architecture to andouille – is infused with the…