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“There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship”
—St. Thomas Aquinas

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Alcuin @ St. Benedict

Alcuin @ the Madalene

Alcuin @ St. Francis Xavier

Alcuin @ St. Therese

Alcuin @ St. Bernard

 

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

Alcuin @ St. Benedict

Join the Alcuin Institute for our signature Convivia! These informal roundtable discussions allow us to dive deeply into a particular aspect of our faith, while coming together in friendship and fellowship with our co-laborers in the Kingdom! Each session includes:
  • Readings from the great philosophers, saints, & Magisterium
  • Group reflection, discussion, and application of Church teaching
  • “Illumination” of eternal truths with sacred art
  • And plenty of good food & drink!
This year, we will take a deeper look at the Sacraments as Mysterious Encounters with Christ. Our conversation topics will include:
  • Man, the Naturally-Religious Animal
  • Sacraments: Signs of Sacred Things
  • Sacraments Old & New
  • The Eucharist: Source & Summit
Each conversation is unique, because the conversation is driven by you! Why not grab a friend, come out for a drink, and discuss the riches of our Catholic faith with us?

Alcuin @ the Madalene

Join the Alcuin Institute for our signature Convivia! These informal roundtable discussions allow us to dive deeply into a particular aspect of our faith, while coming together in friendship and fellowship with our co-laborers in the Kingdom! Each session includes:
  • Readings from the great philosophers, saints, & Magisterium
  • Group reflection, discussion, and application of Church teaching
  • “Illumination” of eternal truths with sacred art
  • And plenty of good food & drink!
This year, we will take a deeper look at the Sacraments as Mysterious Encounters with Christ. Our conversation topics will include:
  • Man, the Naturally-Religious Animal
  • Sacraments: Signs of Sacred Things
  • Sacraments Old & New
  • The Eucharist: Source & Summit
Each conversation is unique, because the conversation is driven by you! Why not grab a friend, come out for a drink, and discuss the riches of our Catholic faith with us?

Alcuin @ St. Francis Xavier

Join the Alcuin Institute for our signature Convivia! These informal roundtable discussions allow us to dive deeply into a particular aspect of our faith, while coming together in friendship and fellowship with our co-laborers in the Kingdom! Each session includes:
  • Readings from the great philosophers, saints, & Magisterium
  • Group reflection, discussion, and application of Church teaching
  • “Illumination” of eternal truths with sacred art
  • And plenty of good food & drink!
This year, we will take a deeper look at the Sacraments as Mysterious Encounters with Christ. Our conversation topics will include:
  • Man, the Naturally-Religious Animal
  • Sacraments: Signs of Sacred Things
  • Sacraments Old & New
  • The Eucharist: Source & Summit
Each conversation is unique, because the conversation is driven by you! Why not grab a friend, come out for some good eats, and discuss the riches of our Catholic faith with us?

Alcuin @ St. Therese

Join the Alcuin Institute for our signature Convivia! These informal roundtable discussions allow us to dive deeply into a particular aspect of our faith, while coming together in friendship and fellowship with our co-laborers in the Kingdom! Each session includes:
  • Readings from the great philosophers, saints, & Magisterium
  • Group reflection, discussion, and application of Church teaching
  • “Illumination” of eternal truths with sacred art
  • And plenty of good food & drink!
This year, we will take a deeper look at the Sacraments as Mysterious Encounters with Christ. Our conversation topics will include:
  • Man, the Naturally-Religious Animal
  • Sacraments: Signs of Sacred Things
  • Sacraments Old & New
  • The Eucharist: Source & Summit
Each conversation is unique, because the conversation is driven by you! Why not grab a friend, come out for a drink, and discuss the riches of our Catholic faith with us?

Alcuin @ St. Bernard

Join the Alcuin Institute for our signature Convivia! These informal roundtable discussions allow us to dive deeply into a particular aspect of our faith, while coming together in friendship and fellowship with our co-laborers in the Kingdom! Each session includes:
  • Readings from the great philosophers, saints, & Magisterium
  • Group reflection, discussion, and application of Church teaching
  • “Illumination” of eternal truths with sacred art
  • And plenty of good food & drink!
This year, we will take a deeper look at the Sacraments as Mysterious Encounters with Christ. Our conversation topics will include:
  • Man, the Naturally-Religious Animal
  • Sacraments: Signs of Sacred Things
  • Sacraments Old & New
  • The Eucharist: Source & Summit
Each conversation is unique, because the conversation is driven by you! Why not grab a friend, come out for a drink, and discuss the riches of our Catholic faith with us?

Alcuin @ Christ the King

Join the Alcuin Institute for our signature Convivia! These informal roundtable discussions allow us to dive deeply into a particular aspect of our faith, while coming together in friendship and fellowship with our co-laborers in the Kingdom! Each session includes:
  • Readings from the great philosophers, saints, & Magisterium
  • Group reflection, discussion, and application of Church teaching
  • “Illumination” of eternal truths with sacred art
  • And plenty of good food & drink!
This year, we will take a deeper look at the Sacraments as Mysterious Encounters with Christ. Our conversation topics will include:
  • Man, the Naturally-Religious Animal
  • Sacraments: Signs of Sacred Things
  • Sacraments Old & New
  • The Eucharist: Source & Summit
Each conversation is unique, because the conversation is driven by you! Why not grab a friend, come out for a drink, and discuss the riches of our Catholic faith with us?

Alcuin @ Holy Family

Join the Alcuin Institute for our signature Convivia! These informal roundtable discussions allow us to dive deeply into a particular aspect of our faith, while coming together in friendship and fellowship with our co-laborers in the Kingdom! Each session includes:
  • Readings from the great philosophers, saints, & Magisterium
  • Group reflection, discussion, and application of Church teaching
  • “Illumination” of eternal truths with sacred art
  • And plenty of good food & drink!
This year, we will take a deeper look at the Sacraments as Mysterious Encounters with Christ. Our conversation topics will include:
  • Man, the Naturally-Religious Animal
  • Sacraments: Signs of Sacred Things
  • Sacraments Old & New
  • The Eucharist: Source & Summit
Each conversation is unique, because the conversation is driven by you! Why not grab a friend, come out for a drink, and discuss the riches of our Catholic faith with us?

Alcuin @ St. John Before the Latin Gate

Join the Alcuin Institute for our signature Convivia! These informal roundtable discussions allow us to dive deeply into a particular aspect of our faith, while coming together in friendship and fellowship with our co-laborers in the Kingdom! Each session includes:
  • Readings from the great philosophers, saints, & Magisterium
  • Group reflection, discussion, and application of Church teaching
  • “Illumination” of eternal truths with sacred art
  • And plenty of good food & drink!
This year, we will take a deeper look at the Sacraments as Mysterious Encounters with Christ. Our conversation topics will include:
  • Man, the Naturally-Religious Animal
  • Sacraments: Signs of Sacred Things
  • Sacraments Old & New
  • The Eucharist: Source & Summit
Each conversation is unique, because the conversation is driven by you! Why not grab a friend, come out for a drink, and discuss the riches of our Catholic faith with us?

Alcuin @ St. Brigid

Join the Alcuin Institute for our signature Convivia! These informal roundtable discussions allow us to dive deeply into a particular aspect of our faith, while coming together in friendship and fellowship with our co-laborers in the Kingdom! Each session includes:
  • Readings from the great philosophers, saints, & Magisterium
  • Group reflection, discussion, and application of Church teaching
  • “Illumination” of eternal truths with sacred art
  • And plenty of good food & drink!
This year, we will take a deeper look at the Sacraments as Mysterious Encounters with Christ. Our conversation topics will include:
  • Man, the Naturally-Religious Animal
  • Sacraments: Signs of Sacred Things
  • Sacraments Old & New
  • The Eucharist: Source & Summit
Each conversation is unique, because the conversation is driven by you! Why not grab a friend, come out for a drink, and discuss the riches of our Catholic faith with us?

Alcuin @ St. John the Evangelist

Join the Alcuin Institute for our signature Convivia! These informal roundtable discussions allow us to dive deeply into a particular aspect of our faith, while coming together in friendship and fellowship with our co-laborers in the Kingdom! Each session includes:
  • Readings from the great philosophers, saints, & Magisterium
  • Group reflection, discussion, and application of Church teaching
  • “Illumination” of eternal truths with sacred art
  • And plenty of good food & drink!
This year, we will take a deeper look at the Sacraments as Mysterious Encounters with Christ. Our conversation topics will include:
  • Man, the Naturally-Religious Animal
  • Sacraments: Signs of Sacred Things
  • Sacraments Old & New
  • The Eucharist: Source & Summit
Each conversation is unique, because the conversation is driven by you! Why not grab a friend, come out for a drink, and discuss the riches of our Catholic faith with us?

Past Events

2022 Faith Formation Conference

Join the Alcuin Institute at the 2022 Faith Formation Conference hosted by the Diocese of Tulsa & Eastern Oklahoma! This annual conference is a wonderful opportunity for catechists, Catholic school teachers, and other faithful Catholic leaders of the Diocese to gather and explore the truths of the Catholic faith, all while networking and gathering tools for evangelizing and catechizing the next generation of Catholics! This year's conference theme is Sacraments: Mysterious Encounters with Christ! Our own faculty members, Drs. Aaron Henderson & Richard Meloche, will be offering two of the breakout sessions—one on the Eucharist and one on the Anointing of the Sick! Keynote speakers include Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, Monica Ashour, and the Very Rev. Simeon Spitz, OSB! For more details, and to register, visit www.dioceseoftulsa.org/faith-formation-conference We hope to see you there!  

Santa Fe Pilgrimage – In the Footsteps of Fr. Latour

Join the Alcuin Institute & Fr. Bryan Brooks as we pray, read, eat, and drink our way through New Mexico! Our quest to follow in the footsteps of the faithful priest Fr. Latour in Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop will take us to many places in historic Santa Fe, including…  
High Road Mission Churches

“Bishop Latour was riding through the mountains on his first official visit to Taos...”

Loretto Chapel

“The church was utterly black except for the red spark of the sanctuary lamp before the high altar…”

Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

“Now that I have found exactly the stone I want, my Cathedral seems to me already begun.”

San Miguel Chapel

“I want a plain church, but I want a good one.”

 

Featuring:

Luxury Coach Signature Alcuin hospitality
Abbey Housing $1,000 Double Room
Breakfast & Dinner included Professional Guides
Daily Mass Real Conversation
  Fill out the Pilgrimage Registration Form below to join us! For questions or more details, please contact Ms. Becky Holder at becky.holder@dioceseoftulsa.org

Registration deadline is June 26th — Sign up soon!


Pilgrimage Registration (PDF)

This pilgrimage is done in conjunction with:

Kevin Vost – The Art of Memory

Join us for food, drink, and fellowship hosted by The Alcuin Institute for Catholic Culture and St. Michael Catholic Radio! “Remember the former things of old” the Prophet Isaiah exhorts (46:9). But in our modernized, hyper-connected Internet age, the value of a good memory has been all but forgotten. In the world of TikTok, sound bites, and 280-character hot-takes, how are we to regain our lost ability to remember the most important things? Dr. Kevin Vost has rediscovered a powerful mnemonic method, invented by the ancient Greeks and perfected by medieval scholars. Now, he is showing 21st-century Catholics how to use it to recall everything from the Ten Commandments and Psalms to remembering information you need to explain and defend the Catholic Faith. Doors open at 6p, and the talk will begin at 7p. We will conclude with Q/A and a brief social at 8pm. Please contact Ms. Becky Holder at becky.holder@dioceseoftulsa.org with questions regarding childcare.

FREE Registration here!


Dr. Kevin Vost has presented dozens of talks on all of his books at parish missions, home-school conferences, Theology on Taps, Legatus and other Catholic business organizations, college groups, men’s groups, women’s groups, youth groups, and seniors groups throughout the USA.

Chad Pecknold – Altar Fire: The Religious Nature of the Soul and the City

Join us for food, drink, and fellowship hosted by The Alcuin Institute for Catholic Culture and St. Michael Catholic Radio! Ever since St. Augustine's masterpiece The City of God, Catholics have applied the great truths of faith to better understand human society and how it can best flourish. However, in recent centuries, the rise of secularized political regimes called Catholic political history into question. But the modern world seems far from ideal, and the American experiment with "separation of Church and State" seems to have left many citizens unsatisfied. What are the alternatives? Can there really be such a thing as a "Catholic state," and if so, what would it look like? Dr. Chad Pecknold will offer his thoughts on the subject in his talk "Altar Fire: The Religious Nature of the Soul and the City." In partnership with St. Michael's Catholic Radio, the Alcuin Institute is pleased to offer childcare, food, and good drinks as we consider these important and timely issues! Doors open at 6p, and the talk will begin at 7p. We will conclude with Q/A and a brief social at 8pm. Please contact Ms. Becky Holder at becky.holder@dioceseoftulsa.org with questions. To register for childcare (ages 1-10 only), please email nursery@tulsacathedral.com. Please include your contact information, along with the name and age of your child.

FREE Registration here!


Dr. Chad Pecknold received his PhD from the University of Cambridge (UK) in 2005 and since 2008 he has been a Professor of Historical & Systematic Theology in the School of Theology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

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!

 

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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.
 

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