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

Upcoming Events

Santa Fe Pilgrimage – In the Footsteps of Fr. Latour

Kevin Vost – The Art of Memory

 

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

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.

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:

Past Events

West Vicariate (Tulsa) Convivium

Join the Alcuin Institute for one of our signature Alcuin Seminarsour fancy way of saying food, friendship, and good conversation centered around a particular set of primary sources! This event offers the same great formation available in our Tulsa Convivia, but in a condensed format! In keeping with the Diocesan formation theme Revelation: Natural & Divine, we will take a look at various subjects related to God’s revelation of Himself, generally through nature and specially through His Son. Over the course of this 1-day Seminar, we will read select passages from great authors—philosophers, Church Fathers, Saints, and the great Popes of the last century—in the hopes that they will help us answer four important questions: namely, What is Truth?; What is the relationship between Faith and Reason?; How do we reconcile Scripture and Tradition?; How do we deal with the apparent tensions between Faith and Science? As always, our conversation will be augmented with an abundance of fine food and drink, and will include plenty of time for connecting and socializing with your peers. So invite a friend, fellow catechist, or another co-laborer in the Lord's vineyard, and “come, let us reason together!”

West Vicariate (Stillwater) Convivium

Join the Alcuin Institute for one of our signature Alcuin Seminarsour fancy way of saying food, friendship, and good conversation centered around a particular set of primary sources! This event offers the same great formation available in our Tulsa Convivia, but in a condensed format! In keeping with the Diocesan formation theme Revelation: Natural & Divine, we will take a look at various subjects related to God’s revelation of Himself, generally through nature and specially through His Son. Over the course of this 1-day Seminar, we will read select passages from great authors—philosophers, Church Fathers, Saints, and the great Popes of the last century—in the hopes that they will help us answer four important questions: namely, What is Truth?; What is the relationship between Faith and Reason?; How do we reconcile Scripture and Tradition?; How do we deal with the apparent tensions between Faith and Science? As always, our conversation will be augmented with an abundance of fine food and drink, and will include plenty of time for connecting and socializing with your peers. So invite a friend, fellow catechist, or another co-laborer in the Lord's vineyard, and “come, let us reason together!”

Northern Vicariate Convivium

  Join the Alcuin Institute for one of our signature Socratic Convivia—our fancy way of saying food, friendship, and good conversation centered around a particular set of primary sources! In keeping with the Diocesan formation theme Revelation: Natural & Divine, we will take a look at various subjects such as the nature of truth, the harmony of faith and reason, the relationship between Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, and the tensions that seem to exist between faith and the findings of modern science. Our hope is that, as we read these texts and engage in discussion, we'll be able to learn more about four central elements of God's revelation to man:
  1. “Quid est Veritas?”—“What is Truth?”
  2. What is the relationship between Faith & Reason?
  3. How do Scripture & Tradition fit together?
  4. How can we reconcile apparent contradictions between Faith & Science?
As always, our conversation will be augmented with an abundance of fine food and drink, so invite a friend and “come, let us reason together!”

“Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth—in a word, to know Himself—so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.”

—Pope St. John Paul II, Fides et Ratio, Preface

Tulsa South (@ St. Benedict)

Join the Alcuin Institute for one of our signature Socratic Conviviaour fancy way of saying food, friendship, and good conversation centered around a particular set of primary sources! In keeping with the Diocesan formation theme Revelation: Natural & Divine, we will take a look at various subjects such as the nature of truth, the harmony of faith and reason, the relationship between Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, and the tensions that seem to exist between faith and the findings of modern science. In this first gathering, we will take a look at some texts from thinkers such as Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Augustine to see if we can answer the age-old question “Quid est Veritas?”—“What is Truth?” As always, our conversation will be augmented with an abundance of fine food and drink, so invite a friend and “come, let us reason together!”

Tulsa South (@ St. Bernard)

Join the Alcuin Institute for one of our signature Socratic Conviviaour fancy way of saying food, friendship, and good conversation centered around a particular set of primary sources! In keeping with the Diocesan formation theme Revelation: Natural & Divine, we will take a look at various subjects such as the nature of truth, the harmony of faith and reason, the relationship between Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, and the tensions that seem to exist between faith and the findings of modern science. In this session, we will examine some texts from Scripture, alongside a short selection from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, to see if we can discern the proper relationship between “Faith & Reason!” As always, our conversation will be augmented with an abundance of fine food and drink, so invite a friend and “come, let us reason together!”