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—St. Thomas Aquinas

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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

Tulsa North (@ Church of the Madalene)

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 read from two great Fathers of the Church, Sts. Cyril of Jerusalem and Irenaeus of Lyon (as well as Pope St. Paul VI) to try to reconcile an apparent contradiction between Scripture & Tradition! 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 North (@ St. Therese)

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 read from two great Fathers of the Church, Sts. Cyril of Jerusalem and Irenaeus of Lyon (as well as Pope St. Paul VI) to try to reconcile an apparent contradiction between Scripture & Tradition! 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 & 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.