Real Learning

Returning to the Primary Sources of Wisdom

“I earnestly desire to inebriate others with the old wine of an even older learning”
—Bl. Alcuin of York

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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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Past Events

Pat Flynn: Philosophy for the People

Why does philosophy matter to the Catholic laity?

Come enjoy the company of fellow Catholics as speaker, Pat Flynn, give a lecture to explain what philosophy is and why it is important for every Catholic. Flynn, the author of How to Be Better at (Almost) Everything and host of the podcast Philosophy for the People, is a try-hard at a lot of things: WriterPhilosopher. Entrepreneur. Kettlebell Swing EnthusiastGuitarist. Tae Kwon Do Black Belt. Catholic. Pat is an award-winning writer, author of five (soon to be six) books, trainer of special forces and professional athletes and those who are neither. Academically, Pat has a background in economics (undergrad) and philosophy (masters). He records music on the weekends.
Do join us as the Alcuin Institute for Catholic Culture and St. Michael Catholic Radio team up to bring the diocese an evening of good drink, good food, and good fellowship. We are excited to be partnering with St. Michael's Catholic Radio to bring back their monthly Speaker Series!


Childcare will be available on a first-come first-serve basis.

6p - Social, drinks, food, and fellowship 7:oop - Talk 8:00-8:15p - Q&A

Suan Sonna: From Protestant to Catholic

Come enjoy the company of fellow Catholics as speaker, Suan Sonna, tells his conversion story from his Protestant upbringing to becoming Catholic! Suan Sonna is a senior philosophy student at Kansas State University and a Baptist convert to Catholicism. He runs the podcast and YouTube channel Intellectual Conservatism, and has appeared on channels like Pints with Aquinas, Capturing Christianity, Gospel Simplicity, Truth Unites, and many more. Suan currently has two published papers - one in Cornell University's LOGOS undergraduate philosophy journal on ethics, and another in the Heythrop journal concerning the Biblical and historical foundations of the papacy. Suan enjoys researching the Jewish and Biblical foundations for the Catholic magisterium, social & political philosophy, and the life of His God and savior, Jesus Christ. We are excited to be partnering with St. Michael's Catholic Radio to bring back their monthly Speaker Series!
5:30p - Holy Mass 6p - Stations of the Cross 6:30p - Social, drinks, food, and fellowship 7:15p - Talk by Suan Sonna 8:00-8:15p - Q&A Childcare will be available on a first-come first-serve basis.

Revelation & Docility: St. Joseph as Model

Come celebrate the feast of St. Joseph with the Alcuin Institute! In honor of this great saint, and in honor of the recently-ended Year of Saint Joseph, we are pleased to have our newest faculty member, Dr. Aaron Henderson, offer a meditation on St. Joseph, entitled“Revelation & Docility: St. Joseph as Model.” Though the Bible says precious little about St. Joseph, and despite the fact that none of the man’s words are recorded, this great saint has much to teach us about our fundamental posture in the face of God’s revelation, which is His free act of self-disclosure. St. Joseph is presented as open and docile to God’s word, much like his immaculate spouse. His rather obscure role in the biblical text conveys a profound receptivity and humility, to be sure, but this does not mean that St. Joseph is inactive. Rather, we often encounter Joseph in his faith-filled actions, as when he rescues Mary and the child Jesus by taking them into Egypt. In short, Joseph is a model to us both of the docility and humility we ought to have when met with God’s saving truth, and of the faith-filled obedience we ought to exhibit as a response to this revelation. So, come on out, and join us as we gather under the tutelage of this great Father of the Church!
Dr. Aaron Henderson is a Catholic theologian working for the Alcuin Institute for Catholic Culture. He was raised in Missouri, educated in Kansas, Texas, and Florida, and is now finding his footing here in Eastern Oklahoma. In addition to reading and speaking about all things theological, he enjoys translating, editing, and going out with friends for a good beer or two.

St. Thomas Lecture

Come celebrate the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas with the Alcuin Institute for Catholic Culture. On Jan 28th, Dr. Richard Meloche, President of the Alcuin Institute, will be delivering a lecture entitled "Thomistic Necessity: Why We Still Need St. Thomas Aquinas", tracing the historical importance of Thomistic thought in the life of the Church, and arguing (very persuasively) why he is still very much needed today. As is our custom, the lecture will be preceded with all manner of good food and drink. Do join us in raising a glass to the 'Angelic' (yet 'Common') Doctor!

Socratic Convivia

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 classic thinkers such as Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Augustine, as well as some more contemporary Catholics such as Paul VI, Frank Sheed, and Benedict XVI. 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!”