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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


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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St. Thomas Lecture

  January 28th 6:00pm – 8:00pm St. Benedict, Broken Arrow     -Jacques Maritain, St. Thomas Aquinas: Angel of the Schools, p.iiiv 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…

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Socratic Convivia

Join the Alcuin Institute for one of our signature Convivia—our fancy way of saying food, friendship, and good conversation! In these gatherings, we seek to do a “deep dive” into the teachings of the Catholic faith in the hopes of finding perennial truths that will help us in our catechetical and evangelistic ministries!

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Alcuin Short Course: Latinitas; Learning Latin Loquaciously

Join the Alcuin Institute as we learn the basics of the Latin language! This weekly short course, offered over the Fall of 2021, will serve as an introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin, taught by none other than Mr. David Dean!

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Alcuin Summit: Art & Revelation

Join us for our last event of the 2021-2022 academic year! This year’s Alcuin Summit, hosted on the feast of Bl. Alcuin of York, will take a look at the relationship between art and Divine revelation. Principally geared towards teachers, this 1-day event will be led by our keynote speaker, Dr. Jared Staudt of the Augustine Institute!

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Past Events

Bishop Konderla: “When Did God Make Time?”

Join the Alcuin Institute to hear Bishop Konderla give his annual Inaugural Address to teachers! Bishop David Konderla will be speaking on the subject of God and His relationship to time, arguing that “the truths of faith and the facts of science cannot be in conflict with each other; for God is the Author of both.”


Alcuin Short Course: Reason; One God

Vatican I solemnly defined the natural knowability of God; that is, man’s ability to know God’s existence and his properties with certitude by reason alone. In this short course, we will look at how philosophy and science enable us to know the preambula fidei as we explore St. Thomas’ Treatise on the One God


Bl. Alcuin of York Lecture & Award Ceremony

Join the Alcuin Institute on October 7th for our annual Bl. Alcuin of York Lecture & Award Ceremony! This year, we are honoring Dr. Andrew Willard Jones, who will in turn honor us with a lecture entitled The Weakness of Caesar and the Power of the Cross: How Martyrdom Defeats Tyrants