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

Upcoming Events

Alcuin @ St. Benedict

Alcuin @ the Madalene

Alcuin @ St. Francis Xavier

Abp. Charles Chaput | Bl. Alcuin of York Lecture

Alcuin @ St. Therese

 

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?

Abp. Charles Chaput | Bl. Alcuin of York Lecture

Join the Alcuin Institute on October 7th for our annual Bl. Alcuin of York Lecture & Award Ceremony! This year, we are honoring Archbishop Charles Chaput for his tireless work in promoting Catholic culture. Apb. Chaput will, in turn, honor us with a lecture entitled “On the Power of the Powerless”:
Baptism incorporates us into a culture of truth and freedom, commissions us to witness that, and gives us the grace to do it if we just have a little faith and courage.

—Abp. Charles Chaput

The event will begin with Mass at 5:30pm, followed by a social, lecture, and the presentation of our signature Our Lady of Victory Medal. We hope you will be able to join us as we honor this faithful successor to the Apostles and his work to advance Catholic culture! Tickets can be purchased at the link below. Due to space constraints & expected attendance, dinner will not be served. We are happy to provide light hors d'oeuvres and drinks during the social! Questions can be directed to Mr. Eli Stone at eli.stone@dioceseoftulsa.org.

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?

Aaron Henderson | St. Thomas & the Eucharistic Life

Come celebrate the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas with the Alcuin Institute! Many know St. Thomas as the philosopher-theologian of the Middle Ages. However, his staggering intellectual capacities were rivaled only by his great devotion to the central mystery of our Catholic faith: the Eucharist. So devoted was Thomas to the Blessed Sacrament that, whenever he struggled to understand a lofty theological concept, he would go to the chapel to pray before the Sacrament—even leaning his head upon the tabernacle—and patiently wait for God to reveal the answer. On Jan 28th, Dr. Aaron Henderson will offer some reflections on the Eucharistic piety of this great saint, in his brief talk titled “St. Thomas & the Eucharistic Life.” In an age where Eucharistic devotion seems to wane, St. Thomas stands as a great model for all Catholics to recenter their lives on this beautiful gift to the Church. 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!

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?

Past Events

Jeff Cavins | The Great Adventure Bible

The Church of Saint Mary Faith Formation Ministry is excited to announce The Great Adventure – Bible Timeline is coming to our parish in the Fall of 2022! September 9: Adam & David from The Catholic Man Show will record a future broadcast in front of a live audience – you! Their guest is Jeff Cavins, author of The Great Adventure Catholic Bible. This event will take place starting at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 9 in the Saint Joseph Parish Hall in the Our Lady of Grace Center on the Church of Saint Mary campus. September 10: Meet Jeff Cavins. Let Jeff explain why Scripture is such an important step in becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ. This morning event begins at 8:30 a.m. It is planned for the parish hall in the Our Lady of Grace Center, but if there are a great many people, we will move to the church.  

Register here!

Bishop Konderla | Encounters with Christ

Join the Alcuin Institute for Bishop Konderla's annual address to the faithful formators of the Diocese! As the Institute and the Office of Religious Formation launch the 2022-23 Diocesan Formation Theme “Sacraments: Mysterious Encounters with Christ,” Bishop Konderla will be kicking things off by offering some thoughts on how each sacrament is a personal encounter with Christ, and the grace that He gives us through His Church! As always, we are happy to provide plenty of refreshments and drinks for our pre and post-talk socials. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mr. Eli Stone at eli.stone@dioceseoftulsa.org. We hope you'll come out and see us!

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.