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Integrating the Truths of Faith into Everyday Life

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
—J. R. R. Tolkien

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St. John’s Day | Wine Blessing

2024 Charlemagne Ball


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

St. John’s Day | Wine Blessing

2024 Charlemagne Ball

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.  

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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! 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.”



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

Registration deadline is June 26th — Sign up soon!

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 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.

Chad Pecknold – Altar Fire: The Religious Nature of the Soul and the City

Join us for food, drink, and fellowship hosted by The Alcuin Institute for Catholic Culture and St. Michael Catholic Radio! Ever since St. Augustine's masterpiece The City of God, Catholics have applied the great truths of faith to better understand human society and how it can best flourish. However, in recent centuries, the rise of secularized political regimes called Catholic political history into question. But the modern world seems far from ideal, and the American experiment with "separation of Church and State" seems to have left many citizens unsatisfied. What are the alternatives? Can there really be such a thing as a "Catholic state," and if so, what would it look like? Dr. Chad Pecknold will offer his thoughts on the subject in his talk "Altar Fire: The Religious Nature of the Soul and the City." In partnership with St. Michael's Catholic Radio, the Alcuin Institute is pleased to offer childcare, food, and good drinks as we consider these important and timely issues! 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 with questions. To register for childcare (ages 1-10 only), please email Please include your contact information, along with the name and age of your child.

FREE Registration here!

Dr. Chad Pecknold received his PhD from the University of Cambridge (UK) in 2005 and since 2008 he has been a Professor of Historical & Systematic Theology in the School of Theology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.