Thursday, June 14, 2012

Learn Latin at the LMS Latin Course, 23-29 July

Everyone taught Latin at school can appreciate the genius of this Monty Python scene. In my own case I certainly wish the effort and pain involved in attempting to learn Latin as child, with some very dull teachers, had resulted in some more tangible ability at the end of the process. So calling everyone with rusty, or no Latin: come to the LMS intensive residential course, and do something about it!


I won't say that the LMS Latin Course will obviate the effort needed to recall the correct endings, but it will be leavened with talks about Latin in the liturgy, Gregorian Chant, and Latin in the development of important ideas like free will and faith and reason.

Rev John Hunwicke at the LMS' conference
And we have two inspiring Latin tutors, the soon to be ordained John Hunwicke, a brilliant Latinist who taught in Lancing College for 30 years, and Br Richard Bailey, an Oxford classicist who is a novice at the Holy Name, Manchester.

Students will be divided in beginners and those with some previous experience of Latin, so everyone will derive the maximum benefit from the course.

It will take place alongside the St Catherine's Trust Summer School, so there will be a Traditional Sung Mass every day, plus sung Compline, plus Vespers and Benediction once or twice during the week, all in the centre's Pugin chapel.

It runs Monday to Sunday, 23rd-29th July, at the Franciscan Retreat Cenrtre at Pantasaph in North Wales. Accomodation is in St Winifrede's Guest House in Holywell nearby. It is surprisingly well connected by road, and you can get to Flint just down the road by rail. It is HALF PRICE for priests, seminarians, and those about to enter seminary. The discount for LMS members is actually bigger than the annual membership fee. But everyone is welcome!

Our first such Latin course, in 2010, was a huge success; last year's didn't happen because of the sudden closure of Ushaw College, which was supposed to be the venue. So don't be shy, sign up today!
 
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2 comments:

  1. Hi, it's nice to find this course here. Latin also influenced Filipino Language. Almost 30% of the language sounds Spanish or Latin.. 70% of it is from Malay, Chinese and Hindu.. Back then, Latin and Spanish were taught in schools in the Philippines because they were considered as part of our culture. But today, I didn't know why the Gov't stopped it. thanks!

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  2. Hi, it's nice to find this course here. Latin also influenced Filipino Language. Almost 30% of the language sounds Spanish or Latin.. 70% of it is from Malay, Chinese and Hindu.. Back then, Latin and Spanish were taught in schools in the Philippines because they were considered as part of our culture. But today, I didn't know why the Gov't stopped it. thanks!

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