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at Buckfast Abbey - Devon

Ecclesiastical Latin

Beginner and Intermediate levels

One-year distance-learning programmes at two levels

Introduction

The Latin language, which as the Second Vatican Council affirmed remains today the language of the Western Rites of the Church (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 36), has been an integral part of the evangelisation and unification of European culture. It is particularly appropriate therefore that the School respond to the Church’s call that those to be formed in depth in the Catholic intellectual tradition should be provided with the means of studying Latin (on this see, for instance, the Code of Canon Law, 249).

A central aspect of the vision for the work of the new evangelisation to be carried out by the School of the Annunciation concerns its collaboration with, and location at, the Benedictine Abbey of St Mary at Buckfast, whose foundation has roots in the 11th century. As the Benedictines played such an essential role in the first evangelisation of Europe, forming a unified European Christian culture, so the School of the Annunciation, with its Benedictine character and ethos, desires to contribute to the new evangelisation by building upon and in some way revitalising that deep, historical origin and resource.

There is evidence of renewed interest in the study of Latin in general; one local example is the introduction of Latin recently at Plymouth College. In the Church the need for Latin study is evident from the Church’s teaching on the liturgy, as regards both the ordinary and extraordinary forms of the Roman rite, and in Catholic higher studies in philosophy and theology.

The course provides a flexible, distance-learning way of studying ecclesiastical Latin

making it available to priests, religious and lay people

who cannot be involved in full-time study.

The Aim of the Course1

The course aims to enable students to access, participate in, and engage with the Latin liturgical and intellectual texts of the Catholic tradition.

Course Content and Delivery

The programmes are delivered through two short residential periods at Buckfast Abbey involving class-room teaching, Latin Seminars and Latin in the Liturgy. 

For the main part of the year the programme follows the basic text of the course, supported by regular interaction and support by personal tutors. Students who complete the one-year beginner course have the option to advance to the one-year intermediate course.

The required text for the course is:

  • Carol Byrne, Simplicissimus (London, 1999)
  • John F. Collins, A Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin (Washington, 1985)
  • YouTube items and other internet resources on Latin learning

The student study-guide will assign sections of the textbooks with the aim of completing a fortnightly exercise. Appropriate internet resources will, in addition, be specified to support preparation for the exercise. By the end of the year the Beginner Group will have covered the first half of the Byrne text; the Intermediate Group will have covered the second half of the Byrne text.

Assessment

A fortnightly exercise is to be submitted for marking by the personal tutor allocated to you. 

Credit levels

On successful completion of each one-year course, students will receive a School of the Annunciation award with an official transcript. Successfully completing both beginner and intermediate levels will place students at a level approximately equivalent to the GCSE award.

Introductory Residential Visit

The course begins with an introductory residential at Buckfast Abbey which takes place

Thursday evening 12th October - Sunday lunchtime 15th October 2017

The second residential will take place in April of the following year. This residential will be of a similar length to the first. You will complete your course of studies in June 2018. 

Cost and Admission

Admission to the first year of this course is not dependent on any previous qualifications. Applications for intermediate level are open to those who have completed the first year of our course.

The cost of the course beginning in 2017 is £950. This fee includes accommodation and full board at Buckfast during the two residential programmes, lectures, and administrative costs. There is also a £50 application fee payable upon application.

For those applying for the 4-day residential weekend only, the cost is £345 with an application fee of £50 payable upon application.

Cancellation Rights

You have a 14-day cooling-off period which starts from the date of application. Beyond this date the School is unable to offer refunds.

Apply

Download an application form here.

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Contact

For further information or to request an application form, please contact us by phone 01364 645660 or email enquiries@schooloftheannunciation.com.  We will be happy to deal with any enquiries you have.


1 Course – this term refers to an entire series of studies which may result in a qualification, for example the Diploma in the New Evangelisation (referred to as a program in US terminology).