Proficient Latin for Liturgists

Summer Programme
11-22 August 2014

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Prayers of the liturgy and prose on the liturgy from every age lead us in our appreciation of the Latin language. We present clearly the sequence of tenses and the use of object sentences. Students learn to distinguish the various uses of the subjunctive, especially the purpose and result clause. We review the fourteen ways to express purpose as they appear in the prayers and prose texts. Students develop the ability to switch from gerund to gerundive and vice versa. Each day we shall take up texts on liturgy from a different genre of liturature:


This course is offered at the graduate level for 4 credits (4ECTS) through KU Leuven or you may audit the course (no exames, no credit).

A facility with the forms of the subjunctive and an awareness of its uses is presumed of participants in this course.

Dates: 11-22 August 2014. Classes are held daily from Monday 11 August for two weeks until Friday 22 August (not Saturday – Sunday 16 – 17 August). Enrol for the first week or for both weeks.

Hours: Instruction in liturgical Latin is given every afternoon from 14:30 – 17:30.

Enrol: More information will be available on this web-site at BSAC where updates will appear in due course.

Reginald Foster. Our method of teaching the Latin language was developed by Fr Reginald Foster, former papal Latinist who tought Latin to many generations in Rome. Over fourty years of helping people to grow fast and solidly in the knowledge and use and appreciation of Latin has guided him in developing his method of teaching Latin (more here).

TutorDaniel McCarthy first studied with Reginald Foster in 1999 in Rome and continued while earning a doctorate in sacred liturgy (more here). Their collaboration has developed to include several publications.

Book cover: Appreciating the LiturgyTheir first publication of Foster’s method is available as the chapter: “Collectarum Latinitas”, in Appreciating the CollectAn Irenic Methodology, ed. J.G. Leachman – D.P. McCarthy (Documenta rerum ecclesiasticarum instaurata, Liturgiam aestimare: Appreciating the Liturgy 1), St. Michael’s Abbey Press, Farnborough 2008 (available here).

They have also collaborated in publishing their renderings of Latin prayers in clear English. These were appeared in the weekly column, Listen to the Word published in The Tablet of London from 18 march 2006 – 26 November 2011 (full list here; organized by Sundays here).

Book cover: listen to the wordThe commentaries on the opening prayers were collected in the following volume: Listen to the WordCommentaries on Selected Opening Prayers of Sundays and Feasts with Sample HomiliesRevised from articles that appeared in The Tablet 18 march 2006 – 15 September 2007, augmented with five Homilies, The Tablet Publishing, London 2009 (available here).

They also collaborated on the English renderings of the Latin texts of the Easter vigil in: Transition in the Easter vigil, Becoming ChristiansPaschali in vigilia Christiani nominis fieri, ed. D.P. McCarthy – J.G. Leachman (Documenta rerum ecclesiasticarum instaurata, Liturgiam aestimare: Appreciating the Liturgy 1), St. Michael’s Abbey Press, Farnborough forthcoming, 27-56.

Essential books:

LEWIS, C.T., – C . SHORT, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford UP, Oxford – New York 1879, reprinted 1995.
GILDERSLEEVE, B.L, – G. LODGE, Gildersleeve’s Latin Grammar, Bolchazy-Carducci, Wauconda IL 2003, reprint of 31895.


To enquire or enrol write to the Registrar and Course Coordinator:

Ann-Marie Ryan
Benedictine Study and Arts Centre
74 Castlebar Road, Ealing, London W5 2DD, UK

enquiries: +44 (0)208 862 2156   fax +44 (0)208 862 2133
E-mail: il AT DOT uk
Location of BSAC on Google Maps is found here.

More information on travel to BSAC by air, train or metro and on accommodation at or near Ealing Abbey is available on the web-site of the Liturgy Institute under the button: “Courses Summer 2014”. There you can also find the procedure for enrolling in non-credit courses at BSAC (IL enquiry form and enrolment form here) and for enrolling in graduate credit courses accredited by KU Leuven and taught at BSAC (KU Leuven enrolment information here).

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