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Summer Theology Program in Wisconsin: Study St. Thomas on Galatians

Posted on April 9, 2019, by John Joy

August 12-16, 2019 in Wausau, Wisconsin

Theology: The Aquinas Institute for the Study of Sacred Doctrine is partnering with the Albert the Great Center for Scholastic Studies to offer a five day summer theology program studying the Epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians with the aid of St. Thomas Aquinas’ superb commentary on the same. Galatians and the commentary on it bring forward important considerations on the unchangeableness of sacred doctrine (“even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be anathema”), on the mystical identification of the Christian with Christ, on the setting-aside of the Old Covenant in consequence of its messianic fulfillment, and on the confrontation of Church hierarchs by their subjects — all subjects under considerable discussion in our day. The daily academic schedule will include discussion-style seminars focused on a close reading of Aquinas’ commentary on Galatians as well as lectures on various theological topics related to the doctrine of Galatians. One of the highlights of the program is a formal scholastic disputation to be held on August 15 in honor of the solemn feast of Our Lady’s Assumption.

Liturgy: The program will be held at St. Mary’s Oratory in Wausau, WI, a parish of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. There will be ample opportunity to participate in the rich liturgical life of the Oratory with the canons of the Institute. Daily Mass and prayers of the divine office will be available in the usus antiquior (‘extraordinary form’) of the Roman Rite, including a solemn high Mass and procession for the Feast of the Assumption.

St. Mary’s Oratory

Faculty: Dr John Joy is Senior Theologian to the Bishop of Madison. He also serves as Managing Editor for The Aquinas Institute and President of the Albert the Great Center for Scholastic Studies. He has published on Soteriology and Ecclesiology.

Dr Alan Fimister is Assistant Professor of Theology and Church History at St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver and a Fellow of the Albert the Great Center for Scholastic Studies. He has published on European Political History and Thomistic Political Philosophy.

Rev. Dr Thomas Crean, O.P. is a friar of the English province of the Order of Preachers and a Fellow of the Albert the Great Center for Scholastic Studies. He has published on Apologetics, Liturgy, and Natural Theology.

Dr. Taylor Patrick O’Neill is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Mount Mercy University. He specializes in the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Thomistic commentatorial tradition.

Course Book: Each participant in the program will receive a beautifully hardbound copy of vol. 39 of our Opera Omnia series, which includes St. Thomas’ commentaries on Galatians and Ephesians.

To Apply: The 2019 USA Session is open to all applicants 18 years and older. Deadline for applications is July 15, 2019. Online application form is available at St. Albert the Great Center for Scholastic Studies.

Location: The course will be held at St. Mary’s Oratory, in Wausau, Wisconsin. Wausau is a city of about 40,000 people on the Wisconsin River in central Wisconsin. The nearest airport, Central Wisconsin Airport (CWA), about a 20-minute car or taxi trip, has daily connections to Minneapolis, Chicago, and Detroit.  It is about 2 hrs by car from Green Bay; 2 hrs from Madison; 2.5 hrs from La Crosse; 3 hrs from Milwaukee; and 3 hrs from Minneapolis, which has a major airport (MSP) with many connections.

Cost: Program fees are scaled as follows:

  • Option 1. Tuition only (for commuters): $250.
  • Option 2. Tuition plus accommodations in a shared double hotel room: $500.
  • Option 3. Tuition plus accommodations in a private single hotel room: $750.

Payment can be made by check or credit card. $250 deposit due upon acceptance of application. Remainder (if applicable) due by August 1.

Hotel: We have reserved rooms at the Jefferson Inn in downtown Wausau. It is a 3 minute drive or an 11 minute walk from the inn to St. Mary’s Oratory. If choosing to stay at the inn, please arrange it with us rather than booking directly with the hotel, so as to avoid unnecessary confusion.

Meals: Lunch will be provided each day on site for all participants. Breakfast will be available at the hotel for those staying there. For dinner, guests are welcome to make their own plans. There is a restaurant in the hotel as well as many other local eating places close by. If you have any special needs or requests, please contact us directly.

St. Mary’s Oratory
Jefferson Inn
Downtown Wausau
Dells of nearby Eau Claire Park