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Have you always wanted a deeper appreciation of our Church’s languages and heritage? St. John Cantius’ language classes offer a chance to begin or to continue your study of the language and history of the Church.

We offer a range of Latin classes through which you can develop from complete beginner to fluent reader of original texts. You can progress from the beginner class through to the advanced reading classes, or you can join at any point along the way if you already have some background in the language. Classes are one hour a week, so we move at a pace that allows you to learn whilst not interfering with work and / or other study commitments.

We focus on ecclesiastical Latin – the Latin of the liturgy, Jerome’s Bible, scholastic philosophers, papal bulls and canon law – but the course will also set you in good stead if your interest is in classical Latin. Many of the texts we read in the advanced reading classes are from the classical age.

We usually run two semesters a year: A fall class from September through December and a spring class from January through June. Beginner classes start each September. We also offer occasional classes on various topics, including the popular ‘Latin of the Mass’ class which provides an introduction to the Latin of the Mass for those who may not wish to pursue formal studies in Latin.

All the classes are designed for adults, but we do not impose a strict minimum age.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please email latin@cantius.org

​​The 2022 fall semester begins on September 11, 2022 and ends on December 18, 2022.

Latin of the Mass - 10 AM - Nick Chapello ( Fall ) 

Western and Christian Thought - 10 AM - Shane Ayers & Kieran Driver ( Spring ) 

Latin I - Beginner - Andre Mendoza - 9.00am

Latin II - Rupert Ward - 9.00am

Latin III - Anthony Chapello - 11.00am

Latin IV - Andre Mendoza - 10.00am

Latin V (a) - Chris Jones - 9.00am

Latin V (b) - Chris Jones - 10.00am

Introduction to Latin Grammar - Richard Rodriguez - Online

​All classes will be held in person (with one exception – see final offering below). Classes meet on Sundays in the St Joseph Building at 1025 W. Fry St., Chicago, IL. Enter the building from the south door between the St Joseph Building and the Church. There is no entry directly from the street.

 

REGISTRATION FOR CLASSES:

You can register by contacting the instructor by email in advance of class or by registering in person at the St Joseph Building on the first day of class on September 11. If you would like to join any class after September 11, please contact the instructor.

 

PAYMENT FOR CLASSES:

You can pay the registration fee through our Give Central page. This is not registration - you still need to contact the instructor or register in person.

PURCHASE OF TEXTBOOKS:

You can purchase all textbooks in advance at Biretta Books, or you can purchase your textbook at the St Joseph Building on the first day of class on September 11.

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LATIN I: Beginner
Instructor: Andre Mendoza

Classes start September 11, 2021

This course is intended to be a first introduction to the Latin language. Without assuming any prior experience with Latin or any other foreign language, we will cover the most basic elements of Latin grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary, following the progression of our textbook Lingua Latina: Familia Romana with its companion exercise book Exercitia Latina and, later in the course, Collins’ A Primer of Ecclesiatical Latin. While the content will be introductory and steady, students should expect to devote at least a few hours each week to reviewing the lessons and working through the exercises.  


Classes will be held on Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Classes will be held in person. 

For more information contact Andre Mendoza amendoza@northridgeprep.org

 

​The cost is $50.00 for the class and $55.00 for Lingua Latina plus Exercitia Latina. You can buy the textbook at Biretta Books or at the St Joseph Building immediately before the first class.

Please pay for the class through our Give Central page. Note, however, that payment is not registration.

 

To register please e-mail Andre Mendoza, or register in person at the St Joseph Building immediately before the first class.

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LATIN II
Instructor: Rupert Ward

 

Classes start September 11, 2021

This class is for the beginner with some prior Latin study. Classes will cover conjugation of verbs, declension of nouns/adjectives and an introduction to reading and writing Latin. The textbook is Collins’ A Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin. The class will begin at Unit 13.

Classes will be held on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Classes will be held in person.

For more information contact Rupert Ward rupertward28@gmail.com


The cost is $50.00 for the class and $35.00 for the textbook. You can buy the textbook at Biretta Books or at the St Joseph Building immediately before the first class.

Please pay for the class through our Give Central page. Note, however, that payment is not registration. 

To register please e mail Rupert Ward, or register in person at the St Joseph Building immediately before the first class.

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LATIN III
Instructor: Anthony Chapello

Classes start September 11, 2021

For the more advanced student with some prior Latin study. Classes will review the later chapter of Collins’ A Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin beginning with Unit 26.  

Classes will be held on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Classes will be held in person.

For more information contact Anthony Chapello  anchapello@gmail.com

The cost is $50.00 for the class and $35.00 for the Collins textbook. You can buy the textbook at Biretta Books or at the St Joseph Building immediately before the first class.

Please pay for the class through our Give Central page. Note, however, that payment is not registration. 

To register please e mail Anthony Chapello, or register in person at the St Joseph Building immediately before the first class.

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LATIN IV
Instructor: Andre Mendoza

Classes start September 11, 2021

For the more advanced student with some prior Latin study. This course will guide students through the end of the textbook  A Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin by Collins. Extended readings will be taken from  Lingua Latina starting from Chapter 10. At the end of the course, having seen the entirety of Latin syntax and morphology and developed reading speed through extended readings, students will be prepared for translating selected original texts.

Classes will be held on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Classes will be held in person.

For more information contact Andre Mendoza amendoza@northridgeprep.org

The cost is $50.00 for the class and $35.00 for the Collins textbook. Extracts from Lingua Latina will be provided as necessary. You can buy the Collins textbook at Biretta Books or at the St Joseph Building immediately before the first class.

Please pay for the class through our Give Central page. Note, however, that payment is not registration. 

To register please e mail Andre Mendoza, or register in person at the St Joseph Building immediately before the first class.

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LATIN V: Latin of the Fathers
Instructor: Christopher Jones

Classes start September 11, 2021

We will read and discuss selected Latin texts reflecting the rise and development of Christianity in the first six centuries AD. There is no textbook; excerpts will be provided by the instructor. The instructor is preparing a textbook for future students; input from this class will be a valuable part of that process. Intermediate and advanced students are welcome.

Classes will be held on Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The same class will also be held on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Participants may choose which of the two classes to attend.

Classes will be held in person.

For more information contact Christopher Jones chjones60656@gmail.com

The cost is $50.00 for the class. There is no textbook; readings will be provided by the instructor.

Please pay for the class through our Give Central page. Note, however, that payment is not registration. 

To register please e-mail Christoper Jones, or register in person at the St Joseph Building immediately before the first class. When registering by e-mail, please state whether you wish to join the 9.00am or the 10.00am class.

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LATIN OF THE MASS

Instructor: Nick Chapello

Classes start September 11, 2021

 

In these nine sessions you'll learn how to understand the Latin of the Mass and speak it properly. The rich history of the mass, the format and purpose will be explored with each Mass part, weekly.

The Latin of the Mass class will be held Sundays in St Jude's Room. (Located in the Southeast corner of the church's lower level.) Class begins at 10 AM and will last for about an hour.  

N.B. - There will be no class on October 2, 2022 - The Feast of the Guardian Angels


November 13, 2022 will be the last class.  
 

The textbook will be the Latin Mass Companion which will be provided. The cost will be a $ 50 donation to St John Cantius Parish. Please pay for the class through our Give Central page. Note, however, that payment is not registration. 

Any questions, and to register, please contact nchapello@cantius.org

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ONLINE INTRODUCTION TO LATIN GRAMMAR

Instructor: Richard Rodriguez

 

Classes start Saturday September 10, 2022

 

This class is for students who live outside the Chicago area and/or who have substantial difficulty in attending in-person sessions.

 

This class is for the complete beginner – No prior knowledge of Latin is required. The focus of the course will be on reading for familiarity and grammatical comprehension with the assistance of  a translation (e.g., ability to more thoroughly use & appreciate Latin/English parallel text worship materials).  Optional excercises will be provided upon request for students who are interested in developing a higher degree of unaided reading fluency.

 

The textbook is Collins’ A Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin. This class will cover units 1 – 9.

 

Classes will be held on Saturdays ON ZOOM from 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

 

Any students interested in this class should contact Mr. Rodriguez RichieJRR@protonmail.com

The cost is $50 for the class. Students should obtain their own copy of the textbook.

 

Please pay for the class through our Give Central page. Note, however, that payment is not registration. 

 

To register please e mail Mr Rodriguez.

 

IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A RESPONSE TO YOUR E MAIL, PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER.

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Latin Classes at St. John Cantius Church