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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.

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

The 2021 fall semester begins on September 12, 2021 and ends on December 19, 2021.

All classes will be held in person. Classes meet on Sundays in the Canonry at 1025 W. Fry St., Chicago, IL. Enter the building from the south door between the Canonry 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 Canonry on the first day of class on September 12. If you would like to join any class after September 12, 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 Canonry on the first day of class on September 12.

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LATIN I: Beginner
Instructor: Rupert J. Ward 

Classes start September 12, 2021

For the beginner with no 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. 


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 Rupert J. Ward

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 Canonry 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 Canonry immediately before the first class. 

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LATIN II: Intermediate
Instructor: Anthony Chapello

 

Classes start September 12, 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 pick up at Unit 14 after a review of previous units.

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

Classes will be held in person.

For more information contact Anthony Chapello.


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 Canonry immediately before the first class.

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

To register please e-mail Anthony Chapello, or register in person at the Canonry immediately before the first class. 

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LATIN III: Advanced
Instructor: Andre Mendoza


Classes start September 12, 2021

For the more advanced student with some prior Latin study. Classes will review the later chapter of Collins’ A Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin and introduce readings from Lingua Latina. 

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.

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 Canonry 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 Canonry immediately before the first class. 

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LATIN IV: St Augustine’s Confessions
Instructor: Christopher Jones

Classes start September 12, 2021

St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, is often called the last classical and first Medieval man.  This vivid autobiography reveals the inner struggle to leave behind the old world for a new vision of Christianity, a moving testimony from a singular voice of the ancient world. Our seminar will read from the selection edited by Campbell and McGuire (ISBN: 978-0-86516-058-3). 

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 Christopher Jones

The cost is $50.00 for the class, $35.00 for the textbook. You can buy the textbooks at Biretta Books or at the Canonry 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 Christoper Jones, or register in person at the Canonry immediately before the first class.

Latin Classes at St. John Cantius Church

LATIN V: Latin Poetry - Horace
Instructor: Christopher Jones

Classes start September 12, 2021

Tennyson famously calls Horace’s polished verse “jewels five-words that on the stretched forefinger of all time, sparkle forever”. Tiny but sophisticated, his confessional masterpieces speak to many human concerns and leave readers with the feeling he is confiding in them like a friend.  We will translate and discuss some of his best-known Odes, and place them in the Roman poetic tradition. Our seminar will read from the selection ‘Horace in his Odes’ edited by J.A. Harrison​

 

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 Christopher Jones

The cost is $50.00 for the class, $40.00 for the textbook. You can buy the textbooks at Biretta Books or at the Canonry 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 Christoper Jones, or register in person at the Canonry immediately before the first class.

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