New 2018: Two-Tracks

Veterum Sapientia will introduce two tracks this year for intermediate and advanced students. The intermediate or “juniores” will focus more on activating their passive knowledge of Latin and focus on speaking and listening comprehension. The advanced or “seniores” will experience more advanced lectures and spend more time examining texts.

Conference Overview

Veterum Sapientia is a week-long Latin program for Catholic priests, seminarians, and those men and women belonging to religious orders. This program seeks to respond to the call of Saint John XXIII’s Apostolic Constitution Veterum Sapientia to revitalize the Latin language in the Catholic Church. This full-immersion (Latine tantum) program offers intensive instruction in the language to intermediate and advanced students of Latin.


When & Where

When: July 29 – August 4 2018
Arriving: Sunday, July 29, 4-6pm
Departing: Saturday, August 4, 10am-12pm

If you have any questions or concerns about arriving late or leaving early, please contact us.

Belmont Abbey College
100 Belmont Mt Holly Rd
Belmont, NC 28012


Veterum Sapientia is intended for intermediate-level and advanced students of Latin. Intermediate-level students have generally completed at least two semesters of study in a college or seminary environment. Two full years or more are ideal. We will accommodate applicants at both levels on a space-available basis.


Contact us with any questions you may have using this form.

Program Description

Veterum Sapientia offers a unique, guided exploration of the most important categories of writing that make up the Church’s Latin patrimony, with exercises ordered toward helping participants grow in their understanding of the mechanics of the language and internalize new vocabulary through active use. Classes and related activities (e.g. meals, games, walks) will be conducted in Latin and in a combination of Latin and English, as appropriate to participants’ level of experience. Plenary class sessions and some small-group work will be devoted to reading and discussion of texts representing the major genera of Latin writing in the life of the Church: scriptural Latin, patristic Latin, liturgical Latin, scholastic Latin, ecclesiastical (curial) Latin, and Gregorian chant (hymns). In other small-group sessions, participants will be guided through active exercises in speaking and in simple writing, based on material from these representative texts.

Participants will work with instructors every day, experiencing a series of plenary and small-group class sessions for a minimum total of six hours of instruction daily. Common lunches, dinners, and evening recreational activities will also be provided, offering opportunities for informal conversations in Latin. All class sessions, common meals and recreation activities will be conducted on the campus of Belmont Abbey College near Charlotte, NC.


Tuition for Veterum Sapientia 2018 is $300 and is paid at registration. The price does not include lodging, meals or transportation to and from Belmont Abbey College. Full refunds (minus a $40 processing fee) are available until July 1. If you are interested in participating, but lack necessary funds, please contact us about the possibility of a scholarship.


Participants will be responsible for their own lodging.  Belmont Abbey College dorm rooms are available for $25/night.  Please contact us using this form if you are interested in staying in a dorm room or if you have any other questions about lodging.


Meals will be taken at Belmont Abbey College.  The cost per meal is as follows:
– Breakfast  $6.54
– Lunch $7.75
– Dinner $8.98


Conference Registration Form

Use this form to register and pay for the Veterum Sapientia Conference.

  • Veterum Sapientia is intended for priests, deacons, seminarians, religious. Please indicate which of the following describes you:
  • The Veterum Sapientia program is intended for people who have, at a minimum, completed introductory studies in Latin language and have had some contact with literature. Two semesters of Latin study in a college or seminary environment would typically constitute such minimum preparation, while two full years or more would be ideal. Please indicate below the highest level of classroom study you have attained.
  • Do you have any medical conditions, including dietary restrictions, we should know about which might affect your comfort or safety during the workshop? Please describe briefly.
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Conference Speakers

Dr. Nancy Llewellyn

Dr. Llewellyn (UCLA) is Associate Professor of Latin at Belmont Abbey College, coming to North Carolina after a decade at Wyoming Catholic College. Before embarking on her doctoral work, she studied with Fr. Reginald Foster in Rome. Returning to the USA, Nancy founded SALVI in 1997 and has served on its board ever since, directing SALVI workshops (Rusticationes) around the country and abroad. In addition to her work at BAC, she also teaches at Charlotte’s new St. Joseph College Seminary.

Dr. Milena Minkova

Dr. Milena Minkova is Professor of Classics at the University of Kentucky, Director of Graduate Studies of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and Associate Director of the Institute for Latin Studies. She has worked on the whole continuity of the Latin tradition. Most recently, Minkova has published on the 12th century renaissance and its cosmologists Bernard Silvestris, Alan of Lille, and John of Hauvilla, on Latin composition, and on Latin pedagogy. Together with Terence Tunberg, she has co-authored “Latin for the New Millennium.” Currently, Minkova is working on a critical anthology of Neo-Latin.

Dr. John Pepino

Dr. John Pepino teaches Latin and Greek at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary, the seminary of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP) in Nebraska, USA. He also teaches online Latin courses using Hans Orberg’s Lingua Latina series. His own bilingual background (French and English) and boyhood in multilingual Europe predisposed him to a natural, oral/aural approach to Latin. His interests also include the decline of the living Latin culture in the Western Church as well as the means the Holy See advocates to recover it.

Dr. Manuel José Crespo Losada
After more than two decades dedicated to the teaching of Latin and Greek in high school, Manuel José Crespo Losada obtained a PhD in Latin Philology at the University Complutense of Madrid, Spain, with the thesis Translation and philological commentary on the Tractatus primus of Priscillian of Ávila, entitled Liber Apologeticus, directed by J. J. Ayán and J. J. Caerols. Currently, he is a numerary professor attached to the Cathedra of Latin Hispanic Christian Literature of the Faculty of Christian and Classical Literature “San Justino” at the San Dámaso University of Madrid, where he teaches Latin Literature, Greco-Roman Rhetoric, Hispanic Patristics and various levels of latin Language. His work as a researcher focuses on the texts attributed to Priscillian of Ávila, the treatises of Gaudentius of Brescia, the apocryphal Christians in the Latin language, and on marriage and sexuality in the Christian literature of the first centuries.

Fr. Dylan Schrader
Fr. Dylan Schrader is priest of the Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri and has served in several parishes throughout the diocese. In addition to his pastoral work, Fr. Schrader is currently completing his dissertation (“The Motive of the Incarnation and Christocentrism Today: Recovering the Salmanticenses”) toward a PhD in systematic theology from the Catholic University of America. He uses Latin extensively in his research. He is also translating Books 2 and 3 of St. Thomas Aquinas’s Commentary on the Sentences for the Aquinas Institute for the Study of Sacred Doctrine and has written on the importance of Latin for seminarians and priests.

Fr. Jose Luiz Lima di Mendonça
Jose Luiz Lima di Mendonça Junior, Salesian who is born in Brazil in 1983, obtained his Bachelor and Licentiate degree at Pontificium Institutum Altioris Latinitatis of Salesian Pontifical University in Rome. From academic year of 2017/18 onwards, he is appointed as the Secretary of the mentioned Institute and is named as Assistant Professor in Latin Composition. In the meanwhile he is also a Ph.D. student of the Institute; his field of research interest is didactics of Latin language teaching, specializing in modus docendi of the Salesians’