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 Pope Saint John XXIII’s Apostolic Constitution Veterum Sapientia (English | Latin) to revitalize the Latin language in the Catholic Church. This full-immersion program offers intensive instruction in the language to intermediate and advanced students of Latin.


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.

When & Where

When: July 26 – Aug 1st, 2020
Arriving: Sunday, July 26, 4-6pm
Departing: Saturday, Aug 1st, 10am-12pm

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

Veterum Sapientia is pleased to announce a change in location to the newly-constructed St. Joseph’s College Seminary several miles from Belmont Abbey College.

St. Joseph’s College Seminary
1212 Perfection Ave
Belmont, NC 28012


Tuition for Veterum Sapientia 2020 is paid at registration. The cost is $500 for those who register by May 1, 2020. After May 1, the full payment is $550. The price does not include lodging or transportation to and from St. Joseph’s College Seminary (SJCS). However, it does cover meals. For those seeking to room at SJCS, there is an additional fee of $50. 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.


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 St. Joseph College Seminary near Charlotte, NC.


Participants will be responsible for their own lodging. St. Joseph’s College Seminary rooms are available to male participants. Price $50. NB: These rooms do not have a private bath or sink. Bedding and towels are included. Please contact us using this form if you are interested in staying in a seminary room or if you have any other questions about lodging.


Meals will be taken at St. Joseph’s College Seminary, prepared by the Daughters of the Virgin Mother. The cost of all meals are included in the registration fee, including beer and wine.



Veterum Sapientia offers two tracks for intermediate and advanced students. The “juniores” are new to spoken Latin and will focus more on activating their passive knowledge of Latin by exercises in speaking and listening comprehension. The “seniores” have some experience in spoken Latin and will experience more advanced lectures and spend more time examining texts.

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.” Minkova’s comprehensive critical anthology of Neo-Latin “Florilegium recentioris Latinitatis” was published with Leuven University Press in 2018.

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.

Fr. Dylan Schrader
Fr. Dylan Schrader is a priest of the Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri, ordained in 2010. He holds a PhD in systematic theology from the Catholic University of America and is the translator of several Scholastic works, including “On the Motive of the Incarnation,” the first volume in CUA’s Early Modern Catholic Sources series, and Book 2 of Thomas Aquinas’s Commentary on the Sentences, edited by the Aquinas Institute for the Study of Sacred Doctrine. Fr. Schrader is the author of “The Shortcut to Scholastic Latin,” published by the Paideia Institute Press. He has attended every Veterum Sapientia conference since its inception.

Fr. Kevin Zilverberg
Fr. Zilverberg is Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture and a formation director at St. Paul Seminary (U. of St. Thomas, MN). He has given many lectures in Latin on diverse topics of Catholic interest. His biblical and Latin expertise converge in his study of the Old Latin, Vulgate and Neo-Vulgate versions of the Bible, a convergence reflected in his publications. He wrote his doctoral dissertation (SSD – Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome) on Old Latin Daniel, which was honored summa cum laude.