A Week for Lovers of Latin

Intensive Course Offered at Abbey

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ROME, JUNE 5, 2005 (Zenit.org).- It will be Latin-only for a week this July in the Abbey of Saint-Michel de Frigolet in France, even to ask for a glass of water.

A course entitled “Feriae XXIV Latinae Ferigoletenses,” sponsored by the Holy See’s Latinas Foundation, aims to promote Latin among people who have some knowledge of it and wish to improve their skills with it.

“Latin is an ancient language. The fact of using it as a modern language allows for better understanding of ancient texts,” the organizers explained in a statement.

The course will not turn out orators like Cicero or Julius Caesar, but they will speak as the latter did in everyday life.

The sessions were started in Graz, Austria, in 1982, by Discalced Carmelite Father Suitbert de Saint-Jean. The program has had the support of Latin enthusiasts, as well as the author of the famous Assimil linguistic method, Clément Desessard.

The week is open to all, but the organizers point out that the course is offered by a Catholic organization, and that daily Mass will be offered in Latin. The homily and readings will be in French.

Singing, guided tours and informal conversations will be in Latin, supplementing the formal class instruction.

The session begins on July 27, and costs 30 euros ($37), with a special rate of 12 euros ($15) for students and the unemployed. Accommodation is separate.

For more information, in French or Latin, contact feriae@frigolet.com.

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