LANGUAGE WORKSHOPS

SEPTEMBER 2021 - MAY 2022

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Christian Latin

1st and 3rd Mondays, beginning September 20, 2021

7:00 - 8:00 PM. 

 

Free and open to all, on Zoom.

 

This course will survey inspiring  examples of Christian prose and poetry spanning over a millennium - from the Roman Empire through the Medieval era - in the original Latin.  We will read excerpts from the Confessions of St. Augustine, St. Jerome’s Vulgate Bible, works by Sts. Bonaventure  and Bernard of Clairvaux and a variety of poems and hymns, among other works.  Some language review is included, but the focus is on reading and translation of the texts.  Participants should have completed and have some recollection of a year or more of Latin. Classical languages instructor Michael O'Brien will teach this group. Texts and learning materials will be distributed or are available online.

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New Testament Greek

1st and 3rd Tuesdays, beginning September 21, 2021

 

7:00 - 8:00 PM.

 

Free and open to all, on Zoom, possibly with an in-person component.

 

This year: selections from the Gospel of St. Luke. Some Greek language review is included, but the focus is on reading and translation of the text, with particular attention to passages without counterparts in the other Gospels. Participants should have completed a year of either New Testament or Classical Greek. Teachers are Classical languages instructor Michael O'Brien and Deacon Tim O'Donnell. There is no charge, and texts and learning materials will be distributed or are available online.

For more information or to register, contact Mike O'Brien at mcsamicus@gmail.com or by phone at 617-721-9559.

Co-sponsored by St. Paul Parish and St. Peter Parish, Cambridge, MA 

SEPTEMBER 2021 - dECEMBER 2021

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CATHOLIC BIOETHICS SEMINAR

Prof. Sarah Byers. Meetings in-person on the campus of St. Paul’s Harvard Square, first and third Saturdays each month, 3:45-4:45 PM, September 18-December 4.

For current undergraduate or graduate students at Harvard or other area institutions. This group will discuss a range of bioethical issues from a Catholic perspective, particularly matters raised by recent developments in science, technology, and medical practice. Brief readings to frame the question will be distributed at each meeting.

Sarah Byers is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Boston College. She received her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Toronto. She specializes in Greco-Roman philosophy and its reception in the later history of philosophy, with a particular interest in metaphysics, ethics, and epistemology.  She has published a book on Augustine’s moral psychology with Cambridge University Press, as well as numerous articles. 

Registration information will be available in August.