Thursday, April 28, 2011

Academic Retreat for Teachers

Institute for Catholic Liberal Education Presents:

Truth and Joy in the Catholic School
The 2011 Academic Retreat for Catholic Educators

IMAGINE a week of uninterrupted time to:
  • Revitalize your joy in learning
  • Explore the foundations of Catholic education with
  • colleagues from around the country
  • Discover Truth in the Trivium, Mathematics, Science,
  • Literature, Music, and Theology
  • Read Newman, Dawson, Sayers, Shakespeare, Euclid,
  • Descartes and more
  • Experience a vibrant Catholic learning community
“I learned more in five days than I would learn in 5 semesters at many universities.” [2009 Retreat Participant]

“The networking opportunities with retreatants beyond the sessions are as valuable as the enriching classroom discussions themselves.” [2009 Retreat Participant]

"The week has made me think— the kind of thinking that students should be doing." [2009 Retreat Participant]

"’Knowledge is truth and the truth will make you free’—etched on the walls of my alma mater—
means so much more now. Thank you for a delightful week." [2009 Retreat Participant]

DATE: July 10 ‐ 15, 2011

LOCATION: Holy Cross College
Notre Dame, Indiana

COST: $450 (registration by June 1); $495 (registration after June 1)
For two or more registrants from the same school, the cost is $400/person
Cost includes room, board and materials


Online at:

By mail with check payable to:

Institute for Catholic Liberal Education
P.O. Box 4638
Ventura, CA 93007

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Roman Breviary

For many years I have had a vague notion of what the Roman Breviary was like, but have never looked at one. Now I find that there is a site for the Roman Breviary, run by The Confraternity of Ss. Peter and Paul, who, judging from their "abhorrence" of the liturgical reforms of Pius XII, etc., are somehow affiliated with the SSPX. You have to sign up as a member to see the Breviary itself, but there are some open resources that are quite interesting, such as the Roman Martyrology and a commentary on the Breviary by Pius Parsch. The Breviary used is the 1911 edition. It includes an English translation. Since I didn't want to sign up as a member, I don't know the quality of the English, but I presume it is pretty archaic.

I realize now that I had some misconceptions about the reform of the Divine Office. For instance, there were OT canticles in the old office. And there were petitions--better ones, in my mind, than the ones we have now, which sometimes seem more like mini-homilies.

I should that the current preces are very inspirational and spiritually rich. And I don't mind praying them for my interior and the Churches renewal, but I do a so like to pray for ordinary, external things, too, which the old prayers did. I know that there are alternative petitions in EP that are more like the older ones, but they aren't in the one-volume versions.

Here is the web site.

I wonder if there is a similar site for the official Extraordinary Form Breviary?