Liturgy Institute London

For a detailed and peaceful study of Liturgy

Advanced Latin

Latin Fourth Experience = Advanced Latin

Summer School

Online course: 22 July – 2 August 2024, weekdays

In Person course: 12 – 23 August 2024, weekdays

Students will encounter Latin literature written by many authors from every age. You will learn:

  • The accusative with the infinitive used in indirect discourse and object sentences
  • The gerund and gerundive and the participle of passive necessity
  • Conditional sentences: if … , then …
  • The 3% use of the sequence of tenses and modal attraction
  • Verbs of doubting, fearing and prohibiting
  • Oblique complements of verbs and their passive construction
  • Specific usages of the dative, genitive, ablative
  • Overviews of:
    • 14 ways to express purpose
    • 10 usages of the relative pronoun
    • Positive and negative commands

You will develop an appreciation of the Latin language through reading and understanding texts from every age and very many authors. You will develop a more comprehensive understanding of ideas expressed in Latin and greater ease and precision in expressing them in both Latin and English.

Previous knowledge:

The material covered in the First (Beginning) and Third (Intermediate) Experiences of the book Ossa Latinitatis Sola is presumed for either our advanced or proficient course in Latin.

We use the teaching method of Reginald Foster.

Both Courses, online and in person:
: 3 hours with a break
Courses open to anyone 18 years of age or older.
Enrol and enquiries by contacting Clare Cogswell at this linked E-mail address.



We shall cover the main elements of the Fourth Experience from the book Ossa Latinitatis Sola, and its forthcoming companion Ossa Ostensa Book 3. These include three major elements: the accusative with the infinitive; gerunds and gerundives; conditional sentences along with their various usages.

Learning activities

Each daily session involves three elements:

  • presenting and discussing an aspect of expression in the Latin language
  • encountering Latin authors and understanding their expression
  • reviewing together the personal study given the previous day

Not for credit – Credit

LA711 Advanced Latin is not for credit. The accredited version of this same course is L711 Proficient Latin for Liturgists. Both courses cover the same material and indeed they are taught together. Literature is considered according to the needs of the students enrolled.

Canon Law Students at KU Leuven may take this summer course or study Latin online in weekly sessions throughout the academic term to prepare for proficiency exams at KU Leuven.

Students wishing more instruction are encouraged to enrol also in Reading Cicero’s Letters, LA811. A discount is offered when both courses are paid together.

Course material

♦ Latin texts are distributed in class.

♦ LEWIS, C.T. – C. SHORT, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford UP, Oxford – New York 1879, reprinted 1995.

♦ GILDERSLEEVE, B.L, – G. LODGE, Gildersleeve’s Latin Grammar, Bolchazy-Carducci, Wauconda IL 2003, reprint of 31895 (GL).

♦ FOSTER, R.T. – D.P. MCCARTHY,  Ossa Latinitatis Sola ad mentem Reginaldi rationemqueThe Mere Bones of Latin according to the thought and system of Reginald, (Latinitatis Corpus 1), Catholic University of America Press, Washington DC 2016. Available from the publisher or from or from

Recomended materials

♦ FOSTER, R.T. – D.P. MCCARTHY, “Collectarum latinitas”, in Appreciating the CollectAn Irenic Methodology, ed. J.G. Leachman – D.P. McCarthy (DREI, Liturgiam aestimare 1), St Michael’s Abbey Press, Farnborough 2008, 27-56 (more info here; available from the publisher).

♦ MCCARTHY, D.P., Listen to the Word, The Tablet Publishing, London 2009 (more info here; a few remaining copies are available on site).



Limited accommodation is available in Ealing Abbey house for guests for students enrolled for both weeks.


Clare Cogswell, Registrar
Benedictine Institute
74 Castlebar Road, Ealing, London W5 2DD, UK
enquiries: +44 (0)20 8194 2320
E-mail Clare, the Registrar at this linked E-mail address.
Location on Google Maps is found here.

© D. McCarthy, updated 22 December 2022.