Liturgy Institute London

For a detailed and peaceful study of Liturgy

Reading Latin Literature

Latin Fifth Experience = Readings in Latin: Cicero’s letters.


Summer Term
16-27 August 2021


Dan with Foster

Using the teaching method developed by Reginald Foster, and in a style similar to the one used for Cicero’s Letters, Reading Latin Literature will offer a patient, detailed reading of a single selected text. We try to achieve a deep understanding of the author’s choices of wording, syntax and style.

Those who register early will have more voice in the selection of a text for study! The tutor’s current favourite is Ovid’s Metamorphoses, but Latin spans the millennia, and depending on participant interest we could tackle a mediaeval, renaissance or modern Latin work, provided that it is rich and interesting. We will adapt the program to each participant’s interests and needs, going as quickly or slowly as people prefer.

Participants should have enough Latin before joining the course that they are familiar with all of the forms and normal uses of the subjunctive. The content of the Intermediate (Third Experience) course would be an excellent prerequisite. Reading Latin Literature could be taken in parallel with Fourth Latin Experience – Proficient Latin for Liturgists.

Reginald Foster. Our method of teaching the Latin language was developed by Fr Reginald Foster, former papal Latinist who tought Latin to many generations in Rome. Over fourty years of helping people to grow fast and solidly in the knowledge and use and appreciation of Latin has guided him in developing his method of teaching Latin (more here). His method is presented in the book Ossa Latinitatis Sola: The Mere Bones of Latin.


Tutors: Jonathan Day

First week: 16 – 20 August (not Saturday – Sunday, 21 – 22 August)
Second week:  23-27 August 2021.

Non-residential students who commute daily may enrol in both weeks or in the first week only; limited accommodation is reserved to students enrolled in both weeks.

Hours: one  and one-half  hours  on weekdays, scheduled so that students may attend either LA711  Proficient Latin for Liturgists (and Canonists),
or LA811 Latin Fifth Experience: Reading Cicero’s Letters,

This reading course is intended to be taken concurrently with L711 Proficient Latin for Liturgists. It is generally not recommended that students enrolled in the course LA611 Intermediate Latin enrol additionally in this reading course.

Enrol. Send enquires and to enrol contact Ms Clare Cogswell at il AT liturgyinstitute DOT org or by phone or use the information on this page.

Required books:

♦ 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

Recommended material:

♦ FOSTER, R.T. – D.P. MCCARTHY, “Collectarum latinitas”, Appreciating the Collect: An Irenic Methodology (DREI, AL : LA 1), ed. J.G. Leachman – D.P. McCarthy, St. Michael’s Abbey Press, Farnborough, England 2008.Foster, R.T. – D.P. McCarthy, “Collectarum latinitas”, 27-56. Available from the publisher.

Canon law students of KU Leuven will benefit greatly from this course because reading Latin literature brings together nearly every element of the Latin langauge in every text according to his native thought and Latin expression. This reading course gives a full synthesis of every element.

Contact: Schedule a visit or write to:
Ms Clare Cogswell, Registrar and Course Coordinator
Benedictine Institute
74 Castlebar Road, Ealing, London W5 2DD, UK
enquiries: +44 (0)20 8194 2320
fax +44 (0)208 862 2133
E-mail: il AT liturgyinstitute DOT org
Location on Google Maps is found here.

More information on travel to Ealing by air, train or metro and on accommodation at or near Ealing Abbey is available on the web-site of the Liturgy Institute under the button: Registration. There you can also find an enquiry form.
© D. McCarthy, updated 23 September 2020 by DMcC.