Liturgy Institute London

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Latin Overview

Autumn Term Online: October – November 2020
Winter Term Online: 25 January – 8 March 2021
Spring Term Online: 19 April – 24 May 2021
Summer Term: 16-27 August 2021

Covid-19 Response

Autumn 2020, Winter and Spring 2021 courses will be held online.

We shall decide in January 2021 whether to offer summer courses 2021 online or in person at Ealing Abbey, London. We shall reassess that decision once again in May 2021 for our couses held during the month of August. Courses held online are scheduled with consideration of the time-zone of each participant, and consequenty the daily schedule will be agreed upon a couple of weeks prior to the beginning of the course.

Academic term 2020-2021

online with

Laura Pooley


16-27 August 2021
Summer Term

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Latin Overview

cover image The Mere Bones of LatinWe use the teaching method of Reginald Foster OCD directly from his book Ossa Latinitatis Sola. We offer instruction in Latin from the first lesson to the advanced Master’s level programme:

Beginning Latin. This course presumes no knowledge of the language and introduces the student to authentic Latin literature with a clear presentation of how human thought is expressed in Latin. Classes are held both weekly during the academic term and daily during the summer programme. Beginning Latin covers the material of the First Latin Experience in the Ossa book (read more here).

Intermediate Latin. This course presumes a familiarity with: 1) the verb both in all times of the indicative and the commands, both active, passive and deponent; 2) the nouns and adjectives of all groups in five of their functions (subject; object; of-possession; by-with-from-in; to-for-from); 3) personal and reflective pronouns, conjunctions, relatives and prepositions.

Intermediate Latin introduces the student to two main elements of Latin expression: the four participles and their usages, especially the ablative absolute; 2) the principles and forms of the subjunctive along with their use according to the sequence of tenses to express purpose, result, circumstance, cause, concession, characteristic and others in real Latin literature. 

Classes are held both weekly during the academic term and daily during the summer programme. Intermediate Latin covers the material of the Second Latin Experience in the Ossa book (read more here).

Advanced Latin and Proficient Latin for Liturgists. Students are presumed to have a familiarity with: 1) the principles of the subjunctive, their forms and different usages according to the sequence of tenses, as well as the accurate renderings of each of these usages into English; 2) the forms and natural meaning of the four participles, and their different usages, especially of the ablative absolute.

Both advanced and Proficient Latin introduce the student to: 1) the four infinitives and their usages, including the accusative with the infinitive used in indirect discourse and in object sentences; 2) the gerund and gerundive as distinct from the participle of passive necessity; 3) conditional sentences; 4) the 3% use of the sequence of tenses; 5) verbs of fearing, doubting, fearing and prohibiting; 6) verbs with oblique complements, both active and passive; 7) specific usages of the dative, genitive, ablative; 8) an overview of the fourteen ways to express purpose, the ten different usages of the relative pronoun and of positive and negative commands. Both Advanced and Proficient Latin for Liturgists cover the material of the Fourth Latin Experience in the Ossa book.

Proficient Latin for Liturgists is held daily during the summer programme. Students develop an appreciation of the Latin language through reading and understanding texts from the liturgy and from prose on the liturgy from seven areas of ecclesial literature: biblica, patristica, liturgica, scholastica, magisteria, musica, canonica. This course may be taken for post-graduate credit through KU Leuven or for audit (no exam, no credit) through the Institutum Liturgicum London (more here). Proficient Latin covers the material of the First Latin Experience in the Ossa book.

Readings in Latin: Cicero’s letters: To synthesize the whole language, we read the letters of Cicero to his friends and close associates. This course is held daily during the summer programme and may be taken in addition to L711 Proficient Latin for Liturgists or in addition to LA611 Intermediate Latin by qualified students. In August 2021 for the first time our students will be able to study from their own copy of Ossium Carnes Multae: The Bones’ Meats Abundant from the epistles of Marcus Tullius Cicero; until now this course has been taught from the draft of the same book. This reading course corresponds to the Fifth Latin Experience in the Ossa book.

Reading Latin Literature: We shall offer a new course of reading Latin literature in the summer of 2021. This is like the above course, reading Cicero’s letters, and the two may be taken together. Participants in this course, however, will read other Latin literature such as the poetic Metamorphoses by Ovid. Reading Latin Literature corresponds to the Fifth Latin Experience in the Ossa book.

Academic Term 2020-2021

Instructor: Laura Pooley.

Online courses are offered in the Latin language at three levels and private tuition (tutoring):

Beginners = First Experience
Intermediate = Third Experience
Advanced = Fourth Experience
Private tuition (tutoring) at any level

Online sessions at each level are held twice a week for the following three terms:

Autumn Term: two encounters for six weeks in October and November 2020.

Winter Term: two encounters during each week beginning 25 January, 1, 8 [not 15], 22 February, 1, 8 March 2021

Spring Term: two encounters during each week beginning 19, 26 April, 3, 10, 17 24 May 2021.

For two to three students the cost per term: £380; per year (three terms): £950

Private instruction: Prepare for an exam or learn Latin through personalised and individual intrruction. Costs on an hourly basis to be confirmed with tutor.

The schedule depends on demand, so please enquiry with Clare Cogswell, Registrar, at info AT benedictine-institute DOT org.

Summer Programme, 16-27 August 2021

Limited accommodation is available for students enrolled for both weeks. Non-residential students may enrol in both weeks or for the first week only.

Classes are held Monday through Friday;
Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 August, are free days.

Courses scheduled are:

First Latin Experience – Beginning Latin (LA411)
9:30-12:30 and 14:00-16:15 weekdays
Instructor: yet to be confirmed.

Second Latin experience – conversational Latin: is not scheduled for this year

Third Latin Experience – Intermediate Latin (LA611)
10:00-1:00 and 14:00-16:15 weekdays
Instructor: yet to be confirmed.

Fourth Latin Experience – Proficient Latin for Liturgists
IL: L711
KU Leuven: B-KUL-A07E3A 4 study points
9:30-12:30 and 14:00-16:15 weekdays
Instructor: Laura Pooley
with the moderation of Daniel McCarthy.

Reading Cicero’s Letters (LA811)
16:45-18:00 weekdays
Instructor: Jonathan Day.

Reading Latin Literature (LA812)
15:15-16:30 weekdays
Instructor: Jonathan Day.

Canon Law Students at KU Leuven may take these summer courses and study Latin online in two sessions weekly throughout the academic term to prepare for two proficiency exams at KU Leuven. Intermediate Latin, will prepare them to take the sufficiency exam for Christian Latin (A08A0A), which covers about the first 25 chapters of Collin’s Primer of Ecclesiastical LatinProficient Latin for Liturgists, which also considers canonical texts regarding liturgy, along with Readings Cicero’s Letters will prepare students for the advanced Latin exam at KU Leuven.

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).


Richard Peers, “How to Learn Latin: the Reginald Foster Method at Ealing Abbey” (24 August 2018) accessed online on 13 February 2021 at: link.


Ms Clare Cogswell, Registrar
Schedule a visit or write to me at: 
Benedictine Institute
74 Castlebar Road, Ealing, London W5 2DD, UK
enquiries: +44 (0)20 8194 2300 extn 400
E-mail: il AT liturgyinstitute DOT org.
Location on Google Map found here.

More information on travel to Ealing Abbey by air, train or metro and on accommodation at or near Ealing Abbey is available on this web-site under the button: “Registration”. You can also find here the procedure for enrolling in non-credit courses (IL enquiry form and enrolment form here) and for enrolling in graduate credit courses accredited by KU Leuven (KU Leuven enrolment information here).
© Daniel McCarthy, updated on 18 September 2020 by DM.