The course is a beginner's introduction to Ecclesial (/Church) Latin. Grammatical and syntactical points will be gradually covered while reading through some of the most well-known prayers, hymns, scripture passages, and writings of the Catholic tradition. 

Course begins on Saturday, October 7th, 2023, at 10am Pacific (1pm Eastern), and goes for EIGHT consecutive Saturdays.


Text to purchase:

Ralph McInerny, Let's Read Latin: Introduction to the Language of the Church. Dumb Ox Books: South Bend, Indiana, 1995. 

Additional Text (Does NOT need to be purchased):

Freundlich, Charles I. Workbook In Latin First Year. AMSCO School Publications, Inc. 1965. 

About Instructor

Fr. Peter Hannah

Fr. Peter Hannah, OP, is a Dominican priest of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus. He was ordained in 2014 and after three years of pastoral ministry at St. Catherine of Siena Newman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, went to the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, where he completed a License in Sacred Scripture (S.S.L., magna cum laude) in 2020. His thesis, “Image and Likeness Revisited: A Canonical Reading,” examined the meaning of the imago Dei in Genesis 1:26-28, 5:1-3, and 9:6. After returning to Oakland to teach a Wisdom Literature and Latin course at, respectively, the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (Berkeley) and St. Mary’s College (Moraga), he was accepted into Durham University’s theology department in Durham, England. He is currently working towards a doctorate under Old Testament biblical theologian Walter Moberly, on the imago Dei concept in Scripture and Christian tradition. He has published one article, “The Metaphysics of Meaning: Applying a Thomistic Ontology of Art to a Contemporary Hermeneutical Puzzle and the Problem of the Sensus Literalis” (Nova et Vetera 14:2 (2016): 675-697). The article summarized his Masters thesis at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, where he obtained a double-M.A. degree in Philosophy and Theology in 2016. He is also a lover of the Great Books approach to education, having obtained an M.A. in the Liberal Arts in 2002 from St. John’s College (Annapolis), where he completed a thesis on Aquinas’s Treatise on Faith and also converted to the Catholic faith.

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Course Includes

  • 8 Lessons
  • Course Certificate