Sedes Sapientiae Summer School
Our Lady of Walsingham, by Daniel Mitsui

Sedes Sapientiae Summer School

- A course in the Catholic intellectual tradition -

Fri 17 - Sun 19 July 2020

Elmham House


NR22 6EG

Cost of the course will be £30 plus £73 bed & breakfast (for the first eight bookings). Lunches & dinner paid individually.

A non-refundable deposit of £20 will be required to secure a place.

Minimum of eight / maximum of twelve participants.

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Sebastian Morello

Sebastian Morello is a formator and lecturer in London. He has taught philosophy for the Benedictus Trust, and is a faculty member of the Roman Forum (founded by Prof. Dietrich von Hildebrand in 1968). Sebastian holds undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in philosophy, and is currently undertaking doctoral research at the University of Buckingham under the supervision of Fr Andrew Pinsent and Prof. Roger Scruton. He is a contributing author of a number of publications, including 'Luther and his Progeny: 500 years of Protestantism and Its Consequences for Church, State, and Society', published by Angelico Press. He lives in rural Bedfordshire with his wife and two children.

Dominic Jones

Dominic Jones is working on a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Reading under the supervision of Prof. David Oderberg. He holds a bachelor's and doctorate from Manchester in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in philosophy at the University of Buckingham, directed by Prof. Roger Scruton. In addition to the doctoral studies he also works in London for Siemens.


Elmham House, Little Walsingham

Bed and breakfast is offered at Elmham House, the guesthouse of the National Catholic shrine of Walsingham, located on Friday Market in Little Walsingham village. It neighbours the local Catholic church and the Black Lion pub. Little Walsingham is also home to the Walsingham Abbey ruins and the Anglican shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.

The Catholic shrine of Our Lady is in Houghton St Giles, one mile south of Little Walsingham, following the River Stiffkey. Located here is the minor basilica of Our Lady of Walsingham, built in 1340, and where the image of Our Lady of Walsingham is venerated.

Recommended reading

There is no required preliminary reading for the course. However, we highly recommend either Aquinas, by E. Feser (205 pages) or An Introduction to Philosophy, by D. J. Sullivan (304 pages) as books that present most of the topics of the course.

For those who wish to do further reading, books by other authors, such as S. L. Brock, J. M. de Torre, D. S. Oderberg, P. Kreeft, S. Pinckaers, R. J. Spitzer, C. E. Rice, A. MacIntyre, E. Gilson, J. Haldane, and obviously Aristotle and St Thomas Aquinas, would also be of great benefit.

Whilst academic philosophical papers tend to be of a specialist nature, they do help gauge where contemporary intellectual thought is at and so better prepare the reader for engagement in public discourse. Articles and papers by E. Feser may provide a good starting point for those interested.

Course structure

Bed and breakfast is provided by Elmham House (eight standard rooms will be reserved for two nights by the course). There will be Holy Mass at the Shrine each day at noon for those who wish to attend. 

The course content will focus on the main topics of philosophy from the classical realist tradition, namely ontology, natural theology, epistemology, anthropology, ethics and political philosophy, with an emphasis throughout on how classical realist philosophy serves as a praeambula fidei.

As both Sebastian and Dominic are students of Prof. Roger Scruton, it's only right and proper that the evenings of the course take place over the dining table with a hearty supply of good wine.