Time & Location
June 5, 2020, 7:00 p.m.–June 12, 2020, 11:00 p.m.
About the Event
The Pro Civitate Dei Summer Program is a weeklong anglophone program which seeks to foster the restoration of Western culture in a rich liturgical and intellectual environment inspired by Christian conviviality.
At Pro Civitate Dei you will:
* Learn why—and how—the restoration of Christian culture is possible
* Explore integralism and Catholic political and social thought
* Gain experience with singing Gregorian chant
* Visit sites of Christian pilgrimage, including the relics of Ste Roseline des Arcs-de-Provence
* Experience provençal culture in the French Riviera
* Pray the Divine Office and enter more deeply into the Church's liturgy
How to Apply
Applications to Pro Civitate Dei are open to undergraduates, graduate students and young professionals aged 18–30. The standard registration fee covers conference registration, room and board (three meals per day, plus hospitality), as well as all transportation during the conference. For students with university support, as well as for professionals, registration is €1,150 (approx. $1,300). For students without university support, our donors make possible a discount to €350 (approx. $400).
Recommended ports of entry are Nice Côte d'Azur, Marseilles and Paris. Arrival is on Friday, June 5, 2020. Departure is on Saturday, June 13, 2020.
Submit a letter of application/inquiry below. The team will review your letter, answer any questions and provide a link for registration. Applications/inquiries are reviewed on a rolling basis for our limited number of spots.
Pro Civitate Dei brings together a small number of select young men and women from leading universities, as well as young professionals, to discuss the renewal of Christian civilization in one of the most beautiful settings of the French Riviera. The programme features lectures by high-level American and European university faculty in the rich intellectual and spiritual environment fostered by the clergy of the Fraternity of St. Joseph the Guardian, a religious order of North and South Americans dedicated to missionary work in the heart of Old World, in the diocese of Fréjus-Toulon.
The program includes daily lectures on topics of contemporary and historical interest in Catholic philosophy, theology, liturgy, and politics. Now more than ever, the modern world’s crisis makes it imperative for those who will shape its future to return to the perennial sources of Christian strength. Our clergy and faculty analyze the present age in its origins and its current state, and explore the application of Catholic teachings to contemporary political and cultural phenomena.
Above all, Pro Civitate Dei seeks to incarnate radically the spirit of communion that has uniquely marked the Church. The vigorous discussion of subjects in our talks continues outside the classroom, during breaks for coffee, apéritifs, dinner, supper, pilgrimages and even trips to the beach, in a convivial setting with noted professors and scholarly youth, surrounded by the remains of a Catholic France which is rightfully ours.
The programme focusses centrally on returning to the Church’s culmen & fons vitae, namely the sacred liturgy. The priests of the Fraternity offer daily sung Mass in the traditional form, as well as the chanting of certain hours of the Divine Office. The Fraternity’s clergy also lead the group on short pilgrimages to some of the many sites that mark the glorious story of Christian Europe, such as la Sainte-Baume where St. Mary Magdalene resided with her companions.
Those who attend this unique programme join a small number of like-minded souls with a serious dedication to the authentic restoration of Christian culture at the highest levels of academic, ecclesiastical, cultural and political activity. Alumni of the programme form an active network throughout Europe and the Americas and are welcome to make spiritual visits and retreats in France whenever their travels bring them back. The clergy and religious of the Fraternity regularly visit the U.S., Latin America and elsewhere to offer spiritual retreats, as well as advice and counsel.
Pro Civitate Dei enjoys the blessing of the Most Excellent Lord Dominique Rey, bishop of Fréjus-Toulon. PCD operates under the patronage of Ste. Jeanne d'Arc.
PAST LECTURE TOPICS
The Virtue of Patriotism in St. Joan of Arc
The Hierarchy of the Heavens: Cosmos and State in the Medieval World
Economic Libertarianism and Catholic Doctrine
Charity before Jihad
Subject to Lower Powers: The Life and Death of Modern Politics
Liturgical Politics in the Middle Ages
Building a Catholic Culture through Sacred Liturgy
FRATERNITY OF ST. JOSEPH THE GUARDIAN
For more information on the Fraternity of St. Joseph the Guardian, a religious order of North and South Americans dedicated to missionary work in the heart of Old World, consult or the Fraternity's Facebook page. The Fraternity is a registered public charity under U.S. law, 501(c)(3). Pro Civitate Dei is a nonprofit established in France under the loi 1901.