Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Pope's Chief Latinist Gets Honorary Degree

See here: http://commencement.nd.edu/commencement-weekend/honorary-degrees/.

"Rev. Reginald Foster (doctor of laws) – A native of Milwaukee, and a Catholic Carmelite priest, Father Foster is among the world’s foremost authorities on the Latin language. Nicknamed “the Pope’s Latinist,” he has worked for nearly half a century in the “Latin Letters” section of the Vatican Secretariat of State, translating a wide variety of church documents into Latin from various other languages. In 2006, he founded the “Academia Romae Latinitatis,” a free Latin academy for any English speakers interested in learning or improving their skills in Latin. A master Latinist devoted to the survival of the language and famous for his strict but colorful and gruffly affectionate teaching style, he has attracted a large international following of religious and lay people."


  1. At the other end of the spectrum, Nd also granted an honorary degree to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor................!

  2. Dear Fr. Reginald deserves this and many more honors for his work. I am grateful to him every day for helping me and so many others learn much more of the beautiful Latin language in my years as his student in Rome. Gratias Tibi, dilecte Reginalde atque optissime Pater noster!