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  St. Ambrose
July 16-30, 2011

There is a very complete agreement on the part of St. Ambrose with the catholic teaching of the universal church. St. Augustine speaks of him as "a faithful teacher of the Church, and even at the risk of his life a most strenuous defender of Catholic truth... whose skill, constancy, labor, and perils, both on account of what he did and what he wrote, the Roman world unhesitatingly proclaims." In matters both of faith and morals by his words and writings he greatly benefitted the Church and was called by St. Jerome "a pillar of the Church." In his dogmatic treatises, more particularly in his books on the Faith, he shows great skill and penetration, and his reasoning is full and clear, meeting the most subtle objections with patient industry. Scarcely any ancient writer has treated the mystery of the Holy Trinity and the theological difficulties connected with it more clearly and convincingly than St. Ambrose in his De Fide and De Spiritu Sancto. St. Ambrose was a diligent student of the Greek writers, whom he often follows largely, especially Origen and Didymus, as also St. Basil the Great and St. Athanasius. He was one of the greatest bishops of ancient Christendom, full of Roman dignity, energy, and administrative wisdom, and of the unction of the Holy Ghost. 

-- Philip Schaff, Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Second Series, vol. X, pg xiv; and History of the Christian Church, vol. III, pg 962


July 16-30. Arrive on Saturday afternoon, July 16, opening session on Sunday afternoon, July 17; last session Friday evening July 29, depart on Saturday, July 30.
The Hill, near Potlatch, Idaho.
Participants must arrive on Saturday, July 16th. If flying, airport choices are Spokane (WA) International (airport code GEG), or Lewiston (ID) (airport code LWS). Please make arrangements to arrive at the airport about mid-day (between noon and 4 PM is best) so that we can pick you up and have you back at the Hill in time for dinner.
Make arrangements to depart on Saturday, July 30; please try not to schedule a very early departure time. Late morning or early afternoon is best. Both airports (Spokane and Lewiston) are around an hour and a half away, so travel time from Potlatch must be taken into account as well as the hour or more you should be at the airport before your flight departs (security waits at both airports are not long).
Housing and food:
Hill Abby participants are housed and fed right here on the Hill, and we make every effort to provide a comfortable and peaceful environment. Please be sure to alert us as to any food allergies or other medical issues you might have.

What to Bring:

1. Clothing: North Idaho in summer is warm during the day (80s-90s) and cool at night (40s-50s) with low humidity. Bring light casual clothing (shorts, tees, sandals, etc.) for warm weather, but include a sweatshirt, long pants or casual skirt, and tennis shoes/light hiking shoes, etc. for cool evenings and walking. Bring some nicer clothes, too, for church services Sunday mornings: khakis and polo or button shirt for men, skirt or dress for women. Washer and dryer are available.

Personal toiletries: all the usual, including soap, shampoo, allergy medication, etc. Bedding, pillows, towels, and washcloths will be provided.

3. Bible and any free time reading. There is no need to bring notebooks, pens, or pencils as these will be provided for you.

4. Camera.

5. Cell phones and laptops:
phones must be turned off and put away during reading and quiet hours. You may bring a laptop if you wish; we have wireless internet access. Remember that the spirit of Hill Abbey is to avoid such distractions as much as possible.

Cost and registration:

The Hill Abbey 2011 fee is $850. This covers everything while you're here: room, board, books and supplies, and transportation to and from the airport.

After you receive confirmation of your acceptance, a $200 deposit is required at time of registration in order to hold your place. The balance ($650) is due by May 15, 2010. Make checks out to Wes Callihan and mail to P. O. Box 546, Potlatch ID 83855. Or you may use the "Make a Payment" PayPal button at the bottom of this page (ignore everything else on that page).

Schedule (subject to change):  


The list of daily readings will be posted before the session.