Veterum Sapientia Institute is a non-profit corporation devoted to helping Catholic seminarians, priests, religious and interested laypeople learn Latin & Greek.  VSI has applied for 501(c)3 status, which is pending.  We are a Catholic institution based in the Diocese of Charlotte, North Carolina.


Fr. Jason Barone

Director – Co-Founder of Veterum Sapientia Workshops and Institute

He is a priest for the Diocese of Charlotte and currently serving in parochial ministry in Sapphire and Highlands, NC. After completing seminary studies at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Denton, NE and Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, MD, he was ordained to the sacred priesthood in June of 2012. In his eight years of priestly ministry, he served in parishes, schools, the vocations office, and at St. Joseph’s College Seminary. In 2013, he began organizing the annual Veterum Sapientia conference. He is a co-founder of the Veterum Sapientia Institute.

Eric Hewett, PhD

Director, President – Co-Founder

He studied linguistics, ancient and modern languages in Texas and various European countries before learning to speak Latin with Fr. Reginald Foster in Rome. He completed a License in Patristic Sciences at the Augustinianum Pontifical Patristics Institute and a joint doctorate in medieval philosophy (University of Salerno) and Patristic Sciences (Augustinianum). In 2010 he co-founded the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study, which he served as Executive Director through January 2020. In 2015 he received the President’s Award for service to the field of Classics from the Society for Classical Studies. He now teaches Latin and Greek at the seminary of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP) in Bavaria, Germany and is delighted to volunteer as first President of the Veterum Sapientia Institute.

Nancy Llewellyn, PhD (UCLA)

Director, Vice-President, Professor of Latin – Co-Founder

She is Associate Professor of Latin at Belmont Abbey College, coming to North Carolina after a decade at Wyoming Catholic College. She teaches Latin at the Charlotte Diocese’s new St. Joseph College Seminary in addition to her work at Belmont. Earlier in her career she studied with Fr. Reginald Foster and at the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome. Returning to her native California, Nancy founded SALVI in 1997 and served on its board until 2019, directing SALVI workshops (Rusticationes) around the country and abroad. She holds her PhD (2006) from UCLA.


Latin Section

Fr Dylan Schrader, PhD (CUA)

Scholastic Theology

He is a priest of the Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri, ordained in 2010. He holds a PhD in systematic theology from the Catholic University of America and is the translator of several Scholastic works, including On the Motive of the Incarnation, the first volume in CUA’s Early Modern Catholic Sources series, and Book 2 of Thomas Aquinas’s Commentary on the Sentences, edited by the Aquinas Institute for the Study of Sacred Doctrine. Fr. Schrader is the author of The Shortcut to Scholastic Latin, published by the Paideia Institute Press. He has attended every Veterum Sapientia conference since its inception.

Daniel B. Gallagher, PhD (PUG)

Liturgical Theology and Canon Law

After a decade of service to Benedict XVI and Francis as a papal Latinist, Daniel Gallagher was named the Ralph and Jeanne Kanders Professor of the Practice in Latin at Cornell University in 2017. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan, the Catholic University of America, and the Pontifical Gregorian University and has published extensively in Thomistic and medieval philosophy, especially in the areas of metaphysics and aesthetics. He is dedicated to handing on the Latin language based on the principles and methodology of his long-time mentor, Fr. Reginald Foster, O.C.D.

Jenni Glaser, MA (FU)

Introductory Latin

Jenni Glaser holds a B.A. in Theology from Biola University and an M.A. in Classics from Fordham University. She learned to speak Latin under Nancy Llewellyn in 2011, and Greek at the Polis Institute of Jerusalem, where she taught Greek and Latin and acted as coordinator from 2014-2018, both in Israel and Rome. She is currently a graduate student at Bryn Mawr college, working on Greek and Roman Theater.

John Pepino, PhD (CUA)

Liturgical Theology

He teaches Latin and Greek at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary, the seminary of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP) in Nebraska, USA. He also teaches online Latin courses using Hans Orberg’s Lingua Latina series. His own bilingual background (French and English) and boyhood in multilingual Europe predisposed him to a natural, oral/aural approach to Latin. His interests also include the decline of the living Latin culture in the Western Church as well as the means the Holy See advocates to recover it.

Greek Section

Dr Jonathan Arrington

Greek and Patristic Theology

He is a convert to the Faith who has been studying both classical and ecclesiastical Latin and Greek as an autodidact for 19 years. He is married and has five young children, with whom he speaks several ancient and modern languages; they and he sing in these languages daily too. He was a seminarian for about six years (Germany, France, Italy, and USA), after which he moved to Rome where he studied for a License and Doctorate (ABD) at the Institutum Patristicum. He currently resides in Littleton, CO but continues to consider his patria (his in terris) Upstate South Carolina.

Alex Petkas, PhD (PU)

Patristic Theology

He is a classicist and technical sales manager in the corrosion prevention industry. He has been involved in both pro- and semi-pro Greek for 10 years. He holds a PhD in Classics from Princeton University. He has taught for the Paideia Institute, Princeton University, the University of California San Diego, and California State University Fresno. He has published in professional journals and volumes on classical and late antique Greek rhetoric, neoplatonic philosophy, and early Christianity. He is working on a book on Synesius of Cyrene and Hypatia of Alexandria.


Suzanne Cona, MA (FSU)


She received her B.A. in Classics from Millsaps College and her M.A. in Classics from Florida State University. Over her 28 year career she has taught middle, high school, and college Latin. For the past 15 years she has taught at Charlotte Catholic High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she also serves as Co-Chair of the World Language Department. A parishioner of the Cathedral of Saint Patrick, she resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband Chris and four children.

James Walther, AA (HACS)

Social Media, Publicity, and Technical Manager

He was a seminarian for ten years (United States, Italy, France, and Belgium). During which time, he twice assisted at the Veterum Sapientia summer immersion programs. He also earned the Brevet d’Aptitude aux Fonctions d’Animateur (BAFA) from the French Ministry of Education and worked at a summer camp for boys in France for four summers. Then he served as a supervisor and customer relations manager for a private school in Brussels, Belgium. After leaving seminary, he re-enrolled at Holy Apostles College and Seminary, working towards a MA in Dogmatic Theology.