Last weekend graduates from across the college’s history returned to campus for Alumni Weekend. They shared memories, experiences, and stories while seeing old friends and reflecting on their experience in light of postgraduate life. One of the alumni, Fr. Ambrose Dobrozsi ’12, who was recently ordained a priest, celebrated Mass in the chapel where he attended Mass while a student of the college.
Led by two alumni who have served as members of the faculty–Mark Gillis and John Klucinec–the alumni enjoyed a seminar on Joseph Pieper’s essay “Work, Spare Time, and Leisure,” itself a concise summary of a work central to every student’s experience at the college, Leisure the Basis of Culture.
In addition to the seminar and liturgies, alumni also took the opportunity to dine with current students, share their experiences, and reflected on their professional experiences since graduation. Among the presenters, Christopher Rand ‘14 shared how his education at Magdalen helped him prepare for and fulfill his role as a teacher in the classroom where he teaches. “I get to teach through those texts the virtues that I learned here,” he remarked.
As Sean Haefner ‘19 commented, “[My education at Magdalen] formed me by giving me a great vision of what it is like to live and learn and grow in my faith.”
Similarly, Mr. Rand emphasized the “pursuit of the Good” as the heart of Magdalen College, forming you so that you can face the world and teach others. He himself summed up Magdalen’s education in the closing sentence of his presentation: “What you learn here is timeless: it is true, it is good, and it is beautiful.”