We cordially invite alumni, prospective students & their parents, parents of current students, and friends of the college to join the Magdalen community for a variety of activities beginning on Friday, October 27, 2023, culminating with a beautiful liturgy on Sunday, October 29, 2023. These events are part of our yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of Magdalen College.
Join us as we kick off the weekend with an academic colloquium featuring guest speakers Dr. Bainard Cowan & Dr. Gregory Marks as well as distinguished members of the Magdalen faculty. The event includes a morning and afternoon session, lunch, and the opportunity to go to Holy Mass and Confession. Tickets are $10.
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Our culture is suffering from worsening blindness to some of the most natural goods. Consider the profound confusion concerning the purpose of thought and speech in both private and public spaces, our obsession with amusement which has led to a disordered relationship to leisure and its role in human flourishing, and our irreverence toward the integrity of the human body. The forgetfulness of such matters also dulls the call of the Gospel for contemporary man. The gravity of this crisis is only sharpened when we acknowledge that it has deep cultural and intellectual roots and so resists an easy solution, but our situation is not without hope.
Join us as we reflect on how a liberal arts education can help to return us to a renewed awareness of and appreciation for created reality as it is given and as it is redeemed. The study of the great tradition involves a risk, the drama of reacquaintance with that which is most fundamental. In this case, might the adventure of such an education be truer to the experience of reality than we can find in a culture of banality?
In this colloquium we will especially consider how each of the liberal disciplines — theology, philosophy, literature, history — and the conversations among the authors these are each concerned with, can rejuvenate our sense for the nature of things in a timely way. Beyond moral instruction, what resources does such study offer for a reorientation of mind that can enable a holistic life that is genuinely Catholic and therefore genuinely human?
In addition to aiding the reflection of colleges and seminaries on the task of education, our hope is that a renewed encounter with the liberal arts can likewise refresh clergy in their liturgical and pastoral service of parishioners, religious and catechists in their discernment of how best to address the questions and intellectual needs of their parishioners, and secondary school principals and teachers in their purpose of serving the intellectual and spiritual development of their students.
10:00 AM – Address by Dr. Bainard Cowan, Cowan Chair in Literature at the University of Dallas
10:30 AM – Address by Dr. Mary Mumbach, Professor of Literature at Magdalen College
10:50 AM – Questions & Conversation
11:30 AM – Votive Mass of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus followed by Confessions
12:30 PM – Lunch
1:30 PM – Address by Dr. Gregory Marks, Professor at Eugenio María de Hostos Community College
2:00 PM – Address by Dr. Erik van Versendaal, Dean of Academics at Magdalen College
2:20 PM – Question & Conversation
2:45 PM – Colloquium Concludes
Join us for a celebratory banquet at the Puritan Backroom in Manchester, NH. The benefit dinner will be followed by a special address by the renowned Catholic author and apologist, Dr. Peter Kreeft. This will be a time to reminisce about Magdalen’s history, meet new friends interested in the liberal arts, learn from a brilliant Catholic thinker and writer, enjoy good food, and give thanks for God’s faithfulness to the college for five decades. Tickets must be purchased in advanced and are $60 per person. (Scheduled on a Friday evening, meat and non-meat options will be available.) This event is expected to sell out.
Welcome Weekend is designed as an Alumni Reunion, a Parents Weekend, and an Open House all rolled into one. All guests will have opportunities to observe class seminars, a faculty panel with Q&A, and a career pathways/alumni panel discussion. In addition, we will share meals, Mass, a swing dance with a live jazz band, rosary walks, campus tours, and several other fun activities. On Sunday, join us for a solemn Mass with music sung by our 60-voice choir and for the renewal of consecration of the college to the Blessed Trinity. Brunch will follow.
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Prospective students and their families will also have the opportunity to meet with our President, Dr. Ryan Messmore, members of the faculty, and members of the admissions team. In addition to program presentations, we will answer questions about applications and financial aid information.
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Welcome Weekend Activities
1:00 PM – Lunch
6:00 PM – Dinner
7:30 PM – 10:00 PM – Evening Entertainment & Swing Dance with a Live Jazz Band
11:00 AM – Holy Mass & Renewal of Consecration of Magdalen College to the Blessed Trinity
12:00 PM – Brunch
Magdalen has rooms blocked at the following hotels for Welcome Weekend:
71 Hall Street, Concord
Fairfield Inn by Marriott
4 Gulf Street, Concord
Other options for accommodations:
97 Hall Street, Concord
96 Pleasant Street, Concord
Courtyard by Marriott
70 Constitution Avenue, Concord
515 South Street, Bow
172 N. Main Street, Concord
Sunapee Lake Lodge
1403 Route 103, Newbury
The Maples Bed & Breakfast
69 E. Main Street, Warner
Colonial Farm Inn
499 Andover Road, New London
2 Keyser St, North Sutton
Mountain Lake Inn
2871 Route 114, Bradford
Turtle Pond Farm
4 Bean Road, Warner
The Village House
14 Grist Mill Road, Sutton Mills
9 Keyser Street, North Sutton
For additional accommodations, please visit:
NH Country Inns