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It happened in a classroom rather than a Church and it was caused by a man who had consigned popes, including the pope of his own day, to hell. It was the autumn of 1996 and I had enrolled in a course on Dante’s Inferno at a secular “great books” college. Little did I realize...
Magdalen College is delighted to welcome Dr. Erik van Versendaal to serve as a member of the faculty. Dr. van Versendaal–a graduate of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute at the Catholic University of America–will be among four new members of the faculty joining the college this year and will bring both extensive teaching experience...
Magdalen College’s curriculum has been awarded a “Perfect A Rating” from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA). This superlative rating places the college among only four Catholic institutions in the country and among a mere twenty-four of the over 1,100 colleges and universities evaluated in the nation. ACTA based its “A Rating” on...
Magdalen College is delighted to welcome Dr. Anthony Esolen to serve as a full member of the faculty and Writer-in-Residence. Dr. Esolen is a renowned scholar and translator of literature, and a prolific writer. The president of the college, Dr. George Harne, observed, “For the last two years, Dr. Esolen has been a friend of...
As part of their course in “Comparative Cultures,” the senior class visited Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.  With their tutor, Dr. Eric Buck, they explored the art of some of the cultures they had studied through their close reading and discussion of non-western texts.  As some of the seniors later expressed, this trip provided a concrete...
“Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do.”  ― St. Thomas Aquinas On Friday night, February 22, Dr. Daniel Offsay presented a talk on the “Fundamentals of Christian Formation According to Saint...
“We must be familiar with our own mythology, not only to understand our ancestors, but also to understand ourselves. Of course, for a contemporary person not familiar with mythology, just being told to read myths will not necessarily convince them of why it is important. They must encounter their living power through experience; they must...
On Friday, February 8, the college hosted Fr. Brian Dunkle, S.J., as part of its Friday Night Lecture series. Fr. Dunkle, who is the Assistant Professor of Historical Theology in the School of Ministry and Theology at Boston College, lectured on “The Eyes of Faith in Early Christian Literature.”  Drawing on the writings of the Church Fathers,...
On Saturday, February 9, the college had its first Iconography class of the semester.  Students in Iconography learn the skills necessary to create beautiful icons, as well as the spiritual component of icon-painting.  By the end of the semester, they each will have completed an icon. “Iconography is a very prayerful and meditative process. One of the...
Magdalen College is pleased to announce that it has received regional accreditation through the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), formerly the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). This achievement marks the culmination of a nine-year process through affiliation, candidacy, and now full accreditation. Regional accreditation is the gold standard of accreditation...
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