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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...
“The quality of mercy is not strain’d, It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest; It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:” -William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice On Divine Mercy Sunday, as “gentle rain from heaven” did indeed drop “upon the place beneath” and...
Alleluia, Christ has risen! Few traditions are more cherished and anticipated by students and alumni than the liturgies, services, and events of Holy Week and Easter. This year the college continued these traditions, including Palm Sunday, which began with a procession and the sung Passion narrative; Wednesday’s Tenebrae and its concluding strepitus; Holy Thursday and...
“If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane.” ― Robert Frost “It’s so fun and uplifting to come together and laugh,” commented Zofia Joynt ’22 after the spring Coffee House.  On a Friday night, students gathered for this event, which truly reflects the spirit of the school.  With a mixture of acts ranging from the...
As part of the college’s Spring Open House, students, visitors, and members of the wider community came together on Saturday, March 17, and Sunday, March 18, to enjoy a performance of Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Jurors. Under the skillful direction of James Larson ‘19, and assistant director Georgiana Stanley-Yarbrough, ‘19, the Saint Genesius Players told the story of a man tried for murder,...
Gathering on Thursday night for a Lenten Lecture, students enjoyed a talk given by Rev. Fr. Volney DeRosia to help begin this year’s Lenten season.  During the talk, Fr. DeRosia called on students to enter the desert willingly through fasting, almsgiving, and prayer. Delving into the topics of fasting, almsgiving, and prayer, Fr. DeRosia explained...
“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” ― St. Catherine of Siena On Monday evening, students gathered together for a night of Mercy and Mary.  Last semester, Mercy and Mary hosted two of Fr. Michael Gaitley’s programs including The Second Greatest Story Ever Told, and 33 Days to...
Alumnus Br. Stephen Camara, MIC, ‘16, visited the college on Monday, March 11, to present a talk for current students about discerning one’s vocation in life. In the talk, entitled “Becoming Mercy”, Br. Camara discussed his own personal faith journey, relating the spiritual struggles that he has overcome with God’s help, and how God revealed His...
“True love is choosing life.” – Thomas Hogan ‘22 Countering the culture of death and promoting the culture of life, a band of students gathers once a week to pray outside abortion clinics for an end to abortion.  Sacrificing sleep and braving cold mornings, this band of students convenes in front of Planned Parenthood to...
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