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  This past Holy Week, the Magdalen College Polyphony Choir traveled to the Cathedral of Saint Joseph to sing for the diocesan Chrism Mass. The Chrism Mass, occurring once a year as the Church is poised to enter the Sacred  Paschal Triduum, is one of the most solemn rites that takes place in a cathedral....
The liturgical cycle of the Church and of our collegiate community reaches its pinnacle during Holy Week and the Paschal Triduum. During this solemn time, all of our efforts combine to render our best gifts of beauty to God. The liturgies, their music, their images, and their profound meaning constitute some of the fondest memories...
On Thursday January 20, 2022, Magdalen College Students gathered in a van before the break of dawn to begin their pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. for the 49th annual March for Life. For many, this was the first trip to the March for Life, and they were thrilled for the opportunity to go. They arrived in...
On Sunday, Oct. 31, Magdalen College was consecrated to the Blessed Trinity. View the entire service here, which included Dr. Messmore speaking about the Trinity, the Collegiate Choir singing several beautiful pieces, and Rev. Fr. Boucher leading a litany to the Trinity and the consecration prayer itself: Click here for the order of service and...
On a recent Sunday, Magdalen’s polyphony choir traveled to Saint John the Guardian of Our Lady Parish in Clinton, MA, to sing with Cor Unum Chorale under the direction of acclaimed composer and conductor Paul Jernberg. The polyphony choir is Magdalen’s premiere ensemble, auditioned annually and entrusted with singing the finest sacred music in the...
The annual Academic-Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit will be held on our campus on Tuesday, August 31st, at 11:20 AM. At this special Mass, faculty will take the Oath of Fidelity to the  Magisterium of the Church in the presence of His Excellency, The Most Reverend Peter Libasci, Bishop of the Diocese of Manchester,...
You Are Invited to Celebrate the Feast Day of St. Mary Magdalen at Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts Join us for Mass, a procession to the statue of St. Mary Magdalen, and then lunch in our Dining Room. July 22nd, 11:00am Our Lady Queen of Apostles Chapel Mass will be celebrated by the college’s...
The liturgical cycle of the Church as a whole, but also of the college as well, reaches its pinnacle during the Paschal Triduum. It is in these days that all of our efforts combine to render to God our best gifts of beauty, beginning with sung Tenebrae on Wednesday and continuing through Maundy Thursday, Good...
On this, the ninety-third birthday of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, we offer this essay on his inspiring vision of the ends and means of Catholic education. Today, we are in the midst of a great renewal in Catholic higher education. Colleges and universities founded after the Second Vatican Council with the intention of cultivating a...
Father Richard John Neuhaus famously distinguished hope and optimism: Optimism is a matter optics, of seeing what you want to see and not seeing what you don’t want to see. Hope, on the other hand, is a Christian virtue. It is the unblinking acknowledgment of all that militates against hope, and the unrelenting refusal to...
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