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Hope for the Church:  Heroic Young Catholics Last week, at the conclusion of our lively discussion of Beowulf, I asked the students in my seminar about the desire of young people for a heroic life.  Do young adults today desire such a life?  Some acknowledged that their peers in the broader culture can be too...
On January 12, students returned for the spring semester, eagerly anticipating the adventures that awaited them within and beyond the classroom.  Returning with them was Dr. Anthony Esolen who completed his first semester at Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts.  Dr. Esolen serves as professor and writer-in-residence, teaching in the college’s unique Humanities Sequence and...
On the Twelfth Day of Christmas, Catholic Education gave to me … a complete education.   In thinking of this completion, two sets of twelve come to mind (in addition to the completion of the twelve days of Christmas). There are twelve points to the Apostle’s Creed, a complete articulation of the fundamental principles of...
The challenges are real but there is great cause for hope. Most of us know families who have entrusted their children to Catholic educational institutions only to see them grow lukewarm in their faith. This is one of the greatest betrayals a family can experience. Sometimes this loss comes about through no fault of the...
In this series, “A More Complete Education,” we take up key authors, ideas, composers, and artists, who have contributed to the Catholic intellectual tradition and the patrimony of western culture. Topics related to this broad theme also find their place. Articles in this series introduce readers to subjects which are of interest to students from...
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...
What better way is there to celebrate the feast St. Ambrose than to listen to some Ambrosian chant? (see links below) But did St. Ambrose compose “Gregorian Chant?”  We know from St. Augustine that St. Ambrose played a significant role as bishop of Milan in the introduction of hymnody in that city.  This is clearly...
Magdalen College Polyphony Choir New England Tour Dates: December 14-17, 2019 The College’s Polyphony Choir brings carols, motets and chant to New England. Refresh your heart through the beauty of song this Advent. Saturday, December 14th 6:30pm Mass La Salette Shrine 410 NH Route 4A, Enfield, NH Sunday, December 15th 1:30pm Concert Little Sisters of...
The Faculty, Staff and Students cordially invite you to attend An Advent Service of Nine Lessons and Carols Friday, December 6, 2019 at 6:00 PM Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts Our Lady, Queen of Apostles Chapel 511 Kearsarge Mountain Road Warner, New Hampshire The prayer service will be followed by a reception in the...
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...
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