The classic books introduce students to a range of heroic figures, both historical and literary, and demonstrate how those figures can embrace a vocation to greatness or fail to recognize that vocation and respond to it correctly.
Students will contemplate the lives of figures such as Antigone, Aeneas, David, Justin Martyr, Cordelia, Thomas More, Ivan Karamazov, and Maximilian Kolbe. The lives of these men and women demand a response from all students: to what are they personally called? How will they respond to that call?
As they contemplate these questions, students are encouraged to make full use of the spiritual resources for discernment on campus. These include:
A vibrant liturgical life that includes Mass, Morning and Evening Prayer, and Compline.
A liturgical life that accents beauty, reverence, and the transcendent through sacred music, visual beauty, ad orientem celebration of the Mass, and kneeling to receive communion.
Experience of the liturgy in its Ordinary and Extraordinary forms.
Six semesters of theology that faithfully explores the deposit of faith and sacred scripture.
A close-knit community life centered on faith and the Eucharist.
Regular Adoration and Benediction.
A lively Marian piety within the student culture, expressed through regular Marian consecration, walking rosaries, and more.
A devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. (The college was consecrated to the Sacred Heart in 2011.)
The opportunity to major in philosophy or theology.
Opportunities to develop a “sacramental imagination” through the college’s Humanities sequence, its “Arts of the Beautiful” program, and its major in Literature.
Frequent opportunities for confession, spiritual direction, and guidance with a variety of priests.
A residential life conducive to discernment, including chapels in each residence in which the Blessed Sacrament is reserved and single-sex residences without inter-visitation.
Many opportunities for service through the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.
A campus-wide, common-sense approach to digital and other media.
Students with questions about our discernment opportunities at Magdalen College are encouraged to contact our chaplain or admissions office.