At Magdalen College, a culture of service permeates daily life. We serve one another, our local community, as well as the wider world. Our service flows from the teaching of the Church on solidarity, subsidiarity and the dignity of the human person.
Campus Service Program
At Magdalen College, all students participate in the campus service program. This program rests on the principles of solidarity and the fundamental goodness of human work that are key components of Catholic social teaching (CCC 2428). Campus service cultivates the natural gifts of students to maintain the campus facilities, lead the music of the liturgy, care for the chapel, grow food in the greenhouse, and serve one another in the kitchen.
The campus service program also contributes to the sense that the campus is our common home while teaching leadership through service. This model of “servant leadership” was embodied by Christ himself when he washed the feet of his disciples. In addition to giving students a sense of “ownership” of the campus, new friendships are often formed unexpectedly as students serve together in practical solidarity. And this service inspires gratitude, expanding our vision of the ways those around us serve us each day and calling us to respond with generosity.
Pro-life service opportunities abound at Magdalen College. Through organizations such as Spes Vitae (the Magdalen College pro-life club), Dignitas Scholars, the college’s World Youth Alliance chapter, 40 Days for Life in NH, the NH March for Life, and the National March for Life, many students contribute to building up the culture of life in a variety of ways. About 85% of the student body choose to participate in the National March for Life in Washington D.C. each year.
Service to the Elderly
Magdalen College’s students also serve the elderly. About once a month, students visit residents at the local senior living community, Pine Rock Manor. During these visits, students often recite poetry, sing, play games or simply converse with residents.
Several Magdalen students met Bishop Barron during his recent trip to Harvard University! They resonated deeply with his appreciation of the Catholic intellectual tradition, the subject of his address at Harvard‘s Memorial Church.
What a gift he is to our Catholic Church! I am happy for you, Mary Grace🙏🏻🕊
What is a Catholic approach to alcohol? Listen to the latest episode of Magdalen‘s “From the￼ Summit” podcast for a fascinating conversation with Dr. Jared Staudt on fasting, feasting, friendship … and drinking for the glory of God. Listen at magdalen.edu/about/podcast.
Magdalen students welcomed students from Dartmouth College for a brunch and hike up Mt. Kearsarge. Thanks to Fr. Timothy Danaher (Director of Aquinas House at Dartmouth) and Fr. Ethan Moore for celebrating Mass on top of the mountain. ￼