The academic village that is Thomas More College has once again convened for a new year, praying together for an outpouring of the fire of charity and the courage to pursue wisdom that only the gifts of the Holy Spirit can provide.
During the second week of classes, President William Fahey led the College faculty in their annual profession of Faith and oath of fidelity to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church, while a burgeoning crowd of students and families spilled out of the College chapel into the bright afternoon sun. The College’s Convocation with the solemn celebration of the Mass of the Holy Spirit by our chaplain Fr. John Healey brought to a fitting close the various rituals by which new students are welcomed to the community and returning ones are steeled for further progress in their studies.
In keeping with newly-established tradition, the entering class of 2015 were welcomed on campus in late August, only to fly swiftly to the White Mountains of New Hampshire for an orientation retreat atop Pine Mountain. Citing the spirit of “adventure” and the challenge of climbing up into the clouds in order to gain the peak of Cannon Mountain, the freshmen are united in their fond memories of two days of hiking, fireside chats, and plenty of staring aloft at the splendors of the White Mountains.
The thirty-six entering students continue the College’s trend and plans for increasing overall enrollment. 46% now hail from the Eastern and Mid-Atlantic States, 37% from the West and Mid-West, 11% from the South, and 6% are from the countries of Belgium, Ireland and France. The College community has already noted the wonderful combination of earnestness and liveliness that marks the freshman class.
Also new on campus is Gwen Adams. Gwen holds an M.A. in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas and is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Catholic Studies through the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham, UK. Gwen serves as Dean of Women, oversees student life activities, and teaches a freshman natural history course. Gwen has been a significant addition to our campus and is warmly welcomed by students and faculty alike.
As summer fades into another lyrical New England autumn, the Thomas More College community prepares for the patient daily and weekly progress through its course of study and work, prayer and celebration, thankful that as daylight wanes and flowers fade, there is springtime in the halls of our academy. May the Lord bless the work of our hands.