Fr. Benedict Groeschel to Address Boston Dinner

by Thomas More College on October 8, 2011

On Saturday, December 3, the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts will host its annual President’s Council Dinner in downtown Boston featuring Fr. Benedict Groeschel.

Details may be found at www.ThomasMoreCollege.edu/PresidentsCouncil. Fr. Groeschel is a Catholic priest, retreat master, author, psychologist, and host of the television talk program Sunday Night Prime with Father Benedict Groeschel, which is broadcast on the Eternal Word Television Network.

Fr. Groeschel serves as director of the Office for Spiritual Development for the Archdiocese of New York, as associate director of Trinity Retreat, and the executive director of The St. Francis House.  He is also one of the founders of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.

Preceding the Dinner, the College will host a symposium on “The Language of Liturgy: Does It Matter?”

“The symposium will be of interest to anyone eager to understand better the broad impact of liturgy on culture,” said Thomas More College President William Fahey.  “The speakers will offer unique insights into the importance of linguistic precision in liturgical matters, the changes and developments of the new Missal, and the place of liturgy in evangelization.”

The symposium will begin with a talk by Fr. George Rutler.  Fr. Rutler is a priest in the Archdiocese of New York and has made documentary films in the United States and England, contributes to numerous scholarly and popular journals, and has published 16 books on theology, history, cultural issues, and the lives of the saints.

The symposium will also feature Rusty Reno, editor of the popular journal, First Things: A Journal of Religion, Culture, and Political Life.  Dr. Reno is a widely published author.  His most recent books include, Fighting the Noonday Devil, Genesis: Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible, and Sanctified Vision: An Introduction to Early Christian Interpretation of the Bible.

Finally, the symposium will feature Dr. Anthony Esolen.  Professor Esolen teaches Renaissance English Literature and the Development of Western Civilization at Providence College.  He is widely published in several print and online journals, and serves as senior editor for Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity.  Dr. Esolen is the translator of Dante’s Divine Comedy, and his most recently published books include Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization.

“The President’s Council Dinner and Symposium are important events held each year in support of Thomas More College’s scholarship funds,” said Dr. Fahey.  “It is through this Dinner that we are able to raise the funds necessary to provide young people with both the philosophic habit of mind and the critical skills learned in the traditional liberal arts – an education that has formed generations of priests and nuns, and laymen who founded faithful families.”

This is the third year Thomas More College has hosted its President’s Council Dinner in Boston.

“Thomas More College is a unique liberal arts college in the Boston area – ardently Catholic and academically rigorous,” said Fahey. “We are dedicated to offering the young people an education that is deeply rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition and completely faithful to the teaching authority of the Roman Catholic Church. We have moved this annual dinner to Boston to make it clear that we are committed to the region, and wish to play our part in re-evangelizing New England.”

This year’s President’s Council events will be held at the Harvard Club in Boston.  The Symposium begins at 1:00p.m., the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at 4:00p.m., followed by a 5 p.m. reception and a 6 p.m. dinner.

The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts provides a four-year undergraduate education which develops young people intellectually, ethically, and spiritually in the Catholic tradition and in faithfulness to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church.  Thomas More College introduces its students to the central questions of Western Civilization—and to the Church’s response.  It teaches students how to reason, engage in academic discourse, and to write.  Students from Thomas More College are shaped into becoming faithful leaders who will be able to pursue the individual vocations which God has given each of them.

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