Spiritual Life

In his address to Catholic educators during his visit to the United States in 2008, Pope Benedict XVI taught that “First and foremost every Catholic educational institution is a place to encounter the living God who in Jesus Christ reveals his transforming love and truth.”  At Thomas More College, we joyfully affirm the Holy Father’s proclamation and seek to create an academic community in which students, faculty, and staff can enjoy the fruits of the spiritual life.  In the first place, our classes, taught from the perspective of faith seeking understanding, form a kind of first foundation of the spiritual life, of the pursuit of God.

Learn more about the Thomas More College Chapel.

While formal religious observance is not required of our students, most do frequent the sacraments and practice the devotions of the Catholic Church.  Holy Mass is offered daily in our chapel by a corps of four chaplains from surrounding parishes in the Diocese of Manchester and the Archdiocese of Boston.  Confession is available daily, and priests are present on campus every day for individual conferences.  The recitation of the Rosary in the chapel or at our outdoor Marian shrine is popular, as is the new college custom of chanting the Liturgy of the Hours in the morning (lauds) and evening (vespers).

In their spare time, many students are learning to paint Byzantine icons or Gothic Madonnas through lessons offered by our Artist-in-Residence, David Clayton.  A cadre of acolytes keeps the liturgy orderly and reverent, while our Student Schola ornaments the celebration with English and Latin chant.  The Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite is available each Friday on campus and every Saturday at our local parish. The College holds it as one of its duties to run a van on Sundays for students to attend the Extraordinary Form. Other students frequent a Byzantine Catholic liturgy offered weekly at a local Melkite parish.

The following are just a few reasons why The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College describes the spiritual life at Thomas More College as “joyfully Catholic”:

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
Holy Mass is offered each day in the Thomas More College Chapel. Liturgically, Thomas More College is noteworthy insofar as it offers the Extraordinary Form each week, and all Masses are said facing the tabernacle (ad orientem).
The Sacrament of Penance
Confession is offered each day. Thomas More College chaplains also make themselves available to students throughout the day, and are also willing to assist the penitent student, when asked, how to make a sincere Confession.
Liturgy of the Hours
The ancient tradition of the Liturgy of the Hours is made available to students each morning for lauds and evenings with vespers and compline. Interested students will learn simple traditional plainchant and how to pray with visual imagery. Through this simple and accessible rhythm of worship and prayer, which engages all the senses, students are moved towards the ideal of praying constantly and with the whole person.
Evening Rosary
Each evening students gather together in the College chapel to pray the Rosary.  Rosary means a crown of roses, a spiritual bouquet given to the Blessed Mother. Over the centuries the saints and popes have highly recommended the rosary, which is the greatest prayer in the Church after the Mass and Liturgy of the Hours.
Spiritual Direction
The College’s chaplains are always available for individual conferences and spiritual advice, guiding students through moments of inspiration and vocation that are such a decisively important part of any discerning man or woman.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Eucharistic Adoration is the adoration of Jesus Christ present in the Holy Eucharist. Christ’s great love for us was shown when he was crucified on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins and give us eternal life. He loves us without limit, and offers Himself to us in the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist. Our students are found in the College chapel loving and adoring Him in return.
Catholic Festivities
Students, staff, and faculty come together to celebrate the major feast days of the Church which is a major part of the liturgical life of the community.  These special evenings include various events and traditions unique to the particular feast day being acknowledged.