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40 Years of Blessings at The College of Saint Mary Magdalen

The College of Saint Mary Magdalen in New Hampshire is celebrating its 40th anniversary by asking those “who have been blessed by the College” to pause and give thanks.

The faithful Catholic liberal arts college was founded by Francis Boucher, John Meehan and Peter Sampo in 1973 to renew liberal education and to serve the Church, according to correspondence from the College.

The blessings of the College over the years include the students and graduates, a curriculum that integrates faith and reason within the Catholic intellectual tradition, the spiritual life of the college, the 35-acre beautiful campus with stone walls and all of the needed facilities, and the opportunity to serve the Church, according to President George Harne.

In a statement to The Cardinal Newman Society, Dr. Harne said:

“Though our primary aim is to liberally educate our students in the classical liberal arts and to help them fulfill their baptismal vocations as faithful laity in the world—and we have countless strong Catholic families and lay leaders across America that witness to the fulfillment of this goal—God has also seen fit to lead 10 percent of our graduates into the priesthood or religious life.

“…Magdalen has a strong tradition of reverent, beautiful worship that features sacred chant and polyphony. Each day students chant the propers and ordinaries of the Mass in English and Latin, keeping alive the musical riches of the Church for today and for future generations.  

“We educate our students for temporal purposes but also for eternity. To be part of something that will have eternal consequences is an enormous blessing.”

The College plans to celebrate its anniversary in several other ways, including a gathering of the local community, alumni and friends from across the country.

The College of Saint Mary Magdalen is recommended by the Newman Society in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.

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