On November 6, Thomas More College of Liberal Arts began a 33-day process of consecration "to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary," when the Rev. John Healey, the college chaplain, led students, faculty and staff in invoking the Blessed Virgin Mary's guardianship, the College announced.
The college is utilizing the method of consecration developed by St. Maximilian Kolbe from the guidelines and principles written by St. Louis Marie de Montfort. Over the 33-day consecration period, members of the college community will follow the prayers and meditations on an individual basis.
The formal act of consecration will take place on December 8 and conclude with Vespers the next day. The Rev. Romanus Cessario, O.P., senior editor of Magnificat and author of Perpetual Angelus: As the Saints Pray the Rosary, will deliver a lecture to the college to mark the day of consecration.
Thomas More College president Dr. William Fahey said, "The Holy Father's recent encouragement of Marian devotion and tremendous act of consecrating the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary inspired us to imitate his humble trust and take up his suggestion that we turn to Our Lady as a model and guide in holiness."
One student said of the consecration, "I like the devotion's simplicity and balance between being highly personal and yet always tying us back to a loving unity through Mary to the Holy Trinity."
The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.
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