President William Fahey of The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, N.H., has asked students to commit to prayer and penance as a response to a planned “black mass” at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., according to the College’s website.
President Fahey joined many others in protest by writing an open letter to President Drew Faust of Harvard asking her to cancel the event.
“This is a very sad day for New England and a stain on the academic reputation of Harvard,” President Fahey stated. “No one can pretend that a Satanic sacrifice is, in any way, an exploration of history or an educational introduction to the religious heritage of mankind. Error has no rights. Bigotry is not a form of academic freedom.”
Today, students at the College are asked to “undertake some concrete act of penance and reparation.” Some students are taking part in the planned Eucharistic procession from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology chapel to St. Paul’s in Cambridge. The College will also pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Vespers, and Mass, with a special sermon “reflecting on the confusion in the world over spiritual realities.”
The College reports:
Tuesday, the College will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, and the students have been asked to reflect on the feast’s central message of penance and conversion throughout the day. As is the case each day of term, the student-lead Rosary will close the day.
On Wednesday, the College chaplain, Fr. John Healey, will offer a solemn Mass, which will include the official prayers to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for reparation—especially for those who blaspheme the Blessed Sacrament. Mass will conclude with the Litany of the Precious Blood.
Wednesday evening will complete the three days with the Crowning of the Virgin Mary in the College’s Marian Grotto, followed by a festive meal. “In the face of such an outrage as is being committed at Harvard, it is very important that we exhibit a combination of dedication to our normal duties and acts of reparation. But it is equally important that we witness to the joy that is in direct contradiction to the world’s darkness and confusion.
Last week, Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly decried the event planned at Harvard. He said, “This points to the urgent need for faithful Catholic colleges and universities, so that not only can students study in an atmosphere of reverence and tolerance, but they can integrate their faith with their studies and prepare to communicate to a society that is increasingly distant from God and unaware of the truth and value of Christianity.”
Thomas More College of Liberal Arts is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strongCatholic identity.
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