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Register Radio Profiles Great Books Program at College of St. Mary Magdalen

College of Saint Mary Magdalen President Dr. George Harne recently joined Dan Burke, the executive director of the National Catholic Register, on EWTN’s “Register Radio” to discuss the College’s “approach to education that goes back to the sources.”  The full interview is available at this link.

The College in Warner, N.H., employs a Great Books program in which, “educators introduce students to the great books that have shaped our culture and are sources of truth,” according to the Register

Harne explained that students “read these books, ask questions, and pursue the truth,” studying authors such as Homer and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI directly, rather than reading commentaries.  The College is striving to offer students an education that serves as a “roadmap for living life well.”

The College emphasizes “formation that is intellectual, but also spiritual,” Harne explained.  He continued: 

…The center of our College is the chapel, and our school year moves to the rhythms of the liturgical year.  While the students are reading these Great Books, they’re also praying together and worshipping together.

The education students receive is “more than just the acquisition of information, it’s transformational… it makes a difference in the way [students] live their lives.” 

Indeed, Chris Rand, who recently graduated from the College, told “Register Radio” that he learned during the last four years “what it means to have a Catholic identity with my life, and how to integrate that in everything I do.” 

As was previously reported, the College announced free room and board to any freshman or transfer student who enrolls in the fall of 2014.

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

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