Does the local bishop (or other competent ecclesiastical authority) select or approve the appointment of your chaplain?
Does your institution offer Mass on campus at least on Sundays and other days of obligation?
On average, about what percentage of undergraduate students attend Sunday Mass (including the Saturday vigil Mass) during the academic year?
Does your institution offer daily Mass to students?
On average, about how many undergraduate students attend daily Mass during the academic year?
Does your institution offer the Extraordinary Form of the Mass to students at least weekly?
Are all of the Masses celebrated on campus reverent and in accord with liturgical norms and directives?
Are the altar servers at your institution’s Masses male only or both male and female?
Please list the schedule of Masses, noting the following for each Mass: the day and time, the Form or Rite of the Mass, and the style of music, if any (chant, traditional, contemporary, etc.):
Mo 11:20 a.m., Ordinary Form English, chant and traditional hymns
Tu 11:20 a.m., Ordinary Form English, chant and traditional hymns
We 11:20 a.m., Ordinary Form English, chant and traditional hymns
Th 11:20 a.m., Ordinary Form English, chant and traditional hymns
Fr 11:20 a.m., Extraordinary Form Latin, High Mass (Missa Cantata)
Sa 9:00 a.m., Ordinary Form English, hymns (at a local Carmelite monastery)
Su 4:45 p.m., Ordinary Form English, chant, traditional hymns, and polyphony
Mass is normally celebrated ad orientem. Communion is normally received kneeling and on the tongue.
Holy Week liturgies are celebrated on campus with great splendor, beauty and reverence, including chant and polyphony. Once per semester our chaplain celebrates Mass according to the Melkite Rite.
Does your institution offer Confession on campus at least weekly?
List the schedule for Confession by day and time:
Mo 11:05 a.m.
Tu 11:05 a.m.
We 11:05 a.m.
Th 11:05 a.m.
Fr 11:05 a.m.
Sa 8:15 a.m.
Su 4:30 p.m.
Other: Confession and spiritual direction are also available by appointment
Does your institution offer Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at least weekly?
List the schedule for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament by day and time:
Adoration is available and encouraged throughout the year. Days and times vary each semester but is offered at least twice per week, including on Sunday when it concludes with sung Compline and Benediction. Adoration is further encouraged through the main chapel’s central location on campus and the two chapels in the residences in which the Blessed Sacrament is reposed.
Please identify regularly scheduled devotions on campus for students such as the Rosary and prayer groups:
In 2018, the College formed a unique partnership with Fr. Michael Gaitley and the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy. The partnership brings Fr. Gaitley and the Missionaries to campus for retreats and other occasions, including hiking, recreation, confession, and spiritual direction. This partnership is also expressed through regular Marian Consecration (“33 Days to Morning Glory”), weekly conferences through the “Hearts Afire Program,” service trips to Boston, and visits to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge.
The Rosary, Morning Prayer, and Evening Prayer are prayed in the College chapel daily. Night Prayer (Compline) is sung in the residence chapels on a regular basis. The Angelus and St. Michael Prayer are prayed following Mass each day as appropriate. Novenas are prayed informally throughout the year. There is also a group devoted to the study of the practice of prayer that reads and discusses the Mass readings of the day and other theological texts. The College chaplain also provides the opportunity for the veneration of relics on special feasts. Each class begins and ends with prayer. The Stations of the Cross and Advent prayers are also part of community life. Through the Confraternity of Saint Joseph and the Sodality of Mary, students participate in special devotions and Lectio Divina.
Does your institution offer retreat programs available to all Catholic students at least annually?
Please describe any formal programs to foster vocations to the priesthood and religious life:
At Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts, each student is encouraged to carefully discern his or her vocation over the course of four years. The entire spiritual life of the college functions as an integrated discernment program for all students. Key features include:
A vibrant liturgical life that includes Mass, Morning and Evening Prayer, and Compline.
A liturgical life that accents beauty, reverence, and the transcendent through sacred music, visual beauty, ad orientem celebration of the Mass, and kneeling to receive communion.
Experience of the liturgy in its Ordinary, Extraordinary, and Melkite forms.
Six-semesters of academic theology that is faithful to magisterial teaching and that covers the established deposit of faith and sacred scripture.
Spiritual formation and retreats led by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, and the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy.
A close-knit community life centered on faith and the Eucharist.
Regular Adoration and Benediction.
A lively Marian piety within the student culture, expressed through regular Marian consecration, walking rosaries, and more.
A strong devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. (The college was consecrated to the Sacred Heart in 2011.)
The opportunity to major in philosophy or theology.
“Orantes,” a group devoted to the cultivation of a life of prayer and reflection on each Sunday’s readings.
Opportunities to develop a “sacramental imagination” through the college’s Humanities sequence and its “Arts of the Beautiful” program.
Frequent opportunities for spiritual direction and guidance with a variety of priests.
Retreats and days of recollection.
A residential life conducive to discernment, including chapels in each residence in which the Blessed Sacrament is reserved and single-sex residences without inter-visitation.
Many opportunities for service through the corporal works of mercy and pro-life activities, particularly through Spes Vitae (our pro-life club), the Dignitas Scholars, and the state and national March for Life.
A campus-wide, common-sense approach to digital and other media.
If your institution has formal vocation programs, about how many students participate in them each year?
Are you aware of any graduates from your institution (not including seminary students, if any) who are ordained to the priesthood or have entered religious life? Please describe.
Yes. In its forty-year history, approximately 10% of the College’s graduates have entered the priesthood or religious life. We believe this has been the fruit of the College’s integrated program of liberal arts and Great Books that includes eight semesters of the Theology. This is also the result of the common student life that unfolds throughout the year according to the rhythms of the liturgical year and that places the sacraments at the center of its existence. The College also offers special financial arrangements for students considering the priesthood or religious life through which the college can assume outstanding student loans for those who are ordained or take final vows.
Additional Chaplaincy information, clarification or description (optional):
The College’s resident chaplain has several decades of pastoral experience. In addition to his liturgical duties, he also teaches in the theology sequence, provides spiritual direction, devotes himself to maintaining a strong Catholic culture at the College, frequently dines with students, offers retreats, assists in selecting speakers, and occasionally leads students off campus for pilgrimages and other events. A second priest teaches in the theology sequence and celebrates Mass. The students also receive spiritual formation from Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC and other Marian priests through the college’s partnership with the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy. The college also has a close relationship with the FSSP parish, St. Stanislaus, in Nashua, New Hampshire, where students frequently sing and serve.