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?
Sunday Mass is currently available at local parishes in both the ordinary and extraordinary form. Holy days of obligation are always observed.
On average, about what percentage of undergraduate students attend Sunday Mass (including the Saturday vigil Mass) during the academic year?
95% (including some non-Catholics)
Does your institution offer daily Mass to students?
On average, about how many undergraduate students attend daily Mass during the academic year?
Approximately 60-70% of the student body attend Mass on weekdays.
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.):
Monday-Thursday, 11:30 AM: Ordinary Form
Friday, 11:30 AM: Extraordinary Form
Sunday Mass and daily Mass (including Saturday) within a ten-minute drive from campus: several parishes offer the Ordinary Form; a parish entrusted to the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter offers the Extraordinary Form High Mass on Sunday and Holy Days and Low Mass weekdays. Melkite and Ukrainian parishes are a twenty-five minute drive from campus.
The College gives pride of place to Gregorian Chant, Renaissance polyphony, and traditional hymnody, in that order.
Does your institution offer Confession on campus at least weekly?
Yes (every day during the week before Mass)
List the schedule for Confession by day and time:
11:00 A.M. Monday through Friday
Saturday at local parishes 30 minutes prior to Mass
Sunday at local parishes 90 and 30 minutes prior to Mass
Other: as scheduled personally.
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:
Thursday, from after the 11:30 AM Mass to 5 PM.
Please identify regularly scheduled devotions on campus for students such as the Rosary and prayer groups:
Lauds and Vespers Monday through Friday, Rosary and Compline daily
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:
As with previous years, semester retreats for men and women are planned for the 2018-2019 academic year. Also, there is a St. Thomas More men’s group to assist young men in discerning their vocation. Students from the College are invited to make short retreats and long-stays during College holidays at the nearby St. Benedict’s Abbey in Stillriver, MA.
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.
A sample includes: Fr. Jeremy Paulin, OMV (Vocation Director for the Oblates of the Virgin Mary); Fr. Kevin O’Keeefe (Diocese of Savannah); Fr. Thomas Leland (Diocese of Salina); and Fr. Matthew Mason (Diocese of Manchester).
Amongst recent female religious vocations are two religious in the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (MA) who attended Thomas More College, as well as one Carmelite nun in the Community of St. Mary Immaculate and St. Mary Magdalen (Flemington, NJ) and Sister Veritas of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Dorchester MA.
Additional Chaplaincy information, clarification or description (optional):
Ordinary Form Masses are generally offered ad orientem with some of the Ordinary prayers in Latin. Communion is received kneeling.