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New name, curriculum for Magdalen College

November 15, 2010

A New Hampshire college praised by the Cardinal Newman Society for its fidelity to Catholic teaching has a new name and new curriculum.

Dr. Jeffrey Karls, president of Magdalen College since 1998, has announced that the college has been renamed the College of St. Mary Magdalen.

“The change in name reflects The College’s desire to clearly proclaim our Catholic identity, to bring greater honor to our patroness, Saint Mary Magdalen, and to stand firmly with the Church in the commitment to the New Evangelization,” according to a college press release.

“In our new curriculum, we have sought to ground the Great Books approach to education more deeply within the Catholic tradition, integrating the vigorous and joyful pursuit of truth with a more disciplined pursuit of intellectual excellence,” said academic dean George Harne. “In addition, we have given Catholic philosophers, theologians, historians, poets, and artists the prominent voice they deserve within any liberal arts program that is worthy of being called Catholic.”

Karls added that the college plans to establish “a liturgical institute that will emphasize sacred music along with sacred art and architecture, providing both pastoral and academic instruction on the liturgy, its history, and its proper celebration.”


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  • Posted by: John Holecek - Nov. 15, 2010 10:11 PM ET USA

    Good for Magdalen. Thomas Aquinas College still does it best.