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					 TMC unveils                   Continuing the                 Dr. Sampo receives
 new college seal              Roman tradition                merit award
 Carefully crafted, the        Recent Rome Semester           Higher education leaders
 new seal symbolically         report, plus TMC’s             in New England honor
 captures the spirit and       inaugural Vatican              the College’s founder
 essence of the College        lecture series

Communitas                 the Magazine of thoMas More College

                                 A Celebration
                                of Achievement
                                                      Also in this issue:
                                                 A New College Journal
                                                Meet the Incoming Staff
                                                    Honoring a Legend
                                               A responsibility for renewal
                                               by Jeffrey O. NelsON

                                              perficial knowledge. Rather, in         grated body of knowledge and,
                                              accordance with Aristotle’s no-         in the process, developed the
                                              tion of paideia, they disciplined       philosophical habit of mind.
                                              their minds according to prin-              Tocqueville once observed
                                              ciples and methods from across          that every new generation is a
                                              the liberal arts—that is, the dis-      fresh people. It is a truism that
                                              ciplines proper to a free man or        in our day the moral and intel-
                                              woman.                                  lectual capital of the past ages
                                                  These adults can now make           have been largely exhausted,
                                              critical judgments about the            and that American society
                                              vast array of information on a          and Western civilization are

        I  cannot think of a better way
           to launch a new format and
        look for Communitas than by
                                              variety of topics as they are pre-
                                              sented throughout life. They can
                                              judge wisely and prudently be-
                                                                                      eroding at their foundations.
                                                                                      Thomas More College students
                                                                                      are blessed to receive an educa-
        celebrating the commencement          cause, as they demonstrated in          tion that reacquaints them with
        of the College, Class of 2007.        their senior presentations, they        the truths that created, and
        What began four years ago for         have learned to assay the excel-        still nurture, America and the
        this graduating class, and what       lence of a thing: a discourse, a        West. Having been gifted with
        must have seemed to them, on          text, a poem.                           this education, these young
        occasion, a much longer period           The humane learning im-              people have a responsibility to
        of slow and, at times, painful        parted by our professors to             restore the shaken foundations
        learning, has now come to a           these graduates over the past           of our culture in whatever vo-
        close. They have labored to ac-       four years has armored them             cation God, in His Providence,
        quire what Cardinal Newman            against the consequences of             prepares for them. We all pray
        believed was the end of higher        intellectual fragmentation and          they do so with grace, wisdom,
        learning: the training of the         moral confusion which afflict           and intelligence. Enjoy the new
        intellect to form a philosophi-       many other college students—            Communitas!
        cal habit of mind. Indeed, their      both in their studies and in their
        minds and their characters            campus life. Instead of collect-        Sincerely,
        have been exercised rigorously        ing fragments of learning that
        during their time at Thomas           happened to interest them—as
        More College. Through daily           students at other schools are
        and weekly academic exercises,        taught to do—Thomas More                Jeffrey O. Nelson,
        they strove to move beyond            College graduates have accu-            President
        the filling of the mind with su-      mulated an ordered and inte-

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                                                            2   President Emeritus honored with New Hampshire
                                                                State Merit Award
                                                            3   Thomas More College introduces Second Spring,
                                                                new flagship journal “of faith and culture”

                                                            4   Cover story
                                                                Pomp & Circumstance: Thomas More College bids
                                                                farewell to the Class of 2007; hears remarks from
                                                                novelist Ron Hansen, historian John Lukacs, and
                                                                theologian Father Robert F. Taft, S.J.

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                                                                Thomas More College unveils new college seal
                                                                After 25 years, Brian Shea is a legend in philosophy
                                                           12   Spring lecture series in review
    Left: Senior Mary Elizabeth Gunyan is
    congratulated by College faculty and staff after       14   feature
    receiving her diploma.
                                                                A Roman Pilgrimage: Class of 2009 students recount
    Center: President Nelson, Dr. Sampo, and the                their transformative semester in Rome
    distinguished William Bulger.
    Right: Dr. Connell shares a portion of his
    extensive knowledge with the students in Rome.         18   Introducing the Vatican Forum lecture series, Rome
                                                           19   Peroutka, Peroutka, and Pride honored for their
                                                                service to the cause of scholarship
                                                           20   TMC News and Announcements
                                                                TMC welcomes new faculty, staff
                                                                Former Rome semester theology professor
                                                                named Bishop of Melbourne, Australia
                                                                TMC Board of Directors adds four new members
                                                                President Nelson meets Boston Cardinal-
                                                                Archbishop O’Malley
                                                           25   Class Notes
     President Emeritus honored with
     New Hampshire State Merit Award
              On Friday, March 9, 2007, the
           New England Board of Higher
           Education (NEBHE) honored
           Dr. Peter V. Sampo, President
           Emeritus of the Thomas More
           College of Liberal Arts, with its
           distinguished State Merit Award.
           The NEBHE bestowed this honor
           on Dr. Sampo because he “illus-
           trates New England’s rich higher
           education resource and reflects
           NEBHE’s primary mission to en-
           sure that all of our region’s stu-
           dents have access to quality, af-
           fordable higher education.”
               Founded in 1955, the NEBHE
           was the brainchild of six New
           England governors who realized
           that the future prosperity of their     Joseph Geiger, Jr. (Class of 2001), Rep. Maureen Mooney (Class of 1997),
                                                   Dr. Mary Mumbach, and President Jeffrey Nelson join Dr. Peter Sampo
           region rested on the strength of
                                                   (center) at the New England Board of Higher Education annual dinner,
           their academic institutions. Rep.       where Dr. Sampo was given the State Merit Award.
           Maureen Mooney (Class of 1997),
           Assistant Republican Leader for
           the New Hampshire State House,
                                                                     Dr. Sampo was scheduled to teach Thomas More
           nominated Dr. Sampo for this high honor, noting
                                                                     College’s sophomore students in Rome at the time
           that “Dr. Sampo devoted his entire professional
                                                                     of the governor’s presentation, Dr. Mary Mum-
           life to educating students in the liberal arts. His
                                                                     bach accepted the award on his behalf.
           greatest accomplishment came in 1978 when he
           boldly founded the Thomas More College of Lib-               President Nelson noted: “This is precisely what
           eral Arts….”                                              sets Dr. Sampo apart from his peers in the higher
                                                                     education community. His duty is to teach stu-
               Alumni, staff, and friends joined with NEBHE
                                                                     dents first. He had already committed to teach-
           in honoring Dr. Sampo, including Jeffrey O. Nel-
                                                                     ing the College’s sophomores in Rome, and he
           son, Thomas More College’s President; Dr. Mary
                                                                     never considered abrogating that duty – even to
           Mumbach, TMC’s Dean; Joseph Monaghan, TMC
                                                                     receive such a high honor from the governor of
           Trustee and alumnus (Class of 1995); Joseph Gei-
                                                                     New Hampshire.”
           ger, TMC alumnus (Class of 2001); Dr. Phil Crotty,
           TMC benefactor; and Nicholas Sanchez, TMC’s                  To this very day, the College continues to be
           Director of External Affairs.                             guided by Dr. Sampo’s broad vision of making
                                                                     liberal, humane education available to anyone
               Weeks prior to the NEBHE award ceremony,
                                                                     “regardless of race, class. or financial means.” The
           Dr. Sampo was recognized by New Hampshire’s
                                                                     entire Thomas More College community congrat-
           Governor, John Lynch, and the state’s Executive
                                                                     ulates Dr. Peter V. Sampo on his well-deserved
           Council for receiving the NEBHE award. Because

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Thomas More College introduces Second Spring,
new flagship journal “of faith and culture”
      The Spring of 2007 marked another first for              The first issue of Second Spring published by
   Thomas More College: the publication of its flag-       Thomas More College was released in April. Its
   ship journal, Second Spring: An International Jour-     theme is “The Way of Beauty,” and it features ar-
   nal of Faith and Culture. Founded and edited by         ticles by Oxford historian of science John Hedley
   Stratford and Léonie Caldecott, Second Spring’s         Brooke on Charles Darwin, Smith College reli-
   mission is to explore and advance the mission of        gious historian Carol Zaleski on the prospects for
   a Catholic intellectual in the context of contempo-     Catholic renewal as articulated by the “two Bene-
   rary culture.                                           dicts” (St. Benedict and Pope Benedict), and Strat-
       Published twice per year, Second Spring is sub-     ford Caldecott’s account of the conflict between
   stantive, thought-provoking, topical, and orthodox.     modernist and humane architecture.
   It takes its bearings from the Communio theology            The upcoming issue of Second Spring, “The
   pioneered by Pope Benedict XVI in his lifelong          Genius of Women,” is scheduled for release this
   writings, and the thought of John Henry Newman,         fall. This phrase, used by Pope John Paul II to de-
   G. K. Chesterton, and the thinkers of the ressource-    scribe the “New Feminism” which he felt was so
   ment movement in Catholic theology such as Hans         necessary in our time, sums up the contributions
   Urs Von Balthasar and Henri de Lubac. Subjects          women make to the Church and to society at large.
   regularly covered in Second Spring include the arts,    Based on the exciting new writing coming from
   sciences, technology, liturgy, new ecclesial move-      the women who have responded to John Paul’s
   ments (such as Opus Dei and Communion and               call, the next issue of Second Spring will explore the
   Liberation), metaphysics, history, literature, po-      anthropological, theological, moral, and cultural
   etry, and the world of books.                           questions raised by the New Feminism. Aware of
      Dr. Mary Mumbach, dean of Thomas More                the social changes of our time, all Second Spring
   College, commented on the need for such a jour-         contributors will bring to bear the rich resources of
   nal: “We rejoice at the arrival of Second Spring, so    Christian tradition to the issues and problems that
   welcome because of our common recognition of            women face today.
   the joy—and the urgency—of a renewal of learn-             The staff and faculty of Thomas More College
   ing based in reflection on poetry, the arts, history,   are excited to have Stratford and Léonie Caldecott
   philosophy, and theology. The work of this ex-          join the Thomas More family. As President Nel-
   traordinary journal emphasizes that any contri-         son said, “This is an ideal partnership, one aimed
   bution to the renewal of faith and culture through      at furthering a new evangelization through the
   the intellectual life, if it is to be efficacious and   formation of young persons in the great tradition
   enduring, must be profound, intelligent, gracious,      of Christian humanism rightly understood: the
   and never elitist.”                                     cultivation of intelligence, conscience, and grace.
                                                           Thomas More College is excited to be joining with
                                                           the Caldecotts in our common efforts to usher in a
                                                           new springtime for the Church.”

                                                              More about second spring

                                                              for more information about Second
                                                              Spring, including subscriptions, publisher
                                                              information, articles, and more, visit:

                                                                                                   Summer 2007      3
             Pomp &
          Ci rCumstanCe
       Students and parents mark four years’ achievement
      and look to a future of service to Christ and His world;
       Catholic novelist Ron Hansen inspires Class of 2007

        A college commencement is more than           table discussion with the College’s 2007
     just a perfunctory handing out of degrees        commencement speaker, Catholic novelist
     and an occasion for graduates to dress up        Ronald Hansen. Mr. Hansen, in addition
     in medieval garb. It is a ritual honoring        to his duties as a professor at Santa Clara
     each student’s search for knowledge. Com-        University and a Roman Catholic deacon,
     mencement—derived from the Latin word            is the author of nine books, including The
     inceptio—is a rite of initiation. It marks the   Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward
     beginning of the next stage in life, be it as    Robert Ford—which has been adapted into
     a graduate student or a working profes-          a movie starring Brad Pitt and will be re-
     sional.                                          leased in theaters in October 2007.
         While the wise man remains a student             Given the occasion to ask probing
     all his life, commencement is an acknowl-        questions of a distinguished novelist and
     edgement that a graduate has grown “in           screenwriter, students wasted no time. In
     wisdom as well as years,” completed an in-       a lively back-and-forth, aspiring authors
     tellectual formation, and is now ready to        in the room asked Mr. Hansen about a
     move into the next stage of his life. Mod-       writer’s discipline, the sources of his inspi-
     ern colleges and universities have expand-       ration, the craft of writing, and the tricky
     ed upon this ritual, adding to it a series of    question of integrating one’s faith in ar-
     preludes and prologues which underline           tistic projects without becoming didactic.
     its meaning. At Thomas More College,             Hansen discussed his personal faith and
     activities began, and largely remained, in       its role in his novels, the task of research in
     the epicenter of this unique educational         laying the groundwork for fiction, and the
     enterprise—the classroom.                        critical importance of writing as a habit, in
        In the Humanities classroom on the Fri-       a routine, and on a schedule. Said Hansen,
     day evening preceding graduation, Presi-         “Follow that schedule whether you feel
     dent Jeffrey O. Nelson moderated a round-        like it or not.”

4   Communitas
Graduate and philosophy
  major Adam Cooper is
congratulated by faculty.

           Summer 2007      5
               On Saturday, the focus was on hearing from the             Thomas More, asking that he “aid us to be as he was,
           graduates themselves as they presented synopses of             witnessing, if not with our lives, at least by our lives, to
           their senior theses. In two different sessions—one in          the ideals we share with him….”
           the Humanities room, the other under the main tent                One thing set this commencement apart from
           in the College courtyard—guests heard presentations            previous Thomas More College ceremonies—a new
           on a myriad of thoughtful topics such as the states-           president, Jeffrey Nelson, served as Master of Cere-
           manship of Edmund Burke, Greeks and Moderns on                 monies. In his opening remarks, President Nelson be-
           the Essence of Man, and Poetry as Therapy.                     gan by offering congratulations to the parents of the
               On Sunday, under a brilliant blue sky, the Thomas          graduates: “Your love and sacrifice for the education
           More College of Liberal Arts officially bade farewell          of your child has made this day possible. What began
           to 21 students at its annual graduation ceremony. The          four years ago for this graduating class, and what must
           day’s festivities began with the Sacrifice of the Holy         have seemed to them, on occasion, a much longer pe-
           Mass, celebrated by Rev. Alvaro de Silva, and concel-          riod of slow and, at times, painful learning, has now
           ebrated by Rt. Rev. Robert F. Taft, S.J. and Rt. Rev. An-      come to a close.”
           dre St. Germain, two Catholic priests of the Byzantine            President Nelson closed by exhorting the gradu-
           rite. During his homily, Father de Silva made note of          ates: “Make good use of the critical mind and moral
           the fact that he had been praying for several days “on         conscience you formed during your time here, not
           [his] hands and knees” for the splendid weather which          simply for your own gain, but for the benefit of others.
           all enjoyed that day. This drew laughter and mild ap-          …And in the spirit of this College, be animated by
           plause from those in the audience who remembered               the wisdom of St. Paul that “caritas congaudet veritati”
           last year’s unremitting downpour of rain during grad-          (charity rejoices in truth).
                                                                             Following President Nelson’s opening address, the
              Following lunch, the academic procession began to           College heard Ronald Hansen’s commencement ad-
           the traditional musical offering of Paul Dukas’s “Fan-         dress and conferred honorary doctorates to its three
           fare” and J.S. Bach’s “O Gott, du frommer Gott.” In his        honorees, Ronald Hansen, Dr. John Lukacs, and Fa-
           invocation, Father Taft—one of this year’s honorees—           ther Taft. (Please see sidebar for a digest of Dr. Lu-
           implored the intercession of the College’s patron, St.         kacs’s and Father Taft’s remarks.)

    Biology major Elizabeth Bauer        Dr. Mumbach and               The 2007 graduates        President Nelson challenges
    receives her hood, symbolizing       Mary Bauer, proud             close the day with a      students to witness to what
    the attainment of a liberal arts     mother of graduate            traditional tossing       they have learned at TMC.
    degree.                              Elizabeth Bauer, share        of their caps.
                                         a light moment.

6       Communitas
   Mr. Hansen began his commence-
ment address by wryly admitting that he
himself has “no memories whatsoever of
the commencement speaker at [his] own
graduation.” Citing in his speech Shake-
speare, Newman, and St. Augustine
(among others), Hansen shared some
advice he had received from comedian
Bob Newhart about giving commence-
ment speeches: “…always mention Kafka
… whoever he or she is.”
    On a more serious note, the distin-
guished novelist adjured the graduating
class to choose “the plot of excellence,
not mediocrity, the plot of love, not strife,
the plot of courage, not complacency, the
plot of integrity, not compromise, the
plot of calling, not career, the plot of self-
less giving, not acquisition, the plot of
exaltation of the spirit, not the fleeting
satisfaction, not the flesh.” Hansen went
on to say, “We celebrate here not only
our achievements, for which you and             Novelist Ronald Hansen delivers the 2007 TMC commencement speech, exhort-
your families are justifiably proud, but        ing students to risk seeking the highest goals in life, to live a life of integrity, and to
God’s gracious invitation to go still fur-      never compromise on the important things.
ther, to enlarge yourselves, to risk seek-
ing the highest goals, while at the same
                                                             the afternoon of June 7, 2005. The graduating class
time to recognize that our lives are not just about do-
                                                             had discussed ways in which their fallen schoolmate
ing, but being—of letting yourselves be loved by God
                                                             could be recognized during commencement, and
for your very you-ness.”
                                                             reached the consensus that he should graduate along
    Speeches then gave way to ceremony, and the              with his classmates, if only in spirit. Now John will be
conferral of the Bachelor of Arts Degrees. Graduat-          forever linked to his class—both in their prayers, and
ing this year were: Therese Bernadette Arbery, Sarah         on the official College register of graduates.
Rebecca Arbery, Catherine Barry, Elizabeth Mary
                                                                 To the great joy of the Thomas More Communi-
Bauer, Christopher Nathaniel Bersaw, Jeremiah Ed-
                                                             ty, members of the Blonski family were on hand for
ward Martin Chichester, Adam David Cooper, Ve-
                                                             graduation. John’s brother was presented the framed
ronica Ginnny Frances Cowan, Jennifer Mae Gehly,
                                                             certificate by President Nelson from the rostrum, and
Mary Elizabeth Guynan, John Milton Hinkle II, Jesse
                                                             thunderous applause ensued. The day ended with
O’Leary Kurtz, Timothy Ryan McGuire, Caitlyn Anne
                                                             a few final reflections by Rev. Andre St. Germain, a
Murphy, John Robert Pakala, Sebastian David Rohlf-
                                                             local priest and friend of the College. He reminded
ing, Neil Joseph Saindon, Paige Elizabeth Scarlett,
                                                             the assemblage that this year’s graduation was taking
Edward Patrick Sifert, Finbar Michael Sullivan, and
                                                             place during the Eastertide of both the Eastern and
Richard Goddin Worsham.
                                                             Western calendars.
    The presence of a new president was not this year’s
                                                                 And so as the graduates were called to go out into
only first for Thomas More College. The College also
                                                             the world, he extolled them to “remember always the
awarded its first Honorary Bachelors Degree to a stu-
                                                             triumphal call of this season: Christ is risen!” Indeed
dent not present—John Blonski. A popular and great-
                                                             He is risen! And so passes another commencement
ly missed member of the Class of 2007, John drowned
                                                             into the collective memory of the Thomas More Col-
while swimming in Bowers Pond near the campus on
                                                             lege community.

                                                                                                                   Summer 2007           7
     Hansen, Lukacs, Taft awarded honorary degrees
              Each year, colleges across the
           country try to land popular movie
           stars, comedians, and other mem-
           bers of the entertainment industry
           to speak at their graduation ceremo-
           nies. At Thomas More College, we
           seek the brightest minds and liveliest
           pens. This year was no exception.
               In addition to Ronald Hansen,
           the College also honored and heard
           words of wisdom from Dr. John Lu-
           kacs, an eminent historian of the 20th
           century, and the Right Reverend Ar-          (Left) Dr. John Lukacs warns students of the dangers of materialism;
           chimandrite Robert F. Taft, S.J., one        (Right) Rev. Robert Taft, S.J., implores them to stick to their convictions
           of the world’s leading experts on the        if they truly want to make a difference in life.
           liturgies of the Church.
               Giving his speech in a measured                      delivered a powerful talk that ran the emotional
           and eloquent voice, flavored by his distinctive          gamut, by turns waxing funny, reflective, som-
           Hungarian accent, Dr. Lukacs warned the 2007             ber, and hopeful. Most moving was his recol-
           graduates of the “crisis of materialism” facing          lection of the Soviet persecution of the Ukrai-
           the country, noting specifically how the con-            nian Catholic Church—and a moment when
           temporary notion of “success” has become un-             hundreds of Eastern-rite Catholics, led by their
           hinged from its classic connection to the virtues        underground, unregistered, illegal bishop and
           of “thrift, hard work, and commitment.” Dr.              priests, peacefully retook a cathedral in the city
           Lukacs averred that too many in the West who             of Ivano-Frankivsk that had been confiscated
           enjoy great wealth have lost their respect for ar-       and turned into a museum of Atheism. This sto-
           tistic and literary culture, while “what was once        ry, Fr. Taft said, showed how “individuals with
           called the ‘middle class’ has disappeared,” along        principles and the guts to stick to them can make
           with the virtues that helped build what Marxists         a difference.” To underscore the point, he said,
           sneer at as “bourgeois civilization.”                    “Priests of the Russian tradition like me wear
               The result is a new psychic or spiritual pover-      a pectoral cross that often has engraved on the
           ty, which hollows out the lives of the prosperous,       back in Church Slavonic, our liturgical language,
           and helps deprive the poor of the moral compass          ‘Obraz budi’—You be the sign!”
           they need to better themselves. Said Dr. Lukacs,            This combination of learned and accom-
           “it is because of the denial of the intrusion of         plished speakers, in an atmosphere of gratitude,
           spirit into matter that conditions that were once        justified pride, and prayer, made for a memora-
           relievable or curable are not so anymore.” He            ble and uplifting graduation weekend.
           urged the graduates to go forth and revel in the
           spiritual riches they had acquired in the course
                                                                        More froM the honorees
           of their Thomas More College education.
               A scion of the Ohio family of conservative
           statesmen, Rev. Robert Taft, S.J. received his               To access the full text and download
           honorary degree wearing his black Byzantine-                 audio of the commencement speech and
                                                                        honorary remarks, visit:
           rite “ryassa,” or cassock, along with dual gold
           pectoral crosses denoting his ecclesiastical dig-  
           nity as a “mitred Archimandrite.” Father Taft

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New College seal radiates mission, purpose
      This summer, the Thomas More College of                became incarnate.” The five petals of the Rose
   Liberal Arts unveiled its new College seal. After         commemorate the five wounds of Christ and
   months of constructive and spirited discussions           His blood poured out for mankind. The Rose
   among faculty and staff, this collaborative effort        is depicted as “barbed vert,” that is, with green
   produced a seal that displays the spirit and essence      foliage showing beneath the flower. It is with-
   of Thomas More College that is all its own. Each          out thorn, however, and of one color—always
   symbolic element of the art was chosen carefully          an indication of purity in heraldic imagery.
   to reflect Thomas More College’s past, present,           The Rose of Thomas More College is guarded
   and future.                                               by the two swords that represent the unity
      COlOrs                                                 between Faith and Reason—between Intellec-
                                                             tus (poetic or mystical knowledge) and Ratio
      The gold in the seal symbolizes generosity of          (discursive reasoning), between the Spiritual
      spirit and the serious elevation of mind, while        and Temporal, as well as the continuity of the
      black indicates both a constancy in intention          Western tradition. By extension, it represents
      and act as well as a humility and sense of mor-        integration and wholeness, the hallmark of
      tification. Red emphasizes the virtues of the          Thomas More College’s educational vision,
      soldier and martyr, especially fortitude and           and indeed, of the great tradition of Christian
      magnanimity—most important to a college                Humanism of which we are a creative part.
      whose patron saint is a martyr.
                                                             Thomas More College’s faculty and staff are
      HeraldiC liNes                                      proud to introduce this new seal, which will
      TMC’s seal has only one heraldic line: the chev-    serve as a constant reminder to those working
      ron. The chevron indicates the perseverance of      to advance this remarkable College, as well as to
      one who builds, reminding us all of Dr. Peter       the College’s benefactors and friends, of all that
      Sampo’s tireless work in founding and building      Thomas More College represents in higher edu-
      Thomas More College.                                cation and what it is trying to accomplish for the
      THe CHarges (piCTOrial images plaCed
      THrOugHOuT THe arms)
      The escalloped shells, evoking the arms of
      Compostella, symbolize the great pilgrims of
      sacred and literary history, such as Abraham,
      Jonah, Odysseus, Dante, and Chaucer’s trav-
      elers to Canterbury. In the Middle Ages, all
      men were viewed as cosmic pilgrims en
      route to their final destination. The student,
      in particular, was a pilgrim. Though he may
      think his work ordinary and involving little
      movement, even on the most routine day
      on campus, the student remains an extra-
      ordinary pilgrim. The use of three shells is
      a reminder of the Blessed Trinity—our point
      of origination and our destination.
      The next element in the arms, the rose, re-
      calls Dante’s Paradisio, in which he beholds
      “the Mystic Rose in which the Word Divine

                                                                                                 Summer 2007     9
     After 25 years, Brian Shea is a legend in philosophy
               “Those who attended your classes saw, in every class, something
              unique at the very heart of philosophy: thinking itself was heroic.”

         There is nearly one universal among alumni of           M.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Ox-
     Thomas More College: Brian Shea is among the great-         ford University. Mr. Shea began teaching Philosophy
     est teachers they have ever had. Mr. Shea, a longtime       at Thomas More College in 1981.
     philosophy mentor at the College, continues as a for-           When asked why teach here at Thomas More Col-
     mative influence today. One can see the impact that         lege and not somewhere else, Mr. Shea answered,
     Mr. Shea has on students just by watching them leave        “Something is happening here that I don’t believe is
     his Humanities class. While one freshman will seem          happening anywhere else. I felt the difference the mo-
     to have been literally struck dumb, another seems           ment I set foot on campus.” Mr. Shea has become a vi-
     giddy and excited, and the next is dashing off to his       tal part of that difference. In fact, not one alumnus or
     books, eager to test the insights he has gleaned in class   alumna reminisces on Thomas More College without
     against the texts.                                          some fond, amazing, or hilarious story with Mr. Shea
        Mr. Shea’s teaching partakes of genuine profun-          in the center of things. Here are a few memories and
     dity, and, more importantly, evokes in every student        fond words from his former (yet perpetual) students:
     a fervent desire to learn. For more than a quarter of          No one can forget that decisive moment in
     a century now, Brian Shea has served the Thomas                Rome—not only for all undecided majors, but
     More College community by unraveling the confused,             for all—when you brought your lecture to its
     skewering the absurd, and clarifying the obscure. In           culmination by pausing and almost whispering,
     recognition of his service and talents, President Nel-         “What Immanuel Kant did … was magnificent.”
     son recently appointed him Assistant Professor of Hu-          We all had goose bumps! Those who attend-
     manities.                                                      ed your classes saw, in every class, something
         Born in New York and educated as a teen by the             unique at the very heart of philosophy: think-
     Jesuits, Mr. Shea completed his undergraduate studies          ing itself was heroic. –Will Cowan
     at the College of the Holy Cross; he later received his

10   Communitas
   After initially experiencing your thunder-
   ing, articulate, and commanding voice and
   teaching methods in Humanities, I think the
   universal effect upon the listener is a kind of
   awe (if not fear) steeped in curiosity; a kind
   of wonder and amazement at what this sin-
   gle man actually knows and the precise way
   in which that knowledge is conveyed. The
   gifts of knowledge and understanding you
   have imparted unto us are in fact of divine
   origin insofar as they are what Christ prom-
   ised us in the advocacy of the Holy Spirit.
   –Joseph Geiger                                        Your Legacy Gift
   I want to say that I think you could make a mint
   if you ever published as a storyteller—you al-        Today will make
   ways had fascinating and often hilarious stories
   to tell us—and where ever two or more Thom-           the Past Come
   as More students are gathered, it is guaranteed
   that some stories either involving you or told by
   you are brought up as if for the first time. You
                                                         Alive Tomorrow
   are an integral part of the character of Thomas
   More and of what I have taken from my experi-
   ence there. –Melissa Truman-Schools
   In addition to teaching philosophy and Greek
   and Roman history, Mr. Shea started a prayer
                                                         As the world changes, one thing remains
   group. He also started a debating club. He            the same: each new generation needs to be
   also put on, with the somewhat willing assis-         developed intellectually and spiritually, based on
   tance of Sampo and Mumbach, a presentation            the magisterial wisdom of the Catholic Church.
   of Sophocles’ The Clouds. My sophomore year
   he hosted a burlesque—I recall his imitation          A legacy gift today will help to ensure that the
   of Joe Phillips yelling up the stairs to Devra        insights and ideas of the great classical and
   Prever. He also hosted our Halloween dress-           Christian humanists are kept alive, including
   up dance—in a tux. With Mr. Shea we also              Plato, Cicero, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas,
   had hour-long weekly writing tutorials. He            Dante, Shakespeare, Cardinal John Henry
   was later in charge of practical matters such as      Newman, G. K. Chesterton—and, in our own
   clean-up and discipline. –Gregory Marks               time, Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.
    With his distinctive blend of an imposing pres-
ence, and a gentle concern for students’ develop-        If you have any questions or would like your
ment, Mr. Shea has proven a godsend for Thomas           legacy gift to be designated toward a specific
More College and its students. While Mr. Shea holds      fund, such as the scholarship fund, building
his own strong views in the field of philosophy, he      fund, or the St. John Vianney Fund for Future
is renowned for the courtesy with which he treats        Priests and the St. Mother Katherine Drexel
all serious thinkers. The respectful attention to dif-   Fund for Future Nuns, please contact Charlie
ferent opinions and alternative ideas—without sac-       McKinney at (603) 880-8308, ext. 21 or by email
rificing the quest for Truth—is a mark of the spirit     at
which infused our namesake, Thomas More, and the
other Catholic humanists he counted as his friends.
It is fitting that this spirit survives at Thomas More
College; Mr. Brian Shea is one of the teachers who
helps keep it alive.                                        The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts
                                                           Six Manchester Street, Merrimack, NH 03054
                                                            Phone (603) 880-8308 | Fax (603) 880-9280
     Spring lecture series in review
                                                                                  Knowing the nature of things, accord-
                                                                               ing to d’ Alembert, was less important than
                                                                               being able to master their effects. Thus, en-
                                                                               capsulated is the Enlightenment’s standard
                                                                               of knowledge—namely, the idea of special-
                                                                               ized expertise, eschewing the Aristotelian
                                                                               model (which attested to man’s natural
                                                                               “desire to know”) so favored by St. Thomas
                                                                               Aquinas. Experimentation and observation
                                                                               led man to a knowledge of physical things,
                                                                               and that was what, for many Enlightenment
                                                                               thinkers, led to true happiness and the end
                                                                               of knowledge; spiritual realities were dis-
                                                                               missed as unconsidered superstitions

                                                                               february 5, 2007
                                                                               “The Best Reader of Thomas More’s
                                                                               Utopia,” Fr. Alvaro de Silva
                                                                                       Father Alvaro lectured at the College’s
                                                                                    annual banquet in celebration of Saint
                                                                                    Thomas More’s birthday. Father Alvaro is
                                                                                    one of the leading scholars of Saint Thom-
     United States Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) speaks to Thomas More Col-
     lege students and guests about his vision for the future of America and
                                                                                    as More (1478-1535) in both the English-
     his bid for the presidency. He praised TMC’s comprehensive liberal arts        and Spanish-speaking worlds. His lecture
     curriculum, rooted in the Western tradition.                                   explored the amazing and far-reaching in-
                                                                                    fluence of More’s Utopia on early Christian
                                                                                    communities in Mexico. He specifically
               february 2, 2007                                                     discussed how the reading of Utopia by
               “‘Where Is the Wisdom We Have Lost in                        Vasco de Quiroga in 1530 impacted the political
               Knowledge?’: The Cultural Tragedy of the                     and cultural life of Mexico and its inhabitants for
               Enlightenment,” Christopher Blum, incoming                   centuries to come.
               Professor of Humanities, Thomas More                         february 23, 2007
                                                                            “Julius Caesar,” Dr. Glenn Arbery, author,
                   In a sweeping lecture, Dr. Christopher Blum              senior editor, Park Cities People, and Dr.
               explored how the Enlightenment helped precipi-               Virginia Arbery, University of Texas at Dallas
               tate man’s turning away from the knowledge of
               God and towards the knowledge of man and the                    This lively discussion between two wedded
               world. Examining the critical works and authors              academics presented contrasting views of Julius
               of the period—specifically, Denis Diderot and                Caesar and his legacy. Dr. Virginia Arbery jabbed
               Jean d’ Alembert’s Encyclopedia, as well as Im-              at Julius Caesar for transforming Rome from a
               manuel Kant’s essay, What is Enlightenment?—he               Republic into Empire—and through his own ex-
               discussed how the tragedy of the Enlightenment               traordinary strength encouraging a weak citizen-
               helped usher in a modern culture that has little             ry dependent on their rulers. Caesar strangled the
               regard for those things which are Good, True, and            republican virtues and the liberty which had been
               Beautiful.                                                   the source of Rome’s true greatness. In contrast,

12   Communitas
     Dr. Glenn Arbery argued that Caesar’s nearly miracu-      an open door policy wherein any politician may speak
     lous military and political accomplishments saved         to and be challenged by our students.
     Rome as a polity, and established a new and glorious
     political order which continued in some form in the       marCH 16
     East until 1453—and served as the model for order in      “The Apotropaic,” Dr. Kathleen Marks (Class of
     the West. Both Arberys are dear friends to TMC—and        1986), St. John’s University
     we enjoyed their return.                                      Is it possible for sufferers of overwhelming acts of
     marCH 12, 2007                                            aggression to make a break for freedom from a situa-
                                                               tion of apparent entrapment? According to Dr. Marks,
     “The Future of America,” Rep. Tom Tancredo                enactments of an ancient ritual called “apotropaic”
     Republican presidential candidate and Colorado            reveal one startling pattern of response: by enacting
     Congressman                                               violence on themselves in self-destructive acts, even
         Tom Tancredo visited Thomas More College in           noble and courageous victims may, shockingly, seek
     March during one of his New Hampshire visits to           to re-assert their own power of choice, resisting the
     share with students his vision for the future of Amer-    attempts of aggressors to cast them solely as victims.
     ica. He talked about the importance of Western civili-    Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Toni Morrison’s Beloved
     zation and the need for its preservation if America is    were among the sources of Dr. Marks’s reflection,
     to remain free and prosperous. He praised the College     which focused on the possibility of discerning a re-
     for its strong curriculum, one that teaches the best of   newed spirit, a way of reaching transformative insight
     what has been thought and said throughout Ameri-          and even redemption in the wake of violence and ex-
     can and European history. Thomas More College has         ploitation.

The Mass
Illustrated for Children
    The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts is
distributing this new resource to help children
delve deeper into the mystery and meaning of the
Mass so they develop the fundamental reverence
which nurtures a maturing faith. Unlike other
children’s guides, The Mass Illustrated for Children
invites young people to color the pictures and
scenes, leading the child through each component
of the Mass and providing abundant food for the
   To order your copy of The Mass Illustrated for
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    Thomas More College                              Six Manchester Street, Merrimack, NH 03054
    of liberal Arts                                                                             Summer 2007
                                                     Ph (603) 880-8308 |                       13
           A Roman

O     n April 20, the Thomas More College
      of Liberal Arts successfully complet-
ed its popular Rome semester. This once-
                                                Cerveteri (home of the Etruscan Tombs),
                                                and Florence.
                                                    Over the years, the Rome semester
in-a-lifetime opportunity—which the Col-        has become an integral part of our cur-
lege has offered students since 1983—to         riculum, and it is difficult to imagine the
live and study in the capital of Christen-      education at the College without it. Just
dom has been described by both students         as on the home campus in Merrimack,
and alumni as one of the most transfor-         the students follow an Order of the Day,
mative elements of the Thomas More Col-         which is designed to make their days as
lege experience. Twenty-six students par-       full and productive as possible. Mornings
ticipated in the most recent three-month        are devoted to class lectures and informa-
program, following an intensive course of       tive tours of the city, with afternoons and
studies in Medieval Philosophy and Lit-         most evenings free. The entire TMC com-
erature in the Humanities, a course in the      munity later gathers together for dinner at
writing Workshop sequence, Sacramental          8:00pm, family style, and students recount
Theology, and Art and Architecture of           the adventures of the day.
                                                     The students reside in a guest house on
    Rome as a city is an experience in and      the Janiculum Hill in the Monte Verde Vec-
of itself, fraught with adventure and dis-      chio quarter of Rome, minutes away from
tractions, along with the evidence of sanc-     Trastevere and many of the major sites in
tity. To round out their experience of Italy,   the city. Their hosts are the Sisters of the
TMC complements the times spent in this         Divine Savior, nuns whose stated charism
bustling city with special trips to more se-    is: “…to be deeply rooted in Jesus, our Sav-
rene locales such as Assisi, Subiaco (site of   ior, as we share His mission of worldwide
the Holy Cave of St. Benedict), Orvieto,        evangelization….” The sisters supply a full
Ostia Antica (the ancient port of Rome),        buffet breakfast for the students as well as

                                                                             Summer 2007       15
                                          classroom space. There is also a garden and a chapel
                                          on site as well as a park across the street called the
                                          Villa Sciarra, known in Rome for its variety of shrubs
                                          and trees. The College considers itself privileged to
                                          have such a campus in Rome at its disposal and is very
                                          grateful to the Sisters of the Divine Savior for their
                                          hospitality and kindness.
                                              During the Rome semester all activities are uni-
                                          fied to create an order of the day: work, study, prayer,
                                          tours, eating, and drinking. One aspect of the program
                                          informs another, until the students are hard put to dis-
                                          tinguish work from play—whether it is playful work
                                          or serious play. As A. G. Sertillanges states in his book,
                                          The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods (one
                                          of the books the sophomores read this semester), “It is
                                          a glorious thing to be wholly engaged in what one is
                                          doing, like God, who is not separate from His work.”
                                          For most students during the Rome Semester, there is
2007 Rome Semester participants:          the sense that, for a brief period at least, they caught a
                                          glimpse of life from God’s point of view.
John Blazewicz      Jacinta Latawiec
Hollidaysburg, PA   Wyoming, MN
                                          Notes from the Pilgrimage
Catherine Burke     Michael Lichens
Worcester, MA       Eugene, OR            Ashley Hatashita, Class of 2009
Aerin Commins       Martin Lockerd           Over the course of the semester in Rome, I have
Chelmsford, MA      Grand Rapids, MI      not only had a profound intellectual experience, but
                                          I have also undergone a major spiritual transforma-
Gemma Cowhig        Haeley Matulevich     tion, and I have come to understand how intricately
White Rock, BC      Loysville, PA         linked liberal arts studies and one’s growth as a Chris-
Lacey Desch         Joseph Mazzarella     tian are. While in Rome, we toured various buildings,
Topeka, KS          East Boston, MA       churches, and galleries, in order to study their art and
Paul Durst          Sarah Maw             architecture. Although the focus of these visits may
Silver Spring, MD   Nokesville, VA        seem purely intellectual, one cannot help, especially
                                          in the churches, to see how it is all interconnected
Joseph Ellis        Rebecca McGarry       with spiritual growth.
DePere, WI          Still River, MA
                                             The churches of Rome are nothing if not incredibly
MaryAnne Garner     Patrick Michaud       moving—for both mind and spirit. They naturally en-
Kent, WA            Walpole, MA           gage the spirit in what the mind is learning. Having
John Paul Hammond   Daria Mironova        undergone my conversion to Catholicism while here
Burlington, VT      Westerly, RI          in Rome, I must credit the experience of visiting those
Ashley Hatashita    Lucas Murray          churches, among many things. The material that we
Kanata, ON          East Middlebury, VT   read in our Humanities cycle is a perfect complement
                                          to a spiritual journey—I was particularly fortunate in
Mark Hieronymus     Roland Nobile         that we studied the medieval period while in Rome,
Bedford, NH         Greenland, NH         which was an incredible match to what was occurring
Jacqueline Janik    Miriam Prever         spiritually in my life.
Lake Oswego, OR     Claremont, NH            Furthermore, I must credit the example of my fel-
Jeremy Lagasse      Jozef Schutzman       low students. Many of them, knowing far more about
Bedford, NH         Syracuse, NY          Catholicism than I could hope to at such an early stage
                                          in my faith, were instrumental in helping me undergo

16    Communitas
my transformation. And, amaz-
ingly, I saw them undergo their
own transformations. The simple
experience of being in Rome has
helped many to strengthen their
faith, and I have even seem some
who had fallen away from their
faith be reborn, in a sense, because
of Rome and the liberal arts pro-
gram. I will always be immensely
grateful for this experience and how
it has changed me, intellectually and
spiritually, for the better.

Jeremy Lagasse, Class of 2009
    Rome can be understood by me in
two different, but related ways. The first
is in terms of St. Augustine who spoke
so vehemently about the refining fire that
perfects some and leaves others only fit for
the sewer, as those who would be spewed
from the mouth of God. Rome can be like this.
   Rome has also been a romantic place, and by that
I am referring to the fires. This is a city in which one
can become a host for fire: the fire of love, passion, the
dull flame; it is a place where one’s own fire takes on a
certain identity insofar as it is called to by the ebb and
flow of the city.

Michael J. Lichens, Class of 2009
    Rome is a big, dirty, very noisy city. Full of his-
tory, sights, and a densely peculiar people, it is often
difficult to fully study here. On that thought, Rome is
a city that speaks truly to the individual, though that      John Paul Hammond, Class of 2009
truth can be hard to hear. Everyone knows horror                Long did I hear that Rome would be a transforma-
stories of people losing faith and ambition in Rome, I       tive experience prior to my semester here [in Rome].
answer that they do because the city is painful in un-       While I am still not sure of its “transformation” of me,
veiling the person.                                          Rome has certainly fostered growth within me. I have
                                                             learned the brevity of life and the need for responsible
   What Rome has offered me is a chance to fully un-         spontaneity.
derstand my own inner workings and my desires in
worship and study. I was who I truly was in Rome,                There is a need to be the same, and a need to change;
and in this way I believe the program is successful. I       for a man to have tenets and convictions is a commend-
have no doubt that I can move further in my life and         able thing, but he, too, must know when to make excep-
education because of what Rome has spoken, and for           tions. Rome encourages the student to diligently work,
that I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything.          and in an efficient manner, to do one’s work and then
                                                             go out and enjoy life. Sad is the man who shuts himself
    My journal was titled “The Unintended Pilgrim”           off into a provincial and mistakenly secure view of life.
because I feel this whole program is a pilgrimage:
painful, difficult, joyful—but, at the end, it is truth.        For a summation—one will both damn and love
It is for this that we walk, that we may find truth and      Rome in a single breath, but Rome offers you a pan-
bring peace to our souls.”                                   orama of humanity and a landscape to be a man.

                                                                                                       Summer 2007       17
     Introducing the Vatican Forum lecture series, Rome
              Thomas More College recently
           joined Inside the Vatican maga-
           zine in co-sponsoring the Vatican
           Forum lecture series, founded in
           2003 by new staff member and
           journalist Andrea Kirk Assaf.
              Students participating in Thom-
           as More College’s Rome Program
           had the opportunity to attend lec-
           tures and discussions last semester
           with Robert Royal, the founder of
           the Faith and Reason Institute, and
           with a panel of young people who
           shared their personal experiences
           of working at the Vatican. The col-
           lege also co-sponsored forums on
           Flannery O’Connor and the prob-
           lem of modernism with Dr. Hank
           Edmondson, and on religion and          Thomas More College’s sophomore students, in Rome for their Spring 2007
           civil society in the twenty-first       semester, listen to Dr. Robert Royal at TMC’s new Vatican Forum lecture series.
           century with Dr. John Farina.
               The aim of the Vatican Forum
           is to educate students on current themes in the Church and society by bringing them together with
           experts in an accessible venue. The events are held at the Centro Russia Ecumenica on Borgo Pio in the
           shadow of the Vatican and have attracted Vatican-based journalists, seminarians, officials of the Roman
           Curia, students at pontifical universities, and members of the general public.

              vatiCan foruM events, sPring 2007

              JaNuary 16, 2007                                   april 17, 2007
              “the Problem of Modernism in the                   “a young Person’s Perspective on
              thought of benedict Xvi and flannery               Working at the vatican”
              o’Connor”                                          peter martin, U.S. Embassy to the Holy See;
              dr. Hank edmondson, Georgia College and            Kishore Jayabala, Acton Institute, formerly
              State University                                   of the Pontifical Council for Justice
                                                                 and Peace; and andrea assaf, Vatican-
              marCH 6, 2007                                      based journalist, formerly of Caritas
              “the god that Did not fail: how religion           Internationalis
              built and sustains the West”
              dr. robert royal, The Faith and Reason             may 8, 2007
              Institute                                          “the intelligible sphere: religion and
                                                                 Civil society in the 21st Century”
                                                                 dr. John farina, George Mason University

18   Communitas
Thomas More College honors three
champions of faith and constitutionalism
      On Sunday, January 21, 2007, on the George-         center on Capitol Hill. He is also the host of two
   town University campus, Thomas More College            talk radio programs and a nationally-distributed
   and the National Clergy Council (of which TMC          television show, Face the Truth. He co-founded
   trustee, Paul Schenck, serves as member of the         with his brother the Institute on the Constitution,
   Board of Scholars) co-hosted a unique event hon-       and serves as a trustee for the Conservative Cau-
   oring three distinguished men for their service to     cus and Pro-life Maryland. Mr. Peroutka, founder
   the causes of scholarship, public education, and       of the National Pro-Life Appreciation Annual
   advocacy for the sanctity of human life.               Dinner, put his listeners on notice that “the le-
       The College awarded honorary doctorates to         gal regime of Roe v. Wade is destined to collapse
   David T. Pride, executive director of the Supreme      soon”—offering advocates of human life a vast
   Court Historical Society; Michael Peroutka,            array of new opportunities and challenges. The
   founder of the Institute on the Constitution; and      question, Peroutka said, is whether we will be up
   Stephen Peroutka, chairman of the National Pro-        to changing hearts as well as laws.
   life Action Center. David Pride’s Supreme Court           President Nelson would later comment on
   Historical Society, founded in 1974, documents         Peroutka’s remarks while speaking to the National
   the history of our nation’s highest court and hosts    Council of the Priests for Life on the eve of the
   the public at lectures by distinguished scholars.      2007 March for Life: “The courts may strike down
   In his remarks, Mr. Pride spoke of “the vital role     Roe v. Wade, but they cannot strike down relativ-
   Christianity plays in American civilization,” and      ism, skepticism, political correctness, and all the
   lauded TMC’s faculty, students, and staff.             other intellectual and moral ideologies that plague
       A prominent political activist, Michael Perout-    our time. In some ways our battle will grow fiercer
   ka is a Maryland lawyer and once held a position       and darker before we can hope to return to a cul-
   in the United States Department of Health and          ture that cherishes life as a matter of course, as an
   Human Services—a position he felt compelled            internalized habit of being.”
   to resign when he “recognized that none of
   the programs on which he was working were
   constitutionally permissible.” In 2004, Mr.
   Peroutka was the Constitution Party’s can-
   didate for president of the United States. His
   was the only third party in the 2004 election
   to increase its share of the vote. After his elec-
   toral efforts, Mr. Peroutka helped found the
   Institute on the Constitution, an educational
   institute which takes as its core curriculum
   such seminal documents in the history of lib-
   erty as the Magna Carta, the Kentucky Reso-
   lution, the Virginia Declaration of Rights, the
   Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Consti-
   tution, and the Bill of Rights. The IOC pro-
   vides information packets to students, voters
   and lawmakers, and currently hosts classes in
   eighteen states across the country.
                                                         Jeffrey Nelson, Michael Peroutka, David Pride, Stephen
      Stephen Peroutka, Michael’s brother, is            Peroutka, Pat Monaghan, and Paul Schenck (from left)
   the chairman of the National Pro-life Action          pose after honorary degrees were awarded.

                                                                                                  Summer 2007     19
                        TMC News and Announcements

TMC welcomes new                         Vatican’s charitable organization,     cate in Management and Commu-
                                         Caritas Internationalis.               nication for Cultural Politics from
faculty, staff
                                            In 2003, she was awarded a          the Libera Università di Santa Ma-
   President Jeffrey O. Nelson is                                               ria Assunta in 2004.
                                         Phillips Foundation fellowship to
pleased to announce the hiring of
                                         research the relationship between          During his nine years in Rome,
Dr. William E. Fahey as Provost/
                                         the Bush Administration and the        Mr. Assaf has worked for the United
Academic Vice President and Pro-
                                         Vatican. She has been interviewed      Nation’s World Food Programme,
fessor of Humanities; Dr. Christo-
                                         on this and other topics by Zenit      the Italian news agency AdnKro-
pher O. Blum as Professor of Hu-
                                         News Agency, Global Journalist         nos, the Italian television company
manities; Andrea and Tony Assaf
                                         Radio, Deutsche Welle Radio, Rel-      RAI, as an on-call translator for the
as program directors for the Vati-
                                         evant Radio, and Niedziela, a Pol-     Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
can Forum; Valerie Burgess as Ex-
                                         ish newspaper.                         and as a co-founder and researcher
ecutive Assistant to the President;
                                                                                for the Italian think-tank Middle
and John Zmirak as Writer-in-Res-           In 2003, she founded the Vati-      Eastern Geopolitical Observer. He
idence and Special Assistant to the      can Forum, a lecture series that       also worked as a personal assistant
President. Below in alphabetical         brings Church experts to the gen-      to a Cardinal at the International
order are biographical and other         eral public to discuss issues in the   House of Clerics and as a volun-
related details.                         news or cultural themes involving      teer for Caritas Internationalis. In
                                         the Church. Speakers have includ-      the field of communications, he
Andrea Kirk Assaf
                                         ed Italian politician and philoso-     has written for Inside the Vatican
                     Andrea Kirk
                                         phy professor Rocco Buttiglione,       magazine, and interned in the Ara-
                  Assaf received her
                                         veteran Catholic journalist and        bic section of Vatican Radio. He is
                  M.A. in liberal arts
                                         author Russell Shaw, Faith and         the founder of the Arabic version
                  from the Universi-
                                         Reason Institute founder Robert        of Zenit News Agency, for which
                  ty of St. Andrews,
                                         Royal, Priests for Life director Fr.   he serves as editor, translator, jour-
                  Scotland, in 1999.
                                         Frank Pavone, neuroscientist and       nalist, and fund-raiser.
                  Immediately fol-
                                         theologian Fr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk,
                  lowing graduation                                                Mr. Assaf is a native speaker of
                                         president of the Culture of Life
she attended the International In-                                              Arabic and is also fluent in Ital-
                                         foundation Austin Ruse, and the
stitute for Political and Economic                                              ian, French, and English with an
                                         editor of Inside the Vatican maga-
Studies in Athens, Greece. She                                                  academic knowledge of Latin,
                                         zine, Robert Moynihan, among
went on to the National Journalism                                              Greek, and Siro-Aramaic. The vil-
                                         others. Topics have included
Center in Washington, D.C., where                                               lage in Lebanon where Mr. Assaf
                                         Church-State relations, bioethics,
she commenced a career in jour-                                                 was reared speaks the dialect of
                                         Flannery O’Connor and the prob-
nalism, specializing in news about                                              Aramaic spoken by Our Lord. He
                                         lem of modernism, G.K. Chester-
the Catholic Church as well as the                                              was honored, on occasion, to be a
                                         ton, international law, and the pa-
Middle East.                                                                    lector at Masses celebrated for his
                                         pal conclave.
    After spending six months trav-                                             Holiness John Paul II and to read
                                         Tony Assaf                             the scripture in the original Ara-
eling through Europe as a freelance
                                                             Tony      Assaf    maic. One occasion, Mr. Assaf read
journalist interviewing European
                                                         studied philoso-       for the Pope at the Christmas mid-
conservatives, Andrea settled in
                                                         phy, theology, and     night Mass.
Rome where she has worked for
                                                         oriental studies in
the last five years writing for such                                               Mr. Assaf will join the College
                                                         Rome, receiving
publications as Inside the Vatican                                              in August as the Program Director
                                                         his B.A. from the
magazine, United Press Interna-                                                 for TMC’s soon-to-be-launched
                                                         Pontifical Univer-
tional, Newsmax magazine and                                                    Vatican Studies Center.
                                                         sity of St. Thomas
website, Our Sunday Visitor, The
                                         Aquinas in 2000. He also received
Wall Street Journal, and for the
                                         an International Masters Certifi-
Christopher Olaf Blum                        taught courses in Euclidean Geom-       nually near the Feast of All Saints.
                  Christopher Blum           etry, The History and Philosophy of     He and his wife Kathleen have both
                  will join the facul-       Scientific Thought, The Essay, and      been Advisors for the American
                  ty of Thomas More          Medieval Art and Architecture. He       School in Switzerland.
                  College bringing           is a distinguished teacher and has          Dr. Blum was educated at the
                  with him over a            been ranked highly over the last        University of Virginia, where he
                  decade of teach-           several years by the nationally ac-     graduated B.A. with distinction
                  ing experience at          claimed Choosing the Right College,     in Biology and was inducted into
                  Christendom Col-           which remarks that Dr. Blum has         Phi Beta Kappa (the nation’s oldest
lege (Front Royal, Virginia), where          always been one “counted on for         undergraduate liberal arts honors
he was an Associate Professor of             exceptional courses.” In addition       society, founded in 1776). As a
History and served as Department             to teaching, Dr. Blum has served        National Science Foundation Fel-
Chairman for the last five years.            extensively on the College’s senior     low, he studied at the University
Professor Blum has displayed con-            Curriculum Committee and was the        of Notre Dame, where he received
siderable breadth in his teaching: in        chief architect behind Christendom      the M.A. in History & Philosophy
addition to his History offerings, has       College’s Medieval Festival, held an-   of Science, and later the Ph.D. in
                                                                                     History & Philosophy of Science
                                                                                     and European History. His disser-
 Former Rome semester theology                                                       tation examined the life and work
                                                                                     of St-George J. Mivart, an outspo-
 professor named Bishop of Melbourne                                                 ken critic of the adequacy of Dar-
                                                                                     winian theory. Dr. Blum was also
     In 1983, the Thomas More College                                                the recent recipient of a Fellowship
 of Liberal Arts launched what would                                                 from the National Endowment for
 prove to be one of its most enduring                                                Humanities to participate in the
 and endearing projects—the annual                                                   summer session on Gothic art and
 Rome semester for sophomore students.                                               architecture.
 That same fateful year, the administra-                                                Dr. Blum’s published essays in-
 tive staff began a thorough search in the                                           clude studies of Jane Austin, the
 Eternal City for someone to teach the                                               notion of the Common Good, the
 theology course on the Rome campus.                                                 abbey church at Vezelay, Euclid’s
 Dr. Mumbach recalls she began by “ask-                                              Elements, the educational vision
 ing for help from a friend, Dr. Josef Se-                                           of John Henry Newman, and the
 ifert, founder of International Academy                                             French Catholic political author,
 of Philosophy. … He sent me to Msgr.                                                Louis de Bonald. He has published
 Caffaro, who, in turn, recommended                                                  widely in such journals as Logos:
 Msgr. Peter John Elliott.”                                                          A Journal of Catholic Thought and
    Thus began a longstanding friend-                                                Culture, Modern Age, The Down-
 ship between Monsignor Elliott and                                                  side Review, The Journal of Edu-
 Thomas More College. And so, it was with great excitement the TMC com-              cation, and Sacred Architecture.
 munity heard on April 30, 2007, that His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has             Dr. Blum is an adept translator of
 named Msgr. Peter Elliott as Titular Bishop of Manaccenser and Auxiliary            French and has edited two volumes
 Bishop of Melbourne, Australia. Ordained to the episcopacy on June 18,              of French Catholic social thought,
 Bishop Elliott is well remembered by faculty and alums for his conversion           Critics of the Enlightenment (2004)
 story: He is the son of an Anglican priest, making him the third Australian         and The True and Only Wealth of
 Catholic bishop with an Anglican background.                                        Nations (2006). Daniel Mahoney,
                                                                                     a scholar of French and political
    In 1986, Msgr. Elliott gave an address at TMC’s graduation banquet and
                                                                                     thought, has described Blum’s work
 remained on campus for a week of quiet to work on his thesis. The Thomas
                                                                                     as “handsome and ably translated”
 More community sends its heartfelt congratulations to Bishop Elliott. We
                                                                                     and National Review magazine has
 pray God that he is granted many years as a tiller in the Lord’s vineyard.
                                                                                     stated that “Christopher Blum illu-
minates a neglected tradition im-      tion to holding posts on a number          Dr. Fahey is a Benedictine Ob-
portant to anyone interested in the    of faculty committees, Dr. Fahey       late (novice) with the Monastery
battle over the nature and future of   was editor of the journal Faith &      of Our Lady of the Annunciation
the West.”                             Reason, Director of the Christen-      (Clear Creek, Oklahoma). His wife
   Dr. Blum has been appointed         dom College Press, and President       Amy is a doctor in English litera-
Professor of Humanities effective      of Faculty Senate.                     ture from Washington University,
August 1, 2007.                            Educated at Xavier Univer-         St. Louis, and an M.Phil. from St.
                                       sity (Cincinnati, Ohio) in Classics    Andrews, Scotland.
Valerie Burgess                        and History, Fahey pursued post-           Dr. Fahey has been appointed
                  Valerie Burgess      graduate studies in Ancient His-       Professor of Humanities and Pro-
                  joined Thomas        tory at University of St. Andrews      vost of the College effective August
                  More College as      (Scotland), where he met his wife      1, 2007.
                  Executive Assis-     and still managed to complete his
                  tant to the Presi-   M.Phil. He earned both the M.A.        John Zmirak
                  dent on May 1.       and Ph.D. in Early Christian Stud-                        John Zmirak re-
                  Valerie    served    ies from the Catholic University of                       ceived his B.A. in
                  as Executive As-     America. He has held a number of                          Christianity and
sistant to the President and Vice      distinguished fellowships, includ-                        Literature from
President of Operation of a major      ing the Thomas Savage, SJ Fellow-                         Yale University in
division at Brookstone, Inc., and      ship for excellence in Humanities;                        1986, then stud-
also held a similar position for the   the Russell Trust Award of the                            ied Creative Writ-
Operations Vice President at Lindt     University of St. Andrews; The                            ing and English
chocolate company. She is a native     McGuire-Peebles Fellowship at the      literature at Louisiana State Univer-
of Merrimack, NH and currently         Catholic University of America;        sity in Baton Rouge—receiving his
lives in Nashua enjoying her two       the Richard M. Weaver Fellowship;      M.F.A. in screenwriting and fiction
young grandchildren. A mother          the Marguerite Eyer Wilbur Fel-        in 1990, and his Ph.D. in English in
of two sons, she married her high      lowship; two Earhart Fellowships;      1996. He taught composition at LSU
school sweetheart thirty years ago.    and was a Salvatori Fellow at the      and screenwriting at Tulane Univer-
                                       Heritage Foundation (Washington,       sity, and has sold three screenplays
William Edmund Fahey                                                          to director Ronald Maxwell (Gods &
                   William Fahey       DC). His archeological work has
                                       lead him to Wales, the south-east      Generals and Gettysburg). His pro-
                   comes to Thom-                                             fessional experience includes work
                   as More College     coast of England, eastern Turkey
                                       and the Alpine valleys on Italy.       as Press Secretary to pro-life Louisi-
                   after nearly a                                             ana Governor Mike Foster, and as a
                   decade of teach-        Dr. Fahey’s scholarly interests    reporter and editor at Success maga-
                   ing at Christen-    extend from the Classical World        zine and Investor’s Business Daily,
                   dom      College    through the Fathers of the Church      among other publications. His es-
                   (Front Royal,       to the importance of Agrarian          says, poems, and other works have
Virginia), where he established the    thought on past and contemporary       appeared in First Things, The Weekly
Department of Classical and Early      culture. He has published in the       Standard, Front-Page Magazine, The
Christian Studies, of which he was     Bryn Mawr Classical Review, The        American Conservative, The Atlan-
Chairman. While at Christendom         St. Austin Review, Faith & Reason,     tic, Modern Age, The New Republic,
he has taught courses in Greek,        The University Bookman, Classical      and the National Catholic Register,
Latin, Classical and Byzantine His-    World, and The Classical Bulletin.     among other venues. He has con-
tory, Patristic Theology, Mediae-      Dr. Fahey has recently finished        tributed to American Conservatism:
val Political Thought, and Classi-     co-editing (with Joseph Pearce) a      An Encyclopedia and The Encyclope-
cal and Early Christian Literature.    volume of Hilaire Belloc’s political   dia of Catholic Social Thought. As a
Fahey also taught at The Catholic      thought, as well as an anthology on    Web editor, Dr. Zmirak created two
University of America, as well as at   the principle of subsidiarity. He      Catholic Internet portals, Catholic-
Brookfield Academy (Wisconsin)         is currently translating St. Robert and From
and the American Academy (St.          Bellarmine’s political writings.       2000-2004 he served as Senior Edi-
Davids, Pennsylvania). In addi-                                               tor of Faith & Family magazine and
a reporter at the National Catholic       Mr. Clark lives in California and      Rep. Maureen Mooney
Register, and he remains a contrib-    is married to Peggy Clark. They                             Rep. Maureen C.
uting editor at and The     have two children who both attend-                          Mooney is in her
American Conservative.                 ed the Thomas More College Col-                             third term in the
   Dr. Zmirak remains the editor-      legiate Summer Program.                                     New Hampshire
in-chief of the series of college                                                                  House of Repre-
                                       Victoria Hughes                                             sentatives serv-
guides published by Intercollegiate                        Victoria Hughes
Studies Institute, including Choos-                                                                ing the town of
                                                           established the                         Merrimack. Rep-
ing the Right College and All Ameri-                       Bill of Rights
can Colleges. His published works                                                resentative Mooney was appointed
                                                           Institute in 1999     the Assistant Republican Leader,
include Wilhelm Röpke (2001), The                          to educate the
Bad Catholic’s Guide to Good Living                                              and is a member of the Rules Com-
                                                           next generation       mittee and a third term member of
(2005), The Bad Catholic’s Guide                           about America’s
to Wine, Whiskey and Song, and                                                   the House Judiciary Committee.
                                                           Founding prin-
The Grand Inquisitor (forthcoming,     ciples. Under Victoria’s leadership,          Rep. Mooney has held several
2007), a blank-verse graphic novel.    the Bill of Rights Institute has pro-     offices in county and state govern-
He is a native of Astoria, New York,   vided more than 30,000 teachers           ment, and political organizations.
and has resided for most of his life   with instructional material on the        She has sponsored and co-spon-
on the same block where he was         Founding documents. In addition,          sored significant legislation, includ-
baptized and confirmed. Thomas         the Institute has conducted Consti-       ing enhancing taxpayer rights, ex-
More College is the first position     tutional Seminars for nearly 10,000       panding protection for abandoned
which has tempted him to relocate      teachers in order to increase their       children, and improving school
from his home soil, or, rather, as-    background knowledge and help             safe zones, among others. She has
phalt. Dr. Zmirak will join Thomas     them more effectively engage their        chaired numerous judiciary sub-
More College on August 1, 2007 as      students with America’s Founding          committees which address issues
Writer-in-Residence and Special        principles.                               such as eminent domain reform and
Assistant to the President.                                                      the Right-to-Know law, and chairs
                                           Prior to establishing the Bill        the Hillsborough County Sheriff ’s
                                       of Rights Institute, Mrs. Hughes          Department budget subcommittee.
TMC Board of Directors                 served in senior executive roles in       She served as a consultant for two
adds four new members                  several nonprofit and governmen-          presidential campaigns.
                                       tal organizations, including stints
Frederic Clark                                                                      Rep. Mooney serves on the Ad-
                                       at the Charles Koch Foundation,
                   Frederic Clark                                                visory Board of the Academy of the
                                       Citizens for a Sound Economy, the
                   is President of                                               Holy Family and is a Trustee of the
                                       Heritage Foundation, the March of
                   Pacific Equity                                                Thomas More College of Liberal
                                       Dimes Birth Defects Foundation,
                   Management                                                    Arts in Merrimack, NH. In 2006,
                                       and the U.S. Information Agency.
                   and Inner-City                                                she was named one of the New
                                       Mrs. Hughes also lived three years
                   S cholarship,                                                 Hampshire Union Leader’s “40 Un-
                                       in Barbados, where—as the wife of
                   Inc. He received                                              der Forty,” which recognizes out-
                                       the United States Ambassador—she
                   his A.B. degree                                               standing New Hampshire residents
                                       actively participated in many chari-
                   from University                                               under the age of 40. The Nashua
                                       table activities benefiting the islands
of Southern California, his J.D. de-                                             Area Federation of Republican
                                       of the Eastern Caribbean.
gree from University of California,                                              Women named her “2007 Republi-
Berkeley, and his M.B.A. from Har-         Mrs. Hughes began her career as       can Woman of the Year.”
vard University. He is on the board    a classroom teacher, and has taught
                                       in suburban Cincinnati, Boston,              Representative Mooney gradu-
of International Task Force on Eu-
                                       and inner-city Washington, D.C.           ated from the Academy of the Holy
thanasia and Assisted Suicide, Los
                                       She earned her degree in Education        Family in 1993, studied classical
Ninos, and Thomas More College.
                                       from the University of Dayton. She        humanities, art and architecture in
He is a volunteer teacher at an in-
                                       has been married to Ambassador            Rome, Italy, and Vatican City in
ner-city school and runs a scholar-
                                       Philip Hughes for 31 years. They re-      1995, received her B.A. in Politi-
ship program for inner-city youth.
                                       side in Falls Church, Virginia.           cal Science from the Thomas More
                                                                                 litical philosophy) at the University
 President Nelson meets Boston                                                   of Dallas. Edward lives in New Ha-
 Cardinal-Archbishop O’Malley                                                    ven, CT, with his wife, Molly (Class
                                                                                 of 1987), and their five children.
     As an active member of
 Legatus—a lay organiza-                                                         32nd Annual Collegiate
 tion made up of Catholic                                                        Summer Program begins
 business and organizational                                                        As this issue of Communitas
 leaders who seek to spread                                                      goes to print, high school students
 the Faith in both their                                                         from across the country have just
 professional and personal                                                       descended on Thomas More Col-
 lives—President O. Jeffrey                                                      lege’s campus for the 32nd Annual
 Nelson has had occasion to                                                      Collegiate Summer Program. Stu-
 meet many notable church-                                                       dents will emerge from this pro-
 men. He was particularly                                                        gram with a much better under-
 honored recently when, at                                                       standing and appreciation of the
 the Boston chapter meet-                                                        venerable culture of the Christian
 ing, he had the opportunity                                                     West by studying politics, litera-
 to speak with the primus in-                                                    ture, history, philosophy, and apol-
 ter pares of Catholic Ordinaries in the New England region, Sean Cardinal       ogetics for two full weeks.
 O’Malley, O.F.M., the cardinal-archbishop of Boston.
                                                                                     Participating students are sur-
    President Nelson reported the Cardinal as “very enthusiastic about           rounded by a community of learn-
 Thomas More College and our efforts.” In fact, he went on, “His Emi-            ers dedicated to renewing the
 nence described the work of humanely-scaled institutions, such as ours,         spirit of liberal learning and hu-
 as essential and at the heart of the Church’s efforts to foster the new         mane living as it was developed
 evangelization. He sees our College as a place that will help form future       in the Middle Ages and continued
 Christian leaders in every field of endeavor, as well as serve as a fount for   throughout Western history. They
 new vocations to the priestly and religious life.”                              are developing friendships that last
    Offering his personal impressions, President Nelson commented,               a lifetime as they study, play sports,
 “What I find especially admirable about the Cardinal is how he has, in          and pray together. Students are
 the face of considerable challenges, managed to maintain the cheerful           also participating in daytrips to
 disposition which permeates Franciscan spirituality. Despite his high           historic Boston’s Freedom Trail,
 ecclesiastical office, he has not dispensed himself from the evangelical        hiking on Mount Monadnock, and
 counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience. His fidelity to his religious     swimming off the coast of Maine.
 vows and the permanent things makes for a powerful witness in this age             The TMC faculty is also work-
 of materialism.”                                                                ing closely with each individual
                                                                                 student to improve their writing
                                                                                 skills so they can master one of the
College of Liberal Arts in 1997, and      and media industries. Edward’s         most important competencies nec-
received her J.D. degree from Mas-        professional background is in ven-     essary for success.
sachusetts School of Law in 2000.         ture capital and business advisory        Look for a full report on this
                                          services (Chase Capital Partners       year’s summer program in the fall
Edward O’Connor                           and JP Morgan Partners); he has        issue of Communitas.
             Edward O’Connor              also held executive and manage-
             is the managing              rial positions at ESPN, AGIC and
             partner of Exertus           Young Presidents’ Organization.        Want More?
             Partners, a global           Edward is an honors graduate of
             management con-              the University of Texas (B.A. and
             sulting firm fo-             M.A.), and has completed course-       for more TmC news and
             cused on the tech-           work toward the doctorate (in po-      information, visit us online at
             nology, telecom                                           
                                             Class Notes

1980s                                        Joseph Miceli (Class of 2001) was        Newcomer: Irena Teresa La-
    Sheila O’Connor-Ambrose (Class       awarded a Juris Doctor by Ave Ma-         Vergne, born to Monika Cooper
of 1986) was awarded a Ph.D. in          ria School of Law.                        (Class of 2003) and Benjamin La-
Women’s Studies by Emory Univer-           Meghan Keohane (Class of 2004)          Vergne (Class of 2004) on Decem-
sity.                                    was awarded a Master’s degree in          ber 30, 2006.
   Newcomer: Joseph Peter Lloyd,         English by Fordham University.               Newcomer: Timothy James
born to Susan Tardiff (Class of 1988)        Married: Marie Lizotte (Class         Corwin III, born to Emily Gunyan
and Gregory Lloyd on February 3,         of 2003) to Sean Poza at St. Kathryn      (Class of 2002) and Tim Corwin
2007.                                    Church in Hudson, New Hampshire.          (Class of 1999) on January 22, 2007.
                                            Married: Meghan Mulhern                   Kate Monaghan (Class of 2006)
1990s                                    (Class of 2006) to John Pakala (Class     was awarded a Philips Foundation
                                         of 2007) on June 15, 2007, in the         Journalism Fellowship to research
   Reginald Johnson (Class of 1992)
                                         Thomas More College Chapel.               and write on the topic “Political Ce-
has accepted the position of Dean of
                                                                                   lebrities: Celebrating Mediocrity in
Studies at Cardinal Newman School           Married: Jesse Kurtz (Class of
in Houston, Texas.                       2007) to Cara Whittaker on June 9,
   Kale Zelden (Class of 1995) has       2007, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
been appointed a teacher of Hu-
manities and English at Portsmouth
Abbey School.                             In Memorium: Beverly Arthur LeDonne
    Newcomer: Walter George Saf-
fian, born to John Saffian (Class of
1993) and Annette Artus (Class of
1995) on December 30, 2006.
    Newcomer: Hannah Marie Mag-
nificat Zelden, born to Kale (Class of
1995) and Dimi Zelden on February
1, 2007.
    Newcomer: Magdalena Rose                 With sorrow the College received news that on July 9, 2007, Beverly
Connolly, born to Kelly Maw (Class        Arthur LeDonne (Class of 1991) and her husband Mark drowned while
of 1997) and Ken Connolly on April        swimming in a lake near her hometown in Panama City, Florida, where
25, 2007.                                 they were visiting family.
   Newcomer: Isabella Gertrud                 Beverly always expressed gratitude for her Thomas More College edu-
Kohler, born to Renee Ryan (Class         cation and had provided for the College an incisive alumni testimonial
of 1997) and Johannes Kohler on           published on our web site (“The Question of Humanities”). We are grate-
June 14, 2007.                            ful for her, and honored to count her among our alumni. Beverly and her
                                          family are in our thoughts and prayers.
                                             Beverly was a literature major. Her junior project at TMC focused on
   Peter Skidd (Class of 2000) will       the poet W. B. Yeats. Before enrolling in the College, she attended the Col-
have art featured in “Extreme Make-       legiate Summer Program for High School Students. After graduation, she
over Home Edtion.”                        went on to earn a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Louisi-
   Kevin Lieberman (Class of 2000)        ana State University. She was the director of strategy at GCI-Internet. She
was ordained on May 26, 2007, at          resided in Saugus, Massachusetts.
San Nicola in Carcere, Rome, Italy.
                                              She is survived by a son, Joseph, and daughters, Emily and Olivia. Do-
  Joseph Brackett (Class of 2001)         nations to a trust fund that has been set up for the LeDonne’s children may
was awarded a Juris Doctor by Ave         be sent to The LeDonne Family Trust Fund, c/o TD Banknorth, 637 Lowell
Maria School of Law.                      St., Peabody, MA 01960.
think again.
        Education is a never-ending pro-           passive, lumpen world I previously in-
     cess—or should be. And what we learn          habited. Matter is active in revealing its
     depends largely on what catches our           colors and shapes to our eye. I think St.
     imagination. Recently, I learned some-        Denys would have appreciated this in-
     thing by chance that changed the way I        sight. The way light is passed on by mat-
     look at the world.                            ter is an analogy for the way spiritual il-
        Like many people, I grew up with the       lumination is passed down the hierarchy
     idea that the light by which we see things    of angels: each angel makes the light his
     emanates from a source, bounces off the       own, and illuminates the others by his
     thing I am looking at, and collides with a    own gift.
     cell in my retina. Not true, apparently.          If Thomas More College is to con-
         When a photon hits something, it is       tribute in a small way to the rebirth of
     absorbed. This energy is then radiated        civilization in the future, it will be by a
     back again as light: not the same pho-        kindling of the imagination. Faith and
     tons, but new ones. In a way, then, the       reason both need imagination to thrive
     whole world is glowing. The leaves on         and grow. They meet and embrace in the
     the trees are alight. Your eyes are (almost   images that our words constantly evoke,
     literally) shining like stars.                which are the vehicles of meaning. And
                                                   the beauty of images can point us to-
       Such a world is much more alive,            wards a truth that transcends them all.
     more beautiful, it seems to me, than the

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                                                   Editor, Second Spring

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