"The College of St. Thomas More" is getting a makeover. Well, to me it's more like a substantial change.
A modest, thirty-year old conservative Catholic college 'deep in the heart of Texas', The College of St. Thomas More has been undergoing a profound transformation. Under the leadership of its new president, Michael King, J.D., M.B.A., the College has been renamed "The College of Saints John Fisher and Thomas More," or "Fisher More College" for short, and has gotten on track towards becoming the leading traditional Catholic college in the US.
For over a year now, the traditional Latin Mass has been offered daily on campus by priests such as Fr. Wolfe, FSSP and Fr. Simon, TOR. The traditional Mass, together with the traditional Divine Office, are at the center of campus life (these being said daily and exclusively, i.e., no NO Masses on campus).
Moreover, Fisher More's President and Board of Trustees have been carefully selecting traditional Catholic scholars--several of whom are close friends of Ite ad Thomam and are participants in our Quaestiones disputatae--to assemble an all-traditional Catholic faculty. Fisher More's mission and curriculum have also been redone so as to reflect traditional Catholic views on education (cf. Pope Pius XI's Divini Illius Magisti). Scholastic Thomism and the Scholastic method are being incorporated as a central part of the curriculum. And all of this has the local bishop's blessing.
More recently, a beautiful, new website has been launched. Fisher More is also teaming up with Regina Coeli Academy (an experienced and tech-savvy traditional Catholic online program) to provide a completely online Associate's Degree (A.A.) as well as online courses towards the on-campus Bachellor's degree (B.A.). Among the online faculty is Yours truly.
Mindful of the economic needs of a large, traditional Catholic family, Fisher More strives to keep its tuition affordable and its degrees marketable in today's workplace, yet without sacrificing the liberal character of a classical education. The available concentrations (akin to 'majors') for the B.A. degree are Theology, Philosophy, Literature, History, and Classical Studies, and will soon include Commerce and Business Management. And, yes, it's all accredited.
To me it really looks like Fisher More is getting all its ducks in a row and that it is bound to thrive. As for my personal plans regarding Fisher More, I am exploring the possibility of joining their on-campus faculty in the near future. Please place this among your prayer intentions. Sancti Ioannes et Thoma, orate pro nobis!
Visit Fisher More's new website!