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Rogatio Moneyblast 2013

Posted by Rachel Shrader on October 1, 2013


Please join us for our Rogatio Moneyblast, October 7-13! During this week, we joyfully invite you to visit us, in-person and online, and get a unique glimpse of Fisher More College, what we do here, our mission and what we hope to achieve. Here on the Chronicles, we will be posting new videos, pictures and other new content produced specially for the Rogatio Moneyblast, showing you our campus and what life here is like.

As you know, we accept no government funding and keep tuition low so our students and their families are free of the burden of debt. In order to keep ourselves operating, we rely on the generosity of our dear friends and benefactors. We invite you to experience life here at Fisher More College, to learn more about us and to support us in whatever way you can during the Rogatio Moneyblast 2013.





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What: We invite you to visit our website every day from Oct. 7th through Oct. 13th as we post new videos and pictures featuring our students at the Traditional Latin Mass, praying the Holy Rosary, singing the Angelus, chanting Vespers as a community, taking classes, studying and just hanging out with each other, in short, living out the Catholic Faith as a college community! Please help us provide scholarships and operational support for our students and college.

When: October 7th (Feast of Our Lady of Victory) through October 13th (Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima), including a special day on October 11th (Feast of the Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary).

Where: Make a secure online donation here. Your donations are tax deductible.

Why: Help us raise $250,000 to restore our campus building (dedicated to Our Lady of Victory in 1909) back to its original purpose: Traditional Catholic Education and Formation.

Who should participate: One of our goals is that every Catholic who loves the rich and sacred traditions of our Faith, who is certain that fidelity to the eternal teachings and traditions of the Church is essential to a holy and excellent life, regardless of where (or whether) they attend the Traditional Latin Mass (Fraternity, Institute, Society, Diocesan- sponsored, etc.), will learn about Fisher More College and recognize that we exist for YOU and need YOUR SUPPORT. We are a unique college in many ways, one of which is our commitment to graduating students who have not been forced into debt dependency because of their education. We place our confidence in Divine Providence and in the generosity of good people like you to help us make this possible.

   




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As a parent, who currently has a student at Fisher More College, I would like to say a few words. 

Prior to learning about Fisher More College, we were not sure what we were going to do about college.  We knew we our child wanted to go to college but we did not want to send her to a state school and as we looked into the 5 or so more 'conservative-but-not-quite- traditional' Catholic college options, we just weren't pleased.  When we learned of Fisher More, approximately 1 1/2 years before we needed it, we started investigating the school and following its progression.  We were very pleased with what we saw.

My husband made a trip to the school and visited with a number of the faculty and the staff.  They were very open and welcoming.  They were eager to show him around and were very forthcoming with their plans for the school and their positions on topics that were important to us.

After my husband's visit, we determined that this school was a fit for our child and our family.  No school is perfect, but this school seems as close to it as we could have expected.  We only attend the TLM, and having the TLM available on a daily basis on campus was a big, big plus.  Not only is the TLM available everyday on campus but it is the only Mass on campus.  This school does not just tolerate our traditional Catholic children, this school was designed for our traditional Catholic children.  In addition, the full spiritual and prayer life was another plus.  That the school actually worked this into the daily life of the students is wonderful.  To see these students, in the Chapel, praying together multiple times throughout the day is an amazing site that literally brings tears to my eyes.

After his visit, my husband described the school to me and it sounded great.  However, when we arrived at the school this fall, I found the school to be even better than what he was able to describe to me in words.  It was truly fantastic.  Honestly, I wished that I could be a student all over again and go to school there.  On top of the things I already mentioned, we took the time to meet and speak with some of the professors, the admin and the staff.  We were very impressed and we felt very secure in dropping our child off at the school.  Leaving a child anywhere, even at the college age, is very hard to do.  That said, it really helps if you are happy with and can trust the place you are leaving your child.  Fisher More is that place.

They take their responsibility of caring for and educating our children seriously.  They hold themselves accountable.  They are concerned with the entire formation of our young adult children - not just intellectually, but spiritually also.  The education is top notch and according to the perennial teachings of the Church.  The class schedule is rigorous.  This is a real school.  On top of that they also make sure to incorporate a good, strong spiritual life throughout each day - which begins first thing in the morning and runs through the evening.  Oh, did I tell you that the school is also accredited?

The students were also very impressive.  So many traditional Catholic children, most from families of 6-10 children.  My impression of ALL the students was that they were polite, respectful and extremely helpful.  They almost all seem to become instant friends and family.  In fact, that was how it felt to be there, as if we were visiting family - the faculty, staff and students all seem to feel like a big family!

The school also offers many other opportunities for the students.  If they have clerical work or some other item that needs to be done, they will make a point to offer that opportunity to the students before sourcing out to someone else.  This allows the student to gain work experience and earn a little money in the process.  There are a number of opportunities and internships that pop up throughout the year for the students.

On top of all this, the school makes a point to keep tuition down as much as possible.  Currently, tuition is set at $5000 a semester - this includes room and board.  $5000 a semester is cheaper than all state schools and private colleges.  In many cases, it is even cheaper than community college - especially since the $5000 includes room and board.  On top of all that, the school still offers assistance to those who find that the $5000 a semester is still beyond their means.

They keep tuition down in a number of ways.  One, is the St. Benedict service program that all the students participate in.  Each Friday is a service day.  The students are group into 'teams' so to speak and they each have an assigned cleaning area - which rotates.  By doing this, the school does not have to pay for a janitor to do the cleaning and can cut down on some expense there.  This also teaches the students to work together.

Another way is by donations from benefactors.  This is probably the most important aspect of keeping the tuition down.  Without the benefactors, the school would not be able to keep tuition so low.  It is an important part of the schools mission to keep tuition low because they want to make sure that children from large Catholic families are able to attend college.  These children are are future and we have to provide them with a good, solid Catholic education at this crucial stage in their lives when they are entering adulthood.  The school knows this and is trying desperately to provide this for all traditional Catholic students.  Just an aside note, I am sure some are wondering about Fisher More's position on the SSPX.  Fisher More is not anti-SSPX.  They are very supportive and there are a number of students from SSPX Chapels who currently attend Fisher More.

A school like Fisher More has been needed for a very long time.  Traditional Catholics everywhere have been struggling with what to do when their children reach college age.  Fisher More is the answer.  We finally have a school that is meant for us.  We finally have a traditional Catholic college that we can feel comfortable with sending our students to.

Please, if you are able to contribute in anyway, please consider doing so.  Even small contributions of $5, $10, or $20 dollars will go a long way to helping the school meet their fundraising goals, which will ensure that the school can continue on.



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Fisher More College is pleased to announce the mailing of its first ever Rogatio letter to be distributed nationally and internationally.  The letter was written on Thursday, August 22, 2013, the glorious feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. On that same day, the College was consecrated to the Immaculate Heart. Please click on the graphic below to read the letter in its entirety. To receive future mailings, please email jason.fabaz@fishermore.edu.


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Omnípotens sempitérne Deus, qui in Corde beátæ Maríæ Vírginis dignum Spíritus Sancti habitáculum præparásti: concéde propítius; ut eiúsdem immaculáti Cordis festivitátem devóta mente recoléntes, secúndum cor tuum vívere valeámus.

(Almighty, everlasting God, Who in the Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary prepared a dwelling place worthy of the Holy Spirit; graciously grant that we, who are devoutly keeping the feast of her Immaculate Heart, may be able to live according to Your Heart.)
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Beautiful pictures, thank you. Praying for this lovely College & the students.  :pray2:
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On this feast of the great translator of the Holy Scriptures, St. Jerome, Fisher More College is excited to present the Fisher More Chronicles! In the Chronicles, we will be posting news from the College, videos and pictures of the happenings at Fisher More, upcoming events, articles by the College and Academy students and all manner of other things!

www.fishermore.edu/chronicles

The Chronicles have been long under construction and we appreciate the patience required of you as it was getting on its feet.

It is with great joy that we invite you to follow our chronicling. Whether you are a student, relative of a student, benefactor, friend of Fisher More or total stranger who has never heard of us, we say to one and all, welcome. Through the Chronicles, you can get to know us and what we do here. We hope that this page will be for you a source of good news, joy and fellowship with the Fisher More College community.
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From the Fisher More Chronicles:



North & South
Posted by Marlene Schuler on September 24, 2013

College. It’s a big word. I don’t mean the number of letters and syllables… I mean in a metaphorical sense. For the typical freshman, the word is either an intoxicating dream or a frantic nightmare (I believe I speak for all of FMC when I say that Latin is definitely the second one). Nights of staying up late ‘studying’, random romps to fast food establishments, intramurals and sign up sheets, oyez.

According to a study by Slugbooks[1], about 55% of students attend a college less than 100 miles from home. I don’t care if you go to Wyoming Catholic or TAC, that’s a heck of a lot of adjustment and responsibility. You live away from parents, you learn to live with non-family people, you learn to schedule and re-schedule your life.

So yeah, being a freshmen is a great big whoppin’ serving of stress.

And then, there’s me. Apparently, less than 14% of students[2] live more than 500 miles away from home. Yup. Pennsylvania to Texas… that’s a long way. There’s a big difference culturally and climate-wise between those two states. Mmhmm.

North and South. The Great Divide. Mason-Dixon line. St. Paul meets Minneapolis.

Let me just say this; I’m the kind of person that would rather be freezing cold than burning hot. That’s a big reason why I shouldn’t be here. Believe me when I say I like my gorgeous, cool falls and my cozy sweaters. Half my clothes are meant to be worn in the cold. I like hot chocolate and marshmallows by firesides, I like the sound of snow crunching beneath my feet, I like the warm fuzzy feeling that a White Christmas brings. So, to put it plainly, I like the cold.

Another reason why I shouldn’t be in Texas? I’m a homebody. I’ve never been away from home for extremely extended periods of time, so the fact that I’m suddenly in an apartment in the middle of Fort Worth is slightly astonishing. If someone had told me that last year at this time, I would not have believed them.

But distance and temperature aren’t the only two things that I have to worry about (on top of typical freshman quandaries). Where I’m from, there are medium-sized mountains, we’re big into deer-hunting (I mean obsessive… have you ever seen someone shoot a deer with a bow from a balcony in the middle of a town?), we wear plaid all the time, and we have stores like Boscov’s and Bon-Ton.

Apparently in Edna-Ferber-Land, things are quite different. Perhaps it’s cliché to say that everything is a heck of a lot bigger here in TX, but… it’s totally true. Gosh, the grasshoppers are R.O.U.S.’s [Editor's note: "Rodents of Unusual Size," a  Princess Bride reference.] compared to the ones in PA.

So yeah. I’m a stranger in a strange land. But you know what? Fisher More is so worth it. So so worth it.

Despite all the ‘problems’, typical and non, I feel totally at home here. Heck, when I visited a few days before the residence halls opened up I even felt at home. As cliché as this probably sounds by now, Fisher More is like a family. Well, an extended family with cousins and the uncles you don’t invite to family reunions (kidding, there aren’t any of those here). The atmosphere is warm and inviting, the people just want to say “hisuphowzitgoingokayletmeintroduceyoutopeople”, the food is awesome (can’t beat it, actually), and the classes rock.

Coming as a visitor? FMC doesn’t care. They just want to be your friend. Trust me when I say that. We’ve had a couple visitors already and I think they were just as at home as I am now. Coming as a student? Let us at you. We will be your best friends for life (literally). Coming as a parent and previewing the school for your child/ren? Let me just say this: you’re going to want to become a teen again so you can come here. No joke.

So… in the end, I think I’ll stay a while. Besides, I don’t have air conditioning in my room at home.

[1] Infographic can be found here: http://www.slugbooks.com/how-to-survive-...-year.html

[2] Ibid.



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From the Fisher More Chronicles:

From Heart to Heart: The Transferring and Transformation of Our Chapel
Posted by Kyle Boor on September 23, 2013



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Any operation entailing the transportation of a heart by nature renders itself a meticulous, arduous, and stress-inducing task—all the more so if it involves sacred vessels, fragile statues, and altars. By nature at the center and core, the heart resembles the whole, providing immediate and imperative life to the rest of its members, and this heart of the campus of the College of Saints John Fisher and Thomas More is the chapel of Christ the Teacher—a building which had gloriously housed its last Mass the day before the most solemn feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. On Saturday, June 8, the task laid before the members of Fisher More’s community who remained was the transportation of all within the structure itself to the Our Lady of Victory building so that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass could be celebrated in the new campus at 801 W. Shaw—for the first time in over two decades. This day, the day of days for us, was the beginning of our stewardship at Our Lady of Victory. It stands as a microcosm of the summer’s move because by it, our Life’s Blood, our Sustenance, that great miracle—Mass, heaven on earth—could happen at Fisher More in our chapel at our new location.


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​​For this wonderful and historic event to occur, all the objects within the structure must commence on a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Victory. All articles that made the Holy Sacrifice possible at Christ the Teacher needed to journey two miles east for the new birth of the chapel to occur. The sacred vessels, choir books, pews and votive candle stands, the statues of our patrons, Our Lady of Zion and St. Anthony, seven Missals, the thurible and bells, the holy water font, kneelers and pews, altar candles, votive candles, tabernacle lamps, chapel veils, cassocks and surplices, maniples, chasubles, amices, stoles, birettas, corporals and palls, chapel stands and crucifix—all needed to be taken. Even with this plethora of sacramentals, several key items remained—the altar rail, drilled into the floor, and altar partially composed of marble and on two separate ledges. Last but most important of all – the heart of the chapel itself – the tabernacle, the Sacred Body of Our Lord, must return to Our Lady.

​​The 15th of June hit the ground running. The local handyman, Nick Verzino, and a few selected assistants found themselves tasked at 9 AM with the vital duty of cleanly and promptly removing the altar rail; then immediately charged with reinstalling that same rail for the faithful’s use a mere 25 hours later. The sense of urgency was not limited merely to the transport crew, but the cleaning team as well who tackled their task head on: to clean the past and future chapel on Shaw from its present dirty and dusty state as an oratory back into a respectable house of God. Under the watchful eye of Mrs. King, the command was given for the floors to be swept, vacuumed, and ​​​​mopped, the windowsills dusted, the light globes and windows washed, ​​​​and the sanctuary left glistening for the Holy of Holies.

​​​​​For the rest of the crew, the working day was delayed to 10 AM ​​​​because of a slight problem involving U-Haul trucks. The anticipation was ​​​similar to the two weeks we waited for the hauling of campus to begin – ​​​​something great was taking place soon and every delayed moment brought ​​​aggravation. Once the opportunity came, to work we went—and without ​​​​delay! It’s not often one is charged with saving items from a chapel before ​​​said sacred place will be razed to the ground. To allow for space, all 100 ​​​​chairs and kneelers needed transport, so in they went—all 100 chairs and ​​​​various boxes into the moving truck in one trip. Upon shuttling the pews ​​​and laborers to the new campus, all 100 seats needed to be aligned at the ​​​​core of the building, the chapel-to-be. For the hired hands, this required ​​​​bearing five score kneelers and chairs up to the oratory to be placed in ​​​​front of the newly installed altar rail, a duty which was completed ​​​​​promptly and with great vigor.



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​​​​After this initial phase came the even more difficult task: delicately drawing the altar out of the Chapel of Christ the Teacher all the while mitigating any possible damage to the altar itself. While a few brave men charged with this herculean task labored away, the others worked the hours away packaging, sealing, and loading boxes filled with items from the priest’s area, the altar boy’s vesting, the choir loft, and the sacristy. The completion of all of this called for a lunch break—at 3:00 PM. Nevertheless, the need for this break to be snappy was felt by all, though not mandated by anyone. All tasks resumed at the latest a mere half hour later.


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Whilst some student workers loaded various boxes, packages, and bags, others shined the tabernacle and brass candlesticks, and, finally, the altar itself needed transportation into Our Lady of Victory and final positioning in the sanctuary. This altar consists in a wooden base with formidably heavy black marble rectangles protruding at the corners and a matching slab to cover all twelve square feet of the top—all in all, a challenge to gently bear. Before this altar could be re-erected, a podium of sorts was desired to replicate steps. Fittingly, the platforms used for the College’s Year of Faith lecture series were called back into action in order to hold up the Greatest event—the Mass. After calling up the temporary platforms two floors and centering them accordingly, the altar itself moved up. Summoning the strength of six men, the altar was finally set in its proper place –painstakingly centered in the newly transformed chapel.


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Certainly, it was a great moment when the last touches were completed. With the appropriate devotionals set on the Epistle and Gospel sides, the statues of Our Lady and the Saints were marched in. Our president, Mr. Michael King, came down the center proudly bearing our two patrons, Saint John Fisher to be placed on the left, and Saint Thomas More on the right. Accordingly, they were gently placed on their appropriate stands—St. Thomas on the Epistle side, St. John on the Gospel side. The floors were dry-mopped to clean the debris from the second stage of hauling and we all took a deep breath. A weary sigh of relief ensued. It no longer looked as the spare room for the many folding chairs and tables as it had been a few revolutions of the clock beforehand, but a chapel.

​​All could now turn around and look out and see a hard day’s work coming into fruition—the seats arranged in rows of six, the statues of our patrons, Our Lady of Zion, Our Lady of Sorrows, St. Joseph, the Infant of Prague, and the altar now bedecked with its gradines (steps on the altar itself for candles, relics, and flowers). Our altar stood confidently with shining tabernacle and candlesticks on top. The holy water font called all to its water at the entrance to the chapel, the ambo on the Gospel side stood proud and upright as a Roman centurion, the crucifix proclaimed the glorious Gospel to all, and prominently resting above all, the altar rail humbly waited for its people to return to it—a true and glorious sight to see at 7 PM in the midst of a perspiration-inducing North Texas summer. We sent members of the choir to try out the acoustics of the choir loft, and our ears promptly received the beautiful notes and words of Ave Maria. Our chaplain, Father Orlowski, tested out the sound from the altar and chanted a resonating “DOMINVS VOBISCVM” throughout the whole of the chapel. All had a smile on his face. Perhaps we were enamored by the simple beauty of the chapel, perhaps by the fact that we were finished working for the day, perhaps we were thinking of Mass the next day—regardless, a look of content gleamed from all. I think even the floorboards gave a sigh, evidenced by the audible creak here or there. It were as if that piece of wood designed to bear the servants of God was relieved to know it would once again resume its purpose after a sabbatical stretching two decades and a half from its intended purpose to partake in giving the greatest glory to God.



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All enjoyed a well earned meal amid good company, but the night did not end there. A few volunteered to work after dinner to retrieve the last few items remaining in the old chapel. The U-Haul had been returned, so it was up to the Graheks’ and Kings’ trusty old suburbans to do the last bit of loading. Once all was in, the chapel needed to be tidied once more, boxes unpacked, organized, and the sacristies prepared for Mass. While Mr. Grahek and Louis Bogowith worked on installing an ornery rod into the wall to hang the priest’s vestments, others again scoured the chapel for any loose bits of trash, dirt, or dust that may have evaded the furious scrubbing and wiping earlier that day. When all was said and done for the night, the clock had slipped to a quarter to one as the last of the crew made it home. Although it was a night of sleep well-earned, the festivities of the day were about to commence.


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​The eighth hour of the day had scarcely rolled around when a mad rush frantically ensued. Fr. Orlowski was in dire need of blessing the building, and so he swept any possible demons lurking amid the structure with aspergelium and thurible in the trusty hands of Michael King Jr. and Frank Maldonado. Gabriel Bogowith and Christopher Bartz were hot on his heels chanting the Litany of the Saints throughout the works. Meanwhile, the rest of the servers, Louis Bogowith, Jordan Chell, and myself, prepared for the ensuing Missa Cantata of the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. As we ascended up the stairs to the third floor, we could hear the choir rehearsing their pieces for this day—the day which had finally arrived. The last of the incense wafted towards the rafters and holy water had permeated and suffused the building. Before the Mass began, Father pronounced the words of blessing for an oratory in the chapel, and we proceeded directly from there into the Asperges. From there, a joyful and much anticipated trip into a foreshadowing of heaven ensued—an efflorescence that would baffle the vocabulary of even the Angelic Doctor himself. After a long laborious day, night, and morning’s work, our souls could now rest at peace– the Cor is at our core.  Witnessing the red flicker in the tabernacle lamp, the reassurance glanced over us that the Heart of Hearts rested and would beat in the heart of our school—and now that we have Christ physically at the core of our school, we can now safely say, where our treasure is, there our heart is also.


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From the Fisher More Chronicles:


Setting Sail: A Recap of Mr. King’s Address at Orientation
Posted by Regina Inglin on September 3, 2013



The morning of September 2, 2013 dawned steady and bright at Fisher More College—much like the future of those students who would gather at 9 a.m. within the hull of that vessel of education for the promulgation of the new year’s marching orders. After the school Chaplain, Fr. Orlowski, led the students and faculty in The Prayer to the Holy Ghost, Mr. King addressed the students as a whole for the first time that school year. With a welcoming smile, the President looked over the sea of faces before him and kindly, but also firmly, reassured the young people present that life at Fisher More has the capacity to nurture the academic attitude for each student through a solid structure of effort, good will, prayer, and enthusiasm. Furthermore, Mr. King added, such a structure, in addition to encompassing virtues in the students, wears down and nearly eradicates hesitations, imperfections, and faults. Most importantly and best of all, with such instruction from the saints, demons are ultimately powerless against such a force of life.

Next, the President proceeded to encourage all the students, between their inevitable scrambling to learn the ropes and moments of recreation, to take time for prayer; for the most precious cargo of this five-decker vessel of Her Majesty the Church is the Blessed Sacrament. Mr. King strongly encouraged each and every one on campus to work on their interior life because, as the saintly Dom Chautard said, “when we participate with the liturgy… Holy Mother Church predisposes us to virtue.” In those moments of prayer and virtue, we join the Church in prayer – the Eucharist being the source of grace with which we survive the events of our day.

In conclusion, the President expressed a fond welcome to those returning, and for those students embarking on this, their maiden voyage, wished a pleasant and blessed journey. As professional learners, life constantly reminds us that “a smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.” That morning, however, we were reassured of the faculty’s support and prayers for our transitioning states in life, and that we could always draw from their experiences and lessons as teachers, since they once trod the choppy waters of a student’s lot. We left orientation that day reminded that each one of us students are the groundwork for the college; and, furthermore, will develop the personality of the school as we fight our battles and hardships. Above all, our victories and attitudes towards difficulties will also play a key role, both in its formation and ours. With these words in mind, all the students filed out of the room, steeped in excitement for this year’s upcoming odyssey, prepped and ready to tackle the uncharted waters of the education at Fisher More.



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For additional articles from the Fisher More Chronicles, please visit the website and click on the link for the Chronicles.  The above features are meant to give you a feel for the school and the students.  I hope you enjoy them!
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Worthy of Note: Fisher More College
by Catholicism.org September 18, 2013

The new College of Saints John Fisher & Thomas More (“Fisher More College”) in Fort Worth, Texas, is one of several small Catholic colleges working to recapture the true liberal arts tradition in Catholic higher education.  Unlike the others, it boasts being:

…the only College in the United States which is singularly devoted to the Traditional Latin Mass and the teaching of the Doctrines of the Catholic Church “always in the same sense and with the same interpretation” so “that the absolute and immutable truth preached by the apostles from the beginning may never be believed to be different, may never be understood in any other way.” (The Oath Against Modernism, Pope St. Pius X, 1st of September, 1910 A.D.)

The College’s motto is Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi, Lex Vivendi — a great consecrated phrase of Catholic wisdom that we teach our high school students at our own IHM School. (The lex vivendi is a later addition.)

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