** Fisher More College – 1st -ever Rogatio Moneyblast 10/7-13/2013 – PLEASE HELP**

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.

 

 

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 hereYour 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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13 comments on “** Fisher More College – 1st -ever Rogatio Moneyblast 10/7-13/2013 – PLEASE HELP**

  1. Rogatio Letter

    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.

    Read more: fishermore.edu/wp-content/uploads/Fall-2013-Rogatio-Letter.pdf

    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.)

  2. College Launches Fisher More Chronicles

    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.

  3. 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: www.slugbooks.com/how-to-survive-freshman-year.html

    [2] Ibid.

    fishermore.edu/chronicles/north-south/

  4. From the Fisher More Chronicles:

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

    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.

    ​​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.

    ​​​​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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    ​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.

    fishermore.edu/chronicles/from-heart-to-heart/

  5. 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.

    fishermore.edu/chronicles/mr-kings-address/

    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!

  6. 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.

  7. Worthy of Note: Fisher More College
    by Catholicism.org September 18, 2013

    The new College of Saints John Fisher & Thomas More (“Fisher More College”) – fishermore.edu/welcome/ – 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 ( catholicism.org/lex-orandi-lex-credendi.html ) that we teach our high school students at our own IHM School. (The lex vivendi is a later addition.)

    catholicism.org/worthy-of-note-fisher-more-college.html

  8. Saint John Fisher (1535)
    by The Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary July 6, 2000

    Saint John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester in England, and Chancellor of the University of Cambridge at the time when the adulterous Henry VIII was seceding from the Catholic Church and founding a religion of his own, was the most notable Catholic bishop who opposed him. Saint John Fisher was a brave supporter of the Catholic queen, Catherine of Aragon. He refused to take an oath of supremacy to the heretical Henry VIII. He was seized and thrown into the Tower of London. While there, the Holy Father, Pope Paul III, made him a cardinal. Henry VIII, when he heard this, in furious anger swore that Cardinal Fisher would not have a head on which to put the red hat that the Pope would give him. Saint John Fisher was beheaded. Anne Boleyn, the illegitimate wife of Henry VIII, whom he later murdered, asked for the head of Saint John Fisher, and, like Herodias with the head of Saint John the Baptist, struck it with her hand. One of his teeth made a wound in her hand, which never healed.

    There were, from 1535 to 1681, only six hundred candidates for heroic sanctity among all the English Catholic people. Fifty-four of these were beatified by Pope Leo XIII, on December 29, 1886, and nine others on May 13, 1895. One hundred and thirty-four more were beatified by Pope Pius XI in 1929. Saint Thomas More and Saint John Fisher were both canonized by Pope Pius XI on May 19, 1935. Forty martyrs of England and Wales were canonized by Pope Paul Vl in 1970. The fewness of the English martyrs shows us that Henry VIII did not completely lose the Faith for England. The English people lost it for themselves.

    catholicism.org/saint-john-fisher-1535.html

  9. Saint Thomas More (1535)
    by The Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary July 6, 2000

    He was the wonderful English martyr, Chancellor of the Realm, who was beheaded on Tower Hill, just outside London, for not giving in to the heretical Henry VIII, who denied the supremacy of our Holy Father the Pope over the whole Catholic and Christian world. Henry VIII, the founder of the Episcopal Church, was an English king who married six wives, and murdered two of them. Saint Thomas More would not submit to him as head of the Church that Christ founded. Because Henry VIII set up bishops in place of the Pope (which accounts for the name Episcopalian, taken from episcopi, the Latin word for bishops), other groups were induced by various influences, to set up: ministers for the Presbyterians, congregations for the Congregationalists, liturgies for the Baptists, ideas for the Methodists, or ideas with some sort of hierarchical setup for the Methodist Episcopals. Saint Thomas More was only fifty-seven years old when the Anglicans (the Episcopalians) martyred him.

    catholicism.org/saint-thomas-more-1535.html

  10. Meditations Upon The Seven Daily Prayers of Saint John Fisher
    by Br. Thomas Moore, M.I.C.M., Tert. May 30, 2008

    SAINT JOHN FISHER, whose feast day falls on June 22, was born in 1469 in Beverly, Yorkshire, England. He was Bishop of Rochester for thirty-three years and was a solicitous bishop, stir­ring preacher, brilliant scholar, and model of every virtue. He hated heresy in any form, but he maintained a charity and gentle­ness towards heretics that con­verted many back to the Faith. When King Henry VIII demand­ed recognition of himself as supreme head of the Church in England and repudiation of the pope, Saint John refused to com­ply and for this was imprisoned in the Tower of London. Fourteen months later, on June 22, 1535, he was martyred by decapitation on Tower Hill, just two weeks before Saint Thomas More suffered the same glorious fate.

    Saint John’s sister, Elizabeth White, was a saintly Dominican nun. While imprisoned in the Tower, he wrote two devotional works for her. One, titled The Ways to Perfect Religion, concluded with seven sentences, each a short prayer intended to be used on successive days of the week. In our consideration of these prayers, we should bear in mind: first, Saint John’s deep reverence for the Holy Name of Jesus, to whom each prayer is addressed; and second, his great devotion to the Daily Office, the official prayer of the Church, which takes into account the liturgical character of each day of the week. Sancte Joannes, ora pro nobis!

    Sunday

    O blessed Jesu, make me to love Thee entirely.

    Sunday, the first day of the calendar week and the Christian Sabbath, is consecrated to the Most Holy Trinity. It is the day on which the great work of Crea­tion was begun by the Father (Gen.1:1), with the Son (St. John 1:3; Col.1:16) and the Holy Ghost (Gen. 1:2).

    Sunday is also the day of Redemption, the day when Our Lord rose from the dead to glorious life, granting a share in that same life to His faithful ser­vants, those who wholeheartedly respond to the Holy Spirit.

    And Sunday is the day of Pentecost, the day of the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the Apostles in the Cenacle (Acts 2 4). Pentecost is the birthday of the Church, which the Father sent the Son to found.

    Creation, redemption, sanc­tification; all hallow Sunday, all are the work of the Holy Trinity, all speak most eloquently of the great love God cherishes for His children. Thus spoke David of this day of days: “This is the day which the Lord hath made: let us be glad and rejoice therein.” (Ps. 117: 24). Small wonder the Lord wishes all work to be suspended on this day, in order that it may be devoted entirely to Him!

    Saint John Fisher, who was shortly to die for the Lord Who died for him, yet felt unworthy of the honor, cast himself at the feet of Jesus daily and implored the gifts of constancy, perfect aban­donment to His will, and perfect love of Him.

    Monday

    O blessed Jesu, I would fain, but without Thy help I cannot.

    Monday is the second day of the week and the first on which work is permitted. After the day of rest begins a week of labor and battle. By ourselves we are helpless; but with God’s help all things are possible (St. Matt. 19: 26). God has given us the ho­ly angels to guide and assist us (Ps. 90:11), and it is to them that Monday is consecrated. The word “angel” refers to a duty, not a nature. Thus, when we implore the help of Our Lord for either spiritual or temporal favors, He sends His spirits (which we then call “angels”) to assist us, guide us, and protect us. Asking the help of Jesus is asking Him to send us His angels. Devotion to the holy angels is one way of acknowledging our complete helplessness and dependence upon God and thus it is highly pleasing to Him.

    Do we seek His help in all things? (Eph. 6:18) Or do we vainly and sinfully presume our own ability? With our heartfelt prayer to Jesus upon our lips and confidence in our hearts, we shall face the week with joy.

    Tuesday

    O blessed Jesu, let me deeply consider the greatness of Thy love towards me.

    We are never alone. Although the week’s battle is raging, we can draw comfort from the knowledge of God’s love for us. His love is shown most clearly in the visible Church, which constantly nourishes and sustains us.

    Tuesday, the third day of the week, is dedicated to the Apostles, the original “Fathers” of the Church. Everything the Church knows and every doctrine she pronounces and teaches were known, pronounced and taught by the twelve Apostles. The Catholic Church alone can call itself Apostolic. Jesus, in His great love for us, gave us the Apostolic church and promised to safeguard her against doctrinal error until the end of time. And He made His Church visible, discoverable, and accessible to all men in order that all may find light, holiness, and salvation in her. It was for this Church that Saint John Fisher lived and was martyred.

    Considering the greatness of Jesus’ love towards us, can we do less than share that love with others by sharing our Faith with them?

    Wednesday

    O blessed Jesu, give unto me grace heartily to thank Thee for Thy benefits.
    Wednesday is the central point of the week. The battle of virtue against vice is consequently at its height. Wednesday is the day of Judas’ betrayal of Our Lord for thirty pieces of silver. Why then, is Wednesday an appropriate day to thank Jesus for His benefits?

    The Church has dedicated Wednesday to Saint Joseph, the husband of Mary, virginal father of Jesus, and patron and defender of the Universal Church. Next to Mary, no saint can be preferred to or compared with him. His digni­ty is higher than that of all of the Apostles, popes, angels, and saints. He alone of creatures was and is called “father” by the Word-made-flesh. His interces­sion with Jesus is more powerful than that of any saint except Our Lady.

    Saint Teresa of Avila did “not remember at any time having ask­ed him for anything which he did not grant” and stated that while other saints seem to have power to help us in only one type of necessity, “Saint Joseph helps us in all kinds of needs.” What greater benefit could we have than such a helper on this day? Let us thank Our Lord for the gift of Saint Joseph’s intercession and not fail to implore that interces­sion in all of our needs!

    Thursday

    O blessed Jesu, give me good will to serve Thee and to suffer.

    Thursday, the fifth day of the week, is consecrated to the Holy Eucharist, for it was on this day that Our Lord instituted the greatest of the Sacraments. The entire sacramental system (in­deed, the entire Church) is centered in what has the distinc­tion of being called the Blessed Sacrament. The Sacrament of the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Our Savior under the ap­pearances of bread and wine is so essential to the spiritual life that Jesus Himself declared It to be indispensable to salvation (St. John 6 54). So devoted was Saint John Fisher to this Mystery that whenever he said Mass, according to an early biographer, “ye might then perceive him in such earnest devotion that many times the tears would fall from his cheeks.”

    But the glorious institution of the Eucharist was shortly follow­ed by the agony of Gethsemane. It was there that the Apostles, who had just been Sacramentally united to Jesus, cowardly deserted Him. How many so-called Christians have followed their example! “Many follow Jesus to the breaking of Bread, but few to the drinking of the Chalice of His Passion” (Imita­tion of Christ, Book II, Ch. 11).

    St. John Fisher, who witnessed the desertion of every bishop in England except himself, was aware that the will to serve Our Lord is inseparable from suffer­ing. When he had been sent to the Tower of London on April 17, 1534, for refusing to deny the Pope’s authority, his house was eagerly rifled by the king’s agents, who hoped to enrich themselves and their master. Finding nothing of value except books, the thieves at last dis­covered a locked coffer in the oratory. “But when it was open,” runs the account, “they found within it, instead of the gold and silver they looked for, a shirt of hair and two or three whips wherewith he used full often to punish himself.”

    Friday

    O sweet Jesu, give me a natural remembrance of Thy Passion.

    Friday, the sixth day of the week, is consecrated to the Pas­sion of Our Lord, the contempla­tion of which was a favorite devo­tion of Saint John Fisher. The saint was doubtless aware that Adam was created on a Friday, the sixth day of the first week, and that Our Lord had been crucified on the hill called the Skull (also on a Friday), which the Jews had long pointed out as the burial place of Adam. The Chris­tian legend is that the Cross of Jesus was planted atop the skull of Adam at His Crucifixion. Saint John, very likely with this connection in mind, and to remind himself of death (Ecclus. 7 40), kept a skull on the altar at Mass and on the table before him as he ate.

    The resemblance between our saint and his namesake, Saint John the Evangelist, is remarkable. Both were bishops at times when the Church was under severe persecution by dissolute monarchs. Both were fishers: the Bishop of Rochester in name, and the Evangelist by profession. Both became fishers of men by preaching and example. Both suf­fered for the Faith, lived to old age, were imprisoned, and are ac­counted martyrs of the Church. Both wrote and preached against lax clergy and heresy. Both were apostles of charity and were devoted to Our Lady.*

    As Fisher was the only bishop in England to remain faithful to Christ’s Church, so was the Evangelist the only Apostle to be found at the foot of the Cross. Just prior to reaching the scaffold, Cardinal Fisher (he had been created a Cardinal while in prison) opened his New Testament for the last time. We are not sur­prised to learn that it was upon the Gospel according to Saint John the Evangelist that his eye fell. And this is what he read:

    Now this is eternal life: that they may know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Whom Thou hast sent.

    He closed the Book, saying “Here is even learning enough for me to my life’s end.” Thus did the saint end his life re-affirming the truth that eternal life is in knowing God and His Son; and by his death he declared that the way to this knowledge is the Catholic Church.

    Saturday

    O sweet Jesu, possess my heart, hold and keep it only to Thee.

    Saturday, the seventh and last day of the week, is dedicated to Our Lady. It is also a day special to the Church Suffering, for on that day each week, according to ancient authority, Our Lady visits Purgatory and delivers a number of souls to eternal bliss. Thus, Saturday, the end of the week, reminds us of the end of our earthly life and the judgment to follow. Mary, Purgatory, and death were all subjects of ser­mons by Saint John Fisher.

    The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary await our heart to complete the loving trinity. When we ask them to possess, hold, and keep our heart, we are asking them to mold and shape it, making it conform to their hearts in every way. Our attitude should be one of total surrender to the Will of God, especially at the hour of death. This is the meaning of the peti­tion in the second half of the Hail Mary, for devotion to the Mother infallibly leads us to the Sacred Heart of her Son.

    * * *

    SAINT JOHN FISHER declared on the scaffold that he had come “to die for the faith of Christ’s Catholic Church.” Yet, he never trusted his own constan­cy and asked the witnesses of his martyrdom to pray “that at the very point and instant of my death’s stroke, and in the very moment of my death, I then faint not in any point of the Catholic Faith for any fear.”

    The willingness of this great saint to suffer death rather than rend the seamless garment of Christ’s Church must serve as an example to all of us, especially in these compromising times.

    O God, who didst grant unto Thy blessed Bishop John to lay down his life with great courage for truth and justice; grant us by his intercession and example to lose our life in this world for Christ, that we may find it in heaven. Amen. (Collect from the votive Mass of St. John Fisher)

    * Both were devoted to the Name of Jesus. (The Evangelist mentions the Holy Name 251 times in his Gospel.) So anxious was St. John to write the Holy Name that out of humility whenever he spoke about himself he refers to himself as the “disci­ple whom Jesus loved,” and when he spoke of Our Lady he calls her tenderly “the mother of Jesus.”

    catholicism.org/meditations-st-john-fisher.html

  11. Lex Orandi Lex Credendi
    by Brother André Marie April 18, 2009

    This ancient Latin axiom is quoted so often, I thought a little explanation of it on our web site would be helpful. A paraphrase of a longer patristic expression, the phrase means, “the law of praying is the law of believing.”

    The Father of the Church who gave us the axiom is St. Prosper of Aquitaine. He coined it in his controversy with the semi-Pelagians, who held that God’s grace was necessary neither for one’s first movement towards conversion nor for final perseverance.

    According to Prosper of Aquitaine, legem credendi lex statuat supplicandi, which is to say, ‘the law of prayer determines the law of belief’ (Prosper used the equivalent term lex supplicandi in place of lex orandi ). Prosper treats the church’s prayer as an authoritative source for theology in arguing that salvation must come entirely at God’s initiative since in the liturgy the church prayed for the conversion of infidels, Jews, heretics, schismatics and the lapsed who would not seek the true faith on their own. (Charles R. Hohenstein, “‘Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi’: Cautionary Notes “. Cf. Prosper of Aquitaine, De vocatione omnium gentium, 1, 12: PL 51, 664C.)

    The same phrase turns up in an official document of the Holy See, Indiculus, which was a compilation of all the authoritative statements of the popes on the subject of grace. It is believed that this document was edited by St. Prosper himself, as he was Pope St. Celestine’s secretary at the time. Here is the relevant passage, as contained in Denzinger’s:

    Let us be mindful also of the sacraments of priestly public prayer, which handed down by the Apostles are uniformly celebrated in the whole world and in every Catholic Church, in order that the law of supplication may support the law of believing.

    For when the leaders of the holy nations perform the office of ambassador entrusted to them, they plead the cause of the human race before the divine Clemency, and while the whole Church laments with them, they ask and pray that the faith may be granted to infidels; that idolaters may be delivered from the errors of their impiety; that the veil of their hearts may be removed and the light of truth be visible to the Jews; that heretics may come to their senses through a comprehension of the Catholic faith; that schismatics may receive the spirit of renewed charity ; that the remedy of repentance may be bestowed upon the lapsed; that finally after the catechumens have been led to the sacraments of regeneration, the royal court of heavenly mercy may be opened to them. (Indiculus, chapter 8; Denz., n. 246 [old edition, n. 139], emphasis ours.)

    The editors of Denzinger’s inserted a footnote stating that the entirety of chapter eight of this decree agrees with St. Prosper’s De vocatione omnium gentium, where the argument first appeared. They also refer the reader to the ancient Solemn Prayers we described above as having been excised from the new Missal. Doubtless, St. Prosper had heard these prayers on Good Friday, as liturgical historians date them back to the earliest persecutions. He probably had them in mind when he wrote this passage.

    This highlights the grave importance of tradition in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and all the Church’s liturgy. It also shows us that the liturgy itself is a powerful source of Christian truth.

    When we Latin Catholics of the West return to our liturgical traditions and show that we take this axiom seriously, the Eastern Orthodox — for whom tradition, liturgy, and the rule of faith are virtually synonomous — will take Catholic unity under the Pope more seriously.

    catholicism.org/lex-orandi-lex-credendi.html

  12. Fisher More College update

    Fisher More College ( fishermore.edu/welcome/ ) in Fort Worth, Texas, is among the most promising “new” orthodox Catholic colleges to emerge in recent years. I place the word “new” in quotes because the institution actually dates back to 1981 as a very small classical college focused on the great books. Recently, however, the administration has embraced a more vigorous Catholic identity, with its liturgical and spiritual life centered on the traditional Latin Mass. Other changes include the acquisition of a stately new campus ( fishermore.edu/campus/ ) that formerly housed the Sisters of Saint Mary of Namur, the introduction of academic concentrations (as distinct from majors), and the addition of a distance learning program for Catholic home educators. All faculty take the Oath Against Modernism ( fishermore.edu/oath-against-modernism/ ).

    The most impressive fact about Fisher More? This is the only College in the United States where the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter ( www.fssp.org/en/ ) has a full-time chaplainship.

    The second most impressive fact is that annual tuition is only $10,000 per student – inclusive of room and board! And the College offers its own financial aid to qualified students.

    I had the great pleasure of meeting with President Michael King recently at a parish festival in Sacramento. I asked him about the College’s treatment of Catholic social doctrine, and he assured me that the College was committed to the entire corpus of Catholic social doctrine as articulated by the popes. He also shared with me – with some qualifications – that the College is tentatively considering both a music concentration and an enhanced musical dimension for the school as a whole, although plans are not yet finalized. Interestingly, he noted that the College will strive not only to educate its own students, but also to be an asset to the surrounding community in Fort Worth by offering lectures, seminars, and perhaps concerts and other events to the public. The campus is situated in a modest, safe, family-oriented neighborhood where homes are surprisingly affordable (at least by California standards!).

    Fisher More College fills an important niche in Catholic higher education. I encourage you to visit their recently improved website ( fishermore.edu/welcome/ ) and contact the College for more information.

    culbreath.wordpress.com/2013/08/25/fisher-more-college-update/

  13. I wonder if Pope Francis would qualify as a commencement speaker? The fact that the question can legitimately be asked says much on behalf of the college and not so much on behalf of the current pope.

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