“I die the King’s good servant – and God’s first.”
The last recorded words of St. Thomas More, before his martyrdom in 1535.
As the Lord High Chancellor of England, Thomas More’s love for King and Country was great, but as a Catholic his love of God was greater still. In addition to being a statesman and holy man, he was a philosopher and humanist, who was well known for his quick wit and devotion to his friends and family.
Inspired by the unique character and virtue of Thomas More, the Great Books Summer Programs seek to provide high school students with a formation in the classics, similar to that received by the saint himself. You will read primary texts from the Western intellectual tradition and be guided in Socratic-style discussions with our professors. Academics are complimented by excursions throughout New England, including hiking in the White Mountains, visiting historic Boston, and spending a day on the coast of Maine. Additionally, you will receive an introduction to the rich elements of Catholic culture, such as art, music, and daily Mass.
This summer, in our 40th Anniversary year, experience More.
Caritas Congaudet Veritati
Charity Rejoices in Truth
Many celebrate Christmas before it comes, and many celebrate it for only one day. At Thomas More College we enjoy the entire Christmas season– especially the Twelve Days of Christmas. And so, as we embark upon our 40th year we would like to offer you a gift …
Participants will study philosophers, historians, and novelists, such as Aristotle, Thucydides, and George Orwell. The program ends with a debate, where all students bring together two weeks of learning to defend or condemn a relevant topic.
Participants will study philosophers, humanists, and poets, such as Plato, Thomas More, and Shakespeare. The program ends with a theater production, where all students bring together two weeks of study to produce and perform a Shakespearean play.
Please note, a completed application includes all four of the following items.
We want to hear from you! All summer program applicants are asked to submit a sample of their best or favorite writing. We want to get to know you better and hear your unique voice. A sample can be uploaded below and should be between 150 – 500 words. Samples can range from your best essay for school, an article or reflection, a poem or short story, or something original just for us. Please contact us if you have any questions.
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