The weekly “little of this, little of that” feature here at Like Mother, Like Daughter!
I am hoping that everyone has heard the news that one of our tippity-top favorite authors, often linked to here, Anthony Esolen, is leaving Providence College and will be teaching at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Nashua, New Hampshire. Our joy on his behalf for having found a haven after his time of turmoil is not untinged with personal satisfaction, as our own dear Bridget will reap the benefit of his move, since she is a junior there!
I kind of want to give you a flavor of what it’s like. This admittedly modest and tiny little place is mighty of heart. Taking a step on campus is like coming home, if home for you is nothing grand or carefully manicured, but full of love and life. We felt it immediately about six or so years ago when we happened to go for some event. The whole student body turned out (as it always does), in jackets and ties (boys) and skirts (girls) — but cute, you know? And smart. Little by little we were drawn to the place, and as Bridget has delved into her studies we are only more so — in fact, the Chief taught a class there this semester on the American Founding!
Below I will include some links on what is going on, but know that even before the great and exhilarating news of Professor Esolen’s arrival, wonderful things have been happening. Our friend (and my co-author) David Clayton worked with the faculty to establish the guild system, whereby, in the words of a friend, studies do not remain in the intellect but become manifest in beauty. The transformation of the little chapel bears witness to his legacy. Our friend Paul Jernberg, composer of the transcendent Mass of St. Philip Neri, is Guild Master and leads the choir in church and concert. Every member of the faculty is someone we count as a friend, so I won’t go through the whole list, but truly, this school exemplifies our motto here at LMLD, that tremendously pithy and expressive quote from Pope Benedict XVI, “He who has hope lives differently.”
Some links about this great news:
- An interview with Tony Esolen about this move.
Okay, other non-TMC-related links:
- The fascinating figure of Russell Kirk, who shaped a movement from a small farm in Michigan. When I see something about him, I tend to post it (can you tell, haha) — you need to know him.
- There are little pockets of like-minded people all over. Isn’t it funny that I put our Pockets under the intercession of St. Gregory — and here is a school named after him that represents just this kind of community that we talk about: The Gregory the Great Academy, a boys’ boarding school in Pennsylvania. View this video about the school and scroll down for more information. There is a TMC connection — President Fahey is on their Board of Governors, as is the solid Bishop Conley of the Diocese of Lincoln.
- Two good pieces from Carl Olson of Catholic World Report: Settle for nothing less than the infinite mystery and the infinite delight, about that “sad and sorry” March for Science; and Travels with Walker Percy, a look at one of my favorite authors.
- Last week I posted some slow videos about guys working on wooden things and you seemed to love them. Here’s a better link (but just skip the silly one at the top).
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