Sunday, August 28, 2005

My other project

I've mentioned a few times that I am privileged to be involved in a new Catholic college. It's called Transfiguration College, and it will be a Byzantine Catholic Great Books college. If you look over to the right, there are links both to our college website and to a weblog where I and a few other folks have posted some reflections on why we are doing it.

If you'd like to be on the email list to get updates about our progress, send me a note at news at transfigurationcollege dot org. Just translate the "at" to "@" and the "dot" to "."


Robert said...


The e-mail address doesn't work for me.

Tom said...

The college's "sub-title" ("Byzantine Catholic great Books College") and description of daily religious services ("Daily Divine Liturgies will be celebrated according to the usages of the Romanian, Ruthenian, Melkite and Ukrainian traditions" imply that it is limiting itself to Byzantine Catholics or Latin Catholics with an interest in Byzantine Catholicism.

The college should be "ecumenical" and appeal to Orthodox Christians as well (I will not bother to quote from Vatican II documents or post-Vatican II Popes and others on that topic).

Orthodox Christians have had one similar venture: Rose Hill College in South Carolina in the 1990s--with some affiliation to the Greek Orthodox Church (not to be confused with Hellenic College in Massachusets, which is not "Great Books" and too "ethnically" Greek). That institution closed in 1998.

Also, I think that at about the same time some individuals (including clergy) affiliated with the Antiochene Orthodox Church and former members of the self-styled Evangelical Orthodox Church, started St. Athanasius College somewhere in southern California with a goal of including Patristic and other Eastern Christian thinkers (religious and lay) in its curriculum. I do not know if that was a Great Books college and if it still exists.

Tom Syseskey
(A Latin Catholic who attends a Greek Catholic parish)