Fisher More College update
Fisher More College 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 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.
The most impressive fact about Fisher More? This is the only College in the United States where the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter 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 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 and contact the College for more information.