Traditional Catholic College Comes to Florida

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by Aaron Maxwell  •  •  August 21, 2016   

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. ( - A Traditional Catholic College is getting closer to opening in Florida. Collegium Sanctorum Angelorum is set to start offering courses in the Fall of 2019. The college will provide formation to live life devoted to God in the traditional ways of the Catholic Church.

Deacon Edward Schaefer and a group of faithful Catholics started making plans for the opening of Collegium Sanctorum Angelorum last year and have so far made excellent progress. The group has been approved as a non-profit organization, created a solid business plan, compiled 90 percent of the curriculum, adopted a formal logo and employed someone to begin getting their state-approved and regional accreditation in the state of Florida.

Deacon Schaefer told, "We have had nothing but enthusiasm for the college. This is an idea whose time has come: an enormous void in the pastoral mission of the Church that must be filled, and we will fill it."

On the opposition that he has faced against the traditionalist leanings of the college, Schaefer commented, "We are not doing this to gain worldwide popularity. We're doing it because it needs to be done."
"If God is with us," he remarked, "then it matters not who is against us."
The deacon has also expressed gratitude that the local bishop, Bp. Felipe Estevez of the diocese of St. Augustine, "has not put up any road blocks."
"For that we are most grateful, and we are moving forward," he added.
The group has also established an auxiliary entity called Holy Angels Ministries, a non-profit that will include two businesses to generate operating revenue needed for the college to run. One of the business is Heavenly Roast Coffee, which opened in January. The other business is Holy Angels Thrift, set to open in 2017.

Collegium Sanctorum Angelorum plans to enroll 120 students a year. The college is to be unswerving in its fidelity to the unchanging teachings of the Church. It will offer students a solid formation in the Catholic faith by instructing them in the intellectual tradition of the Church and in a core of liberal arts studies. The tuition cost will be a reasonable sum, including room and board, at $13,500 a year.

The Collegium will provide formation through regular prayer (including Mass and parts of the Divine Office), opportunities to work in support of the mission of the college, co-curricular activities that will support intellectual inquiry, spiritual formation and moral discernment, as well as faculty and staff committed to providing models of faithful Catholic living.

The residential aspect of the college will constitute a program of prayer, centered on the traditional Latin Mass. The formation will be essentially contemplative in nature, to which the traditional forms of prayer are more naturally aligned.

To learn how you can help this initiative, visit the college's website.


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