Thomas More College creates medieval-style Catholic guilds

Many Christian universities boast unique interdisciplinary programs. However, Thomas More College of Liberal Arts has established a series of medieval-style Catholic guilds that are designed to help students learn from master craftsmen in fields such as woodworking, sacred art, music and baking.

"Catholic guilds flourished during medieval Europe, but by the 19th century they had all but disappeared," said William Fahey, president of the college. "Guilds in its earliest form were developed out of man's natural spirit of association. The Catholic Church took medieval guilds under its tutelage and infused into them the vivifying spirit of Christian charity."

Students who participate in the wood working program will have opportunity to work on projects such as building a new altar for the college's chapel. Those who are in the sacred art guild will be able to produce works for the chapel walls, while students in the music guild can work on chanting and sacred music for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

"In many ways, our guilds will show students how to live," said Mark Schwerdt, director of admissions. "Students will now have confidence that they can fix their own furniture or make music with their family."

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