If the next 175 years for the Society of Saint Edmund, founding religious order of Saint Michael’s College, are as challenging, persevering, fruitful and ultimately hopeful as the first 175, the “little flock” is in for unpredictable but grace-guided faith sojourns – Destination: God knows where. Such, in spirit, were the encouraging reflections by the new “Edmundite” Superior General, Very Rev. David Cray, S.S.E. ’67, in his homily for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Society-administered St. Anne’s Shrine in Isle LaMotte on August 15 – a late-morning liturgy officially concluding the 175th Anniversary year of celebration for the Edmundites.
Culture shock, strenuous real-life workplace demands and deep 24/7 cultural immersion amount to “a very good experience” for Saint Michael’s College students who have been in Hong Kong since June 17 on Freeman Foundation grants for professional internships, says Jeffrey Ayres, the former dean and current political science/international relations faculty member. He visited the interns during a late July visit to Asia and a had a taste of the program that he coordinates on the Vermont campus side of things.
Saint Michael’s College is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features Saint Michael’s again in the new 2019 edition of its flagship college guide, The Best 384 Colleges, released August 7. The latest guide places the Colchester liberal arts college in “top 20” rankings for “Students Most Engaged in Community Service” (No. 11), “Best College Radio Station (No. 16), and “Town-Gown Relations are Great (No. 18).
If he plays his cards right, Jeremy Mikaelson could become the next big name in magic – at least, that’s how he sees it in his always vivid imagination, which has driven his passion to become a professional magician since about the age of 10 when he was growing up in China. Freshly back from winning a highly prestigious international competition for magicians sponsored by the Society of American Magicians this July in Orlando, Florida, Mikaelson -- a good-natured if politely mischievous Saint Michael’s College rising senior theater major and international student from Fuzhou, China, is starting to gain attention among some of the most accomplished magicians in the U.S. and beyond.
The members of the Society of Saint Edmund, founding religious order of Saint Michael’s College, will conclude their 175th Anniversary year of celebration with a Mass at Saint Anne's Shrine, Isle La Motte, Vermont, on August 15, 2018, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, at 11 a.m. Edmundite Superior General Father David G. Cray, S.S.E., will be the principal celebrant and homilist.