Today's Scripture Readings
Faith and the St. Thomas More Academy Experience
Faith is an important component in the life of St. Thomas More Academy.
- Religious instruction is part of our academic program.
- Service to God and neighbor is part of life at the school.
- Mass is celebrated weekly (usually on Wednesday) with the entire student body and the faculty present.
- All four class years have retreat days set aside when they gather to reflect on the value and understanding of their faith life.
Our Patron Saint: St. Thomas More
The Patron Saint of our school is St. Thomas More, here is a synopsis of the life of this holy man.
Born: 1478 in London, England
Died: 1535 in London, England
Hagiography: "St. Thomas More was born in London in 1478. As a young man he studied law at Oxford University, leading him on the path to a great legal career. In 1505, he married Jane Colt; the couple had four children. Jane, sadly, died at a young age. Thomas More later married a widow, Alice Middleton, to be a mother for his young children.
More had a sharp mind, a strong faith and a quick with. In 1516, he wrote his seminal book, "Utopia." As a result of his reputation as a sound man, More attracted the attention of King Henry VIII who appointed him to several key positions in England. In a great act, in 1529, the King made named More the Lord Chancellor of England -- one of the highest posts a non-Royal family could hold. More did well in the job.
More resigned in 1532 -- at the height of his success as Chancellor -- when King Henry rebuked the authority of the Pope. King Henry had sought a divorce from his wife; when the Pope refused King Henry declared himself the head of the Church in England, and dissolved his marriage. More refused to recognize the King's authority in this matter and spent his remaining years writing in defense of the Church.
In 1534, along with St. John Fisher, an English Bishop, St. Thomas More refused to render allegiance to the King as the head of the Church of England. This refusal led him to be imprisoned in the Tower of London. In 1535, a few days after the execution of St. John Fisher, St. Thomas More was convicted of the high crime of treason. He told the court that he could not go against his conscience.
As he was led to his beheading he famously told the spectators who were gathered that he was dying as "the King's good servant-but God's first." He was beheaded on July 6, 1535. His feast day is observed on June 22nd.