About the College
What is today the College of Saints John Fisher & Thomas More was first established in 1981 as the Saint Thomas More Institute in Fort Worth, Texas. In 1991, it became The College of Saint Thomas More.
The founders (pictured to the left at the statue of Saint Thomas More in Chelsea, England) included Dr. James Patrick, who led the Institute and then the College through all of its first thirty years, Dr. Ronald Muller, and Dr. Judith Shank, who is presently the senior member of the College faculty.
In January of 1994, the College received Level I accreditation to award an Associate of Arts degree and the first conferral took place later in the spring. In December of 1999 the College received a Level II accreditation to award a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Over the years, contiguous properties along Lubbock and Merida Avenue were acquired and the campus grew to 11 buildings on just over one acre. Houses were reconfigured into a Library, Refectory, offices, and classrooms. In the spring of 2009, construction was completed on the new Chapel of Christ the Teacher.*
In May of 2012, the College announced that it was adding Saint John Fisher as co-patron, to become The College of Saints John Fisher & Thomas More (or “Fisher More College” as it is referred to colloquially). The adoption of Saint John Fisher as co-patron alongside Saint Thomas More was for the purpose of bringing distinction and clarity to the name, identity, and mission of the College. Distinction of name and identity was deemed necessary to avoid confusion with other U.S. Catholic colleges named after Saint Thomas More. Clarity of mission was deemed necessary because the College was entering a new phase in its history.
Until 2010, the College was led by founder Dr. James Patrick, a devoted scholar of the liberal arts who stressed the importance of personal interaction between teacher and student. The College emphasized academics and the cultivation of virtue.
While maintaining its commitment to classical education, the College decided to change more than its name. The addition of Saint John Fisher as a patron signaled a greater emphasis on its Catholic identity and spirituality, and the residential campus became a place where students are encouraged to immerse themselves in Catholic liturgy and prayer.
The Move: A New Era Begins
In June of 2013, the College relocated its campus to the beautiful former convent and provincial house built in 1909 by the Sisters of Saint Mary of Namur, named in honor of Our Lady of Victory.
In its commitment to serve families, Fisher More College is dedicated to the continued formation of young men and women into adulthood, vocation, and career. In its commitment to serve God and His Church, the College is dedicated to a complete formation of the student into “the supernatural man who thinks, judges and acts in accordance with right reason illumined by the supernatural light of the example and teaching of Christ; in other words, the true and finished man of character.” (Pope Pius XI, Divini Illius Magistri).
The curriculum is based on a foundation in the classical liberal arts, the humanities, and the scholastic tradition. For their Bachelor of Arts degree, students may concentrate in one or more of the academic disciplines: Theology, Philosophy, Literature, History, Classical Studies, and Finance & Economics.
Campus life at the College is centered around the traditional Sacred Liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church, which features the Holy Sacrifice of the Traditional Latin Mass daily and includes daily communal prayer (Rosary, Divine Office, etc.) and frequent devotions such as Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament, novenas, honoring of feast days, etc.
A communal lunch is served every weekday which brings together students, faculty and staff, and includes spiritual reading. The campus offers a genuinely joyful and welcoming atmosphere of prayer, service, and learning.
* The original campus was sold to Texas Christian University, whose campus had expanded over the years until it completely surrounded the College. The University concluded that it would not continue using the Chapel as sacred space. Therefore, all parties agreed that the chapel building would be razed. Demolition was completed in August of 2013.