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March 04, 2014 The College has always made it known that we need the financial support of generous benefactors in order to achieve our mission. We believe our plan is a good one, but we need time for our programs to mature into financial sustainability. The long-term strategic plan of the College is called the Statement of the Apostolate. This booklet is part philosophy, part rhetoric, and part business strategy, and includes information on budgets and financial projections. We have been presenting this plan confidentially to potential benefactors for the past year (although it has been continually edited and refined to reflect changing budget projections), and we now make it available to the public and encourage you to read it by following this link.
From the beginning of this particular mission for Fisher More College, our plan was to hold firm to certain fundamental principles and allow Providence to lead us. The driving objective was to build a Catholic residential college that is dedicated both to preserving the traditional Faith and remaining affordable for Catholic families, neither of which are easy to achieve in these times. Almighty God has indeed led us in directions we could not have anticipated (such as integrating an online academy into the organization), but we are still left waiting for the large benefactor(s).
Three years after the College set out to add traditional Catholic spirituality and doctrine to its already established classical curriculum, we occupy a campus (the former Our Lady of Victory convent in Fort Worth) that was built to serve God and the Church for this specific purpose, that is perfectly suited for our long-term mission, that houses students striving for holiness while they pursue an education and staff who daily pour themselves out in faith, hope, charity, and sacrifice for a noble cause. In addition, we operate an online Academy with 450 students from all parts of the country who receive instruction and support from over 40 teachers and staff. After investing significant resources into developing the College and Academy to reach this point, we believe it is poised to truly serve Catholic families in desperate need of traditional, excellent, and affordable education for their children. Finally, we have an overall institutional plan for sustainability which, we believe, is better than any college not sitting on a large endowment. It is a plan driven by the goal of simplicity and affordability, it does not depend on debt and government subsidies, and it offers a unique, integrated program of Catholic education from grade school through college.
We realize that time is running out as obstacles increase rather than fade. You may note the last page of the Statement of the Apostolate expresses hope for our “Joseph of Arimathea” to appear (a “certain rich man” and “noble counsellor, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God”). We continue to promote our plan in search of that magnanimous Arimathean, just as we continue to pray to know God’s will in order to make proper decisions about the future of the residential College. The Academy is already a healthy program that projects prosperity far into the future, but we strongly believe it is ideally suited to be managed by an accredited college administration that requires high standards of quality and professionalism and can provide the necessary resources in support of academic and administrative operations.
Rest assured of the undaunted commitment and sacrifice of everyone at the College toward the fulfillment of our mission, which includes serving Catholic students and families as best we can. We are grateful for your prayers and support. May God bless and keep us all.
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