1. St. Albert the Great was the real-life Nicolas Flamel.
You all know the story of Nicholas Flamel: he was an alchemist who invented the “Philosopher’s Stone” which produced an “elixir of life” that could turn metals into gold and bestowed immortality. Why do you know this? Because that’s the story J.K. Rowling told you in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, is why. And that story is a more-or-less accurate retelling of various old seventeenth-century legends about medieval sorcery and alchemy.
Posted by Theresa, Catholic Studies Staff Member
On May 1st, construction workers broke ground near Sitzmann Hall, signaling the beginning of a 5-6 month construction project that will add new offices, a classroom, a new chapel, increased storage areas, an elevator, and a landscaped backyard with a meditation area. Included in the plans for the new chapel are beautiful stained glass windows from a Boston-area French Catholic Church.
The expansion, fully funded by Catholic Studies donors, will allow for more space for classes and worship, and promote increased interaction between students, faculty, staff, and friends of the Center.
Thanks to the generosity of the business department, during construction, Catholic Studies faculty and staff can be found on the second floor of McNeely Hall, in rooms 220, 223, and 227.
Stop by and see our new addition in October!
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