Spiritual Life

Catholic Faith and Culture

Rosary College will remain rooted in faithfulness to the Catholic Church in a way that inspires students to live a life of communion with God and others. Students will experience the great tradition of Christian culture, growing in faith and the Christian life.

This includes entering into the sources of Christian culture in the classical world, soaking in its great achievements in medieval Christendom, and seeking to bring this legacy into the challenges and opportunities of the modern world.

Benedictine Inspiration

Building upon its foundation in Catholic faith and culture, Rosary College will draw particular inspiration from the Benedictine tradition. This will provide a spiritual vision rooted in the liturgy, community, the prayerful study of Scripture, and work.

Drawing both upon ora et labora, students will be prepared to apply the fruits of their study to their vocation and work.

Local Community

Rosary College arose to serve the needs of the Upstate community in South Carolina. While serving students throughout the region, it remains closely connected to the local Church and will aim to build stronger connections between Catholics in this community.

The college will seek to serve the intellectual and cultural needs of the local Catholic community.

Sacramental Life

Rosary College Prayer, Service, & Study

Rosary College students who are in full communion with the Catholic Church are expected to live by the precepts of the Church, including Confession at least once a year and Mass at least on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation.

Rosary College encourages students to register with a parish and to join fully in parish life. Opportunities for sacraments, prayer, and enrichment in the area parishes are regularly updated and posted on the website. Please check parish websites listed below for mass times. Note that Rosary College does not enjoy a special relationship with any of these parishes.

The College community comes together for several Masses at selected locations: for the Opening of the Academic Year; on the Feast of All Benedictine Saints (November 13); and on the Solemnity of St. Joseph (March 19). Times and locations will be announced in advance.

Rosary College hopes its students will actively serve their local community. By student request, the Program Director will help match students with excellent service opportunities, e.g. to donate blood, to train for and volunteer with 40 Days for Life, to help with St. Clare’s Home for expectant mothers, to assist the Knights of Columbus in outreach, and to staff Christ on Main’s Catholic outreach in downtown Greenville.

All full-time students are expected to attend either the College’s annual Symposium on the Rule of St. Benedict or can request permission from the Program Director to attend a different Catholic conference in the Greenville area.

Parish Websites

St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church
St. Mary’s Catholic Church
Our Lady of the Rosary
Prince of Peace Catholic Church & School
St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
St. Edmund Campion Catholic Church
Saint Rafka Maronite Catholic Church

Holy Days of Obligation

Rosary College classes do not meet on Holy Days of Obligation so the College community can celebrate properly. Please see the parish websites and/or bulletins for times.

Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick

The Church continues the healing ministry of Jesus Christ for the salvation of souls. The Church extends the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick to any who are suffering serious physical, emotional, or spiritual challenges. This sacrament is not reserved for the end of life and can be repeated. Contact a parish office to schedule Anointing of the Sick; if you are experiencing an emergency or facing death, a parish priest will respond to you as immediately as possible.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults prepares people to be received fully into the Roman Catholic Church. Students who would like to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Confirmation, or First Holy Communion should contact a local parish; students may seek the aid of the Program Director in choosing and contacting a local parish for this purpose. Note that many RCIA programs are long, and that many parishes require that one be registered for at least 6 months before scheduling sacraments of initiation.

Sacrament of Marriage

Marriage preparation and marriage counseling are available at all local parishes.

Post-Abortion Healing

Tragically, abortion is still legal in many places in the country. Students hurting after an abortion and seeking to heal should reach out to Hope & Healing After Abortion – Sisters of Life. If they need additional local support, the Program Director can confidentially help them find resources. Students will not face disciplinary measures for seeking healing after abortion.

Distance Students

Campus ministry for distance students is not directly available at this time. It is the sincere hope of the College that students taking online classes are fully involved in parish life where they live, and that the Catholic nature of the integrated course content will bring the life of the mind and the life of faith into greater union for each participant.

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