Faith in Action Blog

Faith in Action Blog

December
05, 2011

Knights of the Holy Rosary patchDarrell Wright (’89) has co-founded a new apostolate, the Knights and Dames of the Holy Rosary, to promote the Rosary as well as the Message of Our Lady of Fatima. He writes:

“As you know, we live in very troubled times. The Message of Fatima and the Rosary are crucial ‘antidotes’ to the many evils with which our world is afflicted. The Knights and Dames of the Holy Rosary, besides engaging in the ‘spiritual warfare’ of prayer and penance to which we are all called, have the distinguishing quality of bearing public witness to the faith through, e.g., the wearing of Knights clothing and patches.”

For more information, visit the Knights of the Holy Rosary website.


Last night Jonathan Monnereau (’05), president of the Thomas Aquinas College Alumni Association, sent out the following urgent prayer request for Matthew Wise (’06):

“As most of you have probably heard or read by now, alumnus Matthew Wise (’06) is suffering from a serious case of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).

“As of today’s date, he has been in the ICU for 46 days. Those of you who have been following his condition on Facebook know that it has been an ongoing roller-coaster ride. Needless to say, prayers are crucial right now

“Therefore, as a united body, I would ask those of you so inclined, to join me in praying a Novena in honor of the Immaculate Conception. Beginning today, we will conclude on the vigil of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.”

Please join us in praying this Novena.
 

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Matthew Wise ('06)It is with heavy hearts that we pass along the following words from Sue and Mike Wise, parents of Matthew (’06), for whom so many alumni and friends of the College have been praying:

“Our beloved son, Matthew Joseph Wise, passed away peacefully at 8:27 this evening, November 30th, of heart failure. We're so grateful for all of your sincere prayers and support throughout his ordeal. 

“The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away ... blessed be the name of the Lord!

“Matthew, we are so honored to have been your parents. We love you honey! We will always love you!”

Please pray for the repose of Matthew’s soul and the consolation of his family.


Thanksgiving in Rome

Three alumni of the College who are currently pursuing graduate studies in Rome gathered in the Eternal City last week to celebrate Thanksgiving with some 30 other expats. Pictured above are Frater Maximilian Okapal, O.Praem. (’02), Marie Nuar (’02), and Frater Nathaniel Drogin, O. Praem. (’01). Frater Maximilian studies at the Angelicum; Miss Nuar and Frater Nathaniel are students at the Gregorian.

The friends have extra reason to be grateful this year. On June 23, 2012, Frater Maximilian is scheduled to be ordained to the priesthood as a member of the Norbertine Order at the Mission San Juan Capistrano Basilica in Orange County, Calif. His confrere, Frater Nathaniel, will be ordained to the diaconate at the same Mass.

Deo gratias!


Dr. Pia de Solenni (’93)Pontifical Academies Award winner and moral theologian Dr. Pia de Solenni (’93) has a timely offering over at Headline Bistro entitled, “Taking Back Christmas,” about reclaiming Advent and Christmas from commercialism and excess. She also will be appearing on the Wednesday, November 23, 4 p.m. (PST) episode of “Catholic Answers Live” discussing the topic, “A Catholic Approach to the Arts.” The hour-long show is available live on radio stations nationwide and at catholic.com. Or download the podcast any time after the broadcast.


Mary Rose (Bacani ’03) Valenti Ever since her graduation from the College, Mary Rose (Bacani ’03) Valenti has done beautiful work for Christ and His Church as a producer and reporter for Salt + Light Television, including documentaries about the Nashville Dominicans and St. André Bessette. Now we have word that Mrs. Valenti is leaving the world of broadcasting to serve the Lord in a very different capacity — as the full-time mother of her baby daughter, Chiara. “I have decided to stay home with her,” writes Mary Rose, “and see what opportunities God provides us.”

Baby Chiara is a blessed child. Thomas Aquinas College offers prayers of thanksgiving for her, her parents, and all of her mother’s great work — past, present, and future.


Fr. DygertNext up in our series about the College’s four newest alumni priest is Rev. Joseph Dygert (’02), parochial vicar at Ave Maria Catholic Parish in Parker, Colo. Read the profile of Fr. Dygert to learn about his life, his vocation, and his ministry. Also be sure to see our previous profile of Rev. Nicholas Blaha (’02).


Chez VH

“Love2learn Mom” is an alumna of the College, a wife, a mother of six (including a member of the Class of 2015), and — in her spare time — a blogger, chronicling her musings and the details of family life over at Chez VH. In a recent post, she had these insights about the blessings that the College’s use of the Socratic Method has been in her life:

I strongly believe in the concept of changing the world by changing one's own self. Our culture today, and our human nature in general I suppose, tends to focus on what the other guy is doing wrong. Any critique of myself or my favorite politician (or whatever) is viewed as an attack. I believe that we will never get anywhere good in politics until we hold ourselves and "our side" (whichever side that may be) accountable for our faults and stop making excuses.

I think this is related to part of what makes traditional liberal arts education (such as what my husband and I encountered at Thomas Aquinas College) so valuable — especially in an age where education is so often considered to be equated with a list of information stored in one's head.

In our round-table, seminar-style classes, we learned to take some else's ideas, make sure we understood them, formulate our own opinions about the material, articulate those opinions to others and thus lay them open to challenge and critique. We had to sort out the criticism as objectively as possible in a context that helped us not just respond emotionally to the fact that someone disagreed with us, but work our way through the questions and problems in a reasonably logical manner. The whole program helped us to develop skills that I find myself using on a daily basis in the real world — to fully understand what others are saying and respond in an appropriate, not a reactionary manner.


Two alumni who regularly promote and defend the faith in the public square have new offerings:

Brooks Brothers CatalogOn the CatholicVote website, theologian Dr. Pia de Solenni (’93) has spotted some unsettling themes in retail catalogs (the cover of which is shown on the right).

Then, taking to the airwaves, Rev. Sebastian Walshe , O.Praem. (’94), a professor of philosophy at the Norbertines’ St. Michael’s Abbey Seminary in Orange County, has made one of his periodic appearances on the Catholic Answers Live radio program. The show, How Biblical Inspiration Works, is available online both in streaming audio and as a podcast.

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Rev. Nick BlahaThis past summer, four graduates of Thomas Aquinas College were ordained to the priesthood, bringing to 50 the number of alumni priests in the College’s first 40 years. Over the next several days, we will be publishing profiles of these four new priests, starting today with Rev. Nicholas Blaha (’02), parochial vicar at Most Pure Heart of Mary Parish and the chaplain at Hayden Catholic High School, in Topeka, Kan.