Slideshow: St. Thomas Day 2013
On January 28, 2013, members of the Thomas Aquinas College community celebrated the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas with a fitting combination of prayer, scholarship, and fun.
The day began with Mass in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel. Chaplain Rev. Hildebrand Garceau, O.Praem., served as the principal celebrant. Concelebrating was the day’s visiting lecturer, Rev. Michael Sherwin, O.P., the chair of fundamental moral theology at the University of Fribourg.
That afternoon, students and members of the faculty gathered in St. Joseph Commons for Fr. Sherwin’s St. Thomas Day Lecture, Virtue, Ethics, and the Christian Life, followed by a lively question-and-answer session. That evening, the College gathered in the Commons again for a formal dinner in honor of its patron.
After dinner, the daylong festivities culminated with a beloved campus tradition, Trivial and Quadrivial Pursuits, a campus-wide quiz show famous for its extravagant costumes and over-the-top displays of creative gamesmanship. Three teams — the Grammarians, the Logicians, and the Rhetoricians — vied to answer questions drawn from the College’s classical curriculum. A panel of tutors devised and posed the questions.
The Rhetoricians pulled out a close victory on the winning question: “Name the eldest sons of Abraham, Isaac, and Joseph.” Afterward, the victors celebrated with the faculty in a post-game party in the campus coffee shop.
“The culture at the College, the community was very formative for me. I saw joyful people living their Catholic faith, doing it to the best of their ability, and not being ashamed of it.”
– Rev. John Marie Bingham, O.P. (’00)
Parochial Vicar, Saint Dominic’s Parish, Benicia, Calif
“I am deeply touched by the quality of the intellectual and spiritual formation that you offer. The study of philosophy should lead to a conviction that truth can be known, articulated, and defended. Your college shows that this is possible, and on a high level!”
– Rev. Wojciech Giertych, O.P.
Theologian of the Papal Household