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We have an avalanche of photos from Monday afternoon and evening to share!

The first day of classes is now complete, and the Summer Program students are playing various sports on the campus athletic fields.

Monday began with breakfast in St. Joseph Commons, after which students made their way over to St. Cecilia Hall for the Academic Orientation.

“Being in Rome has been awe-inspiring,” writes Edward Seeley (’16), a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

After students arrived and settled in on Monday afternoon, parents attended an orientation meeting and campus tour, followed by the family barbeque …

The 2018 Summer Great Books Program for High School Students is under way!

We very much look forward to welcoming some 140 students from 32 states and nine countries!

Please say a prayer for Damian Cooper, the 8-year-old son of College tutor Dr. Travis Cooper and his wife, Briena (Dunkel ’06).

College Governor R. James Wensley has sent in the following photo of 2018 Summer Prefect Meg Downes (’20), taken earlier this summer,

On Wednesday we began a three-part series introducing the prefects for this year’s High School Summer Program. Here is part 3.

Now that readers have had a chance to meet the prefects for the 2018 High School Summer Program, the College would like to introduce the program’s counselors.

Yesterday we began a three-part series introducing the prefects for this year’s High School Summer Program. Here is part 2.

“This weekend’s Summer Seminar series at Thomas Aquinas College featured a talk on the temple in Holy Scripture by Bishop Robert Barron.”

The prefects for this year’s program — all students and recent graduates of Thomas Aquinas College — cannot wait to get to meet this year’s attendees.

In the final week of Thomas Aquinas College’s 2018 fiscal year, friends of the College rallied to raise more than $300,000 for student financial aid.

Sr. Maria Battista of the Lamb of God (Maria Forshaw ’07), made her final vows at the Carmel of St. Joseph in St. Louis, Missouri, on June 9. 

The first of this year’s Summer Seminars took place this past Saturday, featuring as its guest speaker Dr. Peter Kreeft, the renowned apologist and professor of philosophy.

Earlier this month more than 100 search-and-rescue volunteers — joined by two helicopters and rescue dogs — gathered on campus their annual meeting.

The College has recently received a complete, albeit unpolished, video of the Thomas Aquinas College Choir’s production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience this past spring:

Audio, with close captioning, of a lecture from the first 2018 Summer Seminar

Please say a prayer for Deacon Derek Remus (’11), who, by God’s grace, will be ordained to the sacred priesthood of Jesus Christ on June 29.

A slideshow of recently taken photos from Thomas Aquinas College’s property in Northfield, Massachusetts.

Although it is summer, the members of the teaching faculty have kept busy these last five weeks, as they do each year, in the College’s Tutor Summer Program.

On his official blog, His Eminence Seán Cardinal O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston, recounts his recent meeting with TAC President Michael F. McLean.

Local members of the President’s Council came to campus to learn from Landscape Supervisor Dave Gaston about how he keeps the grounds so beautiful.

U.S. News & World Report has named the College to it its annual list of the “10 Universities Where the Most Alumni Donate.”

Two members of the College’s Board of Governors have agreed to match all gifts made to the College in the final days of Fiscal Year — up to $150,00 total!

Over the course of the last academic year, a group of enterprising Thomas Aquinas College students established an on-campus Business Club.

With the 2018 High School Summer Program less than a month away, we thought we would take a moment to introduce this year’s students to their tutors.

After serving for one year as the chief of staff at the federal Council on Environmental Quality, Mary Bridget Neumayr (’86) is poised to become its next chairwoman.

A student at the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs, Nnadozie Onyekuru (’17) has penned an essay about developments in his homeland of Nigeria.

“Telling others about Thomas Aquinas College, many people are, shall we say, appalled when they hear of our strict class dress code. …”

Commencement 2018, Top 10 Catholic Colleges, Thomas Fire Remembered, photos & more

This past Saturday members of the Ventura Chapter of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders came to campus for the group’s annual Thomas Aquinas College seminar.

Two alumnae have recently published thoughtful essays about last month’s tragic referendum in Ireland.

On Friday Br. Augustine, O.S.B. (Philip Wilmeth ’13), made his final vows with the Benedictine Order at the Monastery of San Benedetto in Norcia, Italy.

Please pray for Dr. Duane Berquist, who is undergoing treatment for cancer related to the bone marrow. 

Over the weekend, Thomas Aquinas College hosted a retreat for the deacons who serve the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Santa Barbara pastoral region.

​Please pray for Sr. Maria Battista of the Lamb of God (Maria Forshaw ’07), who on Saturday will profess her final vows at the Carmel of St. Joseph in St. Louis, Missouri.

A video slideshow from the campus of Thomas Aquinas College, assembled as a token of gratitude for members of the College’s Legacy Society

Evacuated students find refuge and solace with Heather and Bud Daily

Alumni family adjusts to life anew after losing home in Thomas Fire

At its recent “Gatsby Gala,” St. Monica Academy honored the school’s longtime choir director, Stephen Grimm (’75).

On Friday, Los Padres National Forest officials declared the Thomas Fire extinguished. In honor of this good news, the College is publishing reflective stories about the fire.

The financial statements linked here cover our 2016-2017 fiscal year, which ended on June 30, 2017.

When an alumni-led team of attorneys from the Life Legal Defense Foundation overturned California’s assisted-suicide law, their victory was sweeping, but tenuous.

With Ireland poised to eliminate constitutional protections for the unborn, alumnus cartoonist Pat Cross (’14) has produced a whimsical yet poignant plea.

Please pray for Nick Cammarota (’84), an alumnus and chairman of the College’s Sacramento Board of Regents, who is hospitalized due to a recent injury. 

College Consensus, a new, online aggregator of college-review guides, has ranked Thomas Aquinas No. 10 on its list of the “Best Catholic Colleges of 2018.” 

At its commencement ceremonies this past weekend, the University of Notre Dame honored a Thomas Aquinas College tutor, Dr. Joshua Noble (’10). 

“The launch of a student-led business club at Thomas Aquinas College has already begun to pay off,” writes Megan Mineiro of the Pacific Coast Business Times.

After two years of vigorous legal battle, an alumni-led legal team has succeeded in overturning California’s assisted-suicide law.

Photographs of the Class of 2018 and this year’s Commencement exercises are now available, for viewing and for purchase, from Ojai-based photographer Timothy Teague.

Photos from the two events held the night before Commencement 2018

At Commencement 2018, the College awarded its highest honor, the Saint Thomas Aquinas Medallion, to the Most. Rev. Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, Wisconsin.

“The Search for Truth and Freedom”

On May 12, Thomas Aquinas College celebrated its 44th Commencement Exercises, honoring the 90 members of the Class of 2018.

by The Most. Rev. Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, Wisconsin, Homily from the Baccalaureate Mass, Commencement 2018

After much reminiscing and toasting at the end of Wednesday night’s President’s Dinner, members of the Class of 2018 weren’t ready to retire just yet.

“Go forth filled with courage and with hope, for we know Christ is with us even to the consummation of the world.”

On Wednesday, after members of the Senior Class completed their last final examination, they headed down to the campus ponds for a celebratory swim.

College guides, reflections of an incoming freshman, photos & more!

When members of the Class of 2018 arrive at the President’s Dinner this evening, awaiting them will be a gift from the College — and one from an anonymous friend.

“Here, at this college, you will find Me. ‘I who am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.’”

College Factual has ranked Thomas Aquinas College as No. 4 in the United States on its lists of 1,325 “Best Colleges for the Money.”

Last Saturday evening the juniors hosted a a farwell reception and dinner for the Class of 2018.

Above is a video of “In a Doleful Train,” from the Thomas Aquinas College Choir’s recent performance of Patience, by Gilbert and Sullivan. 

St. Agnes School in St. Paul, Minnesota, recently announced the newest member of its faculty: Sr. Mary Margaret O’Brien, O.P. (’00).

When members of the Class of 2018 receive their diplomas at the May 12 Commencement exercises, friends and family members will be able to watch live.

For the first annual Parents’ Day of Giving, parents and grandparents were challenged to raise $75,000. By day’s end, they had easily eclipsed that total.

Oon Saturday the campus athletic fields were the site of the 2018 All-American Baseball Game.

As part of their long farewell tour, members of the Class of 2016 gathered with the freshmen Sunday for a “midnight snack.”

Regularly updated stories and photos about the Class of 2018

The seniors won for the second year in a row, besting the tutors by a score of 4-2.

Seniors celebrated by burning drafts of their papers at a public, informal ceremony.

On Sunday, Chrysostomos, a student choir directed by Isaac Cross (’19), performed its spring concert in St. Cecilia Hall.

This past Sunday the sophomores served an elegant, outdoor brunch for the Class of 2018, complete with many heartfelt toasts.

An end-of-the-year dance, Chez Martin has become one of Thomas Aquinas College’s most popular annual events.

In the new edition of The Newman Guide, the Cardinal Newman Society recommends Thomas Aquinas College as one of 17 institutions with a strong Catholic identity.

In honor of the Holy Family, Thomas Aquinas College will hold its first annual Parents’ Day of Giving on May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker.

It was a reunion of sorts for Thomas Aquinas College alumni living in greater Phoenix on April 13.

Mr. Colombini proposes a (partial) return to “analog” technologies, which allow for a slower, more deliberate and deliberative pace of life than their digital replacements.

Inspired by a classic scene from Chariots of Fire, the students of Thomas Aquinas College staged their own, now-annual quad run this past weekend.

On Friday evening the Thomas Aquinas College Choir, under the direction of Daniel J. Grimm (’76), performed Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience.

Fire recovery, New England update, career panels, photos & more!

On Sunday evening, the rafters of St. Joseph Commons were festooned with flags from around the world for an event called Cor Unum, or “One Heart.”

On Saturday evening the freshmen hosted a “Casino Royale” themed dance for the Class of 2018 in the recently completed St. Cecilia Hall.

Dr. Mary Dzon (’95) has thoroughly documented and examined the various ​apocryphal accounts of the Christ Child.

To celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy, Chaplain Rev. Robert Marczewski, led a Eucharistic procession across the campus after Sunday’s 11:30 a.m. Mass.

How the College’s students can make the most of those opportunities —was the subject of the forum, sponsored by the College’s Office of Career Advisement.

Christopher Zehnder (’87) was a recent guest on EWTN’s Journey Home, where he told the story of his conversion to the Catholic faith.

In mid-March, students performed in the second of this year’s two informal concerts, or “Schubertiades” —first ever to be held in the newly completed St. Cecilia Hall.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz recently announced that he has hired William ‘Billy’ Gribbin Jr. (’10) as his new communications strategist and chief speechwriter.

Thanks to the generosity of the Edwin L. Wiegand Trust, the College will be even better prepared should a natural disaster ever strike campus, as it did last December.

A faithful benefactor of nearly 50 years, the Dan Murphy Foundation of Los Angeles has awarded Thomas Aquinas College a $511,000 grant to aid in its Thomas Fire Recovery efforts.

“[T]he school’s timeline for approval from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education is still within what the state officials considers normal.”

Alumnus cartoonist Pat Cross (’14) responds to a Washington Post columnist’s claim that she would have aborted her own children had they been diagnosed, in utero, with Down Syndrome.

From “Catholic Professor Calls for a New Reformation—In Architecture,” by Ryan McPherson, Empire State Tribune

The College now  hopes to open a New England campus in August, 2019, contingent upon the approval of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.

Members of the College community gathered in the coffe shop of the newly completed St. Cecilia Hall for the annual celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

As a precautionary measure, we will undergo a voluntary evacuation.

The Ultimate Frisbee season is coming to an end …

In the newly completed St. Cecilia Hall, a group of theatrically minded students staged a murder mystery based loosely on the board game “Clue.”

Beginning on Mother’s Day, May 13, and ending on May 21, the chaplains of Thomas Aquinas College will offer a novena of Masses in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel.