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Jane Forsyth (’11), a doctoral student at The Catholic University of America, has won the 2019 Eleanor Clark Prize for best essay by a junior scholar.

Dr. Carol Day — a renowned hiker, trailblazer, and bushwhacker — visits Mt. Monadnock, site of a planned New England Summer Program excursion.

Former Olympic athlete, now a master's student in international relations, writes about Russia and looks forward to internship with Holy See

Ojai-based photographer Timothy Teague is now offering his newest photos, both for viewing and for purchase, via his online Thomas Aquinas College Gallery.

This summer the High School Great Books Program will be available for the first time on the College’s new campus in Northfield, Massachusetts, 100 miles west of Boston.

“This is your moment to meet this crucial moral challenge,” he said at the commencement for Thomas Aquinas College.

Brandon Ristoff (’17) was the student speaker at the school’s 2019 graduation ceremony, where he formally received his Master of Public Policy degree.

On May 11, Thomas Aquinas College celebrated its 45th Commencement Exercises, honoring the 83 members of the Class of 2019.

At its 2019 Commencement exercises, Thomas Aquinas College awarded its highest honor, the Saint Thomas Aquinas Medallion, to the Most Rev. Robert E. Barron.

After Wednesday’s President’s Dinner, members of the Class of 2019 undertook some late night bowling.

Only minutes after their graduation, Tom Macik (’19) and Patrick Nazeck (’19) received their commissions as officers in the U.S. Marine Corps.

“It is indeed a high honor for me to be speaking to the 2019 graduating class of Thomas Aquinas College, an institution that I have admired for decades.”

Each year the president of Thomas Aquinas College hosts a dinner on the Wednesday before Commencement to bid farewell to the graduating class.

Seniors dive in the ponds and boast in the Commmons.

When members of the Class of 2019 arrive at the President’s Dinner, awaiting them at each place setting will be a gift from the College — and one from an anonymous friend.

The College’s May 11 Commencement exercises will be available, in full, via livestream.

College Factual has ranked Thomas Aquinas College within the top 1 percent in the United States — No. 8 overall — on its list of “The 1,510 Best Colleges for the Money.”

Catholic apologist and Relevant Radio host Patrick Madrid will speak to friends of Thomas Aquinas College as they cruise the Chicago River on the evening of June 15.

Last weekend members of the Class of 2021 took a break from their studies for Sophomore Beach Day. The highlight of the evening was a fire poi performance from Garin Ballard (’21):

By day’s end, parents and grandparents donated $141,011.35, which — when combined with the matching gifts — amounts to $276,011.35 in support of the College’s Annual Fund.

Thanks to the tremendous support of many, the College has reached its initial goal for the second annual Parents’ Day of Giving!

Last Saturday evening the juniors hosted a reception for the Class of 2019 at the Hacienda, followed by dinner in the Chapel plaza and a dance behind St. Gladys Hall.

In assembling their latest college rankings, the editors of Forbes claim to have produced “the definitive guide for those looking for an excellent return on their college investment.”

In the final days of Easter Recess, a group of freshmen who will transfer to Thomas Aquinas College’s new campus in the fall paid a quick visit to their future home.

This year a Summer Seminar will be offered — for the first time — on the College’s new campus in Northfield, Massachusetts.

For a brief time, the work, the studies, the myriad activities that dominate campus life cease. Thoughts and hearts turn to Our Lord, His sacrifice, and His ultimate triumph.

Gwynith Hayden of MODG News has produced a video report about the College’s April 7 New England Open House.

Homily from Mass at Thomas Aquinas College’s April New England Open House

Please pray, too, for His Eminence Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo and a friend of Thomas Aquinas College.

A generous benefactor of the College, Mr. Ruopp was a member of its Board of Governors for 37 years, serving as chairman from 1986 to 1992.

Please pray for the Rev. James V. Schall, S.J., who passed away April 17 at the age of 91, following a lengthy illness.

As part of their long farewell tour, members of the Class of 2019 gathered with the freshmen Sunday for a “midnight snack.”

New England Open House, Faith in Action, photos & more!

The congregation processed through the academic quadrangle and into Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel.

Nearly 300 prospective students, parents, teachers, and friends came to the Open House, which drew guests from throughout the Northeast.

This past Sunday the sophomores prepared and served an elegant, outdoor brunch for the Class of 2019, complete with many heartfelt toasts.

 

Alumnus attorney David A. Shaneyfelt (’81) has turned his attention to the most significant criminal proceeding in the history of jurisprudence: the trial of Jesus Christ.

 

On Saturday evening the Class of 2022 hosted a dance for the first time, staging a “V-Day” themed event on the St. Gladys Patio.

Franz Wall (’16) has been admitted to the Navy Health Professional Scholarship Program, under which he will receive a full scholarship to dental school.

Following its initial reports about Thomas Aquinas College’s forthcoming New England campus, MODG News has produced a new video about the endeavor.

The electronic newsletter of the Thomas Aquinas College Parents’ Association

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

“NORTHFIELD – A new college campus opening here in the fall will host an open house Sunday afternoon, April 7.”

Two of the country’s preeminent Catholic commentators have offered strong praise for Thomas Aquinas College and its continued success.

University Faculty for Life has awarded its Rupert and Timothy Smith Award for Distinguished Contributions to Pro-Life Scholarship to Dr. Thomas A. Cavanaugh (’85).

“Whether it is Sinful to Desire Happiness: Martin Luther’s Critique of Aristotelianism,” by Pater Edmund Waldstein, O.Cist. (’06)

As part of their Lenten observance, as many as 50 students have taken part in the 40 Days for Life prayer vigils outside the Ventura, California, Planned Parenthood.

On Sunday, Thomas Aquinas College students performed in the second of this year’s two informal concerts, or “Schubertiades,” in St. Cecilia Hall.

Fifteen racers took turns, during which they sprinted, in pairs, a clockwise course around the academic quadrangle, beginning and ending by St. Bernardine of Siena Library. 

The Office of Career Services recently hosted a panel on journalism featuring two notable professionals: Mr. Sohrab Ahmari and Dr. Matthew Peterson (’01).

 

On Saturday, March 23, the St. Genesius Players treated Thomas Aquinas College students, faculty, and families to a production of Sophocles’ Antigone.

“I was so excited when Thomas Aquinas College of California announced they were opening an East Coast campus in Northfield, Massachusetts, a mere hour north of my home.”

Members of the Thomas Aquinas College community listened with fascination as Iranian-born journalist Sohrab Ahmari told the story of his conversion into the Catholic faith.

“Trying to imagine what a vibrant Catholic culture … might look like? You don’t have to: Come to Santa Paula and see for yourself.”

The Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts’ weekly TV news program recently aired a report at the College’s New England campus.

The Thomas Aquinas College senior will soon begin working fulltime for Blue Mantle Tech, an IT cybersecurity firm.

Revolution Prep has published a webinar entitled, “5 California College Gems that You Should Know,” in which Thomas Aquinas College features prominently.

Zoe Appleby (’18) presented a research paper, “Exploring the Public Museum as an Urban Monument: LACMA and the Zumthor Debates,” at the Getty Center in Los Angeles.

The Troubadour, the student newspaper of the Franciscan University of Steubenville, recently featured an endearing profile of two of the university’s newest theology professors, both graduates of Thomas Aquinas College: Drs. Susan (Burnham ’78) and Michael Waldstein (’77).

A sacred moment in New England, photos & more!

After months of hard work, members of the Class of 2019 submitted the final versions of their theses on Saturday.

It was a banner afternoon for the Class of 2020 on Tuesday, as the juniors triumphed in the annual Inter-Class Basketball Tournament.

The students of Thomas Aquinas College celebrated Mardi Gras a few days early this year with a dance last Saturday night in St. Cecilia Hall.

On Thursday, March 7, the alumni of Thomas Aquinas College — aided by the generosity of two members of the Board of Governors — helped to raise $92,233 for their alma mater.

Although Thomas Aquinas College’s 2019 Alumni Day of Giving is far from over, alumni have already exceeded their fundraising goal for the day — twice.

When alumni quickly surpassed last year’s Alumni Day of Giving goal of $10,000, College officials decided to opt for a more ambitious amount in 2019 ...

The College has received a prayer request for Rev. Christopher Manuele (’92), pastor of Saint Joseph Melkite Greek-Catholic Church in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

“On March 3, the Blessed Sacrament was reserved in the new tabernacle at the historic 110-year-old Sage Chapel on the Northfield campus of Thomas Aquinas College, New England.”

A former Thomas Aquinas College chaplain, Rev. Joseph Illo, recently appeared on Relevant Radio to speak about a topic he knows well — Catholic liberal education.

 

At the end of last Sunday’s Mass in the College’s New England chapel, Rev. Thomas Kocik told an old story about the building that would take a new significance later that night.

A brief profile of Jose Guardiola (’19) is included in a recent National Catholic Register story.

A glorious moment in the history of the newly acquired New England campus: The Blessed Sacrament was reposed — for the very first time — in the campus Chapel.

On Sunday, April 7, Thomas Aquinas College will host an Open House at its New England campus.

To mark the midpoint of the semester, on Tuesday evening students gathered for “Open-Mic Night,” a semi-annual, outdoor showcase of musical talents.

Chaplain Rev. Paul Raftery, O.P., led a group of 10 Thomas Aquinas College freshmen on a backpacking trip to Topatopa Peak in the Los Padres National Forest.

For the second year in a row, alumnus attorney David A. Shaneyfelt (’81) has been named one of Southern California’s Super Lawyers.

By Dr. Carol Day, Tutor Emeritus, Thomas Aquinas College

An anonymous benefactor has pledged to match all alumi gifts — up to $25,000 — for the Second Alumni Day of Giving on March 7, 2019.

Thomas A. Alexander (’99), who is serving as the U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense, has written in with some kind words about his alma mater.

MODG News recently conducted a series of interviews with College officials.

Sr. Mary Thomas, O.Praem., has made her Profession of Solemn Vows as a Norbertine Canoness in Tehachapi, California.

Photos from the annual event

Last weekend some 25 Thomas Aquinas College seniors and tutors enjoyed a tour of one of Los Angeles’s finest art museums led by an expert docent — College Governor Maria O. Grant.

Sohrab Ahmari was a teenager living under the Iranian ayatollahs when he decided that there is no God. Nearly two decades later, he was received into the Catholic Church.

On the afternoon of March 3, the Blessed Sacrament will be reserved for the first time in the New England campus chapel.

The president and CEO of MAWD Pathology Group returned to his alma mater to give a career talk.

New England news, photos, and more!

Students, tutors, and chaplains met in classrooms to discuss the College’s founding document, “A Proposal for the Fulfillment of Catholic Liberal Education.”

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Andrew Baird (’04), who passed away yesterday after a courageous battle with cancer. 

A graduate of the College, Thomas A. Alexander (’99), had been named the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counter Narcotics and Global Threats.

The Augustine Institute recently featured on its Facebook page an employee who is an alumna of both the Institute and Thomas Aquinas College: Constance Graves (’11).

On Wednesday four alumni who are studying for the priesthood with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles returned to their alma mater.

On Friday the students of Thomas Aquinas College hosted an early St. Valentine’s Day Dance in St. Cecilia Hall. The theme: “Arabian Nights.”

Prominent software entrepreneur and philanthropist Michael Ortner visited with students of Thomas Aquinas College on Monday.

Christ, the Incarnate Word, is the aim of human living and all of history, Bishop Daniel Flores said Monday in a lecture at Thomas Aquinas College.

On Monday members of the Thomas Aquinas College community celebrated the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas with a fitting combination of prayer, scholarship, and fun.

Some 230 Thomas Aquinas College students traveled to San Francisco for the 15th annual Walk for Life West Coast.

“St. Thomas is known for his taking up the wisdom of Aristotle and bringing it to the service of the Faith …”

“Students at TAC love life and want to bear witness to a culture of life.”

Some 230 Thomas Aquinas College students met up behind St. Joseph Commons to begin their pilgrimage to San Francisco and the Walk for Life West Coast.

On Tuesday the WASC Senior College and University Commission granted its final approval to Thomas Aquinas College’s plan to launch a branch campus in Northfield, Massachusetts.

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.

Throughout Lent, the College invites its friends to pray the Stations of the Cross, along with our students, daily.