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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. 

Thomas Aquinas College will host an Open House at its California campus for those who would like to learn more about it program of Catholic liberal education.


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.

A longtime friend of the College, Dr. Duane Berquist passed away this afternoon with family at his side.

By Dr. R. E. Houser, Professor of Philosophy, University of St. Thomas

Dozens of Thomas Aquinas College students traveled to Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday for OneLife LA.

“An estimated 15,000 Southern Californians gathered Saturday in downtown Los Angeles for the fifth-annual OneLife LA.”

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Weston Roseberry (’18), who died Friday as the result of an automobile accident in Longmont, Colorado.

Thomas Aquinas College’s librarian hosted a soirée, like those portrayed in Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace

Please pray for Phil Wilmeth, father of Br. Augustine (Philip ’13) and John Parker (’15).

Please pray for Dr. Duane Berquist, who is hospitalized and in serious condition.

Bishop Barron to serve as Commencement Speaker, other news, photos & more

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

On Tuesday, members of the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa visited Thomas Aquinas College to meet with students who may be discerning vocations to the religious life.

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

A recent story in the Ventura County Star discusses the work of Ojai’s Agora Foundation, founded by College Governor Tom Krause and Vice President Paul O’Reilly (’84).

On January 2 the U.S. Senate easily approved the nomination ofMary Bridget Neumayr (’86) as chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. 

“Too often, colleges emphasize the apparent conflict between faith and knowledge …”

The Most Rev. Robert Barron has accepted President Michael F. McLean’s invitation to serve as Thomas Aquinas College’s 2019 Commencement Speaker.

​Add two more titles to the honorifics that Dr. Paul J. White (’95) has earned over the course of his career as a physician and officer in the United States Army.

Previously we have published photos and excerpts from the concert, but now, for the first time, the full video is available. Enjoy!

In late October, alumna Genevieve Morlino (’17) traveled to Rome for what she describes as “a rather momentous event” — the canonization of a family member.

Video and downloadable audio of the portions of the Thomas Aquinas College’s performance of Handel’s Messiah pertaining to the Nativity.

“Not only is God with us, He is also one of us,” writes sophomore Maria Braga-Henebry in the Bishop’s Bulletin, the monthly journal of the Diocese of Sioux Falls.

“Who says Christmastime has to be perfect?” asks Angela (Andersen ’87) Connelly, in a new column for the News Tribune of Tacoma, Washington.

Alumna entrepreneur Sarah (De Laveaga ’14) Ellefson returned to campus in the waning days of the fall semester to delivera career talk.

Friends old and new gathered in St. Cecilia Hall on Saturday evening for the College’s first annual Alumni Christmas Soiree.

Students receive a blessing from one of the College’s three chaplains with a first-class relic of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Please pray for Joseph Phillip Donald Kern, who for many years served as Thomas Aquinas College’s general counsel, and who died on December 1.

It’s finals week at Thomas Aquinas College, and the signs are everywhere.

“We are approaching the end of a year that has seen much turmoil, frustration, and anger, both in the Church and in the wider world.”

New England news, alumni updates, photos & more

I remember when Thomas Aquinas College first came onto our family’s radar. It seemed like a mythical, faraway land where giants still walked the earth.

This year Paula and Alexander Cummings made the 3,000-mile trip from their home in suburban New York for this year’s Alumni & Parent Day.

An Interview with Dennis McCarthy, vice president for finance and TAC dad

You are well on your way to sending all eight of your children to Thomas Aquinas College!

The fall the series featured four talks, all given by members of the College community.

Please pray for the Norm Goyette, Jr., who passed away today.

Friends of Thomas Aquinas College gathered in downtown Los Angeles on December 1 for the annual Christmas Dinner.

KEYT News 3 has produced a video about Thomas Aquinas College and how, by God’s grace and the efforts of many, it survived the the Thomas Fire largely unharmed.

In the waning days of the fall semester before final examinations, 13 Thomas Aquinas College juniors gathered in the rotunda of St. Thomas Hall Wednesday to sing.

One week after the men of Thomas Aquinas College squared off for the annual Turkey Bowl, the women met on the campus fields Sunday for the “Powder Puff Bowl”

The Most Rev. Mitchell T. Rozanski, Bishop of Springfield, Massachusetts, recently appeared on WGBY-TV to discuss the College’s plans for a branch campus in his diocese.

On Saturday, December 1, the students of Thomas Aquinas College transformed St. Joseph Commons into a formal ballroom for the annual Christmas dance:

Olivia Cobb (’16) reports from Washington University in St. Louis, where she is “studying biostatistics and loving every minute of it” in one of the field’s top programs.

The pioneers, or settlers, who will launch Thomas Aquinas College’s New England campus next year gathered Monday night for a celebration of their shared venture.

Please pray for alumnus Douglas Alexander (’77), who suffers from serious dementia and is said to be declining rapidly.

At 6:28 p.m., one year ago, flames erupted just a half mile from the California campus of Thomas Aquinas College. 

Please pray for Joe Kern, who for many years served as Thomas Aquinas College’s general counsel, and who has fallen seriously ill.

Some 20 students gathered at the Ventura Planned Parenthood to sing Christmas Carols.

On Wednesday evening, students decorated the Ken and Joyce Skinner Coffee Shop for Christmas.

Five years ago, the College profiled alumna Dr. Caroline Johnson (’97), who, as a traveling internist, was the portrait of versatility.

Rev. Derek Remus (’11) is Thomas Aquinas College’s 72nd alumnus priest and the first ordained for a Canadian diocese.

Please pray for Margaret (Boersig ’81) and Dave Mason, parents of 10 children, including five alumni and one current student.

One of the College’s newest alumni priests, Rev. Miguel Batres, O.Praem. (’08), appears in a new video where he answers the question, What is the Mass?

Please pray for the repose of the soul of the Most Rev. Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, Wisconsin, and a longtime friend of the College, who died Saturday.

“What, exactly, can one do with a liberal education?”

On Saturday the upperclassmen squared off against the underclassmen in the College’s annual Turkey Bowl flag-football game.

On November 17 the Thomas Aquinas College Choir performed a complete, unabridged production of Handel’s Messiah at its fall concert in St. Cecilia Hall.

This is a time to give thanks for the many blessings we share.

A loyal and longtime friend of Thomas Aquinas College, Frances Scheller Morehart passed away on November 13, just one week short of her 94th birthday.

“Thomas Aquinas College (TAC) is back on track to open a branch campus in New England …”

Dozens of freshmen gathered in St. Cecilia Hall Thursday afternoon to learn about a tantalizing possibility: completing their course of studies on the New England campus.

Adapted from Dean Goyette’s report to the Board of Governors at its May 11, 2018, meeting.

The College’s new vice president for finance, Dennis McCarthy, met with members of the student business club on Sunday.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Raffaella Stroik, daughter of Duncan, the design architect of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel.

New England news, honoring Peter DeLuca, photos & more

The electronic newsletter of the Thomas Aquinas College Parents’ Association

Be sure not to miss these recent articles by alumni writers …

Two choirs from two of Southern California’s Christian colleges recently joined their voices on the campus of Thomas Aquinas College at the first-ever Gold Coast Christian College Fest.


There is one list on which Thomas Aquinas College is nowhere to be found: The 25 Colleges that Make the Most Money from Students’ Application Fees. 

Seminarians from St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo came to the California campus to battle students in a game of ultimate Frisbee.

College Consensus has ranked the College No. 18 on its list of “50 Underrated Colleges Doing Great Things.”

“You’ve been in Massachusetts because you’re a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College,” began host Cy Kellett on a recent episode of Catholic Answers Live.

At their annual retreat, members of the Board of Governors took time to honor the Board’s longest-serving member, Peter L. DeLuca.

The former campus of a boarding school, the beautiful, 100-acre property sits in the historic Connecticut River Valley.

The community surprised Fr. Buckley at lunchtime with a a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” and “For He's a Jolly Good Fellow.”

On this All Souls’ Day, please pray for ……

Photos of this year’s Halloween Dance, sponsored by the Sophomore Class.

Some 200 friends gathered on the New England campus on Sunday, rejoicing in the news that the College will soon offer its program of Catholic liberal education on the East Coast.

In anticipation this weekend’s Halloween Dance, students gathered in the campus coffee shop on Wednesday evening to carve pumpkins.

Thomas Aquinas College has received unanimous approval from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to open a branch campus in Northfield, Massachusetts. 

California-based Thomas Aquinas College has received approval from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to operate a branch campus here.

Thomas Aquinas College received approval from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to start a branch campus in western Massachusetts.

“What really matters is if I listen to the Church and learn from its wisdom,” says Isaac Cross (’19)

On Sunday, October 21, Thomas Aquinas College students performed in the first of this year’s two informal concerts — “Schubertiades” — in St. Cecilia Hall.

Thomas Aquinas College has received approval from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to open a branch campus and grant degrees in Western Massachusetts.

Beginning on December 17, ending on Christmas day, the chaplains of Thomas Aquinas College will offer a novena of Masses in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel.