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Audio of the funeral homily for Fred Arthur (’96) by Rev. Ramon Decaen (’96)

Anthony and Audrey were faithful contributors to Thomas Aquinas College for many years.

Please pray for Dr. Norman P. De Silva (’75), a member of the College’s first graduating class who later served as a member of the teaching faculty.

Against all odds, the 2020 High School Summer Program is just around the corner! 

Hundreds of friends made gifts to the College, collectively surpassing the campaign’s goal on its final day.

“Like their counterparts in city streets, our students also grapple with matters of truth, justice, and human dignity, but with some rather important differences …”

Nearly 50 years ago the founders of Thomas Aquinas College made an audacious commitment.

What the superintendent of Boston's Catholic schools had to say after visit to TAC, New England.

In the last four years, more than 60 colleges nationwide — 17 of them in New England — have closed their doors, merged, or announced plans to do so.

“I don’t bring something special to the priesthood; the priesthood is something that God gives to me.”

“The chapel at Thomas Aquinas College (TAC) in Santa Paula, California is a must-see for Catholics.”

This photo is no sign of the times. Rather, it is a sign of contradiction, a reminder of the difference that TAC graduates are making in the world.

Dr. Kathleen Sullivan (’06) has been named a full-time faculty member in Christendom’s Department of English and Literature.

The Most Rev. Robert E. Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles, joined the community of Thomas Aquinas College as its members prayed the Holy Rosary on Friday, June 19.

Ours is a world which increasingly insists that faith and reason are incompatible.

Evelyn Murray, a new graduate of Notre Dame Academy High School in Los Angeles, was recently profiled by Angelus News.

The Federalist is among the key texts of the American founding.

In the 16 years since she first learned of Thomas Aquinas College, Dr. Melissa Buckley has proved herself to be not only a good friend, but an inspiring one.

Fred Arthur (’96) passed away this afternoon in California.

Mr. Arthur, a husband and father of four, is struggling in his battle with cancer. 

His Holiness Pope Francis has named the Most Rev. Mitchell T. Rozanski as the new Archbishop of St. Louis, Missouri.

The Most Rev. Robert E. Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles, will join the community of Thomas Aquinas College as its members pray the Holy Rosary for the sanctification of priests on Friday, June 19.

Celebrating the Class of 2020, Videos & More

The three alumnae nurses profiled on this blog nearly two months ago continue to inspire the faithful across the country.

We are, alas, still unsure whether we will be able to hold the program on either campus.

Back in March, just before COVID-19 forced students home early for the year, Thomas Aquinas College, California, hosted an informal concert, or “Schubertiade,” in St. Cecilia Hall.

Tom Brittain (’96), a legendary high school football coach in the Phoenix area, is taking the reins at Chandler Prep charter school with his son Joshua Brittain (’15).

Dr. Sampo was the founding president of Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts in Warner, New Hampshire, and a lifelong champion of Catholic liberal education.

As the headmaster of Gregory the Great Academy in Elmhurst, Pennsylvania, Sean Fitzpatrick (’02) knows well the importance of a graduation ceremony in the life of a student. 

In honor of the completion of the first year on the New England campus, Chaplain Rev. Greg Markey composed the following prayer.

Please pray for David Allen (’10), who, by God’s grace, will receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders on the morning of May 22.

“I don’t bring something special to the priesthood; the priesthood is something that God gives to me,” says Michael Masteller (’13), a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.


Tutors David J. Quackenbush (’88) and John F. Nieto (’89) have taught all 23 courses in the College’s classical curriculum.


Meg Downes (’20) completed her last examination on Wednesday then, on Thursday, married Patrick Nazeck (’19) at St. Mary Parish in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

This is no valedictory Mass; rather, one scheduled on the day intended as graduation day for the members of the Class of 2020. 

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The College would like to acknowledge each of its newest graduates, individually, for his or her four years of hard work, faithful studies, and perseverance in the face of many trials.

This year, alas, the Senior Boast must take place virtually, but what it lacks in proximity it more than makes up for in heart.

Videos by, for, and of the College’s newest graduates!

A new article in the Arlington Catholic Herald features two alumnae nurses, Katie Ellefson, RN, BSN (’16), and Annamaria Masteller, RN, BSN (’16).

God willing and subject to the restrictions of local authorities, our students and faculty will return to their classrooms in August.

Saturday, May 16, marks the originally scheduled date for Thomas Aquinas College’s 2020 Commencement exercises.

Resuming in-person classes, coming together in times of crisis, photos & more

Students at Thomas Aquinas College were forced to cut their first year at the New England campus short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the college is looking to bring students back for the fall

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis was largely empty of worshipers on Saturday, May 2 — but it was overflowing with grace.

“It is within our power to transform our deserts of isolation into fruitful gardens of solitude.”

May 8 marks the 125th birthday of the Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, who offered a scathing critique on the elective/major system in Catholic higher education.

Resident Director Isaac Cross (’19) has taken some beautiful photos of the flowers now in bloom across the campus.

Sophomore Robert Santine has produced a video which provides a glimpse into his locked-down student life at home in Macomb, Michigan.

The Archdiocese of Boston has named 10 teachers from its Catholic school system as recipients of its 2020 Excellence in Education Awards, including Eric Maurer (’98).

On a day when the Dow dropped 622 points, Thomas Aquinas College parents helped raise $326,265 for student financial aid.

The Admissions Office is still offering live, guided tours to prospective students and their families — albeit virtually.

The Most Rev. Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, will ordain Ryan Truss (’16) to the transitional diaconate — in that city’s all but empty Cathedral Basilica.

Every year on May 1 — the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker — the parents of Thomas Aquinas College students hold the Parent Day of Giving in support of student financial aid.

Alumnus author Sean Fitzpatrick (’02) has penned an Easter tribute to beloved children's author Tomie dePaola.

“Good teachers prove daily that they would give their lives for their students,” observes Grace Kelly (’12). “This time of pandemic has made this principle that much clearer.”

The College’s Financial Aid Office is fully prepared to make its program of Catholic liberal education affordable for all students and their families in 2020-21.

The three recent nursing-school graduates, accepted positions at the same hospital only weeks before the outbreak of the novel coronavirus upended American medicine. Now it consumes their days.

For 45 years students at Thomas Aquinas College have defended their theses virtually, meeting with the panels via Zoom video conferencing rather than across an oak table.

Ever prolific, alumnus priest Rev. Sebastian Walshe, O.Praem. (’94) has authored not one but two new books.

Although members of College community have been unable to attend the Paschal Triduum and Easter liturgies in person, they have participated via video livestream.

All are invited to participate in the traditional rites and liturgies of the Paschal Triduum and Easter Octavewith Thomas Aquinas College. 

Joining several of her fellow alumni who have offered poignant and encouraging reflections to aid the faithful is Maria Gilicinski (’19).

Demonstrating an incredible knack for timing — or, more likely, the role of providence in her work — Mrs. Andres has just published a new book perfectly timed for this moment.

Homily from the Palm Sunday Mass by Rev. Paul Raftery, O.P.

In this unusual time of isolation, members of the Thomas Aquinas community have had to find creative ways to participate in the spiritual life of the College.

As a service to its students, alumni, and friends, Thomas Aquinas College will offer live video streaming of Masses and services for Holy Week and Easter via its website.

To aid the prayers of the faithful during this time of pandemic, Thomas Aquinas College, California, will offer a “Drive-through Stations of the Cross” this Friday, April 3.

“On Spiritual Communion,” by Sr. Mary Catherine Blanding, IHM (’76)

“A small biotech company, based in Kansas City, is making a major contribution to local hospitals and healthcare workers during the coronavirus pandemic,” begins a news report.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Dr. Ken J. Kaiser (’78), who died this on March 28. 

The College is offering an excellent estate-planning tool — free of charge — to all of its friends and benefactors. 

Thomas Aquinas is a famously low-tech college, yet it nonetheless has successfully made the jump to online learning in just one week.

“I am pleased to report that, after a brief hiatus, Thomas Aquinas College is back in session,” observes President Michael F. McLean.

After learning that they would need to depart campus early this year, California students staged a performance of Shakespeares Hamlet.

“Simply put, we have now a great opportunity, and a responsibility, to pray,” observes Rev. Michael Hurley, O.P. (’99).

On Thursday evening Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a “stay at home” order for the State of California.

Rev. Jerome Zeiler, O.P. (’00) has penned poignant dialogue about some of the many ways Our Lord is at work during this time of ubiquitous closures.

After President McLean announced at lunch Tuesday that students were to return to their homes, members of the Senior Class gathered for a photo on the Chapel steps.

The Board of Governors has decided to close our two campuses and allow your children to return to the safety of their homes and families.

“From Valley Forge to Appomattox: George Washington and the Formation of the American Nation,” by The Hon. J. Leon Holmes, United States District Judge (retired)

New England Chaplain Rev. Greg Markey organized a Rosary Procession for an end to the spread of the novel coronavirus.

In light of recent developments regarding the novel coronavirus, Thomas Aquinas College is taking additional steps to minimize the disease’s potential effects on our two campuses.

The latest news, events, and photos from both campuses

On Wednesday morning Thomas Aquinas College’s chaplains began leading the community in praying the following Novena to St. Joseph for protection from the novel coronavirus.

Featuring articles by Michael Augros, John J. Goyette, Fr. Sebastian Walshe, O. Praem., and Christopher A. Decaen

TAC alumni came out in force to support their alma mater for the Third Annual Alumni Days of Giving — boosting their giving by 19 percent from the previous year.

On Tuesday, in between Don Rags sessions, students at Thomas Aquinas College, California, made their way to St. Augustine Hall for the semi-annual campus blood drive.

Each fall, during the mid-semester break for Don Rags, the students of Thomas Aquinas College host an Open-Mic Night to showcase their musical talents.

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 $350,000 total!

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.