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On September 8, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Head Chaplain Rev. Paul Raftery, O.P., led a Rosary procession around the California campus.

Three thousand miles and three hours apart, the two campuses of Thomas Aquinas College both celebrated the new academic year on Saturday with an All-College Picnic.

On Friday night Thomas Aquinas College, New England, hosted its inaugural concert, the Madison String Quartet.

Convocation on two coasts, the latest college guides, photos & more

Thomas Aquinas College has climbed 8 spots in the annual U.S. News and World Report college rankings, from No. 43 to No. 35 among the country’s national liberal arts colleges.

Each fall the sophomores, juniors, and seniors take turns hosting welcoming events for the new Freshman Class. This past weekend, it was the seniors’ turn.

Thomas Aquinas College has earned a spot among the nation’s top colleges and universities, according to Washington Monthly.

“A video on Twitter caught my eye: tutors at the new East Coast campus of Thomas Aquinas College recited the Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity.”

Opening Lecture at Thomas Aquinas College, California 

Throughout the day Friday, a mosaic artist installed in the façade of the College’s New England chapel an image of its newly declared patroness, Our Mother of Perpetual Help.


In a wide-ranging interview, he discussed topics ranging from history of the College to its students, its academic program, its spiritual life, and its new campus in New England.

The Dominican Friars of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus report the joyful news that two recent graduates have entered their novitiate.

Photos from the first-ever student social on the New England campus, held in Gould Hall just after Convocation Day and before the start of classes.

On the very first day of its inaugural academic year, Thomas Aquinas College, New England, was blessed with a meaningful gift ...

“None of us here today have come of our own initiative,” Rev. Joseph Illo told the 104 freshmen gathered on the campus of Thomas Aquinas College, California.

“Higher education is the response to a voice, the vox Dei, a vocation.”

“The Almighty has called us together, summoned us, to this chapel and this campus under the bluffs of the Topatopa range.”

Alumnus videographer Jake Schmiedicke (’09) has created a video recapping the events of Saturday’s Convocation exercises — the first ever at Thomas Aquinas College, New England.

“It is indeed a privilege to be with you this afternoon to celebrate this very historic day for Thomas Aquinas College.”

Thomas Aquinas College sophomore Clara Ramos said she’s been looking forward to being among the first students at the college’s New England campus ever since she applied.”

“You freshmen are about to begin four years of Catholic liberal education.”

Friday night, the members of the Thomas Aquinas College, California, Class of 2023 enjoyed a freshman social on the academic quadrangle.

On the morning of August 24, Thomas Aquinas College, New England, held its inaugural Convocation exercises.

“After 14 years without students, the Northfield campus will once again have inquiring young minds traversing the grounds this fall.”

Thursday marked the first full day of Freshman Orientation for the members of Thomas Aquinas College’s California Class of 2023.

Saturday’s New England Convocation Mass of the Holy Spirit marks the culmination of months of effort on the part alumnus woodworker George Krestyn (’03).

Members of the Class of 2023 began arriving on the California campus Wednesday morning for the start of the 2019-20 academic year.

“The Most Rev. Mitchell T. Rozanski, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, will celebrate the welcoming Mass for … Thomas Aquinas College.”

An article from the College's New England chaplain in the Greenfield Recorder

Jake Schmiedicke (’09) has created a recap video from the California High School Summer Program.

Summer in New England, photos and more!

CNBC has named its “Top 10 Colleges for Financial Aid” and, for the third straight year, Thomas Aquinas College has made the list.

Katrina Trinko (’09) has been named editor-in-chief of The Daily Signal.

Never mind that they stayed up late for last night’s banquet, most of the High School Summer Program students were up early this morning to bid their friends farewell.

The 2019 New England High School Summer Program has come to an end!

We have just about reached the end of the 2019 New England High School Summer Program! As you can see from the photo above, the goodbyes began last night. 

A local college has restored an old trail, giving hikers a new shadier, more scenic way into Santa Paula Canyon and the Punch Bowl.

Somehow, two weeks that seem to have only just begun are drawing to an end.

With the 2019 New England High School Summer Program drawing to an end, this is a good moment to reflect on all that students have done these last two weeks.

The students of the 2019 New England High School Summer Program made an excursion to Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in the Bronx, N.Y., have announced that Br. Sean Paul Wood (’13) and Br. Faustino (Sebastian ’14) Lemmon have made their first vows.

New England High School Summer Program: Euclid and Theology on Float

For the seventh consecutive year, Chambers USA has included Edward Froelich (’88) in its annual guide to the nation’s “top lawyers.”

By all reports, the hard work that New England High School Summer put in to studying their Euclidian propositions last night paid off!

Monday night on the New England High School Summer Program

Thomas Aquinas College provides one of the best undergraduate educations in the country, according to The Princeton Review.

After an excitement-filled weekend, the Summer Program students returned to the classroom this morning.

College Consensus has ranked Thomas Aquinas No. 7 on its list of the Best Catholic Colleges of 2019.

Sunday was a day of rest and family for the students on the New England High School Summer Program.

Photos from Saturday's trip to Boston and Open-Mic Night!

A few photos from today's trip

Friday night in the New England High School Summer Program

Thomas Aquinas College has restored the historic access trail that runs along its Santa Paula, California, campus to the Los Padres National Forest.

Members of the New England High School Summer Program began the day considering Pascal’s famous “Wager.” 

 We now have news and photos from yesterday’s visit to the Connecticut River!

The Newman Guide once again recommends Thomas Aquinas College as one of 15 residential Catholic colleges nationwide with a strong Catholic identity.

Thursday has been a whirlwind for the students on the 2019 New England High School Summer Program — and it’s only just begun!

“The California-based college set to open a campus in Northfield this fall has been ranked first in the nation [by] Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.”

After a heavy dose of Genesis on Wednesday, students in the High School program relaxed that afternoon with a recreation period in Meany Gymnasium. 

The New England High School Summer program turned their attention this morning to the Biblical account of Creation.

After contemplating nature and its origins in yesterday’s afternoon class, students experienced nature firsthand with a hike through the woods surrounding the campus.

Tuesday in the New England High School Summer Program

Today marks what would have been the 100th birthday of Sir Daniel Donohue, a dear friend of Thomas Aquinas College who died in 2014.

Monday afternoon and evening in the New England High School Summer Program

The students at the 2019 New England High School Summer Program have completed their first day of classes!

“The college’s second campus is set to open in Northfield for fall semester next month.”

Thomas Aquinas College, New England, is officially open for business!

It’s arrival day for the inaugural Thomas Aquinas College High School Summer Program in New England!

As a postscript, we present the California Summer Program Video, which had students laughing and crying at last night’s gala.

The 2019 High School Summer Program has come to an end!

With the completion of today’s classes, we have just about reached the end of the 2019 High School Summer Program!

While the California Summer Program students were in their class this morning, Sir Anthony Hopkins paid his second impromptu visit to campus

We have reached the point in the High School Summer Program when people begin to speak of the “lasts.” 

In its newly released “400 Best College Values” for 2019, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Thomas Aquinas College as No. 1 among some 1,200 American colleges and universities.

On Wednesday evening, members of the Thomas Aquinas College community were treated to a musical oratory courtesy of the Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School.


Yesterday we began introducing the prefects for this year’s New England High School Summer Program. Here is part 2.

Watermelon water polo in the ponds, a musical oratory in the Chapel

We will now take a brief break from our reporting about the California Summer Program to turn our thoughts to the inaugural New England program, which begins on Sunday!

Although Tuesday’s recreation period began with the quad run, it certainly didn’t end there!

At the start of the afternoon recreation period, came one of the favorite California Summer Program events: the quad run!

A member of the College’s most recent graduating class, Thomas Graf (’19) is featured in the latest edition of Catholic Answers magazine.

Props in the classroom, hoops on the basketball court

Students may have woken up a little groggy this morning after a hyper-stimulating weekend, but they were nonetheless ready to get back to work.

Administrators and students workers at the College’s East Coast campus took a well-deserved break this weekend with a trip to Newport, Rhode Island.

We now have a full report — and photos! — from Sunday at the California High School Summer Program.

Sunday in the California High School Summer Program

In addition to the wonderful photos we’ve already posted from Saturday, we now have some spectacular aerial videography as well!

“It is very important that we conform ourselves to the natural world, that we immerse ourselves in the natural world,” Fr. Sebastian told the High School Summer Program students.

Photos from sports, dance class, sing-along, Arts Night, and more!

On July 16, the Blessed Solemnity of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Maggie Conklin (’17) entered the novitiate with the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles.

Can we know by reason that God exists?

A High School Summer Program student, Alberto from Fontana, California, has taken some beautiful photos of the campus, which he has graciously agreed to share with this blog’s readers.

Thursday has been a whirlwind for the students on the 2019 High School Summer Program — and it’s only just begun!

Sports, Study Hall, Adoration, and … the first dance class!

In gratitude for the tremendous generosity that makes their Catholic liberal education possible, a few students have put together a video to the College’s benefactors:

Well prepared from their diligent reading at study hall last night, the California High School Program students dove into Genesis at this morning’s class.

New England news, photos and more!

Two days in, the students of the California Summer Program seems to be settling into a routine.

After a busy Monday afternoon and evening, students woke up refreshed and ready to go on Tuesday morning. Some  even got out of bed early!

First recreation period, first study hall, first coffee shop: photos and more!

Updates and photos from the first full day on campus

The 2019 California Summer Great Books Program for High School Students is under way!

The final installment in our three-part series introducing the prefects for this year’s High School Summer Program.

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

The 2019 California High School Summer Program is just five days away! Until then, you can now “meet” them, virtually, through the following profiles (part one of three).

The Thomas Aquinas College Alumni Association held its largest-ever West Coast Dinner Saturday night, as some 260 alumni returned to campus.

“With the advent of our New England campus, we look forward, over time, to renewing the face of the earth by educating a much larger number of alumni just like yourselves.”

A note from Zoe Appleby, head women’s prefect for the 2019 Great Books Summer Program

Sr. Bridget Coughlin (’13) has joined the Dominican Nuns at the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary in Summit, New Jersey.

In preparation for the opening of its new campus this fall, Thomas Aquinas College has named its first New England chaplain.

his spring Nnadozie Onyekuru (’17) completed his studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School, where he earned a master’s degree in global affairs.

In late June the College hosted a retreat for permanent deacons serving the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Santa Barbara pastoral region.

For the 2019 Week of Giving, friends of the College helped to raise more than $510,993.

On the evening of Friday, June 28 members of the Thomas Aquinas College participated in WorldPriest’s annual Global Rosary Relay.

The Most Rev. Mitchell T. Rozanski, Bishop of Springfield, will consecrate the New England campus’ century-old chapel in honor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help.

For the first time, Thomas Aquinas College will hold two Convocation ceremonies this August, with two Convocation Speakers.

For the last seven days, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities has featured Thomas Aquinas College as its “School of the Week.”

Please pray for the repose of the soul John Kaiser (’07),  who, after a long illness, passed away on June 20.


Officials of Thomas Aquinas College are on the campus of the recently shuttered Newbury College, retrieving a wide array of furniture and other items

An online aggregator of college-review guides has ranked Thomas Aquinas College No. 76 on its 2019 list of the 500 Best Colleges and Universities.

Real to Reel, the Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts’ weekly TV news program, recently aired a report about the College’s plans to open a second campus.

After 12 years as a Surface Warfare Officer for the United States Navy, Lieutenant Commander Josh Bergen (’05) recently transitioned to a Foreign Area Officer.

Dr. Matthew Peterson (’01), vice president of education at the Claremont Institute, recently gave the Commencement Address at Providence Christian College.

Meet some of the 34 California freshmen who plan to transfer to New England in the fall.

Bishop Barron, Commencement, photos, and more!

His Eminence Joseph W. Cardinal Tobin, C.Ss.R.,  conferred Holy Orders upon Rev. Andrew J. De Silva (’03), making him Thomas Aquinas College’s 73rd alumnus priest.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of alumnus Douglas Alexander (’77), who passed away on May 18. 

On the eve of Commencement 2019, President Michael F. McLean hosted a late-afternoon reception for members of the Senior, followed by a Taco Dinner.

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

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!