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Highlights from the last semester, sacred stitchwork, alumni news & more!

Throughout the first semester of the 2020-21 academic year, students and faculty carried on with the essential work of Catholic liberal education.

"What the Church has in the Catholic intellectual tradition is a realization that all education is a journey in pursuit of the truth."

What are the Christian’s responsibilities toward the environment and its care? A new book sets out to answer this question according to the Church’s intellectual tradition.

Three years ago Mary Katherine (’15) founded New Eve Media, where she serves as executive producer.

A century-old former gymnasium has become the hub of student life at Thomas Aquinas College, New England.

Dr. Henry Zeiter, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and uncle, passed peacefully into Eternal Life early Sunday, December 20, 2020.

Rev. Matthew Maxwell, MC (’08), became Thomas Aquinas College’s 74th alumnus priest — and the first American-born priest for the Miles Christi religious order.

Having just completed his first semester as a tutor at Thomas Aquinas College, Dr. McCarthy is now doing his best to follow in Mr. Berquist’s footsteps.

“Coming back to teach here feels like a homecoming,” says Dr. Scott Strader, a member of the Class of 1997.

June 30 marked the close of a remarkable fiscal year at Thomas Aquinas College.

As I sit here, trying to think how to begin this year’s Christmas letter, I say to myself, “Yep, it’s been quite a year!”

Please pray for the repose of the soul of  Dr. Henry J. Zeiter, a longtime member of the Thomas Aquinas College Board of Governors.

Mrs. Froula has personally sewn the full array of ornate and beautiful vestments that Chaplain Rev. Greg Markey wears when offering Mass in Our Mother of Perpetual Help Chapel.

Mary Massell (’15) has arranged a novena for Franz and the Wall family, which will be livestreamed over Facebook at 6:00 p.m. PST on Friday, December 18.

As the son of Korean immigrants growing up in Diamond Bar, California, Dr. Joshua Lim had a yearning for truth, even in his earliest days.

Please pray for Dr. Henry J. Zeiter, who has been hospitalized for congestive heart failure.

On December 8 Br. Edward Seeley (’16) entered the novitiate for the Canons Regular of the Immaculate Conception.

Jordan Raum, a junior on the California campus, chose Thomas Aquinas College, despite having previously considered music school.

Students at Thomas Aquinas College, New England, woke this morning to care packages, courtesy of their peers at Thomas Aquinas College, California.

Relief for families, social mobility, tax savings for 2020, etc.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Michelle (Firmin ’97) Halpin, who, following a years-long battle with cancer, passed away on December 5.

The Diocse of Manchester, N.H., has presented its annual St. Joseph Award for teaching excellence to a graduate of the College: Mark Forrester (’12).

“If you give to TAC in calendar year 2020, you stand to achieve significant tax savings.”

Dean John Goyette reports that tutor Dr. Karen Zedlick, who suffered a heart attack last month, has received some wonderful news.

The Run with Saints website has issued its latest student-response leaderboard — and Thomas Aquinas College is at the top of the list.

The Thomas Aquinas College Board of Governors has voted to freeze the cost of tuition and room & board for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Alumna Samantha (McCall ’06) Cohoe has authored a new young-adult novel of historical fantasy: A Golden Fury (Wednesday Books).

“We’ve used the Smile program for a year or two because it’s a convenient, if quite modest, addendum to our support for Thomas Aquinas College.”

Please pray for Franz Wall (’16), who was seriously injured in a skiing accident on Saturday.

Why is Thomas Aquinas College so important, and why is it worth the sacrifices we are making?

Prolific alumna author Suzie Andres (’87) has added a new title to her oeuvre.

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

Mrs. Daly was the mother of Admissions Director Jon (’99), Ruth (Slack ’02), and Becky (Pfundstein ’05), as well as the grandmother of Brendan (’24).

For those lamenting the persistent decline of Catholic schools, alumni educators Dr. Andrew Seeley (’87) and Michael Van Hecke (’86) have a book for you.

A tutor on the New England campus, Dr. Rubin will receive the Association’s Karen Chan Young Scholar Award.

Rev. Peter Sharpe (’04) who now serves as pastor at three churches in the Diocese of Fargo: St. Mary’s, St. Paul’s, and St. Francis de Sales.

Ongoing renovations in New England chapel, a sisterly pilgrimage for life, Athletic Center update & more

Please say a pray for TAC Regent Larry Reilley, who passed away on October 25.

Educational Entrepreneur Margaret Walsh (’15) recently appeared on consecutive episodes of EWTN’s At Home with Jim & Joy

For many years Madalene Baird has wanted for herself the place where her sister Angela (’00) died in 1997. She finally got the opportunity.

An account of the renovations to the Chapel to date, as well as those still in progress and those on the way

Please say a prayer for tutor Dr. Karen Zedlick, who experienced a heart attack last week. 

Dr. Scott takes to task fellow conservatives and Christians who grouse about last week’s election without taking stock of their own involvement in it, or lack thereof. 

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Alex Trebek, the longtime host of the Jeopardy! game show and a friend of Thomas Aquinas College.

Vice President for Operations Mark Kretschmer offers an aerial tour of the construction site, detailing some of the features that the center will include.

The latest edition of the College’s scholarly general, available for free online

On this All Souls’ Day, please pray for all of our deceased alumni, chaplains, governors, faculty, and staff:

I like to call my time at Thomas Aquinas College “the cherry on top of the whipped cream” — the very best yet.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Irene Montgomery, whose husband, Mark, is a member of the Thomas Aquinas College Board of Governors.

Sophomore Benjamin Domnarski made his First Holy Communion and received the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Over the course of the one-hour interview, he spoke of the importance of Gregorian chant, both to his Benedictine community and to the Church as a whole. 

Construction has begun on a new 17,000-square-foot athletic center at Thomas Aquinas College, near Upper Ojai.

The College recently came one step closer to returning Our Mother of Perpetual Help Chapel to its original glory by restoring the building's main doors.


“One Hundred and Thirty-Two Arguments (More or Less) Against Habitually Listening to Rock Music Or Its Congeners and Their Descendants”

When I first taught Euclid’s Elements, I was puzzled about several features of the “Number Books,” Books 7-9.

College guide reviews, New England music, photos & more

Chances are you are unfamiliar with the name Anthony J. Buhl. He lived a humble, quiet life. Yet he has left a tremendous legacy.

The American Council of College Trustees and Alumni has put TAC at the very top of its annual report on the curricular strength of U.S. colleges.

Please pray for David Ziegert, father of Amelia (’07) and a benefactor of Thomas Aquinas College.

Alumnus attorney Raymond Tittmann (’94) has come to the defense of his former law-school classmate Amy Coney Barrett.

Stephen Grimm (’75) is bringing first-rate music to TAC, New England — just as he did as a member of the College’s first class in California nearly 50 years ago.

The editors of College Raptor have a list of 25 “hidden gems,” and the top school on the list is none other than Thomas Aquinas College.

If you are looking for words of wisdom from one of Thomas Aquinas College’s most beloved tutors, you are in luck! 

On this, the Feast of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Thomas Aquinas College is pleased to announce that it is placing its Legacy Society under the Little Flower’s patronage.

Thomas Aquinas College is probably the most unusual school on this list.”

Part of the 2020-21 St. Vincent de Paul Lecture and Concert Series, Thomas Aquinas College, New England

Workers have completed the installation of a double gate in the altar rail in Our Mother of Perpetual Help Chapel on the campus of Thomas Aquinas College, New England.

Please say a prayer for Michael Masteller (’13), who, by God’s grace, will be ordained to the transitional diaconate this Saturday!

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.

Caleb Skvaril (’19)

“Learning from the great books, you can see the questions that history’s greatest thinkers have asked and all the ways that they have tried to answer them. You’re able to see what’s right about what they’re saying, but also what’s wrong. The more your opinion is challenged, the more you have to refine it in order to get closer to the truth.”

– Caleb Skvaril (’19)

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