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“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.

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?

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

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