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Patricia Kessler (’87)Please pray for the repose of the soul of Patricia Kessler (’87). A senior attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, on assignment at the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania, she had taken a short vacation to do some scuba diving in the Red Sea. On November 1, when fire broke out on the boat, it appears that she helped other passengers to escape, but did not make it off herself. Her family presumes that she died in the ordeal.

After her graduation from the College in 1987, Patty earned her juris doctorate from the University of Notre Dame. She then joined the U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps, where she served as senior defense counsel, department head, and advisor to the Judge Advocate General. For the next seven years she worked as an assistant U.S. attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, followed by eight years in private practice. She returned to the Justice Department in 2015 as a senior trial attorney in the Asset Forfeiture Section of the Criminal Division.

A lifelong friend has paid tribute to Patty saying,

I have poignant memories of long, philosophical conversations with Patty during college. She studied TRUTH. It gave her pleasure to examine: “What is Truth? How do we know the truth about anything? What does it mean to seek truth? Why should we seek truth? Should we seek truth for truth’s sake? What if the truth does not change the outcome of a situation?” She concluded that seeking the truth, speaking the truth and acting on the truth, and constantly wrestling with the truth is what we all must do to achieve a happy life, or our world will devolve into the Hobbesian description, which is “nasty, brutish and short.”

Please keep Patty in your prayers, and please pray for the consolation of her family, especially for her two daughters.

 

Eternal rest, grant unto her O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.


The family of Noreen (Barr ’79) and Kevin McCann The family of Noreen (Barr ’79) and Kevin McCann

Please pray for Noreen (Barr ’79) McCann, mother of Jack (’09), Molly (’11), Maggie (’13), Martin (’16), Patrick (’17), and Bridget (’20). Mrs. McCann has developed a tumor on her ankle, which, pending further testing, may be cancerous. “I know very little right now. In the coming days and weeks I will be seeing new doctors and having more tests,” she writes. “One thing I know for certain: God answers prayers and He likes to show how generous He can be to those who have faith.” She asks that friends join her praying that her tumor is benign or treatable.

Mrs. McCann is praying through the intercession of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal and to Archbishop Fulton Sheen. She shares the following prayers, two of her favorites:

The Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.

 

Novena Prayer to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

O Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of Our Lord Jesus and our Mother, penetrated with the most lively confidence in your all-powerful and never-failing intercession, manifested so often through the Miraculous Medal, we your loving and trustful children implore you to obtain for us the graces and favors we ask during this Novena, if they be beneficial to our immortal souls, and the souls for whom we pray. Amen.

(Here privately form your petitions.)

You know, O Mary, how often our souls have been the sanctuaries of your Son, Who hates iniquity. Obtain for us, then, a deep hatred of sin and that purity of heart which will attach us to God alone, so that our every thought, word, and deed may tend to His greater glory. Obtain for us also a spirit of prayer and self-denial, that we may recover by penance what we have lost by sin and at length attain to that blessed abode where you are the Queen of angels and of men. Amen.


crucifix from Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel

Please pray for the repose of the soul of John Kaiser (’07),  who, after a long illness, passed away on June 20, surrounded by his loving family. Please pray also for the consolation of his parents, Patti (Grimm ’79) and Ken (’78), his brother Will (’03), and all the members of the Kaiser and Grimm families.

Saints of God, come to his aid!
Come to meet him, angels of the Lord!
Receive his soul and present him to God the Most High.

May Christ, Who called him, take him to Himself;
may angels lead him to Abraham's side.
Receive his soul and present him to God the Most High.

Give him eternal rest, O Lord,
and may Your light shine upon him forever.
Receive his soul and present him to God the Most High.

We commend our brother John to you, Lord.
Now that he has passed from this life,
may he live on in Your presence.
In Your mercy and love, forgive whatever sins he
may have committed through human weakness.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Crucifix in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel

Please pray for the repose of the soul of alumnus Douglas Alexander (’77), who died on May 18. Please also pray for the consolation of his wife, Leslie, and their six children.

A member of Thomas Aquinas College’s third graduating class, Mr. Alexander was a convert to Catholicism, entering the Church at the Easter Vigil of his Freshman Year. After his graduation in 1977, he went on to earn a master’s degree in political philosophy from the Claremont University Graduate School. Throughout his life he held numerous positions in organizations dedicated to Catholic education and education policy, including the Free Congress Foundation, Seton Home Study School, and the Catholic Schools Textbook Project, where he served as executive editor.

Eternal rest, grant unto him O Lord
and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in pea
ce.


Rev. Christopher Manuele (’92) Rev. Christopher Manuele (’92)The College has received a prayer request for Rev. Christopher Manuele (’92), pastor of Saint Joseph Melkite Greek-Catholic Church in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and a chaplain at Gregory the Great Academy. Hospitalized and gravely ill with sarcoid disease as well as an extremely rare blood dyscrasia, Fr. Christopher will likely need to undergo aggressive chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant.

Please keep him in your Lenten prayers!


Crucifix in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel

 

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Andrew Baird (’04) and for the consolation of the his family. Andrew passed away yesterday after a courageous battle with cancer. “I am told that he was very grateful for our prayers over the last two years, especially yesterday,” reports Alumni Relations Coordinator Aaron Dunkel (’06). “His passing was peaceful.”

Saints of God, come to his aid!
Come to meet him, angels of the Lord!
Receive his soul and present him to God the Most High.

May Christ, Who called him, take him to Himself;
may angels lead him to Abraham's side.
Receive his soul and present him to God the Most High.

Give him eternal rest, O Lord,
and may Your light shine upon him forever.
Receive his soul and present him to God the Most High.

We commend our brother, Andrew, to you, Lord.
Now that he has passed from this life,
may he live on in Your presence.
In Your mercy and love, forgive whatever sins he
may have committed through human weakness.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen


Weston Roseberry (’18) with fellow Thomas Aquinas College students at the 2015 Walk for Life West Coast Weston Roseberry (’18) with fellow Thomas Aquinas College students at the 2015 Walk for Life West CoastPlease pray for the repose of the soul of Weston Roseberry (’18), who died Friday as the result of an automobile accident in Longmont, Colorado. Please also pray for the consolation of Weston’s family, friends, and classmates.

Eternal rest, grant unto him O Lord
and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.


Crucifix in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel

Please pray for Dr. Phil Wilmeth, father of Br. Augustine (Philip ’13) and John Parker (’15). Dr. Wilmeth suffered a heart last week and died shortly thereafter. “He was a good man, and did a lot of good for a lot of people,” his sons wrote on Facebook. “He was an ophthalmologist and restored sight and, at times, life to countless patients. We are so grateful for everything he did for us, and we want to honor him as best we can in his death.”

They ask friends to pray for the repose of their father’s soul and for the consolation of their mother, Anne, Dr. Wilmeth’s loving wife of 35 years.

Eternal rest, grant unto him O Lord
and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.


Votive candle rack

Please pray for alumnus Douglas Alexander (’77), who suffers from serious dementia and is said to be declining rapidly. Please pray for his health and well-being, as well as for his wife, Leslie, and their six children, ages 10 to 21.

Good St. Dymphna, great wonder-worker in every affliction of mind and body, we humbly implore your powerful intercession with Jesus through Mary, the Health of the Sick, in our present need: the health of Douglas Alexander and the protection of his family. St. Dymphna, martyr of purity, patroness of those who suffer with nervous and mental afflictions, beloved child of Jesus and Mary, pray to them for us and obtain our request.


Votive candle rack

Please pray for Margaret (Boersig ’81) and Dave Mason, parents of 10 children, including Sophia (Feingold ’09), Jake (’10), Dominic (’13), Veronica (’14), Nathaniel (’18), and Alex (’19). Mr. Mason has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and Mrs. Mason, who has been struggling with kidney cancer, is now nearing renal failure.

Please pray for their full recovery and for the protection of their family. St.  Peregrine, pray for them!


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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)

Asan, Guam

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“I am most grateful for Thomas Aquinas College’s resolute fidelity to the Church and her teachings. The young people whom you serve certainly are being formed to think with the Church and to defend the Faith with courage and charity.”

– The Most Rev. William E. Lori

Archbishop of Baltimore

Chair of the USCCB's Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty