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Thomas Aquinas College Students Release Powerful Video of Short ‘Way of the Cross’

February 14, 2018 
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SANTA PAULA, CA—February 14—On this first day of Lent, Thomas Aquinas College is making available on its website a five-minute video featuring “The Franciscan Way of the Cross” (text) read by the college’s students and accompanied by the music of Chrysostomos, a student choir.

The video includes beautiful photographs of the college’s life-size Stations of the Cross on the campus’ lower drive — 14 scenes that depict Our Lord’s Passion and death.

Also known as a “Short Way of the Cross,” these meditations date back to the 16th century. Franciscan Friars have often used them, over the centuries, while preaching missions.

The college encourages friends and benefactors to sign up to receive an e-mailed prayer reminder each morning of Lent, as well as a special intention prepared each day by the school’s Head Chaplain Rev. Paul Raftery, O.P.

Says college president Dr. Michael F McLean, “Already, just today, we’ve had an extraordinary response to this video that our students helped make. May the Lord grant abundant graces to all who are praying the Stations of the Cross this Lent.”


About Thomas Aquinas College

A four-year, co-educational institution, Thomas Aquinas College has developed over the past 46 years a solid reputation for academic excellence in the United States and abroad and is highly ranked by organizations such as The Princeton Review, U. S. News, and Kiplinger. At Thomas Aquinas College all students acquire a broad and fully integrated liberal education. The college offers one, four-year, classical curriculum that spans the major arts and sciences. Instead of reading textbooks, students read the original works of the greatest thinkers in Western civilization — the Great Books — in all the major disciplines: mathematics, natural science, literature, philosophy, and theology. The academic life of the college is conducted under the light of the Catholic faith and flourishes within a close-knit community, supported by a vibrant spiritual life. Graduates consistently excel in the many world-class institutions at which they pursue graduate degrees in fields such as law, medicine, business, theology and education. They have distinguished themselves serving as lawyers, doctors, business owners, priests, military service men and women, educators, journalists and college presidents. For additional information, visit