San Francisco Reception in Honor of Fr. Buckley’s Golden Jubilee

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

On March 14, 2012, Thomas Aquinas College will host a San Francisco reception to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of its beloved head chaplain, Rev. Cornelius M. Buckley, S.J.

The author of When Jesuits Were Giants, Fr. Buckley is himself a “giant” to those who have had the privilege of knowing him during his five decades of service to Christ and the Church. Ordained as a Jesuit in 1962, he has spent most of his life with young Catholics as a teacher, administrator, chaplain, and friend. One can hear the echo of his footsteps in the halls of the University of Santa Clara, Gonzaga University, St. Ignatius High School, and the University of San Francisco. Having served at Thomas Aquinas College since 2004, he is an integral part of the lives of the students, offering them the sacraments, spiritual direction, and always a lively wit.

In honor of Fr. Buckley’s 50 years in the priesthood, his friends and family have established the Fr. Buckley Scholarship Fund to aid students at Thomas Aquinas College who are in need of financial assistance. To support the Fr. Buckley Fund, please visit the online giving page.

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Rev. Cornelius M. Buckley, S.J.
Patrick Nazeck (’19) -- quote 2

“Here I am surrounded by other people my age who share my interests, who value their education as much as I do, and whom I can have fun with while still learning about big ideas. It is an awesome experience that I have never found anywhere else.”

– Patrick Nazeck (’19)

Ridgecrest, California

“Thomas Aquinas College knows this — that the life of the mind involves the spiritual life as well — and that is why I have always thought of this institution as a college in the image and likeness of John Paul II.”

– George Weigel

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