College Hosts Legatus-Aquinas Forum

On Saturday, October 15, Thomas Aquinas College hosted the annual Legatus-Aquinas Forum for some 20 members and spouses of the Ventura-North Los Angeles and Pasadena chapters of Legatus, the international organization of Catholic business executives. The day began with Mass in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel, offered by College Chaplain Rev. Cornelius Buckley, S.J., and enriched by the singing of student and alumni members of the Thomas Aquinas College Choir.

Following the Mass, the Legates, who included members of the Thomas Aquinas College Board of Governors, Board of Regents, and alumni, met for a 90-minute seminar conducted in the Discussion Method, as are all classes at the College. College President Michael F. McLean and Vice President for Development Paul J. O’Reilly led the conversation, which focused on the short story “The Enduring Chill” by Southern Catholic novelist Flannery O’Connor.

Flannery O'ConnorThe conversation continued over lunch, which Dr. and Mrs. McLean hosted at the Doheny Hacienda, the official residence of Thomas Aquinas College's president. There, Dr. O’Reilly presented a talk about Miss O’Connor and the “Enduring Chill.” The McLeans then gave the Legates a tour of the historic Hacienda, which has recently undergone renovation.

“We always enjoy the Legatus Aquinas Forum, and we appreciate the opportunity to give a glimpse into the life of the College to these faithful Catholic business leaders,” says Director of Development Robert Bagdazian. “We’re grateful that they would come spend the day praying, discussing, and being with us, and we look forward to welcoming them back next year.”


Posted: October 20, 2011

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    Slideshow: Photos from the Legatus-Aquinas Forum at Thomas Aquinas College, October 15, 2011

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    Mass in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel

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    Mass in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel

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    Seminar on Flannery O’Connor’s “The Enduring Chill”

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    Seminar on Flannery O’Connor’s “The Enduring Chill”

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    Seminar on Flannery O’Connor’s “The Enduring Chill”

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    Seminar on Flannery O’Connor’s “The Enduring Chill”

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    Dr. O’Reilly delivers a talk about Flannery O’Connor’s “The Enduring Chill” at a luncheon in the Doheny Hacienda.

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    Legates meet with President McLean at the Doheny Hacienda.

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    Legates meet with President McLean at the Doheny Hacienda.

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    Vice President for Development Paul J. O’Reilly, Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors R. Scott Turicchi, and President Michael F. McLean

Laura Berquist

“The education at Thomas Aquinas College makes men free, able to direct their own lives, and that of the community.”

– Laura Berquist (’75)

Founding Director of Mother of Divine Grace School; Author, Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum