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Photos: Campus Appears to Survive Thomas Fire Largely Unharmed

Photos: Campus Appears to Survive Thomas Fire Largely Unharmed

Posted: December 6, 2017

Even though the road to Thomas Aquinas College remains closed, Director of Alumni Relations Aaron Dunkel (’06) was able to work his way onto campus, where he took the following photos:

 St. Joseph Commons St. Joseph Commons

Academic Quadrangle Academic quadrangle

St. Augustine Hall St. Augustine Hall

The soon-to-be-completed St. Cecilia Hall and Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel The soon-to-be-completed St. Cecilia Hall and Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel

Upper campus, residence halls Upper campus, residence halls

There is still much smoke in the air from the ongoing Thomas Fire, and some danger still remains, but by God’s grace the campus has thus far emerged almost entirely unscathed. Although there has been extensive damage to trees and brush, as well as minor damage to the coffee-shop patio, no major structures have been harmed.

Thomas Aquinas College expresses its deep gratitude for the prayers of its many friends and for the heroic firefighters who spent Monday night battling the flames that came right up to the edge of the campus access road.

Please continue to pray for the safety of all those affected by the Thomas Fire as well as for all firefighters and other first responders. St. Thomas Aquinas, pray for us!

John Jost (’17)

“When you first arrive here, the upperclassmen are almost like your heroes because they’re at the place — or approaching the place — where you want to be, both intellectually and spiritually. It promotes friendship in a way that I have never seen before.”

– John Jost (’17)

Algonquin, Illinois

“Thomas Aquinas College is one of the premiere liberal arts colleges in the country and the pride and joy of the Santa Barbara Pastoral Region.”

– Most Rev. Robert E. Barron

Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles

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