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Photos: Chicago Board <br>of Regents Hosts Seminar <br>& Reunion

Photos: Chicago Board
of Regents Hosts Seminar
& Reunion

Posted: September 14, 2018

Friends and alumni of Thomas Aquinas College recently gathered in the Windy City for a seminar and planning meeting, followed the next day by a Mass and barbeque, hosted by the Chicago Board of Regents.

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The festivities began on the evening of August 31, when some 25 Regents and their guests met at the city’s Union League Club for a seminar. Leading the discussion were the College’s president, Dr. Michael F. McLean, and its vice president, Dr. Paul J. O’Reilly, who guided participants through St. Thomas Aquinas’ treatment of the crucifixion and burial of Christ.

“The seminar was a meaningful event that offered a small taste of the kind of education Thomas Aquinas College offers to its students,” said Peter Colarelli, chairman of the Chicago Board of Regents. “For many in the room, this was their first experience with TAC, and the discussion brought the pedagogy to life for them.”

After the seminar, the Chicago Regents, now in their second year, conducted an informal planning meeting. The session focused on how the Regents, as ambassadors for the College, could bolster its recruitment and fundraising efforts in the Chicagoland area. Dr. McLean also spoke about the College’s ongoing efforts to establish a branch campus in New England.

The next day the Regents sponsored a reunion for Thomas Aquinas College alumni throughout the Midwest, beginning with Mass at St. Isaac Jogues Parish in Hinsdale, Illinois, followed by a barbeque in Prospect Park. Of particular interest to those on hand was the news that the College was acquiring some 700 acres of property surrounding its California campus, about which Dr. McLean spoke briefly and answered questions.

“I know all who attended the Midwest Reunion enjoyed the opportunity to meet new people and catch up with old friends,” says Mr. Colarelli. “We reminisced over the many wonderful memories we share from our years at Thomas Aquinas College.”

“May God bless Thomas Aquinas College for its excellent performance as a Catholic college since its foundation in 1971, a college where parents can send their children and be sure that this college is maintaining the best ideals of our faith and is giving not only information but formation.”

– Francis Cardinal Arinze

Prefect Emeritus

Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments

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