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Watch the College Formally Receive Ownership of New England Campus!

Watch the College Formally Receive Ownership of New England Campus!

Posted: April 25, 2017

Streaming Video

On the morning of May 2, in the Western Massachusetts town of Northfield, the National Christian Foundation will formally donate to Thomas Aquinas College the single largest gift in the College’s history — the site of its planned New England campus.

The signing ceremony, followed by a press conference, will take place in the beautiful Olivia Music Hall on the historic campus. Representatives of both the National Christian Foundation (NCF) and Thomas Aquinas College will be on hand for the occasion, including the College’s president, Dr. Michael F. McLean. Live, streaming video of the ceremony will be available in the player at the bottom of this page, beginning at 11:15 a.m. EDT.

After a years-long, international search for a worthy occupant of the Northfield campus, the NCF announced plans to award the property to Thomas Aquinas College in February. The Foundation will give the College some 100 acres of land, including residence halls, a library and gymnasium, and ample classroom and administration space. Thomas Aquinas College will take possession of 20 buildings in all, allowing the institution to expand its more than 45-year history of Catholic liberal education to the East Coast. Contingent upon the approval of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, the College will open its New England branch campus to students in the fall of 2018.

As part of Tuesday’s ceremony, the NCF will also transfer a portion of the campus to The Moody Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the legacy of D.L. Moody, a prominent 19th century Protestant evangelist. It was Mr. Moody who, in an effort to advance education and evangelization, founded the Northfield campus in 1879 as the Northfield Seminary for Young Ladies. Two years later he established the Mount Hermon School for Boys in the bordering town of Gill. In 1971 the two schools merged to become a single, coeducational entity, which in 2005 consolidated onto the Gill site.

Tuesday afternoon, after the completion of the signing ceremony, The Moody Center will host a public celebration of the transfer. The Most Rev. Robert Joseph McManus, Bishop of Worcester, Massachusetts, will offer the opening prayer, and Dr. Erwin Lutzer, pastor emeritus of The Moody Church in Chicago, will serve as the keynote speaker. The student choir from the Trivium School in Lancaster, Massachusetts — which was founded by late Thomas Aquinas College tutor John S. Schmitt and has sent many alumni to the College — will sing a hymn, and President McLean will address the audience. 

The “Northfield Celebration,” as the event has been dubbed, will take place in the Moody Auditorium, beginning at 3:00 p.m. EST. Both the signing ceremony and the celebration are open to the public. Attendees can RSVP via The Moody Center website.


Video of the Signing Ceremony

Video of the Northfield Celebration

Thomas Cavanaugh (’18) -- quote 2

“My time here has really refined the way I think, read, and understand. It has allowed me to think about things more critically and logically.”

– Thomas Cavanaugh (’18)

Larkspur, California

“I was moved and edified by your remarkable fidelity to St. Thomas Aquinas. Your academic program proposes an original way of training men and women capable of reading, thinking and interpreting tradition correctly.”

– Marc Cardinal Ouellet

Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops