MARCH 2013

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Audio: Hymns for Lent and Easter
Hymns for Lent and Easter
Slideshow: Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Video from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Slideshow: Mardi Gras Dance
Mardi Gras
Dr. Jeffrey K. Tulis
Is the Presidency Too Strong?
Solemnity of the Dedication of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel
March 7
Lecture: Dr. William H. Donahue
St. John's College
March 15
Order of Malta Lenten Retreat
March 16
Palm Sunday
March 24
Spring Schubertiade
March 24
Easter Recess
March 28 - April 3
Good Friday
March 29
Student Triduum Retreat
March 28- 30
Holy Saturday
March 30
March 31
An Afternoon of Song at the Libbey Bowl in Ojai, Calif.
April 7
Spring Concert
April 12
Anniversary of the Death of College President Thomas E. Dillon
April 15
Groundbreaking Ceremony for St. Gladys Hall
April 17
Lecture: Dr. Scott Crider
University of Dallas
April 19
East Coast Alumni Dinner
April 20
Second Semester Examinations
May 6-10
Board of Governors Meeting
May 10
May 11
Summer Tutor Program
May 20 - June 21
Memorial Day
May 27
Alumni Association Dinner
June 1
7th Annual Thomas Aquinas College Golf Classic at Sherwood Country Club
June 3
Fifth Annual Conference on the Social Doctrine of the Church
June 14 - 16
Independence Day
July 4
Summer Seminar Weekend #1
July 12 - 14
Summer Seminar Weekend #2
July 19 - 21
Summer Great Books Program for High School Students
July 21 - August 3
Napa Institute Conference Seminar: “On Human Work”
August 1
Feast of the Assumption
August 15
Freshman Orientation
August 23 -24
August 26
Rev. Msgr. Jerome Sommer
November 18, 2012
Legacy Society Member

John Wesley Blewett
February 8, 2013
Former Vice President and Governor
Father of Katharine Masteller (’82), Margaret Wall (’82), and Paul (’85); grandfather of Joseph DeTar (’11) and Mary Colette (’11), Michael (’13), and AnnaMaria Masteller (’16)

Elaine Ivers
February 25, 2013
Mother of Maureen Coughlin (’79), Loraine Hoonhout (’81), Marian Hartzell (’82), Jessica Langley (’85), and Sr. Maria Basiléa (’88).
Grandmother of Therese Ivers (’03); Bernadette (Coughlin ’05) Bergen, Mary (Coughlin ’07) Shields, and Pat (’11), Bridget (’13), Ben (’15), and Dominic Coughlin (’15); Clare Hoonhout (’08); and Catherine (’13) and William Langley (’15)

Arthur P. Lenzen
February 27, 2013
Father of Paul (’86), Monica Claahsen (’88), Agnes (’90), Agatha Poteat (’90), Lucy (’92), and Andrew (’94); grandfather of Kathryn (’12) and Anne Claahsen (’14)

College Honors Beloved Pontiff

Thomas Aquinas College has long held His Holiness Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in great esteem, dating back to his time as the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. In 2008 he personally blessed the cornerstone of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel. In gratitude, the former Holy Father’s coat of arms and papal motto are inlaid in the marble of the Chapel’s central aisle — just feet away from where, on February 27, the College’s chaplains offered a special Mass for his well being, only hours before his resignation.

“Through the holiness of his life and the rich treasure of his writings, Pope Benedict XVI has taught us that the Truth — who is Christ, the Word of God made flesh — should be at the center of all our learning and all our endeavors,” says Thomas Aquinas College President Michael F. McLean. “May God grant this beloved pontiff every grace as he begins a new phase of his service to the Church, and may He bless the great work Benedict undertook during his pontificate.”

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Slideshow: The College and the Holy Father
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI blesses the cornerstone of of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel in 2008

Pope Emeritus Benedict's Coat of Arms
The Coat of Arms of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, from the marble floor of the Chapels central aisle
Has the Next Holy Father Visited Thomas Aquinas College?

Among the cardinals being discussed as “papabili,” or possible successors to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, are six friends of Thomas Aquinas College. All six have served as Commencement Speakers, and all have received the College’s highest honor, the Saint Thomas Aquinas Medallion.

The “papabili” who have visited the College are:
  • Raymond Cardinal Burke, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura (2010)
  • Marc Cardinal Ouellet, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops (2009)
  • George Cardinal Pell, Archbishop of Sydney (2008)
  • Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo (2007)
  • Francis Cardinal Arinze, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (2004)
  • Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna (2002)
The Thomas Aquinas College community offers its prayers in behalf of these and all the princes of the Church, that the Holy Spirit will guide their deliberations in the papal conclave, and that they will heed His promptings with faith and humility. We join them, as well as all the faithful, in eagerly awaiting the announcement of those joyous words, Habemus Papam!

Follow the first link below to see the addresses, homilies, and interviews from each of these “papabili” during their visits to campus. Please also join the College in a novena written by Chaplain Rev. Cornelius M. Buckley, S.J., for our cardinals as they prepare to elect a new Holy Father.

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Novena prayer for our cardinals

Cardinal Burke
Cardinal Burke

Cardinal Ouellet
Cardinal Ouellet

Cardinal Pell
Cardinal Pell

Cardinal Ranjith
Cardinal Ranjith

Cardinal Arinze
Cardinal Arinze

Cardinal Schönborn
Cardinal Schönborn
An Alumna Reflects on Her Time with the High School Summer Program

A doctoral student at the Catholic University of America, Kathleen Sullivan (’06) has served as a prefect at the Thomas Aquinas College Great Books High School Summer Program for each of the last eight years. She has recently written the following reflection about her experience as a student in the program a decade ago:

“[I]t took me a couple more classes before I gathered my courage to enter into my class conversation. Once I did, it was the light turning on again. This was how school should be! To be responsible for my learning, to develop my critical thinking skills, to learn how to effectively communicate, to read and discuss these texts without the filter of an editor was all in my grasp. I wanted to skip the rest of high school and enter Thomas Aquinas College right away. Yet I returned to high school with a new perspective on education, and found myself more frequently raising my hand to ask questions or propose comments. An education is not passive; it is active, alive, and all within reach at colleges such at Thomas Aquinas, where to be liberally educated is to be truly free....”

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About the High School Summer Program
Kathleen Sullivan (’07)
Kathleen Sullivan (’07)
Great Books Summer Seminar Weekends

Each July, the president of Thomas Aquinas College hosts two Great Books Summer Seminar Weekends. These weekends take place on the College’s campus, nestled in the foothills of the Topatopa Mountains. Attendees gain an inside look at the unique education the College provides its students, while enjoying good fellowship and developing a deeper understanding of important issues facing the Church and the world.

This year’s weekends, which will take place on July 12-14 and July 19-21, will focus on the theme of marriage and the family. To register for one of the weekends, please contact Patti Harmonson at 805-421-5929. (President’s Council members will be given priority.)

To learn more about the Summer Seminars, please see a new video featuring highlights from last summer’s weekends. 

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Video: Summer Seminar Weekends
A Round-Up of Recent Stories

“I was a parish priest for 20 years, and now I am a college chaplain,” Thomas Aquinas College Chaplain Rev. Joseph Illo recently wrote on his blog. “What’s the difference? In the parish I prepared people for divorce, and in the College I prepare them for marriage.” At the College, he says, students prepare to live out faithfully their vocation, whatever that may be.

Meanwhile, the new issue of Legatus Magazine features a story about The Prophet of Our Time, a new documentary about Bl. John Paul II by filmmaker Lannette Turicchi. Mrs. Turicchi, a former head of nontheatrical distribution for DreamWorks SKG, is the wife of the vice chairman of the College’s Board of Governors, R. Scott Turicchi, who served as the film’s executive producer.

Finally, Thomas Aquinas College is one of the nation’s 75 “Best Value” private schools according to the Princeton Review in its just-published book, The Best Value Colleges: 2013 Edition. The College is the only private Catholic college in California to be named a “Best Value,” and one of only five private Catholic institutions in the country, along with Boston College, the College of the Holy Cross, Georgetown University, and the University of Notre Dame.

Rev. Joseph Illo
Rev. Joseph Illo

The Turicchis
The Turicchis

Dr. Christopher Kaczor
  Thomas Aquinas College