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THOMAS AQUINAS COLLEGE E-LETTER
JANUARY 2018
 
 
 
 
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Christmas Choir Flash Mob Video:
Annual Christmas Flash Mob
 
     
Rev. Miguel Batres, O.Praem. Audio: Alumnus Priest’s Homily in College Chapel  
     
Bishop Vigano offers Mass in College Chapel Slideshow:
Mass with Archbishop Viganò
 
     
Archbishop Vigano Audio: Archbishop Viganò’s  Homily in College Chapel   
     
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College Choir, Fall Concert, Part I
 
     
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College Choir, Fall Concert, Part II
 
     
Workers roll new piano into St. Cecilia Hall Slideshow:
New Piano for the New Concert Hall! 
 
     
Advent Dance Audio:
Homily at Mass for Fire, Flood Victims
 
     
Sean Goodridge ('19) Video: Student Recalls Thomas Fire Evacuation  
   
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  UPCOMING EVENTS  
   
Lecture
“Joseph is a fruitful bough” (Gen 49:22):
The Patriarch, His Seed, and the Messiah
Dr. Christopher Decaen
Thomas Aquinas College
January 19
 
   
OneLife LA 2018
January 20
 
   
Legatus Summit Seminar
St. Thomas Aquinas on 
God’s Justice and Mercy
Naples, Florida
January 25
 
   
Walk for Life West Coast 2018
January 27
 
   
Spring All-College Seminar
February 2
 
   
Presidents’ Day
No classes / office holiday
February 19
 
   
Presidents’ Day Lecture
Dr. Mary Nichols
Professor of Political Science
Baylor University

February 23
   
Don Rags
February 27 – March 1
 
   
Bishop Barron Visits with Students
February 28
 
   
Student Performance
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
by William Shakespeare

March 3
 
   
Solemnity of the Dedication of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel
March 7
 
   
St. Thomas Day Lecture
March 7
 
   
Easter Recess
March 29 - April 4
 
   
Spring Concert: 
The Thomas Aquinas College Choir
April 13
 
   
Anniversary of the Death of College President Thomas E. Dillon
April 15
 
   
Commencement 2018
May 12
 
   
Memorial Day
May 28
 
   
Shop the campus bookstore!  
   
 IMEMORIAM  
   
Wojciech Antoni Krotoski, M.D.
January 1, 2016
Legacy Society Member

Charles Knight (’96)
December 20, 2017
Alumnus


Roy Rohter
January 9, 2018
Father of Andrea (Krautmann ’00),
Legacy Society member
 
 
 
“AUNEXPECTED JOY”
Archbishop Viganò, Apostolic Nuncio Emeritus to U.S., Visits College

On the morning of January 12, Thomas Aquinas College was blessed with a visit from the Most Rev. Carlo Maria Viganò, Apostolic Nuncio Emeritus to the United States of America. His Excellency, who stopped by during a trip to Southern California, toured the campus, viewed damage from the Thomas Fire, and offered Mass in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel. He then joined President Michael F. McLean and Dean John J. Goyette, as well as students and chaplains, for lunch in St. Joseph Commons.

“You give me unexpected joy to be with you today for the celebration of this Eucharist at this college dedicated to St. Thomas Aquinas,” Archbishop Viganò said in his homily. “I have been spending almost five years in this great country as the representative of the Holy Father, and I heard many, many times people speak about your college. And, of course, I was waiting for the occasion to come, to see this great institution which is very well known in all the country and beyond.”

“It was truly an honor to have Archbishop Viganò here on campus,” said Dr. McLean, noting that His Excellency has a longstanding friendship with the College, including hosting a 2014 event at the Papal Nunciature in Washington, D.C. “The Archbishop offered Mass with great reverence and gave a thoughtful homily that our students very much seemed to appreciate. We are grateful for his taking the time to visit us.” 


Full story with photo slideshow 
Text & audio of the Archbishop’s homily 
 
 

Archbishop Viganò

President McLean, Archbishop Viganò, Dean Goyette, and Barbara O'Brien ('18)

Archbishop Viganò

 
 
“BEST VALUE COLLEGE
Thomas Aquinas Ranks First Among Catholic Schools in Kiplinger’s 2018 List

In its newly released “300 Best College Values for 2018,” Kiplinger Personal Finance ranks Thomas Aquinas College as No. 14 among American colleges or universities, making it the highest-placed Catholic institution on the list.

Now in its 20th year, the Kiplinger guide highlights educational institutions that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost. In addition to placing Thomas Aquinas College in the top 20 nationwide, the guide lists it as No. 7 among liberal arts colleges — the only Catholic school to be named to the Top 10.

“We are delighted to receive Kiplinger’s recognition,” says Admissions Director Jon Daly.  “We consider it an affirmation of our founders’ conviction that the best way to achieve academic excellence is not to abandon the Church’s moral and intellectual patrimony, but to embrace it.”


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THE COLLEGE & THE FIRE
Thomas Fire Stories Draw Nation’s Interest

•  “Students leaving dinner and heading for evening seminars saw flames rising near their Southern California campus,” begins a harrowing tale from the Thomas Fire, as recounted by the Washington Post. “Thomas Aquinas is an unusual place, tiny and philosophical, with no majors, and much reverence for the classical texts that frame and define its curriculum. When a force of nature sparked here, it left physical scars, made more than a few talk of miracles, and taught lessons that will endure.”

•  Although Thomas Aquinas College escaped the Thomas Fire largely unscathed, the same cannot be said for the broader College community. Among the many victims are Jessica (Kelsey) and Nathan Haggard (both ’99), who, along with their eight children, lost their home in the Ventura hillsides. Yet the family, now planning to rebuild, remains beautifully faithful and hopeful, as evidenced by 
a profile in the Wall Street Journal.

•  In the wake of the Thomas Fire, the Greenfield Recorder — a newspaper that serves Western Massachusetts, home of Thomas Aquinas College’s proposed New England campus — asked whether the fire might diminish the College’s intention to open an East Coast campus. “It certainly doesn’t affect our motivation to expand in New England,” President Michael F. McLean told reporter Shelby Ashline. “It’s still a ‘go’ as far as we’re concerned, assuming we can get the (state) approval.” The College is still in the process of seeking the permission of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to operate a branch campus, perhaps as early as this fall.
 
 

The Most Rev. Robert Barron, Marya Garneau (’21), and Erica Johnson (’21)

The Most Rev. Robert Barron, Marya Garneau (’21), and Erica Johnson (’21)

The Most Rev. Robert Barron, Marya Garneau (’21), and Erica Johnson (’21)
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FAITH IN ACTION
Highlights from the College’s Alumni Blog 

•  On the first Sunday of Advent — the day before the outbreak of the Thomas Fire — the College was blessed by the visit of a newly ordained alumnus priest, Rev. Miguel (Gaspar ’08) Batres, O.Praem. That morning, Fr. Miguel offered Mass, then gave his priestly blessings to the faithful, in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel. In light of the natural disaster that was to come, his homily now seems especially poignant. “In God’s divine providence, there are no accidents,” he said. “Everything that happens, good or bad, God uses. We may not see how, but we can be sure that, in His love for us, everything —from the worst experience to the best — God will use to help us work out our salvation.”

• “Efficient, pleasant, environmentally friendly work spaces have a ripple effect in society and beyond,” says Stephanie (Bujnak ’07) Ward. “Kitchens are no exception.” As a foodservice consultant in Henrico, Virginia, Mrs. Ward pursues the good, the true, and the beautiful in her work of designing kitchen and service space for schools, airports, retail, and specialty markets across the United States and beyond. A recent profile in the online publication of the Foodservice Consultants Society International reveals that she “was not necessarily looking to get in to foodservice consulting as a career,” but came upon it somewhat circuitously, in part because of an experience she had while a student at the College.

• Given the moral confusion surrounding the issue of physician-assisted suicide, it stands to reason that society could benefit from a review of the principles of medical ethics, first articulated more than 2,000 years ago in Hippocrates’ eponymous oath. Enter Dr. Thomas A. Cavanaugh (’85), a professor of philosophy at the University of San Francisco. In his newly released Hippocrates’ Oath and Asclepius’ Snake, Dr. Cavanaugh examines the oath through a broad survey of Ancient Greek myth, drama, culture, and language. Specifically, he considers the question of physician-inflicted harm, including doctor-assisted suicide, which he finds to be antithetical to medicine’s therapeutic ethic.

Faith in Action blog 

 

Katrina Trinko (’09)
Rev. Miguel Batres, O.Praem. (’08)

Rev. Nicholas Blaha (’02)
Stephanie
(Bujnak ’07) Ward


Sean Wood (’13)
Dr. Thomas A. Cavanaugh (’85)
 

PRO-LIFE GENERATION
Junior Joe Daly on Students’ Annual Pilgrimage to San Francisco

A lengthy Catholic World Report story about the upcoming Walk for Life West Coast features the testimony of Thomas Aquinas College Joe Daly (’19), who talks about the extensive role that the College’s students play in the event each year:

One of the young people planning to attend the Walk is Joe Daly, a junior at Thomas Aquinas College (TAC) in Santa Paula, California. Daly is helping coordinate participation by students and staff from the college, who turn out annually in large numbers. This will be his third Walk; he calls his previous experiences at the event “fantastic.” He expects about 200 students to come this year, more than half the TAC student body. …

His motivation for participation in the Walk, Daly said, is to “give voice to the voiceless and bear witness to the monstrosity that robs children of life in the place they should be most protected, most cherished.”

“We participate in the Walk because we are the pro-life generation, and we are wrestling our culture and our society back from the pro-abortion profiteers who have commandeered it for far too long,” Daly added.

In addition to attending the Walk for Life, students will participate in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ OneLife LA, and alumni will be on hand for the March for Life in Washington, D.C. 

Please join us! 
 
 

Joe Daly (’19), center, and fellow students prepare to depart for the Walk for Life West Coast 2017
Joe Daly (’19), center, and fellow students prepare to depart for the Walk for Life West Coast 2017

Joe Daly (’19), center, and fellow students prepare to depart for the Walk for Life West Coast 2017
Join members of the College community at the March for Life, OneLife L.A.,
and the Walk for Life West Coast!
 
     
 
 
 
 
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