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Video: Fr. Hildebrand Blesses Walkers Slideshow & Video: Departing for Walk for Life
Slideshow: Walk for Life West Coast Slideshow:
Walk for Life
West Coast
Slideshow: Fr. Illo Hosts Students at Walk Slideshow:
Fr. Illo Hosts Students at Walk
Slideshow: St. Thomas Day Community Mass Slideshow:
St. Thomas Day Community Mass
Slideshow: Trivial & Quadrivial Pursuits Slideshow:
Trivial & Quadrivial Pursuits
Audio: Fr. Paul on St. Thomas and the way to God Text & Audio:
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St. Thomas
Fr. Romanus on The Three Titles of St. Thomas Aquinas Text & Audio:
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St. Thomas
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Presidents’ Day
Office holiday
February 16
Board of Governors Meeting
February 17
Ash Wednesday
February 18
Anniversary of the Death of Former Tutor Rev. Thomas A. McGovern, S.J.
February 19
Presidents’ Day Lecture
Dr. Daniel Mahoney
Professor of Political Science
Assumption College
February 20 (7:30 p.m.)
Career Strategies Workshop
February 22 (1:00 p.m.)
Don Rags — evening classes only
March 3-5
Solemnity of the Dedication of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel
March 7
Spring Schubertiade
March 8 (3:00 p.m.)
Tutor Talk: Rev. Cornelius M. Buckley, SJ.
“Ignatius of Loyola: Don Quixote in the Flesh”
March 11 (4:00 p.m.)
Lecture: Dr. Mark Blitz
Claremont McKenna College
On Plato’s Political Philosophy
March 27 (7:30 p.m.)
Student Performance: Shakespeare’s Othello
March 28 (7:30 p.m.)
Palm Sunday
March 29
Holy Thursday
April 2
Student Triduum Retreat
April  2-4
Easter Recess
April  2-8
Holy Saturday
April 4
Easter Sunday
April 5
Join the Legacy Society!
Rev. Msgr. John Hughes
January 8

Margaret Rose Raab
January 8
Mother of Paul (’78) and Leo  (’80); grandmother of Emily (’02) and Anna Zalesak  (’05)

Jane D. Schaeffer
January 25
Wife of late Governor John E. Schaeffer; mother of Martha Long (’76), Anne Forsyth (’81), Mary Richard (’82), Joan Waxtein (’85), and Laura Langley (’89); grandmother of Jane (’11) and Michael (’13) Forsyth; John (’12), Carmel (’15), and Jeannette (’17) Richard; and David (’15) and Aaron (’16) Langley

Ronald G. Connolly, M.D.
January 26
President’s Council member
Business & Tech Professionals Advise Students at Career Panel

“As you think about how to discuss your education with others in the marketplace, don’t be bashful,” attorney Justin Alvarez (’97) advised a group of Thomas Aquinas College students at this Sunday’s Career Panel in St. Bernardine of Siena Library. “I think we are rightfully trained to be humble people, and that makes it difficult for us to sell what God has given us as our gifts. But humility is acknowledging the reality of the gifts we have been given, then conveying that reality to others. And that creates opportunities for us to do great good in the world.”

Conveying one particular reality — the blessing of a Thomas Aquinas College education — to potential employers was the focus of Sunday’s panel, hosted by the College’s Office of Career Advisement. “Students here have the gift of spending four years honing the art of thinking,” continued Mr. Alvarez, who is the founder of The Alvarez Firm, a law corporation based in Camarillo, California. “You are trained in the art of clear and precise thinking, and I believe most employers — including myself — find that to be incredibly valuable.”

Joining Mr. Alvarez on the dais were two other panelists with deep connections to the College: James Bemis, the father of a member of the Class of 2004, is a principal at Montague DeRose and Associates, LLC., a California-based financial advisory firm. Nathan Haggard (’99) is a graduate of the College and a systems engineer at Apple, where he manages the company’s technical relationship with some of its largest enterprise customers, such as Disney, Amgen, and Toyota.

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Mr. Alvarez and Mr. Bemis
Justin Alvarez (’97) and James Bemis

Nathan Haggard (’99)
Nathan Haggard (’99)

Students mingle with the panelists
Students mingle with the panelists
Students Lead the Way at Walk for Life 2015

After the close of classes on Friday, January 23, more than 200 Thomas Aquinas College students departed for San Francisco and the 11th annual Walk for Life West Coast. They arrived late in the night at Saints Peter and Paul Church in San Francisco’s Little Italy, where the Salesian fathers graciously offered them a place to sleep in the parish’s two gymnasia. The next morning, they attended Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral with the Most Rev. Salvatore J. Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco, before heading over to the Civic Center Plaza for the Walk.

At the request of the Walk’s organizers, the College’s students once again took on volunteer positions, directing traffic and crowds, as they helped lead the way through the streets of San Francisco. All prayed, sang, and peacefully called for an end to abortion alongside more than 50,000 fellow walkers.

Full story & slideshows

Walk for Life West Coast

Walk for Life West Coast

Walk for Life West Coast
Prayer, Scholarship, and Fun in Honor of College’s Patron

On January 28, 2015, members of the Thomas Aquinas College community celebrated the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas with a fitting combination of prayer, scholarship, and fun.

The day began with an early Mass in the Dominican rite, in honor of the College’s patron, with one of the school’s two Dominican chaplains, Rev. Paul Raftery, O.P., serving as the celebrant. Later that morning, the College’s Head Chaplain, Rev. Hildebrand Garceau, O.Praem., offered Mass in the ordinary form, with the College’s 2015 St. Thomas Day lecturer, Rev. Romanus Cessario, O.P., serving as the homilist.

That afternoon students and members of the faculty gathered in St. Joseph Commons for the St. Thomas Day Lecture. Fr. Romanus spoke for an hour on the subject, “Mediated Religion: Aquinas on the Sacraments,” and then spent another hour or so answering students’ questions. After dinner, the day culminated with a beloved campus tradition, Trivial and Quadrivial Pursuits, a campus-wide quiz show famous for its extravagant costumes and over-the-top displays of creative gamesmanship.

Full story & slideshows
Fr. Paul: “St. Thomas & the way to God”
Fr. Romanus: “Three Titles of St. Thomas”


Community Mass
Community Mass

Rev. Romanus Cessario, O.P.
Rev. Romanus Cessario, O.P.

Trivial & Quadrivial Pursuits
Trivial and Quadrivial Pursuits
Landscaping Nears Completion on
College’s Newest Building

Although workers concluded construction of the College’s newest building, St. Gladys Hall, before the start of the academic year, landscaping of the building’s southern plaza continued throughout the past semester and is now almost complete. A blue-tiled infinity pool, featuring a sunburst — the symbol of the College’s patron, St. Thomas Aquinas — now overlooks the campus athletic fields. Young trees and shrubs surround the building and dot the plaza, thanks to Norman’s Nursery of Carpinteria, California, which generously donated all the plantings and groundcover.
All that remains for the plaza to be complete is its centerpiece — a statue of the building’s patroness, St. Gladys. A local sculptor is currently working on an original statue, commissioned specifically for the campus, which will be installed in time for a formal dedication ceremony later this year.

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About St. Gladys Hall
About St. Gladys


St. Gladys Hall

St. Gladys Hall

St. Gladys Hall

“Choice and Moral Responsibility”

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 10-12 and July 17-19, will focus on the theme of “Choice and Moral Responsibility,” with readings by Sophocles, Aristotle, and St. Thomas Aquinas. To register for one of the weekends, please contact Patti Harmonson at 805-421-5929. (President’s Council members will be given priority.)

More about the Summer Seminars
About the President’s Council


Summer Seminars

Summer Seminars

Summer Seminars
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