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Slideshow: “Sunset at the Cross” Slideshow: “Sunset at the Cross”
Slideshow: The Tempest Slideshow:
The Tempest
Photos from the Ordination of Rev. Andrew Norton, O.S.B. (’06) Photos: Ordination of Rev. Andrew Norton (’06)
Slideshow: Fall Schubertiade Slideshow:
Fall Schubertiade
Slideshow: Fall Open-Mic Night Slideshow: Fall Open-Mic Night
Slideshow: Carving Pumpkins Slideshow: Carving
Slideshow: Campus Rosary Procession Slideshow: Campus Rosary Procession
Slideshow: Men’s Campout Slideshow:
Men’s Campout
Dr. Joseph Hattrup: “The Fall of Mount Atlas” Tutor Talk:
Dr. Joseph Hattrup
Text & Audio
College Honors Governors and Tutors at Annual Board Retreat Slideshow:
Board of Governors Dinner
Text & Slideshow: Fr. Schall at DC Board of Regents Text & Slideshow: Fr. Schall at DC Board of Regents
Join the President's Council
Fall Concert: Paul Galbraith
Classical Guitarist
November 21
TAC Seminar at Christ Cathedral
“The Wisdom of Genesis”
Garden Grove, California
November 22
Thanksgiving Recess
November 27-30
No classes / office holiday
November 27
Advent Concert
Thomas Aquinas College Choir
Handel's Messiah

December 5
Christmas Dinner
Los Angeles
December 7
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
December 8
First Semester Examinations
December 15-19
Christmas Vacation
December 20 – January 11
December 25
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
January 1
Lecture: Dr. David R. Arias
Thomas Aquinas College
“St. Thomas on Substantial Form”
January 16
Feast of St. Thomas
January 28
St. Thomas Day Lecture
Rev. Romanus Cessario, O.P.
St. John’s Seminary, Boston
January 28
Legatus Summit Seminar
“On Human Dignity & Religious Freedom”
Orlando, Florida

January 29
Msgr. Thomas Henry Smith
August 31

Brenda Roscoe (’89)
November 5
The Legacy Society
College Freezes Tuition Costs,
Caps Student Loan Debt

The Thomas Aquinas College Board of Governors has announced a freeze in the cost of tuition and room & board for the 2015-2016 academic year. The decision was made to help ease the financial burdens on students and their parents in a weak economy. Tuition will remain at $24,500, and room & board at $7,950, bringing the total cost of attendance, including books and all fees, to $32,450. That amount is well below the average of $37,948 for private institutions in the Western United States.

Keeping tuition costs in check is just one of several ways the College is able to spare its students from incurring excessive debt. According to the 2013-2014 Common Data Set, a data source used by most college surveys, members of the Thomas Aquinas Class of 2013 graduated with an average total loan debt of just $15,521 — about half the national average of $29,400.

“We limit the amount students have to borrow before they can receive institutional aid, such as work study or a grant from the College,” says Director of Financial Aid Greg Becher. Additionally, the College has a fixed curriculum, allowing students to graduate in four years. “That limits the amount students have to borrow and the amount parents have to pay for tuition,” adds Mr. Becher.

College Announces Tuition Freeze
College Reduces Student Debt Loads

Student in St. Joseph Commons

Director of Financial Aid Greg Becher meets with a student
Remembering Angela Baird (’00),
Servant of Life

By November of 1997, officials at Family Planning Associates in Ventura, California, had surely grown used to the sight of protesters. For the previous few months, students from Thomas Aquinas College had spent an hour each Thursday outside this abortion mill, praying, handing out literature, and offering counseling to the anxious clients who came and went. Typically these gatherings attracted no more than four or five participants — until November 6, that is.

Clinic staff must have been stunned, that autumn morning, to see this prayerful contingent swell to as many as 150 young men and women filling the sidewalk. The students joined in prayer, some clutching Rosary beads, and recited 15 decades.

This wasn’t merely a protest, it was a tribute. Only hours earlier, Angela Baird, the 19-year-old sophomore who had led these weekly trips to the clinic, was also clutching Rosary beads and praying for an end to abortion — as she lay dying at the bottom of a ravine following a tragic hiking accident.
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Angela Baird (’00)
Rev. Sebastian Walshe, O.Praem. (’94), on the Family & the Synod

On the final day of the recently concluded Synod on the Family, the Vatican’s official newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, published an essay about the Synod’s purpose — and its challenges — by alumnus Rev. Sebastian Walshe, O.Praem. (’94). A professor of philosophy at St. Michael’s Abbey in Silverado, California, Fr. Sebastian argues that, “The stakes are high,” for the Synod. “For unless modern man can recapture the meaning which God has written into the natural human family, the result will be ignorance and error, indifference and animosity, toward the entire supernatural order.”

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Fr. Sebastian’s article

Rev. Sebastian Walshe, O.Praem. (’94)
Rev. Sebastian Walshe, O.Praem. (’94)

L'Osservatore Romano
GRADUATE SCHOOLS COME RECRUITING Ave Maria’s Tom Monaghan Makes Extraordinary Offer to TAC Seniors

As part of a series of graduate-school recruitment visits to campus, Thomas Monaghan, the onetime owner of Domino’s Pizza and the founder of Ave Maria University, recently made an extraordinary offer to members of the Senior Class: free tuition at the Ave Maria School of Law for all three years of their legal education.

The offer is part of Mr. Monaghan’s effort to make Ave Maria the preferred law school for the nation’s top Catholic lawyers. “We are planning on giving a full ride next fall to 50 students, primarily students from Newman Guide schools,” he said. “And I would love to have all 50 come from this school, because I think it’s the finest Catholic school in the country, and you guys have the perfect background for law school.”

The next day, the College hosted a visit from Dr. Ronald J. Pestritto, graduate dean and professor of politics at Hillsdale College. “I do not visit many schools, but I traveled here for the sole purpose of speaking with you about our program,” said Dr. Pestrito. “We are very happy with our TAC graduate students, and we would like more of you to join us.”

Full story: Monaghan Scholarship Offer
Full story: Hillsdale College Visit



Tom Monaghan
Tom Monaghan

Ave Maria School of Law
Ave Maria School of Law

Hillsdale College
Hillsdale College
College Honors, Prays for Founding President

October 17 marked the first anniversary of the death  of Thomas Aquinas College’s founding president, Dr.  Ronald P. McArthur. The day began with a 7:00 a.m.  Requiem Mass, which Chaplain Rev. Paul Raftery, O.P,  offered in the extraordinary form in Our Lady of the  Most Holy Trinity Chapel. Then, later that morning,  Head Chaplain Rev. Hildebrand Garceau, O.Praem.,  offered Mass in the ordinary form for the repose of Dr.  McArthur’s soul.
“As Jesus says in the Gospel, the grain of wheat must  die in order to produce fruit,” said Fr. Hildebrand in his  homily. “Now that Dr. McArthur has passed from this  life, we pray that the seed that he planted here, at this college, may continue to bear fruit for the building up of the Church; and we must pray for ourselves, that we may be  vigilant in the Faith and may be also men and women of spiritual courage to continue the good work that he has  begun.”

The Dr. McArthur Memorial Page
Audio and text of Fr. Hildebrand’s homily
Dr. McArthu
Dr. McArthur

Fr. Paul Offers the Requiem Mass
Rev. Paul Raftery, O.P., offers a Requiem Mass

Rev. Hildebrand Garceau, O.Praem. (’78)
Rev. Hildebrand Garceau, O.Praem. (’78)
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