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Many of the dear friends who have given generously to Thomas Aquinas College gathered in Los Angeles 8 for the annual Christmas Appreciation Dinner.
Bringing the joy of Advent into the marketplace, more than 100 Thomas Aquinas College students descended on Ventura’s Pacific Mall for a choral “flash mob.”
The men’s barbershop octet performed last Friday night at Ventura's annual Tree-Lighting Ceremony.
On December 7, the Thomas Aquinas College Choir hosted its annual Advent Concert.
On Saturday, December 7, the students of Thomas Aquinas College hosted a formal Christmas dance.
The College unveils a new slogan ...
The intramural-football season came to an end on Tuesday afternoon, with the team captained by Joshua Brittain (’15) claiming the championship!
by Rev. Kevin Flannery, S.J., Pontifical Gregorian University
In an effort to assist students in their post-graduation pursuits, Thomas Aquinas College’s Office of Career Advisement recently hosted a series of professional-development events.
Progress is still under way — and work crews are hard at work — on the construction of the College’s next classroom building, St. Gladys Hall.
The annual inter-class clash ...
On Sunday evening Thomas Aquinas College President Michael F. McLean hosted students, faculty, staff, and their families at the all-college Thanksgiving Dinner.
Remarks at the 2013 Thanksgiving Dinner by Dr. Michael F. McLean, president of Thomas Aquinas College
Signaling the arrival of football on campus, students have taken to the campus athletic fields for fierce but friendly bouts of flag football.
When Bill McInerney died of cancer on November 12, it was after 64 years of marriage to his beloved wife, Mary; six decades as an attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area; and 42 years as a member of the Thomas Aquinas College President’s Council.
In a letter sent to each of the nation’s Catholic bishops, Thomas Aquinas College President Michael F. McLean and Dean Brian T. Kelly have urged Catholic dioceses to reject the use of the “Common Core” curriculum in their schools.
Reflections of an Alumna, Parent, and Governor
Over the course of the last month, three religious communities — the Capuchin Franciscans, the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa, and the Nashville Dominicans — have visited Thomas Aquinas College.
“The Trojan Horse in the City on a Hill: The Declaration of Independence and the Erosion of the Natural Law Tradition”
“November is the month of the dead,” begins Head Chaplain Rev. Joseph Illo in a recent homily, in which he stresses the need to pray for the souls of the faithful departed.
On the afternoon of Sunday, November 3, 2013, Thomas Aquinas College students performed at the first of this year’s two informal concerts — “Schubertiades” — in St. Bernardine of Siena Library.
To mark the close the Year of Faith, on October 18, Thomas Aquinas College hosted Rev. Robert Barron, who spoke on the subject “David Dancing Before the Ark: The Liturgical Theology Implicit in 2nd Samuel.”
Tributes, video, and more
Footage of the College's beloved late, founding president
Text, audio, and video of the eulogies from Dr. Thomas Kaiser (’75),Mr. Peter L. DeLuca, Dr. John W. Neumayr, and Dr. Michael F. McLean
One of the co-founders of Thomas Aquinas College and now a senior tutor, Dr. John W. Neumayr delivered the following address at the reception after the funeral for the College’s founding president, Dr. Ronald P. McArthur.
A senior tutor at Thomas Aquinas College, Dr. Thomas Kaiser (’75) delivered the following address at the reception following the funeral for the College’s president, Dr. Ronald P. McArthur, on October 25.
One of the co-founders of Thomas Aquinas College and its vice president for finance and administration, Peter L. DeLuca delivered the following address at the reception following the funeral for the College’s founding president, Dr. Ronald P. McArthur.
When Dr. McArthur asked me to preach the homily for his requiem mass, he said I had one condition: I was not to say anything nice about him.
Thomas Aquinas College President Michael F. McLean delivered the following address at the reception after the funeral for the College’s founding president, Dr. Ronald P. McArthur.
On Saturday, October 26, the students of Thomas Aquinas College hosted the 2013 Halloween Dance in St. Joseph Commons.
Mourners filled Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel on Saturday for the funeral Mass of Dr. Ronald P. McArthur, the founding president of Thomas Aquinas College.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of the College’s founding president.
Kiplinger, the business and personal-finance publisher, has ranked Thomas Aquinas College number 41 out of just 100 schools on its 2014 Best Private Colleges list.
Henry Teichert was a successful businessman, a dedicated philanthropist, and a loyal benefactor of Thomas Aquinas College, which four of his children and seven of his grandchildren have attended.
This past weekend the women of Thomas Aquinas College enjoyed their annual campout with a night under the stars in Sycamore Canyon.
Alumni and their families from throughout the region converged on campus Saturday for the Annual Alumni Day.
Thomas Aquinas College is one of only 22 colleges nationwide recommended by The Cardinal Newman Society in its latest edition of The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College.
Sophie Macik (’15) participated in this summer’s Crossroads pro-life walks across America, and describes the experience in a recent radio interview.
Framing is under way for St. Gladys Hall! The College’s next classroom building is due to be complete in time for the start of the next academic year in August, 2014.
Timothy Teague, an Ojai-based photographer who has been shooting key Thomas Aquinas College events for some 20 years, recently visited the campus to capture a day in the life of the College.
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When I think about my sister Rosie in the last two years, there are many beautiful and victorious images that spring to mind ...
“I am Rosie’s uncle and godfather, which is why I have the privilege, out of this army of priests, to be the one doing the preaching at this funeral.…”
I have a word of thanks and an invitation ...
Each fall the sophomores, juniors, and seniors take turns hosting welcome events for the new freshman class. This past weekend, it was the seniors’ held a Saturday-night dance with a “Willy Wonka” theme — complete with Oompa-Loompas
It its latest survey of more than 1,200 schools, U.S. News & World Report ranks Thomas Aquinas College first in the United States for alumni giving.
From a recent Sophomore Natural Science Class, taught by Dr. Sean Collins, in which students examine Pascal’s refutation of the age-old claim that “nature abhors a vacuum.”
“Great books and Holy Orders”
With its co-plaintiffs — the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., The Catholic University of America, and others — the College has filed a complaint against the U. S. government in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
On Friday night, the College hosted the inaugural concert of this year’s St. Vincent DePaul Lecture and Concert Series.
Miss Bessette is a senior from Upland, Calif. The following is adapted from remarks she made to the Thomas Aquinas College Board of Governors at its spring 2013 meeting.
On the 12th anniversary of 9-11, students prayed for the wellbeing of their country in what was billed as a “Rosary for the Nation.”
In the newly released 2014 edition of its Best Colleges guide, U.S. News & World Report places Thomas Aquinas College in the top tier of all American liberal arts colleges.
By John Baer, Thomas Aquinas College
On Sunday, students gathered on the athletic fields for the annual All-College Picnic.
Remembering a loyal friend and a faithful priest ...
On Monday, August 26, 2013, a record 104 students from across the country and abroad matriculated as freshmen at Thomas Aquinas College — the Class of 2017.
By The Most Rev. Kevin W. Vann, JCD, DD, Bishop of Orange (Calif.)
By The Most Rev. Kevin W. Vann, JCD, DD, Bishop of Orange (Calif.)
Photos from this morning’s Orientation meeting for members of the Class of 2017
“Always remain open to the movements of mind and heart occasioned by the greatest literature, but let the works read in the philosophy and theology tutorials be your touchstones over the next four years.”
Workers are putting the finishing touches on St. Augustine Hall, which underwent a substantial renovation over the summer.
A Central Coast television station, KSBY, has produced the following video about the recent funeral of the Hon. William P. Clark — former Cabinet secretary, California Supreme Court justice, and faithful friend of Thomas Aquinas College.
Thomas Aquinas College is a great books program, but in a brief sequence near the end of Senior Seminar, we ask the students to read and discuss several Church documents as a way to introduce them to an authoritative source of Church teaching.
In the early hours of August 10, 2013, California and the United States lost a distinguished statesmen of the 20th century and Thomas Aquinas College lost a dear friend. Following a protracted battle with Parkinson’s disease, the Hon. William P. Clark passed away at his beloved ranch in Shandon, Calif.
Dr. Michael F. McLean’s Remarks at the 2013 Summer Seminar Weekends
Kudos Include: “Best Value,” “Best Classroom Experience” & “Happiest Students”
The family of Andrew “Kent” Moore (’14) asks for prayers for the man who inadvertently struck Kent with his car in 2012.
Thomas Aquinas College Chaplain Rev. Joseph Illo delivered this address at the second 2013 Summer Seminar weekend on July 20, 2013.
Photos from this year's second Summer Seminar Weekend
On Thursday, to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of Andrew “Kent” Moore (’14), students of Thomas Aquinas College spent the afternoon the same way that Kent spent many of his afternoons — by praying for an end to abortion.
Photos from this year's first Summer Seminar Weekend
For a class quotation, the Class of 2013 chose the following words from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI: “The ways of the Lord are not comfortable, but we were not created for comfort. We were created for greatness.”
Thomas Aquinas College’s beloved chaplain, Rev. Cornelius M. Buckley, S.J., recently offered a Mass for the annual installation ceremony of the Adolfo Camarillo Council of the Knights of Columbus.
On Friday nights throughout the 2013-14 academic year, the students of Thomas Aquinas College will have the privilege of attending lectures from some of the nation’s most distinguished scholars.
With its students away for the summer recess, Thomas Aquinas College has begun work on its next classroom building, St. Gladys Hall, as well as the renovation of its first classroom building, St. Augustine Hall.
Photographs of the members of the Class of 2013 and the titles of their Senior Theses
Dr. Paul O’Reilly exposes fundamental errors about the relationship between science and faith in Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion.
The College mourns the passing of Elena Grant Cahir, daughter of College Governor Maria and Richard Grant.
Earlier this month, scholars from across the United States and abroad gathered on the campus of Thomas Aquinas College for the annual West Coast Meeting of the Society for Aristotelian-Thomistic Studies.
On Father’s Day, the Stockton Record published an interview with renowned surgeon and philanthropist Dr. Henry J. Zeiter — a member of the College’s Board of Governors and Order of St. Albert, as well as the father of alumna author Suzie (Zeiter ’87) Andres.
Regents serve as the College’s ambassadors, making known the influence and good works of the College within their own communities, while at the same time inviting new members into the fold.
Writing in the Cardinal Newman Society’s Catholic Education Daily, Timothy Drake has conducted a rare interview with Sr. Mary Josefa, OSB (Kathleen Holcomb ’07), of the Benedictine Sisters of Mary.
A talk given by Dr. Thomas Kaiser (’75), the first tutor to have taught every class in the College’s classical curriculum at the 2013 Alumni Association Dinner.
Sherwood Country Club in Westlake Village, Calif., was the site of the seventh annual Thomas Aquinas College Golf Classic, hosted by the Greater Los Angeles Board of Regents on June 3.
Nearly 150 alumni of Thomas Aquinas College gathered on the College campus Saturday for the annual Alumni Association Dinner.
A profile of incoming freshman Rachel Beck from the Arizona Daily Sun
Chaplain Rev. Joseph Illo likens the great care that the College’s students take for Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel to the work of the Missionaries of Charity.
There is no such thing as a typical day on the job for Caroline Johnson, M.D. (’97).
Early in the morning of May 23, 2013, a truck towed away the last modular building on the academic quadrangle of Thomas Aquinas College — St. Patrick Hall.
Video, audio, photos and text from this year's Commencement Exercises
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Photographs of the Class of 2013 and this year’s Commencement exercises are now available, for viewing and for purchase.
At its 2013 Commencement exercises on May 11, Thomas Aquinas College awarded its highest honor, The Saint Thomas Aquinas Medallion, to two men who have dedicated their lives to the service of the Church and its people.
“To Live in a Spirit of Joy and Love,” by Liam Collins (’13), Commencement 2013
The Homily from the Baccalaureate Mass, by His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, at Thomas Aquinas College’s 2013 Commencement exercises.
From Commencement 2013
Under a bright California sky, on Saturday, May 11, Thomas Aquinas College celebrated its 39th Commencement exercises, welcoming the 91 members of the Class of 2013 as its newest alumni.
President McLean's remarks to the Class of 2013 and a photo gallery
With the end of the academic year comes the return of a number of annual senior traditions.
A graduate student in political science at Claremont University, Daniel Carpenter (’11) has written a thoughtful essay for The John William Pope Center for High Education about his time at the College.
During the last days of classes before final examinations, 35 Thomas Aquinas College juniors gathered in the rotunda of St. Thomas Hall to sing four hymns.
Photos this weekend’s Spring Concert of Chrysostomos, a student choral group at Thomas Aquinas College
In a longstanding tradition, the younger classes at Thomas Aquinas College take turns each spring bidding farewell to the soon-to-be-departing seniors ...
On Tuesday, April 24, the Class of 2013 took its turn in this yearly ritual, consigning much of the last year’s hard work — although certainly not its fruits! — into the flames.
Cardinal DiNardo will address the largest graduating class in the College’s history — 91 men and women who hail from across the United States and abroad.
On April 17 2013, representatives of Thomas Aquinas College and the Fritz B. Burns Foundation broke ground on the College’s next building, St. Gladys Hall.
Each spring, in the final weeks of the semester, members of the Senior Class team up against the faculty in the annual Senior-Tutor Softball Game.
Dr. Hattrup has successfully defended his dissertation, “Form and Predicability in Aristotle’s Categories and the Middle Books of the Metaphysics,” at the University of Houston’s Center for Thomistic Studies.
An end-of-the-year, outdoor dance, Chez Martin has become one of Thomas Aquinas College’s most popular annual events.
Audio from the April 20 lecture by Dr. Scott Crider, University of Dallas
Highlights from a performance by two of Thomas Aquinas College’s choral groups at the Libbey Bowl in Ojai, Calif., earlier this month
The Thomas Aquinas College Choir recently held its spring concert, at which it performed some of the world’s best-loved opera choruses.
Early Wednesday afternoon, four spades pierced the ground in front of the College’s newest permanent building, St. Gladys Hall.
Fr. Buckley's Homily at the Votive Mass of St. Gladys, on the occasion of the Groundbreaking of St. Gladys Hall
In a longstanding tradition, the younger classes at Thomas Aquinas College take turns each spring bidding farewell to the soon-to-be-departing seniors. This past Sunday the sophomores had their opportunity.
The Thomas Aquinas College Board of Governors has elected to its ranks a new member with a familiar name: Mr. Walter J. Conn of San Marino, Calif.
Homily from the Memorial Mass for Thomas E. Dillon
Director of College Relations Anne (Schaeffer ’81) Forsyth appeared a guest of Kathleen Beckman on Radio Maria’s “Living Eucharist” program Monday, April 8.
On Saturday evening Thomas Aquinas College students donned their finest clothes and decorated St. Joseph Commons for the spring dance.
Remarks at the Memorial for James L. Barrett by Dr. Michael F. McLean
Some 750 people from the greater Los Angeles area descended upon Ojai’s Libbey Bowl on Sunday for a concert hosted by Thomas Aquinas College.
Thomas Aquinas College and 21 other Catholic institutions of higher education have signed a memorandum formally protesting the HHS mandate that would compel Catholic organizations to provide contraceptive, abortifacient, and sterilization coverage.
Photos from three days of sacred liturgies
In Sunday, March 24, Thomas Aquinas College students performed in the second of this year’s two informal concerts — “Schubertiades” — in St. Bernardine of Siena Library.
Translated from the original Spanish
There were kilts and bagpipes, and much tossing of stones and cabers, on the Thomas Aquinas College campus this past weekend ...
Dr. S. Adam Seagrave (’05), has written a thoughtful article for The Public Discourse about the present state of the pro-life movement.
Some 40 Dames and Knights of Malta from the greater Los Angeles area came to the campus of Thomas Aquinas College on Saturday for a one-day retreat.
On Sunday members of the Thomas Aquinas College community gathered in St. Joseph Commons for the annual celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
The Sunday, March 17 edition of the CBS Evening News featured a segment, “American Catholic Youth on Pope Francis,” shot entirely at Thomas Aquinas College.
The College mourns the loss of a dear friend and the former Vice Chairman of its Board of Governors, James L. Barrett, who died early Thursday morning.
Students sing, pray, and celebrate at the news of Pope Francis’ election
Welcoming the election of His Holiness Pope Francis, Thomas Aquinas College President Michael F. McLean offered the following statement:
News of the white smoke above St. Peter’s first reached campus at around 11:00 a.m. Wednesday morning ...
After months of hard work, members of the Class of 2014 turned in the final drafts of their theses on Sunday evening.
Thomas Aquinas College tutor Elizabeth Reyes has successfully defended her doctoral dissertation at the University of Dallas.
The women of Thomas Aquinas College met on the campus fields Saturday morning for the annual “Powder Puff Bowl” — a friendly game of flag football.
Among the cardinals being discussed as “papabili,” or possible successors to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, are five of Thomas Aquinas College's recent Commencement Speakers.
Please join the College in praying this novena, authored by College Chaplain Rev. Cornelius M. Buckley, S.J., for our cardinals as they prepare to elect a new Holy Father.
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Over the weekend, Dominican friars from St. Dominic’s Priory in San Francisco, Calif., visited campus to meet with students who may be contemplating religious vocations.
On February 28, members of the Thomas Aquinas College community came together to pray for His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.
Footage from Act the St. Genesius Players' performance on February 16, 2013.
By Dr. Jeffrey Tulis
A longtime friend of Thomas Aquinas College, Msgr. Sommer faithfully lived out his vocation as a priest for 72 years, including 29 years as a chaplain in the United States Army.
I still remember so vividly, even though it was the summer of 1999, when I went to sleep one night thinking, “This is it. This is where I am going to college.”
On the February 16, 2013, the St. Genesius Players of Thomas Aquinas College presented A Midsummer Night’s Dream in St. Joseph Commons.
Adapted from remarks made to the Thomas Aquinas College Board of Governors at its fall 2012 meeting.
Miss Dufresne is a junior from Ventura, Calif. The following is adapted from remarks she made to the Thomas Aquinas College Board of Governors at its fall 2012 meeting.
Today marks the anniversary of the death of one of the College’s beloved former chaplains, Rev. Thomas A. McGovern, S.J., who died on February 19, 1995.
Nearly 500 people arrived on the campus of Thomas Aquinas College Saturday, filling the pews of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel to remember and to pray for the soul of John W. Blewett.
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.
When he graduated from Thomas Aquinas College, Matthew Kuemmerlein (’07) never anticipated that he would soon spend two years in the jungles of the Far East....
“The pope’s resignation surprised students at Thomas Aquinas College, a small Catholic school in Santa Paula, where the Rev. Hildebrand Garceau mentioned it during Monday’s Mass.”
“Lent is a time of increased devotion here at Thomas Aquinas College.…”
Thomas Aquinas College has long held His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI in great esteem, dating back to his time as the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
The students of Thomas Aquinas College celebrated Mardi Gras a few days early this year with a Saturday-night dance in St. Joseph Commons.
“Pope Benedict XVI has been a great 21st century leader of the Roman Catholic Church. He is an outstanding theologian and a saintly man, beloved by Catholics from around the world....”
Thomas Aquinas College mourns the passing of Mr. John W. Blewett, who died on Friday, February 8, after a protracted illness.
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.
Issues facing the various countries of the Americas are as diverse as the terrains of the continent, but Christians from north to south are taking up the same challenge: to respond to the Pope's call to promote a new evangelization.
“I was a parish priest for 20 years, and now I am a college chaplain. What’s the difference? In the parish I prepared people for divorce, and in the College I prepare them for marriage.”
This summer, when Thomas Aquinas College begins construction on its second classroom building, St. Gladys Hall, it will also refurbish its first, St. Augustine Hall, with the assistance of a $600,000 grant from the E. L. Wiegand Foundation.
In anticipation of the upcoming groundbreaking ceremony for St. Gladys Hall, the College has commissioned two artistic renderings of the new classroom building. The renderings are the work of Domiane Forte (’00).
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On January 28, 2013, members of the Thomas Aquinas College community celebrated the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas with a fitting combination of prayer, scholarship, and fun.
A student's experience
More than two-thirds of the Thomas Aquinas College student body participated in Saturday's Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco.
More than 200 students from Thomas Aquinas College plan to join a Walk for Life on Saturday in San Francisco.
Over the course of several days last week, Thomas Aquinas College students competed in their annual inter-class spring soccer tournament.
Pictures from the annual competition
On Sunday two prominent Southern California business leaders visited Thomas Aquinas College to share their acumen, their stories, and their insights with the College’s students.
Some two-thirds of the College’s student body to San Francisco this weekend for the Walk for Life West Coast.
A video made for the 2013 March for Life in Washington, D.C.
His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, the Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, has accepted President Michael F. McLean’s invitation to serve as Thomas Aquinas College’s 2013 Commencement Speaker.
An exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art profiles one of the most influential artists of the 16th and 17th centuries — and those he influenced.
Mother Mary Assumpta Long, O.P., served as the College’s Commencement Speaker this past spring, at which time she granted the following interview.
Tax-Free Rollover for 2013
“The Irrelevance of Abraham and the Salvation of Egypt”
President McLean's reflections from the Ecclesia in America Congress in Rome
During the last days of classes before final examinations, 35 Thomas Aquinas College juniors gathered in the rotunda of St. Thomas Hall to sing four hymns.
A New Alumna Looks Back at Her Time at the College and Ahead to Her Futur
Thomas Aquinas College has received a grant of $3.2 million from the Fritz B. Burns Foundation of Los Angeles for the construction of a new classroom building.
U.S News & World Report has named Thomas Aquinas College Number 2 out of more than 1,200 colleges and universities nationwide on its newly released rankings of alumni giving.
While students here have always been strongly and prayerfully pro-life, it was only in 1997, thanks to Angela, that an active, well-organized pro-life group was formed.
Bach’s Mass in B Minor
“What we learned about God in the curriculum — St. Augustine, the way he spoke about God, and St. Thomas’ treatise in the beginning of the Summa Theologica — really set me toward my vocation.”
– Rev. Fr. Mark Bachmann, O.S.B. (’82)
Co-founder and Subprior, Annunciation Monastery of Clear Creek