Summer Program Blog
Summer Program students pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for classmate Philip Carrescia earlier this afternoon. Please keep those prayers coming!
Wednesday was a full day! The students worked through their second morning of Euclidean propositions, then moved on to a discussion of Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy in the afternoon. Tutors Dr. David Appleby and Dr. Phillip Wodzinski opened their section’s discussion by noting that Boethius presents Lady Philosophy as a physician or a doctor. So what, the tutors asked, is Lady Philosophy’s diagnosis of the patient?
From that starting point, the conversation progressed into an inquiry into what kind of treatment Lady Philosophy has to offer. Dr. Appleby noted that the class discussion went “very well indeed!”
After class all joined in St. Joseph Commons for one last afternoon practice for Friday’s post-banquet dance. Then, during study period, there was practice of a different sort: Students and prefects left the library and headed for the classrooms, where they worked their way through the next day’s Euclidean propositions on the chalkboards.
Later on, after evening Rosary, the group met up in the Commons for Open-Mic night. Students performed some 20 songs in all — many of them original — in English, Spanish and French. One of the more extraordinary numbers was “Ars Poetica,” a stunning 32.4-second recital of the periodic table of elements! At the end of the performances, students returned to their residence halls, where prefects cooked up hot dogs to stave off pangs of hunger before bedtime.
Thus concluded Day 11 of the 2013 Thomas Aquinas College High School Summer Program, which, alas, is quickly drawing to a close …
Thank you for all your prayers!
According to Mrs. Carrescia, Philip’s neurosurgeon has successfully removed a cavernoma (an aneurysm-like structure) from his brain. He is awake, alert, and talking (which was a pre-surgery area of concern). Mrs. Carrescia reports that he looks better than he did when she first arrived at his California hospital earlier in the week.
Thanks be to God! And please continue to keep Philip and his family in your prayers.
On weekday evenings throughout the Thomas Aquinas College High School Summer Program, students meet in the library for a two-hour study hall. Before they dive into their readings, though, they indulge in a moment of levity with a lively sort of roll call — a fast-and-furious race that pits Admissions Director Jon Daly and half of the students against a prefect and the other half.
On Tuesday morning, the High School Summer Program students got to demonstrate their knowledge of Euclidean geometry for the first time, taking to the classroom blackboards to work their way — step by step — through several propositions. Then, after the jubilation of clearing what, to many, may have once seemed like an insurmountable obstacle, the students readied themselves for a journey into the big city. Following Mass and lunch, they loaded into three 55-passenger buses and headed to Los Angeles.
The first stop was the J. Paul Getty Museum in the Santa Monica Mountains, with its panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the vast expanse of metropolitan L.A. The students wandered the campus, gazing upon paintings, illuminated manuscripts, statues, photographs, and beautiful gardens. The sights spurred discussions about beauty and whether it can be objectively defined.
Next, all piled back into the buses to go the Hollywood Bowl, stopping briefly in the parking lot to consume a dinner of 55 pizzas. Upon entering the storied amphitheater, the students settled in for a concert by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which performed several classical pieces, including the overture from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Mendelssohn’s Overture in E for Two Pianos, and Schubert’s Symphony No. 5.
At the end of the concert, the group returned to the buses, where they prayed a Rosary for their classmate Philip, and caught up on reading for the next day’s classes. The next morning, they were up bright and early to demonstrate more propositions in their first class, and then to discuss Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy in the afternoon.
Next up: dance practice and open-mic night in the coffee shop …
The mother of Philip Carrescia reports that he is set for surgery tomorrow, August 1, at 1:00 p.m. The Carrescias are deeply grateful for everyone’s prayers and ask that we continue to pray for Philip and his doctors. College Chaplain Rev. Cornelius M. Buckley, S.J., was able to visit Philip again today and give him Holy Communion.
Many thanks for all the prayers that readers have offered for Summer Program student Philip Carrescia! College Chaplain Rev. Cornelius M. Buckley, S.J., and Deacon Chris Sandner visited him this evening, and they report that his condition has much improved. Philip is awake, smiling, talking, and eating Jell-O. God be praised!
Please continue to keep him, his family, and his caretakers in your prayers.
Please pray for the full recovery of Philip Carrescia, a Summer Program student who fell ill last night and is currently hospitalized in Santa Barbara.
Please also pray for wisdom for his parents, Barbara (Wynne ’78) and Philip Carrescia, and for doctors who are deciding on the best course of treatment.
Students on one of the three 55-passenger buses on their way to the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles
After a night of deep sleep following the weekend’s adventures, students began Monday with Mass, breakfast, and a morning class on Euclid’s definitions, common notions, and postulates. They then made their way to the campus coffee shop, where Director of Admissions Jon Daly led a question-and-answer session for students interested in applying to the College.
The topic of conversation at lunch was Euclid, with students preparing to present his first three propositions for demonstration on Tuesday. Students also discussed who was most at fault for the tragedy that occurs in Macbeth — the subject of their Monday-afternoon class. During recreation time, tutor Dr. John Nieto hosted an overflow crowd in the campus coffee shop, where he delivered a talk entitled “Art and Beauty.” The talk, which discussed the need art for art and man’s desire to gaze upon what is beautiful, will serve the students well when they visit the John Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.
Then, following dinner, study hall, and Rosary, the students challenge the prefects to an evening basketball game.
In the women’s game, the prefects won 21-18. In the men’s match, it was the students who emerged triumphant, 33-28. After their victory, the men hoisted their coach — a fellow student, Dominic Scaglione, who was celebrating his birthday — above their shoulders. As they carried him across the court, some friends approached with a cake, capping off the celebration.