Despite our human frailty, the College aspires to be faithful to Christ and His Church in this venture of “faith seeking understanding.” Among the fruits of this fidelity are the faith-filled lives of the College’s graduates, many of whom go into education and other service professions. Many also marry and raise strong, Catholic families as a beacon of hope to their communities. In their everyday lives, the College’s alumni are faithfully serving both Church and society.
Yet perhaps nowhere are these good fruits more apparent than in the relatively large number of vocations to the priesthood and religious life to be found among Thomas Aquinas College graduates. Since the College’s inception, a steady 10 percent of its alumni have pursued a vocation. There are 59 priests and many more alumni in dioceses, seminaries and religious orders around the country and abroad.
In 2007, the Congregation for Catholic Education’s Office for Vocations asked then-College president Dr. Thomas E. Dillon to give an account for this phenomenon — why do so many priestly and religious vocations come from Thomas Aquinas College? The results of that inquiry can be found here.