JULY 2012




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Slideshow: 2012 Seniors and Thesis Titles
2012 Seniors and Thesis Titles


Dr. Thomas Kaiser, First Tutor to Teach All 23 Courses in College CurriculumDr. Thomas Kaiser:
First Tutor to Teach Entire Curriculum


Governor Berni Neal on EWTN Live
Berni Neal on EWTN Live


Questioning the Pill: Dr. Pia de Solenni ('93)
Questioning the Pill: Dr. Pia de Solenni ('93)





Summer Seminar Weekend for President's Council Members
July 13-14


High School Summer Program
July 22 - August 4


Religious Freedom Seminar at the Napa Institute  
July 26 


Admissions Visit: Wichita, Kan.
August 3-5


Retreat for Faculty/Staff
August 13


Retreat for Faculty/Staff Spouses
August 14


Feast of the Assumption
August 15


Freshman Orientation
August 16-8


August 20


Feast of Bl. Mother Teresa
September 5


Admissions Visits: Southern California
September 10-27


Admissions Visit: Dallas, Tex.
September 11


Admissions Visits: Northern California
September 11-12


Lecture: Rev. Robert Spitzer, S.J.
Magis Center of Reason and Faith
September 14


Columbus Day
October 8


Don Rags
October 16-18


Feast of All Saints
November 1


Lecture: Dr. Jeremy Holmes ('99)
Wyoming Catholic College
November 16


Thanksgiving Recess
November 22-25



June Brings Three More Ordinations

This summer five alumni of Thomas Aquinas College were ordained to the sacred priesthood, bringing to 58 the total number of alumni priests.

Following the two ordinations in May, there were three more in June. On the 15th, His Eminence Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna, laid hands on Rev. Joseph Bolin (’01), in Vienna’s Cathedral of St. Stephan. Eight days later, on June 23, His Excellency Paul J. Bradley, Bishop of  Kalamazoo (Mich.), ordained Rev. Francis Marotti (’07) at St. Augustine Cathedral. That same day, some 4,500 miles away, the Most Rev. Cirilo B. Flores, Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of San Diego, conferred the Sacrament of Holy Orders upon Rev. Maximilian Okapal, O.Praem. (’02) at Mission Basilica in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

Deo gratias!

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Rev. Joseph Bolin (’01)
Fr. Bolin

Rev. Francis Marotti (’07)
Fr. Marotti

the Most Rev. Cirilo B. Flores and Rev. Maximilian Okapal, O.Praem. (’02)
Bishop Flores and Fr. Okapal




College Prep Review Visits The College

College Prep Review's Megan Dorsey, a nationally recognized expert in test preparation and college admissions, recently visited Thomas Aquinas College, and the had the following to say:

"There are only a handful of truly unique colleges — schools so exceptional in their curriculum and approach to education that there is no comparison. Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California is one of these schools. I was truly impressed with my visit."

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Andrew Moore ('14)

Like other Thomas Aquinas College students in the past, Andrew Moore (’14) is participating in the Crossroads Walk Across America — five separate, simultaneous journeys of college students traversing the U.S. and Canada in defense of the unborn. Mr. Moore, a rising junior from Concord, Calif., is part of the Central Walk, which began in San Francisco on May 19 and will conclude in Washington, D.C., on August 9.

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Updates on Three Alumnae Sisters

On June 6, the Feast of St. Norbert, two alumnae of Thomas Aquinas College took their religious names and were vested in the habit of the Norbertine Canonesses at the Bethlehem Priory of St. Joseph in Tehachapi, Calif. Thus, by God’s grace, Alison Bright (’09) is now Sr. Mary Thomas, O. Praem. (after the College’s patron, St. Thomas Aquinas), and Annie Huguelet (’11) is now Sr. Mary Andre, O. Praem (after St. Andre Bessette).

Three weeks earlier, on May 17,  Sr. Miriam Thérèse of the Holy Face, O.C.D. (Kelly Waldman ’07), made her solemn profession at the Carmel of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in Valparaiso, Neb. The Bishop of Lincoln, the Most Reverend Fabian Bruskewitz, offered Mass and received her final vows.

Srs. Mary Andre and Mary Thomas
Sr. Miriam Thérèse of the Holy Face


Sr. Mary Andre, O. Praem (’11) and Sr. Mary Thomas, O. Praem (’09)

Sr. Mary Andre, O. Praem (’11)
and Sr. Mary Thomas, O. Praem (’09)

Kelly Waldman at Commencement 2007  Sr. Miriam Thérèse of the Holy Face, O.C.D. (Commencement 2007)




How Susan and Mike Murray Triple Their Gifts to Thomas Aquinas College

When Mike Murray retired from a 25-year career in management at ExxonMobil in 2006, he and his wife, Susan, were eager to support higher education in some way. It was an opportunity to do good that they could not pass up.

As an ExxonMobil retiree, Mr. Murray qualified for the company’s matching-gifts program, which will triple any gift he makes to an eligible institution of higher learning. For the Murrays, the program offered a simple way to maximize their giving. “My wife and I wanted somebody to be able to take advantage of the ExxonMobil matching program,” he says. To make their choice the couple reflected on the experiences of their son Sean, a graduate of the College.

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The Murrays








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