THE PASCHAL TRIDUUM
Marking the Passion, Death — and Resurrection — of Jesus
Christ on Campus
Each year the students of Thomas Aquinas College mark Holy Week with a
three-day retreat, interwoven with the sacred liturgies of the Easter
Triduum, to contemplate the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Our
Lord. A new photographic slideshow chronicles this year’s liturgies in
all their sorrow and splendor: Fr. Buckley humbly washing students’
feet on Holy Thursday, the darkening of the Chapel for Tenebrae,
veneration and Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, and the glories of
the Easter Vigil — complete with the baptism of a junior who has just
entered the Church!
story and slideshow
THE COLLEGE IN THE NEWS
A Round-Up of Recent Stories
The Sunday, March 17 edition of the CBS
Evening News featured a story, “American Catholic Youth on
Pope Francis,” filmed entirely at Thomas Aquinas College. The report
included interviews with two students, footage of Our Lady of the Most
Holy Trinity Chapel, and video and photographs taken on campus when the
world first met the new Holy Father. The story, which highlighted the
students’ optimism about the new pope, is available
on the College’s website.
The resignation of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and the subsequent
election of His Holiness Pope Francis, generated significant media
attention for the College from its local newspaper, the Ventura County Star.
The paper interviewed sophomore Andrew Meluch (’15) and Dean Brian T.
Kelly for its first
Pope Benedict’s resignation. During the conclave, it published a second
students at the College who were fasting for the next pope. That fast
proved to be short, however, and following the quick election of Pope
Francis, the Star
interviewed Dr. Kelly for third
one gauging the reaction of area Catholics.
In other news, La
Nacion, a Costa Rican newspaper, published a story about
Thomas Aquinas College, praising the “deep spiritual life” of the
College’s students. “The objective of the [academic program],” the
story notes, “is to arrive at the truth by one’s own means, which is
the main factor in a better formation of the human person. It trains
the student to take in the particularities of the daily life, which, as
we all know, demands constant guidance.” An English
of the article is on the College’s website.
Finally, the Catholic News Agency has published a
review of The
Church Building as a Sacred Place, a new book by Duncan Stroik, the architect of Our
Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel. The review, which stresses the
need for beauty in sacred architecture, includes a photo of the
James L. Barrett, 1927 – 2013
The College mourns the loss of a dear friend and the former vice
chairman of its Board of Governors, James L. Barrett, who died on March
14. With his wife, Judy, Mr. Barrett was the owner and operator of the
Chateau Montelena winery in Napa, Calif. He was also a benefactor of
the College since its early days. Over the years, the Barretts gave
generously to the annual scholarship fund as well as to the
construction of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel. In 1992, Mr.
Barrett joined the Board of Governors, serving as vice chairman from
2004 to 2008, and retiring in 2010, at which time he was named an
“It is not an exaggeration to say that Thomas Aquinas College might not
be here today, were it not for Jim Barrett,” says President Michael F.
McLean. “He and Judy have been extraordinarily generous to the College
with their time, their counsel, and their financial support. We miss
him greatly, and we pray for his eternal rest and the consolation of
Judy and the family.”
McLean remembers Mr. Barrett
FAITH IN ACTION BLOG
Alumni in the Church and the World
in Action blog is a running report about the
good works of Thomas Aquinas College alumni. Recent news on the blog includes:
• A video
trailer for Diary
of a Country Mother, a new book by Cynthia (Six ’77)
Montanaro that chronicles the life of her beloved son Tim. The book
reflects a yearlong journey of prayer and meditation, begun about six
months after Tim’s death in 2005 at the age of 15.
• A post
Dr. S. Adam Seagrave (’05), a professor of political science at
Northern Illinois University, who has written a thoughtful article for The Public Discourse
about the present state of the pro-life movement. Dr. Seagrave argues
that the movement has much to learn from the great abolitionist
• A column by Sean
Fitzpatrick (’02) in Crisis
magazine that looks forward to the pontificate of Pope Francis by
looking back at the life of Saint
PLAY SHERWOOD COUNTRY CLUB!
The Seventh Annual Thomas Aquinas College Golf Classic
On June 3, the historic Sherwood Country Club in Westlake Village,
Calif., will be the site of the seventh annual Thomas Aquinas College
Golf Classic, hosted by the Greater Los Angeles Board of Regents.
Designed by Jack Nicklaus, Sherwood is considered one of America’s
premier golf courses. With various levels of competition, the Thomas
Aquinas College Golf Classic provides a delightful outing for golfers
of all skill levels. Proceeds benefit the more than 70 percent of
Thomas Aquinas College students who require financial assistance to afford
the gift of a Catholic liberal education.