Although members of the Thomas Aquinas College Board of Governors meet three times a year to conduct the business of the College, their fall gathering takes place in a more informal setting for fellowship, study, and prayer. This year’s fall retreat, held on the last weekend in October, provided the usual opportunity for Governors to visit with one another, with students, and with members of the faculty.
The retreat began with a reception for Governors, members of the faculty and their spouses in St. Thomas Plaza. The group then moved on to St. Joseph Commons for an all-College dinner featuring a special guest speaker, Rev. Michael Sweeney, O.P., president of Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, Calif.
The next morning the Governors and their spouses reconvened at the Ojai Valley Inn, where Fr. Sweeney offered Mass. After breakfast, the group met for a seminar on lying, during which they discussed Mark Twain's short story, "Was it Heaven? or Hell?" and an article from the Summa Theologiae of St. Thomas Aquinas on whether lying is always oppposed to truth. Lunch followed, during which two members of the Senior Class spoke about their time at the College and their post-graduation plans. The Governors then spent the remainder of the afternoon in formal session, followed by dinner at the Ojai Valley Inn.
Fr. Sweeny offered Mass once more on Sunday morning, after which the Governors met over brunch before heading home. “It was a great weekend and a true retreat,” says Chairman of the Board of Governors R. James Wensley. “This is always a wonderful chance for our members, many of whom live some distance from each other, to renew friendships and to get to learn more about the College, to which they devote so much of their time and energy. We left edified, refreshed, and more dedicated than ever to the College and its mission.”