Established in 1998, the Order of St. Albert is named for the great 13th century bishop and celebrated scientist. In addition to being the instructor of our patron, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Albert the Great was a friend and adviser to popes, bishops, kings, and statesmen.
Membership in the Order of St. Albert is reserved for those benefactors whose generosity to Thomas Aquinas College has been exceptional. For, just as St. Thomas would not have risen to the heights that he did without the aid of his mentor, so, too, Thomas Aquinas College could not accomplish the good that it does without the generosity of these benefactors.
Members of the Order of St. Albert are awarded a cast bronze bust of St. Albert the Great modeled on the statue that stands in the academic quadrangle on the California campus, just outside the science hall, and their names are engraved on its pedestal.
Members of the Order of St. Albert