New England

Seeking to raise funds for their farewell gift, members of the Thomas Aquinas College, New England, Class of 2024 staged a benefit concert this weekend.

Per longstanding tradition, each TAC graduating holds fundraisers of various kinds throughout its senior year to fund a gift to the College. This year, the Class of 2024 has set its sights on a most generous (and expensive) gift: church bells for Our Mother of Perpetual Chapel. “Bells would be our chapel’s crowning glory,” says Georgiana Egan (’24), co-class president. “We want our faith, our mission, and our zeal to ring through the hills of this beautiful town. We want to sing as loudly as we can to Our Lord all the days of our lives.”

Olivia Music Hall was filled to capacity Saturday night with students, tutors, and high-school students visiting for the Spring Open House. At intermission, a few seniors held a bake sale boasting homemade cookies, cupcakes, and hot cocoa. The concert featured all manner of classical music, including pieces by Brahms, Scarlatti, Schubert, and many others. The night’s culminating piece was a dramatic, rousing Mendelssohn piano trio that brought the audience to its feet.

“It all really came together at the end,” said co-class president and vocalist Trinity Duggan (’24). “The performers all did so well and really put their hearts into each of their pieces. I’m really proud of all the seniors behind the scenes who stepped up to help out with all the moving parts that went into making this event a success.”

Meanwhile, with Commencement less than two month away, the New England seniors are busily doing all they can to make their dream of bells for Our Mother of Perpetual Help Chapel a reality. “Would you please consider making a gift toward this noble cause?” asks Georgiana in a thoughtful letter to prospective benefactors. “It is not merely our gift to the College, but our gift to the Lord and His home.”