Founder of Catholic school among those killed in Montecito mudslide

Roy Rohter, founder of St. Augustine Academy in Ventura, was killed when a powerful mudslide swept him and his wife from their home on Jan. 9

The founder of St. Augustine Academy in Ventura was among those killed early Tuesday morning when a powerful mudslide swept him and his wife from their Montecito home.  Roy Rohter was identified by officials at Thomas Aquinas College, from which his daughter graduated in 2000. His wife, Theresa, was rescued and is in stable condition, officials said. Friends remembered … [Read more...]

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Don’t worry, mom

Thomas Aquinas College students report on their experience half a mile away from the Thomas Fire

California Catholic Daily exclusive by Roseanne Sullivan. Freshman John Gartonzavesky called home from Thomas Aquinas College on the evening of December 4, the last Monday of the Fall semester. He told his mother that "the hills behind my dorm are on fire." He texted her an alarming photo [left]. Huge flames from Thomas fire—which got its name from its origins near the … [Read more...]

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Wildfire forces evacuation of Thomas Aquinas College

No serious damage to any structures

The fast-spreading flames of a California wildfire reached the borders of the campus of Thomas Aquinas College early this week, but they did not cause serious damage, and all students are safe. “As a precaution, all students were evacuated, first to Sacred Heart Church in Ventura, then to homes of various friends, faculty, and alumni,” the college said on its website Dec. … [Read more...]

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Churches worth driving to

Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel, Santa Paula

  Name of Church Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel Address (on the grounds of Thomas Aquinas College – “TAC”) 10,000 Ojai Road, Santa Paula, CA 93060 Phone number (805) 421-5931 Website http://www.thomasaquinas.edu/catholic-life/our-lady-most-holy-trinity-chapel Mass times Sundays and holydays, 7:15, 9 & 11:30 a.m. Weekdays, 7, 11:30 a.m. and … [Read more...]

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Thomas Aquinas College to open East Coast campus

California-based Great Books program enters deal involving Hobby Lobby property

Thomas Aquinas College has entered into a preliminary grant agreement with the National Christian Foundation (NCF) to accept its gift of a former secondary school campus in Northfield, Mass. It will assume ownership of the Northfield property on May 2, 2017 and open its doors to students on this branch campus in the fall of 2018. Says college president Dr. Michael F. McLean, … [Read more...]

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Friend-of-court brief filed over Virginia bathroom controversy

Catholic colleges, including two in California, join Cardinal Newman Society in urging Supreme Court to take up transgender bathroom case

The following comes from a September 29 Cardinal Newman Society press release: Leading up to a possible landmark Supreme Court case regarding “transgender” policies and religious freedom, The Cardinal Newman Society and several courageous Catholic colleges this week filed a friend of the court brief urging the Court to hear the appeal of the Gloucester County, Va., school … [Read more...]

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Advice to students young and old

What Bishop Barron told incoming TAC students

The following is the September 6 Thomas Aquinas College matriculation speech given by Bishop Robert Barron. Bishop Barron is an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries. Last week I offered some remarks at the matriculation ceremony for Thomas Aquinas College in California. Since I would give the same advice to … [Read more...]

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Bishop Robert Barron to preside at TAC convocation day mass and matriculation

Rising retention rates give college highest enrollment in history

The following comes from an August 18 press release from Thomas Aquinas College: The Most Reverend Robert E. Barron will offer the opening Mass of the Holy Spirit at Thomas Aquinas College on Monday, August 22, 2016, in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel. He will also preside at the matriculation ceremony following at 10:30 a.m. in St. Joseph Commons. The auxiliary … [Read more...]

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Noose tightens on Christian colleges

Exemptions to Equity bill only in religion classes

On Monday, June 13 the California Assembly amended the Equity in Higher Education Act, redefining how it narrows the religious exemption. Authored by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Long Beach and a member of the LGBT caucus, the act would deny CalGrants to students who attend colleges that discriminate on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation. Entire religious … [Read more...]

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Religious liberty on the rocks in California

Thomas Aquinas students to lose Cal Grants?

  The following comes from a May 25 story in the Weekly Standard. Before Memorial Day, the California state legislature is expected to vote on two bills restricting religious liberty. One, AB 1888, would cut off public grants to all colleges and universities without policies specifically protecting gay, lesbian and transgender students from any form of … [Read more...]

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