“We’re very pleased that they are coming to Massachusetts”

Cardinal Seán O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston, supports efforts to open Thomas Aquinas College, New England, in time for the start of the 2019-2020 academic year

On his official blog, His Eminence Seán Cardinal O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston, recounts his recent meeting with Thomas Aquinas College President Michael F. McLean. Dr. McLean and other College representatives visited with His Eminence while in Massachusetts, where the College is seeking the approval of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to establish a … [Read more...]

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Thomas Aquinas College students picket Planned Parenthood event

Outside Planned Parenthood Central Coast annual gala in Goleta students from TAC held up signs against abortion

Planned Parenthood Central Coast members and their supporters filled the grand ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara  Saturday night for their annual event. It was called the Birds and Bees bash. An outside reception area was full of silent auction items, a table full of materials about the organization, a photo booth for creative group shots and a table full of materials … [Read more...]

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Slowly getting back to normal

Thomas Aquinas College emerges from historic fire ready to continue

Compost piles are still smoldering on the campus of Thomas Aquinas College, but the Catholic coed liberal arts institution is busily restoring its land as well as repairing buildings damaged in recent wildfires, according to Clark Tulberg, facilities manager. “We’re slowly getting back to normal,” Tulberg said, noting the fires caused students to miss taking their finals last … [Read more...]

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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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