“If it wasn’t for our faith, I don’t think I would be where I am”

They lost everything in the Thomas Fire -- but not their faith

When Patricia, 74, and Tony, 78, Dykes — along with their daughters, son-in-law and grandkids — went out on the front yard of their Ventura home the evening of Dec. 4, all eyes turned toward Santa Paula. There in the distance a long wall of flames was coming over a hill, like some behemoth on a double-time relentless march.  “We’ve got to get out! We’ve got to get out!” … [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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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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What it’s really like to be a sidewalk counselor

A California Catholic Daily exclusive

Last Wednesday, the usual small crowd gathered outside Planned Parenthood. It is abortion day; every week about twelve unborn children die here, as far as I can tell. While some plan only to pray, I am armed with materials about abortion procedures, resources, adoption, things a woman might need to make an informed decision. As cars drive in, I step forward offering … [Read more...]

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Scalia’s death and Thomas Aquinas College

College leaders worry change to high court could affect their chances on pending case

The following comes from a February 16 Ventura County Star article by Tom Kisken: As Michael McLean rehashed for the umpteenth time blurred scenarios created by Justice Antonin Scalia's sudden death Saturday, one thing was clear. Leaders of Thomas Aquinas College near Santa Paula were depending on Scalia's vote in their Supreme Court battle involving birth control and … [Read more...]

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Ventura candlelight procession honors canonization of Saint Junipero Serra

Archbishop Gomez gave the homily at Mass attended by 300

The following comes from a November 21 Ventura County Star article by Megan Diskin: The 300 or so people attending a special Mass on Saturday night were led to embrace a time of healing and love at Mission San Buenaventura as they celebrated the recent canonization of Junípero Serra. Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez, head of the nation's largest Catholic archdiocese, … [Read more...]

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Thomas Aquinas does flash mob again

Pacific View Mall in Ventura Dec. 6

The following comes from a Dec. 17 release from the Cardinal Newman Society. Roughly 150 students from Thomas Aquinas College (TAC) in Santa Paula, Calif., recently participated in a choral “flash mob” at the Pacific View Mall in Ventura, Calif., the College reported. The performance is one of the many ways students from faithful Catholic colleges across the country are … [Read more...]

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Flash mob chorus at Ventura mall

  The following comes from a Dec. 10 email from Thomas Aquinas College. Bringing the joy of Advent and the promise of Christmas into the marketplace, more than 100 Thomas Aquinas College students descended on Ventura’s Pacific View Mall on Saturday for a choral “flash mob.” After stealthily gathering around the mall’s Christmas central lobby — by the Santa Claus … [Read more...]

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