Thomas Aquinas gets $3.2 million Burns grant

For classroom building
Thomas Aquinas College quadrangle

Thomas Aquinas College quadrangle

The following comes from an email sent by Thomas Aquinas College on December 19.

Thomas Aquinas College has received a grant of $3.2 million from the Fritz B. Burns Foundation of Los Angeles for the construction of a new classroom building on its campus located in the foothills of the Topa Topa mountains in Ventura County.

The new building will be the thirteenth constructed by the college since it acquired the undeveloped site in the 1970s, and will nearly complete the academic quadrangle which is anchored by Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel.

Commenting on the grant, Burns Foundation president Rex Rawlinson said: “When I first met Thomas Aquinas College’s late President, Tom Dillon, he gave me a copy of The Last Days of Socrates. Our discussions led to extensive study on my part, until I was assigning myself homework, such as reading Saint Augustine’s Confessions to compare and contrast with Rousseau’s Confessions. I realized then the value of what Thomas Jefferson had and I had missed — a classical education. Thomas Aquinas fills a void lamentably abandoned by most colleges.”

….The new building will house eight classrooms designed to facilitate the small, seminar discussions about Great Books that are at the heart of the college’s unique program.  It will be named for St. Gladys, the patron saint of Fritz Burns’ beloved wife.  The fifth century daughter of a Welsh king, St. Gladys was married to King Gundleus, a convert to Christianity and himself a saint.  Together, they raised at least six children, all of whom are saints, and one of whom — St. Cadoc the Wise —founded a monastery and college in Wales.  In later life, the saintly couple had a vision directing them to leave political life and establish a hermitage; there they lived out the remainder of their lives in celibacy and prayer….

Ground-breaking ceremonies will be held in the spring of 2013 and construction will get underway following commencement in May.  Completion of the new classroom building is expected in the spring of 2014.

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  1. Thomas Aquinas College is a most deserving institution for this donation. It keeps Christian Civilization alive among the desert of California universities. Their campus located in the Ojai valley near Ventura, California, is stunningly beautiful. If you are in the area stop to visit their amazing Chapel, which is open to the public.

    A great Catholic college to send your children to.

    • Maryanne Leonard says:

      Gratias, you are absolutely correct. The Burns Foundation’s noteworthy donation to Thomas Aquinas College is indeed going to the most truly deserving Catholic college in the nation. Thomas Aquinas College, located in beautiful Ventura County, California, is remarkable in every imaginable way, the most worthy Catholic college imaginable of this memorable charitable donation. Beautiful Thomas Aquinas College is an excellent choice of an outstanding place to send your precious children as well as your well-considered charitable donations. Both will be handled with superb care. Well done, Burns Foundation!

    • Kenneth M. Fisher says:

      Pray that they can complete it in spite of the Obamanation Mandate!

      God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
      Kenneth M. Fisher

  2. Thomas Edward Miles says:

    A wonderful gift for a very deserving college! I truly believe this is one of the very few great Catholic colleges in this country!!

    • Kenneth M. Fisher says:

      TEM,

      They teach Traditional Morality there which excludes and condemns so called Gay marriage!

      God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
      Kenneth M. Fisher

      • oh, dear, KENNETH, now you are capitalizing the word “Gay” as some might capitalize the word “Catholic” or “American.”

        what is this world coming to when even you do such a thing…???

  3. Praise the Lord for rich people who do philanthropic works to enrich society. Being rich is not a sin. Living a miserly life in deeds or heart is.

  4. Most deserving!
    Thanks for the background on St. Gladys and her family.

  5. The Burns Foundation should give to California Catholic Daily to keep the faithful informed and educated..

  6. Beautiful college and campus. Visited many times. Every Catholic Institution should model TAC’s fidelity to the faith.

  7. Beautiful! Thank you to the Burns Family. The information about St. Gladys was very interesting I thought. A lot of books about saints line my shelves, but I had never heard about her until now. Since I probably have some Welsh blood myself, it even made it more interesting to me.

    John we can also support the advertisers if we are already donating to other good groups and haven’t enough money to go around.

  8. Abeca Christian says:

    Praise God, there are still good people with hearts of gold, full of good spirit to be charitable towards good wholesome things. This is an excellent school too and I want to add is:

    Please keep John Paul the great University, in your thoughts too, they also a wonderful University. Although my daughter is no longer attending there due personal emergency situation….I still want to let everyone know that it is important to support authentic Catholic education…we had the blessing to have a small taste of John Paul’s and they are a very good school too.

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