Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California, recently hosted many dames and knights of Malta for a Lenten one-day retreat.
Msgr. Salvatore Pilato, superintendent of high schools for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, led the knights and dames in their retreat. The group attended a conference in the morning. Later in the day, Msgr. Pilato and College chaplains heard confessions and celebrated Mass in the Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel.
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Joining the dames and knights for the retreat was one of the College’s students, Nicholas Van Hecke (’16), whom the Order had brought as a malade to Lourdes, France, in 2010. Although Mr. Van Hecke, who is confined to a wheelchair as a result of spina bifida, did not receive the miraculous cure he had sought, he today thrives as an energetic freshman in the College’s program of Catholic liberal education. “Seeing the graces from that trip at work in Nick’s life was very heartening for all of us,” says Mrs. Forsyth.
“The whole day was one of great blessings,” says Dr. Michael F. McLean, KM, president of Thomas Aquinas College. “We were able to come together with our fellow dames and knights, pray, and turn our thoughts completely toward God. We hope to make this retreat a regular Lenten event, and look forward to welcoming the Order back on campus next year.”
Thomas Aquinas College is recommended by The Cardinal Newman Society at TheNewmanGuide.com for its strong Catholic identity.
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