Thomas Aquinas College reached another milestone last week when it broke ground on the College's newest permanent building, St. Gladys Hall.
The Hall's eight classrooms will be the locations of the "small, seminar discussions that are at the heart of the College's unique academic program," according to the College.
Made possible through a $3.2 million grant from the Fritz B. Burns Foundation, St. Gladys Hall will replace the older, modular St. Patrick's Hall and be located next to the Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel.
During a Votive Mass in St. Gladys' honor, chaplain Fr. Cornelius Buckley, S.J. noted that "gladys" means "cripple," and remarked:
“I can envision people coming to St. Gladys Hall, sitting here in Gladys’ lap, if you will,” he said. “They will sit there and realize that our handicaps are blessings, blessings to enable us to grow in love of God and of our neighbor, and if we didn’t have these handicaps, we would not be who God enables us to be.”
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Attended by several of the College’s student acolytes, College Chaplain Rev. Hildebrand Garceau, O. Praem., proceeded to bless the site of the new building, sprinkling holy water on the ground. “Through the gift of Your eternal wisdom, grant that the undertaking we begin today for Your glory and our own well-being may progress, day by day, to its successful completion,” he prayed. Then Dr. McLean, Mr. and Mrs. Rawlinson, and Mrs. Robinson ceremoniously turned over the first four shovelfuls of dirt, thereby launching the construction project.
“Within the walls of this new building, students will engage in rigorous discussions about the great books,” said R. James Wensley, Chairman of the Thomas Aquinas College Board of Governors. “Above all, in this beautiful new building, they will grow in love of the truth.”
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