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Religious Communities Visit Thomas Aquinas College

Representatives from three religious communities recently met with students at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., to discuss vocations to the religious life, according to the College.

In the past, approximately 10% of the College’s graduates have entered the priesthood or religious life.   The College reports:

On April 2, Sr. Mary Margaret of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, met in St. Albert Hall with women who may be contemplating religious vocations. The Dominican Sisters are a thriving order situated in Ann Arbor, Mich. Sr. Mary Margaret O’Brien, O.P. (’00), one of four alumnae who belong to the Order, told students her vocation story, emphasizing how her time at the College prepared her for the religious life. She also discussed the order’s charism of teaching and learning, balanced out by a vibrant prayer life.

Meanwhile, just upstairs from the women’s meeting, a group of the College’s men met with visiting Norbertine priests and seminarians from St. Michael’s Abbey in Orange, Calif. The principle work of the Norbertine Fathers is running a seminary and a boarding school, but they also assist at parishes and schools in the surrounding area. There are currently nine Thomas Aquinas College alumni serving as priests, brothers, and seminarians in the community.

Finally, two days later Rev. Giuseppe Cordomone and DeaconPaul of the Missionary Servants of the Poor of the Third World gathered with students in the student lounge of St. Joseph Commons. The Missionary Servants are a movement in the Church based in Cuzco, Peru. Fr. Cordomone and Deacon Paul spoke about their ministry, stressing that men grow in their relationships with Christ when they serve the poor, because the poor are close to Christ.

Thomas Aquinas College is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.

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