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Thomas Aquinas College Faculty Deepens Knowledge of Mission over Summer Break

The faculty of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., recently participated in the annual summer seminars focusing on the mission of the College and studying “texts that deepen members’ understanding of and commitment to the College’s mission and its unique program of Catholic liberal education,” according to the College.

College dean Brian Kelly said in the College news release, “Many strong Catholic institutions of higher learning have collapsed or lost their way, in part because they were not explicit enough about what they stood for.”

This year, the first seminar’s topic was a report which supplements the College’s founding document, A Proposal for the Fulfillment of Catholic Liberal Education. The report was presented in 2001 by Dr. Glen Coughlin and its purpose was to provide a clearer explanation of the Thomas Aquinas College’s mission.

The second seminar focused on Pope St. John Paul’s 1998 encyclical, Fides et Ratio. The encyclical was chosen due to its beneficial dialogue on faith and reason in regards to following Church teaching.

Kelly noted that faculty at the College aims to “help students make a good beginning on the road to Catholic wisdom.”

Along with the seminars, the faculty and staff also participate in an annual retreat and a Tutor Summer Program.

The College reports:

For the tutors at Thomas Aquinas College, summer learning begins shortly after graduation, with thrice-weekly, 90-minute morning seminars that continue through the end of June. “It is important that our tutors never cease to be students,” remarks Dean Brian T. Kelly. “For our own benefit and for that of our students, we must grow in the understanding of the truth that underlies our course of  studies."

At their morning sessions, meeting in the very classrooms where they usually teach, the tutors engage in conversations led by one or two of their peers. “The summer program is an opportunity for us to advance,” adds Dr. Kelly, “especially in our discipleship to St. Thomas Aquinas and Aristotle.”

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

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