This fall, students at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., will arrive to find a new head chaplain and a returning member of the chaplaincy on campus, reports the College.
Father Hildebrand Garceau, O.Praem, will assume the role of head chaplain following the departure of Fr. Joseph Illo who departed from the College earlier this summer.
“The love of Christ and his Church has gathered us together here at Thomas Aquinas College,” Fr. Garceau said on the College website. “By study, reflection, and discussion we come to know God; by prayer and contemplation we come to love Him. The chaplains help to facilitate that love by ministering the Sacraments and providing spiritual direction so that the students may thrive humanly and spiritually.”
Fr. Garceau came to the College as a chaplain in 2011. He looks at his new position as an opportunity to assist TAC community members in their spiritual lives.
In addition, Father Paul Raftery, O.P., a previous College chaplain from 2006 until 2012, will resume his role after having spent two years as a parochial vicar in Alaska. On the TAC website, he expressed his excitement towards his return. “I am once again privileged to be serving all the important work of the College,” he said on the College website. “What a great blessing to come back!”
Thomas Aquinas College is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.
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