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At the beginning of a new school year, professors at some of America’s most faithfully Catholic colleges take the Vatican’s Oath of Fidelity to protect against scandal and fortify the colleges’ Catholic identity. It stands in stark contrast to the infidelity and confusion emanating from some other Catholic campuses.

Some colleges—like Christendom College in Front Royal, Va., and Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyo.—ask all faculty members to take the Oath. At least another 14 Catholic colleges require the Oath from their theology professors, and The Catholic University of America (CUA) requires theology professors to have the “canonical mission,” which is necessary for granting pontifical degrees.

But still, among nearly 200 Catholic colleges in the United States, 17 is a minority.  What inspires these uncommon colleges to require the Oath, and are there any real benefits?

“Theology faculty are asked to the take the Oath of Fidelity, so that they become mindful of the fact that they are witnessing, studying, teaching and handing down truth of which they are not the author,” said Dr. Mark Zia, associate professor of theology at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. “Jesus Christ forever remains the Teacher, and both professor and students are his pupils as they respectfully probe the mysteries of salvation.”
Colleges recommended in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College for their strong Catholic identities and academics also rank well in leading secular guides, including the 2015 editions from USA Today and U.S. News and World Report. The publications look at factors such as affordability, freshman retention rates, student loan default rates and student-to-teacher ratios.

“These rankings prove that students can opt for strong, faithful Catholic colleges without sacrificing secular prestige,” said The Cardinal Newman Society’s Adam Wilson, managing editor of The Newman Guide.

“But we caution against placing too much importance on rankings that ignore the most important elements of a truly good education—elements that are the primary criteria forThe Newman Guide,” Wilson added. “All things considered, we believe The Newman Guide colleges are superior to all other options, because of their holistic approach to academics and the integration of faith in their studies and campus life.”
Even as students and alumni anxiously await the outcome of the University of Notre Dame’s ten-year curriculum review, amid fears that required theology courses might be reduced, representatives of faithful Catholic colleges in The Newman Guide say that it is theology that sets a Catholic college apart from its secular counterparts.

 “Since theology is the discipline that has been tasked with leading us into greater knowledge and love of God, it would be absurd to omit this most important study in a four-year curriculum at a Catholic institution,” Dr. Mark Zia, associate professor of theology at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., told The Cardinal Newman Society. “A ‘religious studies’ department is not enough; only a theology department will suffice.”

The Church’s constitution on Catholic higher education, Ex corde Ecclesiae, issued by Saint John Paul II in 1990, states that the study of theology “plays a particularly important role” at Catholic colleges and “serves all other disciplines in their search for meaning.” Ex corde Ecclesiae encourages a strong theological curriculum and even requires every Catholic college to “have a faculty, or at least a chair, of theology” in order to help ensure fidelity to Catholic teaching at the college.
Last week, Thomas Aquinas College (TAC) in Santa Paula, Calif., appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court for relief from the “HHS Mandate” with The Catholic University of America and the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. But should the Court fail to protect their religious freedom, TAC President Dr. Michael F. McLean told The Cardinal Newman Society that his faithful college is prepared to pay significant fines rather than violate its beliefs.

In an interview with the Newman Society, McLean discussed the pressing need for religious freedom from the sterilization and contraceptive mandate, especially for Catholic colleges that wish to maintain their sincerely held religious beliefs.

On August 25, attorneys for TAC submitted a brief to the Supreme Court, urging the Court to take up the College’s case and refuting the government’s latest arguments against exempting the College from the federal mandate. The College explained why it should be exempted from the HHS mandate and any government requirements that would compel it to go against its Catholic identity and mission by facilitating free contraceptive, abortifacient and sterilization coverage for its employees.
The availability of well-celebrated liturgy and sacred music should be the norm at all Catholic colleges, not the exception, said Dr. Kurt Poterack, choir director and adjunct professor of music at Christendom College in Front Royal, Va. Poterack spoke with The Cardinal Newman Society regarding Pope Emeritus Benedict’s recent comments on sacred music and what it means for Catholic colleges.

The Pope Emeritus recently received honorary doctorates from the John Paul II Pontifical University of Krakow and from the Academy of Music of Krakow in Poland. The former pontiff took the opportunity to thank the now-saint Pope John Paul II for the profound impact he had in his own spiritual life and also share his own reflections on the benefits of sacred music.

The emphasis on sacred music is certainly something that Catholic colleges should be paying attention to, as it helps students to encounter the living God in liturgy, Poterack stated.
All the evidence suggests that Catholic schools and colleges are going to win their challenges to the Obama administration’s “HHS mandate,” attorney Mark Rienzi of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty told The Cardinal Newman Society.

In a summary of lawsuits compiled by the Newman Society with information from the Becket Fund, at least 22 Catholic schools and 11 Catholic colleges have challenged the mandate in federal courts. Two of the schools— Pius X Catholic High School in Lincoln, Neb., and Rhodora J. Donahue Academy in Ave Maria, Fla.—are on the Newman Society’s Catholic Education Honor Roll of faithful Catholic high schools.

Eight of the colleges are recommended in the Newman Guide, including Aquinas College in Nashville, Tenn.; Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Fla.; Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C.; The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.; Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio; Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Cal.; University of Dallas, Tex.; and Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyo.

Winning permanent injunctions against enforcement of the HHS mandate is critical to the protection of Catholic schools and colleges and their ability to faithfully live out their Catholic identity and mission, attested Rienzi, who is also an assistant professor at The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law. Under the current form of the HHS mandate, most Catholic institutions would be forced to facilitate employee access to full insurance coverage for sterilization and contraceptives, including some that cause abortion. If schools and colleges are not granted relief from the HHS mandate, they will be subjected to severe fines for not participating.
As of July 2015, at least 33 Catholic institutions have filed suits challenging the Obama administration’s “HHS mandate,” requiring employer coverage of sterilization and contraceptives (including some that cause abortion) in employee health plans.

In a summary of lawsuits compiled by the Newman Society with information from the Becket Fund, at least 22 Catholic schools and 11 Catholic colleges have challenged the mandate in federal courts. Two of the schools— Pius X Catholic High School in Lincoln, Neb., and Rhodora J. Donahue Academy in Ave Maria, Fla.—are on the Newman Society’s Catholic Education Honor Roll of faithful Catholic high schools.

Eight of the colleges are recommended in the Newman Guide, including Aquinas College in Nashville, Tenn.; Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Fla.; Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C.; The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.; Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio; Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Cal.; University of Dallas, Tex.; and Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyo.
In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage ruling last week, several professors at faithful Catholic colleges told The Cardinal Newman Society that their institutions must serve as bulwarks in defense of marriage and family against an increasingly secularized culture.

Colleges and universities have significant influence over young people, the professors agreed, and are uniquely primed to propagate Church teaching among the nation’s youth. But the situation now faced by proponents of traditional marriage is unprecedented and presents significant challenges.
A struggling Catholic college in Massachusetts will close its doors next week, raising concerns about the stability of other small, highly tuition-dependent colleges. But a report from The Cardinal Newman Society finds that some small colleges which maintain a strong Catholic identity and promote it to prospective students are doing quite well. 

Marian Court College in Swampscott, Mass., will close at the end of June due to financial difficulties and low enrollment, reports Adam Wilson, managing editor of The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College. The tuition-dependent College had about 250 students this year and graduated 67 last month, including 41 who were the first to earn four-year bachelor’s degrees after decades of the College providing only two-year associate’s degrees.
Far away in Norcia, Italy, a small community of 18 Benedictine monks is topping the music charts with its new album of sacred music—and two of them tell The Cardinal Newman Society that it was at American Newman Guide-recommended colleges where they found the inspiration to pursue religious life and to foster a love of music.

With the conviction that beautiful, sacred music is a powerful tool for evangelization and possesses unique capabilities of attracting the soul to the divine, De Montfort Music recently released the monks’ album honoring the Virgin Mary.

“Music has the ability to reach into all kinds of nooks and crannies in the heart and soul that words may not,” said Monica Fitzgibbons, who manages De Montfort Music with her husband Kevin. “It is an experience of the senses,and it is no surprise that the Psalms, for example, have been an attracting force among many different faiths.”
Faithful Catholic colleges have the responsibility and obligation to care for the spiritual and moral well-being of their students, not just their academic well-being, says Dr. Peter Kwasniewksi, professor of theology and philosophy at Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyo., and one of the recent panelists during a Cardinal Newman Society panel discussion at Sacra Liturgia USA 2015 in New York City.

During last Tuesday’s session, Dr. Kwasniewski was one of the featured panelists, together with Cardinal Raymond Burke, who discussed why liturgy is essential for today’s college Catholics.

The Newman Society caught up with Dr. Kwasniewski following the conference to ask several follow-up questions on the importance of liturgy, sacraments, curriculum and student life issues at Catholic colleges.
If a Catholic college cannot assure that its theology professors are imparting the truths of the faith, then families should look to more faithful Catholic institutions, suggested Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Fla., in an interview with The Cardinal Newman Society.

Sound theology is the heart of Catholic higher education; it helps students direct their learning, explore the beauty of the faith and better understand their relationship with God and the Church. Therefore the Church provides the academic mandatum, an acknowledgment by the local bishop of a “professor’s commitment and responsibility to teach authentic Catholic doctrine and to refrain from putting forth as Catholic teaching anything contrary to the Church’s magisterium,” according to the U.S. bishops’ guidelines.

Referencing Ex corde Ecclesiae, the Vatican’s constitution on Catholic universities, Bishop Dewane noted that professors who have obtained the mandatum help Catholic colleges fulfill their mission. “It says that Catholicism is present and operative at such institutions. More profoundly, the individual professor evidences that desire to teach in communion, to express what the teachings of the Church are,” he said.
It is rare today to find even a Catholic college with male-only and female-only dormitories and policies enforcing the privacy of student bedrooms. But officials from such colleges say that they enjoy distinct advantages by encouraging chastity, sobriety, and genuine friendships among their students.

The Cardinal Newman Society recently spoke with officials responsible for student life at Christendom College in Front Royal, Va.; Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif.; and Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyo., about how single-sex residence halls and visitation policies create a healthy, moral environment for a student’s formative years in college.

“While [the students’] education is the primary mission of the college, we’re also engaged in the ‘formation of the moral character and the fostering of the spiritual life,’” said Amanda Graf, director of residence life at Christendom, citing the College’s mission statement. “By having single-gender halls, students also have a unique opportunity to continue their moral formation distinctly as men and women.”
"Lawmakers may vehemently disagree with Cordileone's decision," but "[r]eligious leaders should be free to make such decisions without worrying about interference from the government," Katrina Trinko wrote in defense of the archbishop.
The program, which runs from July 19 to August 1, "is a time for forging new friendships, for enjoying the give and take of rational argument, and for pursuing the truth, which civilizes, ennobles, and liberates," the program website stated.
As part of the day's activities, the group joined TAC students to pray the Rosary and attend Mass together. According to the College, this is the third time that the Order has visited the College in the last three years.
Named after the fourth-century martyr and patron saint of music, St. Cecilia Hall will reportedly enhance the College's music programs which are a key aspect to its campus life.
Catholic television host and producer Daniel Rabourdin recently spoke at Thomas Aquinas College as part of a series of career presentations to help students see the value of their Catholic, liberal arts education and how it can prepare them for any field.
Three panelists recently spoke with students at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., about their future role as Catholics in the workplace and how the College's liberal arts curriculum can prepare them for any career.
The Augustine Institute, a Denver-based Catholic graduate school, will be offering a special course for teachers and school administrators designed to help them reflect on the connection between Catholic education and teaching.
Dr. Andrew Seeley and Michael Van Hecke will gather Catholic educators from across the country for the webinar and lead an online discussion titled "Answering the Call — An Introduction to Catholic School Leadership."
The Walk for Life is the largest pro-life demonstration in the Western United States, second in the nation to only the National March for Life in Washington, D.C., and draws large crowds of youth and college students each year.
Students and community members from the faithful Catholic colleges and universities recommended in The Newman Guide—about 3,000 of them, according to estimates—are traveling to Washington, D.C., this week to participate in the 42nd annual March for Life.
A film crew shot scenes in and around TAC's Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel in additional to other campus locations that will be featured in "The Bible and the Virgin Mary," part of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology's Journey Through Scripture Bible study series.
A recent PJ Media article compares the compromising of religious mission at many older Catholic colleges with examples of faithful Catholic colleges, observing that the latter institutions are paving the way for the future of Catholic higher education.
Luke Macik, a TAC alumnus and the former vice president of Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyo., shared during his "From the Median" radio interview how a classic education, such as the one found at The Lyceum, prepares students for every aspect of life.
"Thomas Aquinas College is certainly doing something right in fostering this impressive number of vocations," McLean reportedly said, while noting three areas—education, moral life, and spiritual life—which aid students in their discernment.
A 2014 alumna from Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., recently spoke on Ave Maria Radio's "Mast Appeal" program about the College's academics, spiritual life, and how it prepares students to encounter the world.
Father Matthew Busch, an alumnus of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., was recently ordained as the College’s 60th alumnus-priest, according to the College. Fr. Busch shared how the College helped form and prepare him to live out his priestly vocation.
Students are drawn to the "timeless tradition" of the Catholic Church, particularly in the architecture and art surrounding sacred spaces, according to a new study and several Catholic college chaplains recently interviewed by The Cardinal Newman Society.
The December 5 presentation was a part of TAC's annual Advent Concert, one of the many events held at faithful Catholic colleges across the country to prepare for and celebrate the upcoming Christmas season.
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last week abandoned its longstanding, unconstitutional practice of measuring how religious a college appears to be before exempting it from federal oversight, but opted instead for a new test that considers whether individual employees perform religious functions.
Several colleges and universities recommended in The Newman Guide were recently recognized as “Best Value Colleges” by Kiplinger, a business and personal finance publisher.
The performance is one of the many ways students from faithful Catholic colleges across the country are preparing for and celebrating the upcoming Christmas season.
Throughout the month of December, institutions recommended in The Newman Guide are offering students opportunities to celebrate Advent and prepare for Christmas before returning home at the end of the semester.
Among Catholic colleges and dioceses across the country there has been an apparent rise in the celebration of the Mass ad orientem, where the priest and congregation face the same direction, traditionally to the east.
Dr. Michael McLean, president of Thomas Aquinas College (TAC) in Santa Paula, Calif., recently spoke with host Molly Smith on her show "From the Median" about TAC's courtroom battle against the HHS mandate.
Miles Christi: Soldiers of Christ in America is a one hour documentary that features Miles Christi, an order of Argentinian priests dedicated to helping Catholic laity seek holiness in their daily lives.
The Cardinal Newman Society recently spoke to four graduates of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., about their experiences at the College and how an education in the liberal arts shaped them to be the educational leaders they are today.
“The ruling still puts Catholic University and similar institutions on a lower constitutional footing than houses of worship," Lawrence Morris, CUA general counsel, told The Cardinal Newman Society.
Thomas Aquinas College (TAC) in Santa Paula, Calif.,recently announced a tuition freeze for the year. The College’s goal is that a TAC education remains a “viable” option for students during “trying economic times,” President Dr. Michael McLean said in the news release.
Three practicing physicians addressed topics such as preparing for medical school, choosing the right practice, and overcoming the ethical challenges within the field.
Students from colleges recommended in The Newman Guide recently appeared as guests on the Ave Maria Radio program “Mast Appeal.” The Society helped to coordinate interviews to give students the opportunity to share their experiences attending faithful Catholic colleges.
Two alumni from Thomas Aquinas College (TAC) in Santa Paula, Calif., recently became the 61st and 62nd College graduates to be ordained to the priesthood, announced the College.
The Cardinal Newman Society recently conducted an interview with Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, professor of theology and philosophy at Wyoming Catholic College, about his new book of sacred music compositions and its implications for Catholic education and the Church at large.
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) recently released its sixth annual “What Will They Learn” list rating the core curricula of colleges and universities across the country. Several institutions recommended in The Newman Guide received high marks.
Today a coalition including The Cardinal Newman Society, leaders of Catholic schools and colleges, and the expert attorneys of the Alliance Defending Freedom told the Obama administration that its latest rule still “directly violates the religious liberty of organizations and individuals.”
Colleges recommended in The Newman Guide ranked well in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 edition of Best Colleges. 
“The error of education today is the emphasis on new-fangled technique and technology, and the de-emphasis on old-fashioned teaching,” states Sean Fitzpatrick, a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College, “people learn from people, not from SMART boards."
Several Catholic colleges and universities recommended in The Newman Guide have issued press releases and statements commenting on the Obama administration’s recent update to the HHS mandate accommodation.
Washington Monthly recently released its rankings of four-year colleges and universities across the nation. This year’s 2014 college guide included many colleges and universities recommend in The Newman Guide.
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.
The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., and University of Dallas in Irving, Tex., were ranked among the top 16 percent of four year colleges in the United States.
Four Catholic colleges recommended in The Newman Guide for their strong Catholic identity were recently recognized by Forbes Magazine as 2014 Top Colleges.
Father Joseph Illo, a departing chaplain at Thomas Aquinas College (TAC) in Santa Paula, Calif., recently said farewell to the College and wrote a brief reflection praising the institution.
Students hail from across the United States as well as Italy, Argentina, Canada, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and Mexico for two weeks of "faith, fun, and friendship," according to the College
The faculty of Thomas Aquinas College recently participated in 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."
Thomas Aquinas College student Heather Waldorf is currently participating in a twelve week cross-country walk to "promote the pro-life cause" and "bear witness to the culture of life," according to the College.
President Dr. Michael McLean announced in a statement that the College has submitted a letter in a federal court arguing that the recent verdict supports the College's challenge to the HHS mandate.
A recent graduate of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., said that the College’s class of 2014 will strive to bring the “light of truth to those we encounter in our life ahead.”
The New York Post recently highlighted Thomas Aquinas College as one of a few colleges in the country that is “addressing the rising student-debt issue with an innovative use of an old-fashioned concept: work.”
The Fortnight takes place during a time, the bishops note, “when our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power...”
“We do not pursue this education for the sake of rocketing ourselves into the job market. We pursue this education to learn about the truth that allows us to function according to the highest parts in our soul.”
Cardinal O’Brien recently told graduating students of Thomas Aquinas College that they have been “formed for a mission: and that mission is nothing less than the rescue of the civilizational project of the West.”
Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles recently visited Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., to bless bronze plaques and a book that honors the benefactors of the campus chapel.
Fr. Illo is leaving the College this summer with plans to establish an oratory that will “provide secular priests with a community in which to live fraternal charity, in order that they might render authentic priestly service.” 
The novena begins today, April 30, and will end on May 8—the day that the District of Columbia Circuit Court will hear the federal government’s appeal of TAC’s victory over the HHS mandate.
The newly canonized Pontiff blessed the building plan for the TAC chapel, which was presented by late College President Thomas Dillon and his wife, Terri.
The idea for the theme of the retreat was the inspiration of one the College’s chaplains who is from Poland and was an altar boy during Bl. Pope John Paul II’s historic visit to Poland.
In the past, approximately 10% of the College’s graduates have entered the priesthood or religious life.
Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., is asking for prayers for three alumni who will be ordained in the upcoming months.
The cases will continue in the Court of Appeals in the Washington D.C. Circuit and the option of either the plaintiffs or defendants appealing the federal court’s decision is still available.
The Cardinal Newman Society, joined by several faithful Catholic colleges, today made a strong plea to the National Labor Relations Board, urging it to abide by the U.S. Constitution and stop interfering with religious education.
“To walk along and meditate upon these Stations is a profoundly moving experience... This Via Dolorosa will grace the lives of our students,” said College President Michael F. McLean.
In addition to discussing some of the great books, students will also be provided with recreational and spiritual opportunities—and a taste of what it’s like at Thomas Aquinas College.
The Cardinal will also serve as the principal celebrant and homilist at the College’s Baccalaureate Mass and will receive the College’s highest honor, the Saint Thomas Aquinas Medallion.
Thomas Aquinas College students in Santa Paula, Calif., heard from successful Catholic professionals who “place the fruits of their success in service of Christ, His Church, and His mission in the world.”
“No one’s tried to do anything like this in the UK before,” Dr. Clare Hornsby, a co-founder of Benedictus College, reportedly said.
St. Anthony Catholic School in Sterling, Colo., nearly had to close at the beginning of this academic year after 95 years of existence, but it was saved through the generosity of benefactors.
"On this feast day of our patron, St. Thomas Aquinas, we are delighted to receive this good news. We strive to make the education we offer both excellent and affordable," said TAC President Michael McLean.
"We remain confident in our case and we are disappointed that the government has stated its intention to appeal Judge Jackson’s ruling and thereby continue to contest our religious freedom rights."
Just three days after the March for Life in Washington, D.C., Catholic college students joined tens of thousands to walk for an end to abortion in San Francisco, California, led by students from Thomas Aquinas College.
This year, thousands of students from Catholic colleges and universities across the United States will join the throngs of pro-life people attending the 41st annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, January 22.
Using a Thomistic approach, a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College presents arguments that Common Core is contrary to classical education in an article at Crisis Magazine.
The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, in a 2-1 ruling, granted a last-minute request by The Catholic University of America, the Archbishop of Washington and three Catholic schools. 
The Catholic University of America (CUA) today vowed to appeal a ruling by a D.C. federal judge that the HHS mandate does not impose a substantial burden on its religious freedom, CUA spokesman Victor Nakas told The Cardinal Newman Society today.
"After stealthily gathering around the mall’s Christmas central lobby—by the Santa Claus photo center and a Nativity display—the students simultaneously burst into song."
The slogan "Truth Matters" was derived from the college's founding document, A Proposal for the Fulfillment of Catholic Liberal Education.
Five of the scholars quoted about Lewis are professors at Catholic universities recommended in The Newman Guide for strong Catholic identity.
"But what touched you in conversation with this man...was love, not logic…You wanted afterwards to be good, not intellectual. Well yes, intellectual, too, but only as a part of goodness.”
“Catholic families want nothing less than the best value in Catholic education. The institutions we recommend give parents and students their money’s worth and more!” 
Dr. Michael McLean, president of TAC, said in a statement: "We thank God for blessing us with this good, holy man, who was our mentor, our colleague, our teacher, and our friend."
Director of college relations Anne Forsyth said: "It is no easy task to tell the story of the College -- our unique curriculum and pedagogy, the campus life, our alumni, our fidelity to the Teaching Church."
In a survey conducted by U.S. News and World Report, Thomas Aquinas College ranked first in percentage of alumni contributing back to the College.
Fr. Isaiah Teichert, uncle and godfather of Rosie Grimm, offered the homily at the funeral Mass, stating “every suffering is meant to end in resurrection.”
Thomas Aquinas College announced today that it has joined the lawsuit re-filed today by Catholic University of America and the Archdiocese of Washington to halt the HHS insurance mandate
At a time in our country when the definition of marriage is being highly debated, Dr. McLean chose marriage as the theme of his remarks to incoming students, according to the College.
"Reading older documents is also a concrete way to gain an appreciation for the continuity of the Faith," wrote Dean Kelly of Thomas Aquinas College.
Rosie Grimm graduated from Thomas Aquinas College in 2010 and now is suffering from a serious medical condition due to a tumor, according to the College.
William P. Clark, a benefactor of Thomas Aquinas College in California and an influential adviser during the Reagan administration, died on August 10 at the age of 81.
Thomas Aquinas College, the University of Dallas, and The Catholic University of America are in the top 15% of the country in terms of offering the best undergraduate education, according to the Princeton Review. 
"The responsibility to think through, articulate, and defend Marriage falls squarely on the shoulders of each person here. If we Christians do not render this vital service for the common good, I can’t imagine who will have the tools or the motivation to do so."
In an episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Peter Robinson interviews authors Joseph Epstein and Andrew Ferguson on the origin of the liberal arts and what's happened to them.
In a rare, exclusive interview, Sister Mary Josefa of the Benedictine Sisters of Mary, Queen of the Apostles, talks about their chart-topping CD and the role that sacred music and liturgy at Thomas Aquinas College played in her vocation.
Thomas Aquinas College reached another milestone last week when it broke ground on the the College's newest permanent building, St. Gladys Hall.
"Despite assurances from the Administration to the contrary, this mandate would still insist that every employee at Catholic universities and colleges be enrolled in an insurance regiment that includes abortion causing drugs," said Monsignor Stuart Swetland.
Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California, recently hosted many Dames and Knights of Malta for a Lenten one-day retreat.
Many Catholic colleges (especially those promoted at frequently bring Church leaders to campus for the yearly commencement exercises.  Thomas Aquinas College is no exception.
Thomas Aquinas College mourns the passing of former vice president John Blewett, who died on Feb. 8. His funeral is Sat., Feb. 16 in the Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel.
Many Catholic colleges and universities are taking part in the “Year of Faith” proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI, with spiritual and academic activities aimed at strengthening faith on campus, according to a new report published by The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS).
The Cardinal Newman Society today released the 2012-2013 edition of The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College with significant new features, as well as a new companion magazine for Catholic high school students and their parents titled My Future, My Faith.
Three colleges that appear in The Newman Guide for their fidelity to Catholic teaching were recently honored by the American Council of College Trustees and Alumni for the strength of their curriculum. Many others received high marks as well.
The Cardinal Newman Society has signed and helped organize Catholic college signers for a court brief in support of lawsuits filed against the Obama administration by Belmont Abbey College and Wheaton College.
Michael Van Hecke, the headmaster of Saint Augustine Academy in Ventura, California, came to California’s Thomas Aquinas College not to study, not to be a better Catholic, but to learn to surf. That was all. He planned to learn to surf and transfer out.
The criteria used in most college rankings, like the ones newly released by U.S. News & World Report, don’t include some of the most important factors for Catholic families choosing a college.  These include quality of the core curriculum, study in authentic Catholic theology and philosophy, interdisciplinary study, ethical formation, morality of campus life, and more.
How should Catholic families evaluate colleges? Forbes Magazine lists many Catholic colleges high in its annual U.S. college and university rankings, but beware: like most college rankings, Forbes tends to mistake “big” and “popular” for “best.” Six Catholic schools made it into the top 100 out of the 650 schools listed this year including The University of Notre Dame (No. 12), Boston College (No 26), Georgetown University (No. 38), College of the Holy Cross (No. 41), University of Santa Clara (No. 72), and Villanova University (No. 83).
On Friday, July 20, Thomas Aquinas College urgently requested prayers for student Andrew Moore who died in an accident earlier that day.  Moore was stuck and killed by a passing vehicle while participating in the Crossroads Walk Across America.
Thomas Aquinas College’s future chaplain, Fr. Joseph Illo, last Friday delivered the keynote address at the “Stand Up for Religious Freedom” rally in San Francisco. During his talk, Fr. Illo told rally attendees that “we can never adapt to a violation of our foundational right.”
Highlights strong liturgical life at Thomas Aquinas College
Newman Guide colleges with Adoration mentioned
President Dillon: "As a Catholic Institution, we wanted to symbolize our devotion to the church and the teaching of the church."
University of Notre Dame students came in second . . .

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