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11/19/2014
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.
11/17/2014
“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.
11/13/2014
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.
11/12/2014
Three practicing physicians addressed topics such as preparing for medical school, choosing the right practice, and overcoming the ethical challenges within the field.
11/11/2014
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.
10/31/2014
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.
10/30/2014
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.
10/29/2014
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.
10/27/2014
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.”
9/23/2014
Colleges recommended in The Newman Guide ranked well in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 edition of Best Colleges. 
9/15/2014
“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."
9/8/2014
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.
8/29/2014
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.
8/18/2014
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.
8/7/2014
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.
7/31/2014
Four Catholic colleges recommended in The Newman Guide for their strong Catholic identity were recently recognized by Forbes Magazine as 2014 Top Colleges.
7/30/2014
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.
7/24/2014
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
7/18/2014
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."
7/15/2014
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.
7/2/2014
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.
6/26/2014
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.”
6/23/2014
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.”
6/17/2014
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...”
6/16/2014
“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.”
5/23/2014
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.”
5/19/2014
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.
5/16/2014
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.” 
4/30/2014
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.
4/28/2014
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.
4/23/2014
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.
4/14/2014
In the past, approximately 10% of the College’s graduates have entered the priesthood or religious life.
4/7/2014
Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., is asking for prayers for three alumni who will be ordained in the upcoming months.
4/1/2014
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.
3/28/2014
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.
3/17/2014
“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.
3/11/2014
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.
3/10/2014
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.
2/26/2014
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.”
2/19/2014
“No one’s tried to do anything like this in the UK before,” Dr. Clare Hornsby, a co-founder of Benedictus College, reportedly said.
2/6/2014
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.
1/29/2014
"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.
1/28/2014
"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."
1/27/2014
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.
1/21/2014
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.
1/14/2014
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.
1/2/2014
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. 
12/23/2013
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.
12/12/2013
"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."
12/10/2013
The slogan "Truth Matters" was derived from the college's founding document, A Proposal for the Fulfillment of Catholic Liberal Education.
11/26/2013
Five of the scholars quoted about Lewis are professors at Catholic universities recommended in The Newman Guide for strong Catholic identity.
11/6/2013
"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.”
10/28/2013
“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!” 
10/18/2013
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."
10/18/2013
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."
10/10/2013
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.
10/10/2013
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.”
9/20/2013
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
8/29/2013
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.
8/26/2013
"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.
8/26/2013
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.
8/14/2013
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.
8/7/2013
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. 
8/5/2013
"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."
6/11/2013
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.
6/5/2013
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.
4/24/2013
Thomas Aquinas College reached another milestone last week when it broke ground on the the College's newest permanent building, St. Gladys Hall.
4/5/2013
"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.
3/26/2013
Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California, recently hosted many Dames and Knights of Malta for a Lenten one-day retreat.
3/5/2013
Many Catholic colleges (especially those promoted at TheNewmanGuide.com) frequently bring Church leaders to campus for the yearly commencement exercises.  Thomas Aquinas College is no exception.
2/15/2013
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.
11/1/2012
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).
10/23/2012
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.
10/16/2012
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.
10/15/2012
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.
10/5/2012
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.
9/14/2012
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.
8/17/2012
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).
7/23/2012
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.
6/12/2012
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.”
11/24/2008
Highlights strong liturgical life at Thomas Aquinas College
10/9/2008
Newman Guide colleges with Adoration mentioned
8/21/2008
President Dillon: "As a Catholic Institution, we wanted to symbolize our devotion to the church and the teaching of the church."
8/5/2008
University of Notre Dame students came in second . . .

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