Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is an archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the U. S. state of California. Based in Los Angeles, the archdiocese comprises the California counties of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura; the cathedral is the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, its present archbishop is José Horacio Gómez. With five million professing members, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is numerically the single largest diocese in the United States; the Archbishop of Los Angeles serves as metropolitan bishop of the suffragan dioceses within the Ecclesiastical Province of Los Angeles, which includes the Dioceses of Fresno, Orange, San Bernardino, San Diego. Following the establishment of the Spanish missions in California, the diocese of the Two Californias was established on 1840, when Los Angeles region was still part of Mexico. In 1848, the Mexican California was ceded to the United States, the U. S. portion of the diocese was renamed the Diocese of Monterey. The diocese was renamed the Diocese of Monterey-Los Angeles in 1859, the episcopal see was moved to Los Angeles upon the completion of the Cathedral of Saint Vibiana in 1876.
Los Angeles split from Monterey to become the Diocese of Los Angeles-San Diego in 1922. The diocese was split again in 1936 to create the Diocese of San Diego, the Los Angeles see was elevated to an archdiocese; the archdiocese's present territory was established in 1976, when Orange County was split off to establish the Diocese of Orange. Christianity in southern California dates back to the Spanish establishment of missions in what was known as the Las Californias province of New Spain. From 1769 to 1823, the Franciscan order led by Junípero Serra and by Fermín de Francisco Lasuén established twenty-one missions between present-day San Diego and Sonoma, six of which were located in the present-day territory of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. In response to the 1781 establishment of the Pueblo de Los Angeles, in 1784 priests from Mission San Gabriel Arcángel set out for the pueblo and established the Nuestra Señora Reina de los Angeles Asistencia as a sub-mission; the asistencia fell into disrepair after being abandoned several years and La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora Reina de los Angeles was built on the site in 1814.
Las Californias was split into two provinces in 1804, the area comprising present-day California became part of Alta California. In 1840, the diocese of the Two Californias was erected to recognize the growth of the provinces of Alta California and Baja California; the diocese was a suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese of Mexico with its episcopal see located in Monterey, included all Mexican territory west of the Colorado River and the Gulf of California. In 1848, Alta California was ceded to the United States after the Mexican–American War, the Mexican government objected to an American bishop having jurisdiction over parishes in Mexican Baja California; the diocese was split into American and Mexican sections, the American section was renamed the Diocese of Monterey. Another large split occurred in 1853, when much of present-day northern California, as well as present-day Nevada and Utah, formed the Archdiocese of San Francisco. In 1859 the diocese became known as the Diocese of Monterey-Los Angeles to recognize the growth of the city of Los Angeles.
On June 1, 1922, the diocese split again, this time into the Dioceses of Monterey-Fresno and Los Angeles-San Diego. On July 11, 1936 the diocese was elevated to become the Archdiocese of Los Angeles with John Joseph Cantwell as its first archbishop. On March 24, 1976, Orange County was split to form the Diocese of Orange, establishing the archdiocese's present-day territory consisting of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties. In addition to the dioceses of Monterey and San Diego, the archdiocese's present-day suffragan dioceses are Fresno and San Bernardino. In 1986, Archbishop Roger Mahony subdivided the Archdiocese of Los Angeles into five administrative pastoral regions; each region is geographical, is headed by an auxiliary bishop who functions as the region's episcopal vicar. The five regions are: Our Lady of the Angels, covering downtown and central Los Angeles west to Malibu, south to Los Angeles International Airport; the region has 78 parishes, 11 Catholic high schools, 5 Catholic hospitals, 5 missions.
The Episcopal Vicar is Bishop Edward William Clark. San Fernando, covering the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys and northeast Los Angeles; the region has 12 Catholic high schools, 2 Catholic hospitals and 5 missions. Archbishop Gomez appointed Bishop Joseph V. Brennan Episcopal Vicar for the San Fernando Pastoral Region in 2015. San Gabriel, covering East Los Angeles through the San Gabriel Valley and th
Oxnard is a city in Ventura County, United States. Located along the coast of Southern California, it is the most populous city in Ventura County and the 19th most populous city in California. Incorporated in 1903, the city lies 60 miles west of downtown Los Angeles and is part of the larger Greater Los Angeles area, it is located at the western edge of the fertile Oxnard Plain, sitting adjacent to an agricultural center of strawberries and lima beans. Oxnard is a major transportation hub in Southern California, with Amtrak, Union Pacific, Metrolink and Intercalifornias stopping in Oxnard. Oxnard has a small regional airport called Oxnard Airport; the population of Oxnard is 207,906. Oxnard is the most populous city in the Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area, listed as one of the wealthiest areas in America, with most of its residents making well above the average national income. Before the arrival of Europeans, the area, now Oxnard was inhabited by Chumash Native Americans.
The first European to encounter the area was Portuguese explorer João Rodrigues Cabrilho, who claimed it for Spain in 1542. During the mission period, it was serviced by the Mission San Buenaventura, established in 1782. Ranching began to take hold among Californio settlers, who lost their regional influence when California became a US state in 1850. At about the same time, the area was settled by American farmers, who cultivated barley and lima beans. Henry T. Oxnard, founder of today's Moorhead, Minnesota-based American Crystal Sugar Company who operated a successful sugar beet factory with his three brothers in Chino, was enticed to build a $2 million factory on the plain inland from Port Hueneme. Shortly after the 1897 beet campaign, a new town emerged, now commemorated on the National Register of Historic Places as the Henry T. Oxnard Historic District. Oxnard intended to name the settlement after the Greek word for "sugar", but frustrated by bureaucracy, named it after himself. Given the growth of the town of Oxnard, in the spring of 1898, a railroad station was built to service the plant, which attracted a population of Chinese and Mexican laborers and enough commerce to merit the designation of a town.
The Oxnard brothers, who never lived in their namesake city, sold both the Chino and the giant red-brick Oxnard factory in 1899 for nearly $4 million. The Oxnard factory with its landmark twin smokestacks operated from August 19, 1899 until October 26, 1959. Factory operations were interrupted in the Oxnard Strike of 1903. Oxnard was incorporated as a California city on June 30, 1903, the public library was opened in 1907. Prior to and during World War II, the naval bases of Point Mugu and Port Hueneme were established in the area to take advantage of the only major navigable port on California's coast between the Port of Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay, the bases in turn encouraged the development of the defense-based aerospace and communications industries. In the mid-20th century Oxnard grew and developed the areas outside the downtown with homes, retail, a new harbor named Channel Islands Harbor. Martin V. Smith became the most influential developer in the history of Oxnard during this time.
Smith's first enterprise in 1941 was the Colonial House Restaurant and the Wagon Wheel Junction in 1947. He was involved in the development of the high-rise towers at the Topa Financial Plaza, the Channel Islands Harbor, Casa Sirena Resort, the Esplanade Shopping Mall, Fisherman's Wharf, the Carriage Square Shopping Center, the Maritime Museum, many other major hotel and retail projects. In June 2004, the Oxnard Police Department and the Ventura County Sheriff imposed a gang injunction over a 6.6-square-mile area of the central district of the city, in order to restrict gang activity. The injunction was upheld in the Ventura County Superior Court and made a permanent law in 2005. A similar injunction was imposed in September 2006 over a 4.26-square-mile area of the south side of the city. Oxnard is located on an area with fertile soil. With its beaches, wetlands and the Santa Clara River, the area contains a number of important biological communities. Native plant communities include: coastal sage scrub, California Annual Grassland, Coastal Dune Scrub species.
Native to the region is the endangered Ventura Marsh Milkvetch, the last self-sustaining population is in Oxnard in the center of a approved high-end housing development. The city of Oxnard is home to over 20 miles of scenic uncrowded coastline; the beaches in Oxnard are large and the sand is exceptionally soft. The sand dunes in Oxnard, which were once much more extensive, have been used to recreate Middle-Eastern desert dunes in many movies, the first being The Sheik with Rudolph Valentino. There are few rocks or driftwood piles at most beaches, but Oxnard is known to have dangerous rip-currents at certain beaches. Oxnard has good surfing at many of its beaches. Beaches in Oxnard include: Ormond Beach, Silver Strand Beach, Hollywood Beach, Hollywood-by-the-Sea, Mandalay Beach, Oxnard Beach Park, Oxnard Shores, 5th Street Beach, Mandalay State Beach, McGrath State Beach and Rivermouth Beach; the Santa Clara River separates Ventura. Tributaries to this river include Sespe Creek, Piru Creek, Castaic Creek.
Oxnard is on a tectonically active plate, since most of Coastal California is near the boundaries between the Pacific a
Our Lady of the Angels Pastoral Region
The Our Lady of the Angels Pastoral Region is a pastoral region of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in the Roman Catholic Church. It covers Downtown and central Los Angeles west to Malibu, south to LAX; the current regional auxiliary bishop is Bishop Edward W. Clark; the Region has 76 parishes, ten high schools, many elementary schools, five hospitals. Note: This is not a Spanish Mission, but rather, a parish church. Daniel Murphy High School, located at 241 S. Detroit St. Los Angeles, closed in 2008. Parish-affiliated elementary schools are noted above in the charts listing parishes. In addition to parish-affiliated elementary schools, there is several non-affiliated elementary or middle school in the Our Lady of the Angels Pastoral Region. Cathedral Chapel, 755 S. Cochran Ave. Los Angeles Immaculate Heart Middle School, 5515 Franklin Ave. Los Angeles Notre Dame Academy Elementary, 2911 Overland Ave. Los Angeles St. Turibius, 1524 Essex St. Los Angeles St. John's Health Center, 1328 Twenty-Second Street, Santa Monica St. Vincent Medical Center Crypt Mausoleum of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles San Fernando Pastoral Region San Gabriel Pastoral Region San Pedro Pastoral Region Santa Barbara Pastoral RegionList of schools in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles
San Gabriel Pastoral Region
The San Gabriel Pastoral Region is a pastoral region of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in the Roman Catholic Church. It covers East Los Angeles through the San Pomona valleys; the region has 67 parishes, 13 high schools, many elementary schools, no hospitals, 2 cemeteries, 1 Spanish Mission. The current Episcopal Vicar is Bishop David G. O'Connell. There are no Catholic colleges in the region. All Souls, Alhambra Ramona Convent, Alhambra St. Therese, Alhambra St. Thomas More, Alhambra St. Elizabeth, Altadena Annunciation, Arcadia Holy Angels, Arcadia St. Frances of Rome, Azusa St. John the Baptist, Baldwin Park Our Lady of the Assumption, Claremont Sacred Heart, Covina St. Louise de Marillac, Covina Nativity, El Monte St. Dorothy, Glendora St. Joseph, La Puente St. Louis of France, La Puente St. Martha, La Puente All Saints, Los Angeles Assumption, Los Angeles Dolores Mission, Los Angeles Our Lady Help of Christians, Los Angeles Our Lady of Guadalupe, 436 N. Hazard Ave. Los Angeles Our Lady of Guadalupe, 4522 Browne Ave.
Los Angeles Our Lady of Lourdes, Los Angeles Our Lady of Soledad, Los Angeles Our Lady of Talpa, Los Angeles Resurrection, Los Angeles Sacred Heart, Los Angeles San Antonio de Padua, Los Angeles Santa Isabel, Los Angeles Santa Teresita, Los Angeles St. Alphonsus, Los Angeles St. Mary, Los Angeles Immaculate Conception, Monrovia Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Montebello St. Benedict, Montebello St. Stephen, Monterey Park St. Thomas Aquinas, Monterey Park Armenian Sisters Academy, Montrose Assumption of the BVM, Pasadena Mayfield Junior School, Pasadena St. Andrew, Pasadena St. Philip the Apostle, Pasadena St. Joseph, Pomona St. Madeleine, Pomona Holy Name of Mary, San Dimas San Gabriel Mission, San Gabriel St. Anthony, San Gabriel SS. Felicitas & Perpetua, San Marino St. Rita, Sierra Madre Epiphany, So. El Monte Holy Family, So. Pasadena St. Luke, Temple City St. Christopher, West Covina There are no Catholic hospitals in the region, it does contain Santa Teresita, a Carmelite ministry that began as a tuberculosis sanitorium in 1930, opened as a hospital in 1955, re-opened as an assisted living facility in 2004 in the wake of various troubles.
Calvary Cemetery, East Los Angeles Holy Cross Cemetery, Pomona Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Rowland Heights Resurrection Cemetery, Monterey Park Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles Our Lady of the Angels Pastoral Region San Fernando Pastoral Region San Pedro Pastoral Region Santa Barbara Pastoral RegionList of schools in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles official website Archdiocese of Los Angeles: Office of Religious Education: San Gabriel Pastoral Region World News: San Gabriel Pastoral Region
Mission Santa Inés
Mission Santa Inés was a Spanish mission in the present-day city of Solvang and named after St. Agnes of Rome. Founded on September 17, 1804 by Father Estévan Tapís of the Franciscan order, the mission site was chosen as a midway point between Mission Santa Barbara and Mission La Purísima Concepción, was designed to relieve overcrowding at those two missions and to serve the Indians living east of the Coast Range; the mission was home to the first learning institution in Alta California and today serves as a museum as well as a parish church of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. It is designated a National Historic Landmark, noted as one of the best-preserved of the 21 California missions. Most of the original church was destroyed on December 21, 1812 in an earthquake centered near Santa Barbara that damaged or destroyed several California missions; the quake severely damaged other mission buildings, but the complex was not abandoned. A new church, constructed with 5-to-6-foot-thick walls and great pine beams brought from nearby Figueroa Mountain, was dedicated on July 4, 1817.
A water-powered grist mill was built in about half a mile from the church. In 1821, a fulling mill was designed by newly arrived American immigrant Joseph John Chapman, he oversaw the building of a grist mill for Mission San Gabriel, he prepared timbers for the construction of the first church in Los Angeles. The mill he built near San Gabriel is now a museum. Chapman was baptized at San Buenaventura in 1822, that same year married Guadalupe Ortega of Santa Barbara, with whom he had five children. In 1824, Chapman bought land in Los Angeles and developed a vineyard, but still continued to perform odd jobs at the missions. On February 21, 1824 a soldier beat a young Chumash Native. Two separate Chumash accounts, written in the early 1900s, state that around the time the Native was beaten, a Spanish page overheard Santa Inés priests talking about having the Natives of the mission killed the next summer when they arrived; the page was found out by the priests after having alerted the Natives, his tongue and feet were cut off before he was burned to death.
Upon learning of this news, the Natives sought the help of the other Santa Barbara Channel Mission Natives and a week the Chumash Revolt of 1824 was sparked. When the fighting was over, the Natives themselves put out the fire. Many of the Indians left to join other tribes in the mountains. In 1833 the missions in California began to be secularized, however, it wasn’t until 1835 that the Santa Inés Mission became secularized by the Mexican government. Secularization involved replacing the Padres as managers of the missions with government appointed overseers. In this case, the existing Spanish Franciscans were replaced by Mexican Franciscans who were restricted to provide only for the spiritual needs of the Chumash; the Chumash were mistreated under this new policy and began to leave the mission, returning to their villages or working at settlers’ ranches. As a result, much of their land was given to settlers in land grants. In 1843, California's Mexican governor Micheltorena granted 34,499 acres of Santa Ynez Valley land, called Rancho Cañada de los Pinos, to the College of Our Lady of Refuge, the first seminary in California.
Established at the mission by Francisco García Diego y Moreno, first Bishop of California, the college was abandoned in 1881. By the mission buildings were disintegrating. Highwayman Jack Powers took over Mission Santa Inés and the adjacent Rancho San Marcos in 1853, intending to rustle the cattle belonging to rancher Nicolas A. Den. Powers was defeated in a bloodless armed confrontation, he was not ousted from the Santa Barbara area until 1855. The Danish town of Solvang was built up around the mission proper in the early 1900s, it was through the efforts of Father Alexander Buckler in 1904 that reconstruction of the mission was undertaken, though major restoration was not possible until 1947 when the Hearst Foundation donated money to pay for the project. The restoration continues to this day, the Capuchin Franciscan Fathers take excellent care of Mission Santa Inés. Many Natives of missions in the Southwestern region of what is presently U. S. territory and North Mexico fell victim to Euro-Asiatic diseases to.
However, demographic studies have shown that the Santa Barbara Channel Missions and many other Alta California Missions do not follow this trend. Though the missions weren’t free of epidemics, the censuses taken in the 1800s display that women and children had a much higher mortality rate than men. Diseases are not partial to gender or age, which meant that something outside of disease had a drastic effect on the Indian population in the missions. Researchers discovered that the population decline was focused by the unique conditions of the Alta California missions: tight, overcrowded living arrangements which fostered the spread of diseases; these conditions were met as a part of the program the missions made to culturally and religiously change the Natives. For instance, to control the sexual intercourse of the women, the Franciscans would lock up all the single women together at night in small, damp rooms; the Alta California mission system was installed not only to civilize the natives and assimilate them into European culture, but to introduce European architecture, animal domestication, agriculture to the native landscape.
The natives at Santa Inés were used as laborers and the mission's agriculture caused great ecolo
Mission Santa Barbara
Mission Santa Barbara known as Santa Barbara Mission, is a Spanish mission founded by the Franciscan order near present-day Santa Barbara, California. It was founded by Padre Fermín Lasuén on December 4, 1786, the feast day of Saint Barbara, as the tenth mission for the religious conversion of the indigenous local Chumash-Barbareño tribe of Native American people; the mission is the namesake of the city of Santa Barbara as well as of Santa Barbara County. The Mission grounds occupy a rise between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, were consecrated by Father Fermín Lasuén, who had taken over the presidency of the California mission chain upon the death of Father Presidente Junípero Serra. Mission Santa Barbara is the only mission to remain under the leadership of the Franciscan Friars since its founding, today is a parish church of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Mission Santa Barbara's name comes from the legend of Saint Barbara, a girl, beheaded by her father for following the Christian Faith.
The early missionaries built three different chapels during the first few years, each larger than the previous one. It was only after the Santa Barbara earthquake on December 21, 1812, which destroyed the existing buildings, that the construction on the current Mission was begun, it was completed and dedicated in 1820. The towers were damaged in the June 29, 1925 earthquake, but were subsequently rebuilt by 1927; the appearance of the inside of the church has not been altered since 1820. Many elements of the Mission's extensive water treatment system, all built by Chumash Indians' labor under the direction of the Franciscans remain to this day; the larger reservoir, built in 1806 by the expedient of damming a canyon, had been a functioning component of the City's water system until 1993. The original fountain and lavadero are intact near the entrance to the Mission. A dam constructed in 1807 is situated in the current Santa Barbara Botanic Garden up "Mission Canyon"; the ruins of the Mission's tanning vats, pottery kiln, aqueduct system, guard house are located on the abutting land in the municipally-owned Mission Historical Park, sold to the City in 1928.
In 1818, two Argentine ships under the command of the French privateer Hipólito Bouchard approached the coast and threatened the young town of Santa Barbara. The padres trained 150 of the neophytes to prepare for attack. With their help, the Presidio soldiers confronted Bouchard, who sailed out of the harbor without attacking. After the Mexican Congress passed An Act for the Secularization of the Missions of California on August 17, 1833 Father Presidente Narciso Durán transferred the missions' headquarters to Santa Barbara, thereby making Mission Santa Barbara the repository of some 3,000 original documents, scattered through the California missions; the Santa Barbara Mission-Archive Library is now an independent non-profit educational and research institution, separate from Mission Santa Barbara, but occupying a portion of the mission building complex. Some Franciscans serve on the Board of Trustees along with scholars and community members, it is the oldest library in the State of California that still remains in the hands of its founders, the Franciscans.
Beginning with the writings of Hubert Howe Bancroft, the library has served as a center for historical study of the missions for more than a century. The collections of the Santa Barbara Mission-Archive Library had their inception in the 1760s with Fray Junipero Serra's plans for missions in Alta California; the collections include named sections, the Junipero Serra Collection, the California Mission Documents, the Apostolic College collection. The archive-library has a large collection of early California writings and images as well as a collection of materials for the Tohono O'oodham Indians of Arizona. In 1840, Alta California and Baja California Territory were removed from the Diocese of Sonora to form the Diocese of Both Californias. Bishop Francisco Garcia Diego y Moreno, OFM, established his cathedra at Mission Santa Barbara, making the chapel the pro-cathedral of the diocese until 1849. Under Bishop Thaddeus Amat y Brusi, C. M. the chapel again served as a pro-cathedral, for the Diocese of Monterey and the Diocese of Monterey-Los Angeles, from 1853 to 1876.
It is for this reason that of all the California missions, only the chapel at Mission Santa Barbara has two matching bell towers. At that time, that particular architectural feature was restricted to a cathedral church; when President Abraham Lincoln restored the missions to the Catholic Church on March 18, 1865, the Mission's leader at the time, Friar José González Rubio, came into conflict with Bishop Amat over the matter of whether the Mission should be under the ownership of the Franciscan order rather than the diocese. Bishop Amat refused to give the deed for the Mission to the Franciscans, but in 1925, Bishop John J. Cantwell awarded the deed to them; the Mission has the oldest unbroken tradition of choral singing among the California Missions and, indeed, of any California institution. The weekly Catholic liturgy is serviced by two choirs, the California Mission Schola and the Cappella Barbara; the Mission archives contain one of the richest collections of colonial Franciscan music manuscripts known today, which remain guarded.
The original City of Santa Barbara developed between the Mission proper and the harbor near El Presidio Reál de Santa Bárbara, about a mile southeast of the M
Thomas Aquinas College
Thomas Aquinas College is a Roman Catholic liberal arts college offering a single integrated academic program. It is located in Santa Paula, California in Ventura County, with a second campus opening in Northfield, Massachusetts in 2018, it offers an education system with courses based on the Great Books and seminar method. It has school accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, a regional accrediting board for California and Guam, it is endorsed by The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College. In December 2017 the Thomas wildfire, the largest of the seasons wildfires, started near, was named after, the college. Thomas Aquinas offers one degree program: Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts; as a matter of principle, to ensure the institution's autonomy, the school does not accept any direct government funding. Rather, it offers need-based scholarships funded by the private donations of individuals and foundations. Thomas Aquinas offers a bachelor of arts in liberal arts.
This is an integrated liberal arts curriculum made up of the Great Books of the Western Tradition, with order of learning emphasized in the structure of the curriculum. Much of the first two years of the four-year program is devoted to the Trivium and the Quadrivium Natural science and theology are studied all four years. Papers are assigned in the various subject areas throughout the year; the college replaces textbooks with original sources, the seminal works in all the major disciplines. Thomas Aquinas College acknowledges, they regard some as masterworks and others as sources of opinions that "either lead students to the truth, or make the truth more evident by opposition to it." Students read some texts in only excerpts from others. The college's St. Vincent de Paul Lecture and Concert Series complements its regular academic program, providing events at least once a month during the academic year. Four chaplain-priests live on campus, they provide spiritual direction. The school has a club soccer team.
There is an intramural sports program offering soccer, tennis and volleyball on the school's courts. The St. Genesius players produce one play a year a selection from Shakespeare; the College Choir presents an annual concert and a spring musical a production of Gilbert and Sullivan. It sings at special events. Another student choir and various instrumentalists and vocalists in the student body provide informal recitals throughout the year, at formal and informal events. Unmarried students are housed on-campus in six dormitories. Married students may live off-campus. Men's and women's residence halls are off-limits to members of the opposite sex; the possession or use of alcohol or illegal drugs on campus or in the dormitories is not allowed and may entail expulsion from the college. As the “crown jewel” of the Thomas Aquinas College campus, Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel was dedicated on March 7, 2009; the design for this 15,000-square-foot, $23 million building employs Early Christian and Spanish Mission styles.
Designed by University of Notre Dame architect Duncan Stroik, it is cruciform in shape and features both a 135-foot bell tower and an 89-foot dome. Pope John Paul II blessed the chapel’s plans in 2003, in 2008, Pope Benedict XVI blessed its cornerstone. Adoremus Bulletin has called Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel “A Triumph of Sacred Architecture.” The ceiling of the college's Saint Bernardine of Siena Library has been constructed from recovered wood from a 17th-century Spanish monastery. The library has a collection of rarities, including thousands-year old Hittite seals, devotional and sacred objects of saints. Dr. Ronald P. McArthur 1971 - 1991 Dr. Thomas E. Dillon 1991 - 2009 Mr. Peter L DeLuca 2009 - 2010 Dr. Michael F. McLean 2010 - current In 2012, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni included Thomas Aquinas College in its What Will They Learn? study, which assigns a letter grade to 1,070 universities based on how many of the following seven core subjects are required, according to its specific criteria: composition, foreign language, American history, economics and science.
Thomas Aquinas College was one of 21 schools to receive an "A" grade, is assigned to schools that include at least six of the seven. The Very Rev. John Berg, former Superior General of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter Pia de Solenni, 1993 Great Books St. John's College Shimer College Thomas Aquinas College Homepage US News and World Reports article on Thomas Aquinas College Official Website Official Alumni Site