The House system at Aquinas College uses the Oxbridge model, an ancient design for university life that has made a comeback in recent years in both private and state universities across the country. The House system incorporates all members of the Aquinas Community—students, faculty, and staff—into one of eight Houses, each being under the patronage of saints who represent a vast array of ages and experiences in the history of the Church.
Each house has a dedicated room in Aquinas College and meets every Thursday during the academic year for a communal lunch. In addition to house lectures and service opportunities, the houses compete in a variety of activities and competitions for the vaunted Cavalier Cup.
Please check the House Life calendar for upcoming events.
The Houses and their Patrons
Blessed John Henry Newman
(1801-1890) Cardinal-Deacon, theologian, former Anglican cleric and leader in the Oxford Movement.
Blessed Jordan of Saxony
(ca. 1190-1237) Dominican Prior, second Master General of the Dominican Order (after Saint Dominic), Patron of Dominican Vocations.
St. Michael the Archangel
Leader of the Army of God in triumph over the forces of evil, Guardian of the Church. Patron of the Jewish people, the sick, police officers, and the military.
St. Gregory the Great
(ca. 540-604) Pope, Doctor of the Church, patron of musicians and scholars.
St. Rose of Lima
(1586-1617) Virgin, Third Order Dominican, and Patroness of Latin America and the Philippines.
St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
(1891-1942) Virgin and Martyr, Jewish convert and former atheist, Carmelite nun, and one of six patron saints of Europe.
St. Joan of Arc
(ca. 1412-1431) Virgin, Martyr, and Patroness of France and of soldiers).
St. Thérèse of Lisieux
(1873-1897) Virgin, Doctor of the Church, Carmelite nun, and Patroness of France and of Missions)