From the President of Aquinas College

For even as it is better to enlighten than merely to shine, so it is better to give to others the fruits of one’s contemplation than merely to contemplate.
—St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica II-II, q.188, a.6

Dear Friends,

It is a joy for me to begin my service as the twelfth president of Aquinas College, continuing in our great heritage of transforming lives and culture through truth and charity.

This is a significant year in the history of Aquinas College as we begin to focus our academic programming specifically on preparation of teachers for Catholic schools, and to support catechists, teachers, and those involved in faith formation in their vital ministry in the Church through our Centers of Excellence. Our professors and students alike live the ideal of our patron St. Thomas Aquinas, contemplating and giving to others the fruits of our contemplation.

As a Catholic educational institution, Aquinas College is an ecclesial community that participates in the evangelizing mission of the Church. Specifically, it is a ministry of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, a religious institute devoted to the apostolate of Catholic education. Aquinas College’s approach to education is unique because it is animated by the charism of the Congregation of St. Cecilia. We are a community of religious women engaged in service to educational institutions of all levels in over 50 schools in 30 dioceses and 7 countries. We bring practical experience and dedication to Catholic education that flows from our consecration to God and zeal for the spread of the Gospel.

Aquinas College’s outstanding lay faculty and staff participate with the sister faculty and staff in the Dominican charism of preaching and the salvation of souls in an environment marked by devotion to truth and charity. Like our patron, St. Thomas Aquinas, we see Christ as the perfect Teacher: formed by this master Teacher through prayer, study, and community, each of us is thus enabled to teach others.

This fall we are embarking on a new strategic planning process as together we discern how we might best offer our gifts and resources for the New Evangelization. Thank you for your support and continued prayers for the success of our future endeavors.

I invite you to review the information on this website and to share the good news of Aquinas College with others. May God bless you and your family.

Sincerely in Christ,
Sister Mary Agnes Greiffendorf, O.P.

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