From the President of Aquinas College

Dear Friends,

Welcome to Aquinas College!

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 31 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.

Sent to Witness: Aquinas College Strategic Plan 2019-2025 shares our vision:

To be a leader in the formation of educators who are
sent forth to teach, preach, and witness to Truth and Charity
for the salvation of souls and the transformation of culture.

This vision statement and the goals and objectives of this strategic plan take their inspiration from our Dominican heritage and the Church’s vision for education, especially as articulated by Pope St. John Paul II in Ex Corde Ecclesiae.

Our academic programs and service to the broader community focus on education: preparing students to be teachers and leaders in schools and communities, and providing ongoing formation opportunities for teachers, leaders, and catechists already engaged in these important works. We see our work of education as encompassing the human, spiritual, intellectual, and professional formation of the whole person. This total formation in the context of a community is united in Christ and the Church, and includes mutual seeking of truth and growth in charity. We strive together for the integration of faith, culture, and life that is the hallmark of Catholic education.

“Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses,” Pope St. Paul VI wisely noted. Educators who allow the power of divine Truth and Charity to transform their lives can become powerful witnesses of the hope and joy so needed in our world today. It is our prayer that the educators we send forth from Aquinas are such Gospel witnesses.

I invite you to read the strategic plan and explore our website. We hope you will share the good news of Aquinas College with others.

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

Sister Mary Agnes Greiffendorf, O.P. is currently on a six-month leave of absence for study. Sister John Mary Fleming, O.P. is serving as acting president.