Gratitude Mass and Brunch Recognizes Benefactors
Aquinas College was pleased to welcome back to the campus several College benefactors who joined Board members for the annual Gratitude Mass and Brunch on Friday, October 21. Reverend Mark Chrismer began the morning by celebrating a votive Mass of Thanksgiving in Aquinas’ Saint Jude Chapel for the intentions of the benefactors and friends of the College.
Following the Mass, all enjoyed a brunch in the Siena Hall main lounge. The program featured a presentation on the summer facilities upgrades and testimonials from two current Aquinas students. Guests were treated to a lovely harp piece followed by a choral rendition of Dona Nobis Pacem performed by a student ensemble.
Sister Cecilia Anne, O.P., President of the College, spoke on the theme of gratitude. Addressing those present, she commented, “I recognize that we are here today because of our common commitment to Catholic higher education—and to the unique experience that Aquinas College offers students. This ‘atmosphere of learning permeated with faith’ is at the heart of what prepares our graduates to take the message of salvation to the various corners of the world that they will influence.”
Aquinas College is grateful for the partnership it shares with various benefactors, collaborating in a shared work for the glory of God and the transformation of culture. In the past two years, donations have tripled as friends and benefactors have shown support for Catholic education by acknowledging the important role Aquinas College plays in the formation of educators