Spiritual Life

Aquinas College aims to cultivate a student experience toward the formation of the whole person in virtue, wisdom, maturity, wellness and Christian fellowship. We view the formation of our students as a journey of faith, and Aquinas attempts to faithfully support our students as they move towards God. We seek to multiply the grace of God in our students by providing ways in which they may grow socially, spiritually, and academically.

The Gospel of John proclaims: “The word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we saw his glory, the glory as it were of the only begotten of the father,) full of grace and truth.”[1] We attempt to bring the Word, which is Christ, to the students in a real way. Sacramental opportunities are posted outside St. Jude’s chapel; Mass is available daily in the chapel of St. Thomas Hospital. Additional campus ministry activities support students’ growth to spiritual adulthood. Adoration is available in Corpus Christi Chapel as well as opportunities to attend the March for Life, World Youth Day, and participate in service and faith leadership.

[1] John 1:14 Douay-Rheims Bible

The St. Jude Chapel is located on the first floor of the Academic Building, to the left of the Office of the Registrar. Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation are offered periodically in St. Jude Chapel. Dates and times will be posted outside the Chapel prior to the occasion. The chapel is open daily during office hours for personal prayer.

The Corpus Christi Chapel is an adoration chapel for worship of the Blessed Sacrament. Public prayer or services do not take place in this chapel. The chapel is open for several hours each day, 7 days per week, year round for silent, private devotion. For more information about adoration at Aquinas College, please visit the Adoration section of our website.

Two campus-wide masses are celebrated during the school year: the Holy Spirit Mass during the fall semester and the St. Thomas Aquinas Mass in the spring. While attendance is not mandatory, all students are encouraged to participate.

All classes at Aquinas begin with a prayer or spiritual reading. We also begin each meeting and event with a prayer. Other opportunities for communal prayer may be available throughout the fall and spring semesters, including an annual Living Rosary, weekly rosary recitations, biannual penance services, weekly Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Stations of the Cross during Lent.

St. Jude Chapel

Liturgies and communal prayer—Mass, Rosary, Compline, and Divine Mercy Chaplet—periodically take place in the St. Jude Chapel.

St. Jude Chapel Mass

 

Corpus Christi Adoration Chapel

The Corpus Christi Adoration Chapel serves Aquinas College and the wider community as the only adoration chapel in the Diocese of Nashville. For more information, please visit the Adoration page.

RSS USCCB Daily Readings

  • Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
    Reading 1 2 Mc 6:18-31 Eleazar, one of the foremost scribes,a man of advanced age and noble appearance,was being forced to open his mouth to eat pork. But preferring a glorious death to a life of defilement,he spat out the meat,and went forward of his own accord to the instrument of torture,as people ought to […]