TAC students attend Mass for Unborn on campus, headed today for West Coast Walk for Life

News release from Thomas Aquinas College


SANTA PAULA — On Sunday, January 15, in advance of the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to legalize abortion in the United States, students at Thomas Aquinas College attended a Mass for the Unborn in the campus chapel dedicated to Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity.

College chaplain, Rev. Cornelius M. Buckley, was the principal celebrant of the Mass. Deacon Chris Sandner, Respect Life coordinator for the Santa Barbara region of the Los Angeles archdiocese, preached the homily, noting that the following weekend, scores of Thomas Aquinas College students would make the 7-hour trek to San Francisco for the annual Walk for Life West Coast. 

“Barely 120 days after Thomas Aquinas College opened its doors to welcome its first students,” said Deacon Sandner, “the U.S. Supreme Court heard legal arguments in the case of Roe v. Wade. The decision of that court and the harm that has been done since is what we are here to acknowledge and pray will come to an end. It is no accident that this school has flourished during this same period, in large part because it so clearly, openly, and consistently opposed to the direction the nation has taken.”

Today, classes will be held as usual at the college. Students will depart late in the day by chartered bus and private cars for San Francisco, where they will stay at a number of locations in the city and take part in all-night adoration vigils at various churches. They will attend Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday morning, Jan. 21, and then make their way to the Civic Center for the march to Justin Herman Plaza.

As in years past, Thomas Aquinas College students have been asked to assist event organizers with security during the Walk for Life. Students will make the trip back to campus the following day to prepare for a new week of classes.

To read Deacon Sandner’s entire homily, Click Here.



Posted Friday, January 20, 2012 9:41 AM By MIKE
God bless all the marchers. Those of us who can not make the Washington DC or the SFO march, should pray the Rosary – for the unborn, to stop abortions, and for all the marchers. EWTN will be carrying live coverage of both marches. It’s amazing the lack of fair and decent coverage on the secular networks. Last year about 300,000 marched in DC in the cold and drizzle. Marchers are not only Catholic but all people of good will.

Posted Friday, January 20, 2012 9:44 AM By OneoftheSheep
Forecast for SF tomorrow on day of the Walk for Life: Tomorrow: A shower or two around the area in the morning, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. High 58F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

Posted Friday, January 20, 2012 11:14 AM By Ted 
God bless that college ! They should serve as THE example for all other Catholic colleges in the United States.

Posted Saturday, January 21, 2012 9:53 PM By Maryanne Leonard
Thomas Aquinas College is virtually a perfect college for your children if you care about traditional Catholic values. It is also academically a wonder and physically a peaceful, beautiful place to relax and enjoy learning the classics, away from the temptations of the bright lights of the big city, yet a bucolic drive to the other attractions of the area, including the lovely beaches of Ventura County.

Posted Monday, January 23, 2012 6:03 PM By Abeca Christian
Yes I agree Maryanne Leonard, I like that college. We just have to pray for our kids to choose it. I also like John Paul the Great! The media part concerns me but I was reassured that they teach the moral parts of making sure that their students understand the moral parts of understanding the difference between using the media for good versus the bad.