The following comes from a February 28 press release from Thomas Aquinas College.
On Wednesday, April 17, Thomas Aquinas College will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for a new classroom building. The event will begin with Mass offered in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel at 11:15 a.m. A blessing of the site and the groundbreaking ceremony will follow immediately afterward in the southwest corner of the academic quadrangle.
Last December, the college received a grant of $3.2 million from the Fritz B. Burns Foundation of Los Angeles for the construction of this new building, the thirteenth built since the college acquired an undeveloped campus in the foothills of the Topa Topa Mountains in Ventura County in the 1970s. This classroom building will nearly complete the academic quadrangle, which is anchored by Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel.
Housing eight classrooms, the new hall is designed to facilitate the small, seminar discussions about great books that are at the heart of the college’s unique program. Its design architect is Scott Boydstun of Rasmussen and Associates in Ventura, Calif., which has designed 11 of the 12 permanent buildings on campus.
The classroom building will be named for St. Gladys, the patron saint of Fritz Burns’ beloved wife. The fifth century daughter of a Welsh king, St. Gladys was married to King Gundleus, a convert to Christianity and himself a saint. Together, they raised at least six children, all of whom are saints, and one of whom — St. Cadoc the Wise —founded a monastery and college in Wales. In later life, the saintly couple had a vision directing them to leave political life and establish a hermitage; there they lived out the remainder of their lives in celibacy and prayer….
Construction of St. Gladys Hall will begin immediately after the college’s May 11 commencement exercises. The building should be ready for use by the start of the 2014-5 academic year.