Magazine October 18, 2021, Issue

God and Student at Thomas Aquinas

Thomas Aquinas College, in Santa Paula, Calif. (hlehnerer/Getty Images)
The school marks an anniversary

Northfield, Mass.

Fifty years defines a golden anniversary, and a long time. And speaking of time . . .

Early on a splendid September morning, in a stately brick building on the New England campus of Thomas Aquinas College (affectionately known by its acronym, “TAC”), sunshine pours through room 109’s massive windows, lighting up a gathering of students — not a bleary eye in the lot — who are doing just that: speaking of time.

Actually, they’re discussing it. Under the soft-touch guidance of tutor (one finds no “professors” here) Josef Froula, the assembled scholars cheerfully and respectfully (the etiquette is “Mr.” and

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