"Do this in memory of me." - (Luke: 22:19) Everyday students, faculty, staff and locals have the opportunity to stop and give thanks to God in the most perfect way possible. There is no better way to grow closer to Jesus than by spending time with Him in silence, being forgiven of sins or feasting at Mass.
Mass Schedule During the Academic Year Sunday 4:30 pm University Chapel Sunday 10:05 pm Murray Dodge Hall Monday-Friday at 12 noon University Chapel
Feel free to join just for the first meeting to see what this is about!
When we’re baptized, we promise to put our lives in God’s Hands. But it’s hard to keep that promise. This is a chance to start over, with the special help of the Holy Mother who Jesus gave to us on the Cross (Jn 19, 27). Mary has never sinned, is the Mother of God, knows Her Son better than we do, and knows how to guide us on our journey back to Heaven. In Saint Louis de Montfort's words: "The strongest inclination of Mary is to unite us to Jesus Christ her Son; and the strongest inclination of the Son is, that we should come to Him by His holy Mother.” Saint John Paul II did this consecration, and then, as Pope, recommended it to every Catholic. No matter what point you are at in your spiritual life, here is an opportunity to grow closer to God, to learn more about Our Blessed Mother, and to let Her show you how much She can and wants to do for you. Consecration groups meets weekly starting in the fall and concludes in the spring. For more information please contact Di or Emely.
According to last year's class...
"To paraphrase a wise priest, 'the Consecration is for those who love God, and lament that they do not love Him more.' A year and a half after reading that line, all I can really add is that yes, the Consecration will definitely help you love Him more." -Gabe Banevicius '15, Computer Science Dept.
"The most incredible class I have taken here at the University!!! I looked forward to every Thursday night where I would be filled with such joy in hearing the Truth! The Consecration class is probably the best thing that has ever happened to me here at Princeton!" -Emely DeJesus '17, EEB
"It has helped me get closer to Our Mother and this is making a sea change in my life. I wish I had done this in my twenties, the journey up until the class would have been a lot easier and smoother!" -Corazon Jeeravatnam, Administrator in Politics Dept.
"Best decision of my time at Princeton... and my life! Nothing has invigorated my faith more, nor filled it with more peace and joy, than discovering God's great gift to us in Mother Mary - Jesus came into this world through Her, and there is no better way for the world to return to Him than through Her." -Miklos Szebeni '16, History Dept.
"If everyone were consecrated to Mary, I think practically all the problems in the world would vanish. By learning from Our Lady, who is the pinnacle of all creation, I have grown in faith, become tempered against temptation, and replaced doubt and fear with hope and trust in God. You can never love Mary too much - Jesus will always love Her more, and to grow close to Her is to fall ever more in love with Him" -Thomas Clark '18, Computer Science Dept
"The Consecration class has revitalized me with the reality that Our Lady loves Her children and that She is always here to aid us. Filled with joy, I fly to her protection, implore her help, and seek her intercession." -Edwin Carbajal '14, EEB
Serving others is one of the pillars of our faith. In Mother Teresa's wisdom, "We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty." Here at Aquinas, we strive to serve those in need in the Princeton community.
Some of the service opportunities include visiting the elderly, teaching CCD and tutoring children from the local area. Please contact Lorenzo Quiogue for more information firstname.lastname@example.org.
Loaves and Fishes
Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen serves hundreds of Trenton's hungry and homeless with hot food and drink. The soup kitchen features restaurant style service, where clients sit down and are served by volunteers, unlike other soup kitchens where food is dispensed in a cafeteria-like line. Aquinas provides interested students transportation to and from Trenton in order to help serve meals.
Melinda Renuart, class of 2018, plans to major in English and maybe get a certificate in Statistics and Machine Learning. She attended Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio and, coming to Princeton, was surprised by how much she needed Aquinas’ spiritual support and community. This year, she hopes to bring Aquinas closer to God through service and social justice. Melinda runs on Princeton’s track and field and cross country teams and can often be found talking on the phone to her family in the Butler hallways, last in line for confession, or closing out Wilcox dinner. To ask questions or get involved with service at Aquinas, please contact her at email@example.com!
St. Augustine said, "Those who sing pray twice." In service to the community, the Aquinas Choir provides music for the 4:30 mass every Sunday. We explore all facets of the expansive Church musical tradition, learning everything from Latin Motets to contemporary hymn arrangements. Our choir consists of everyone from Westminster star students to those who have never sung in public. We practice for the hour before mass in the Chapel crypt. All are welcome to join. For more information, please email Don Carolina, the Director of the choir.
Graduate students and local Catholics in their 20-30’s gather every Thursday evening from 6-8pm to study Catholic classics and cutting edge philosophical thought as they enjoy the company of other young Catholics in Princeton over a delicious dinner.
Vocation and Discerment
“What will you do with your life? What are your plans? Have you ever thought of committing your existence totally to Christ? Do you think that there can be anything greater than to bring Jesus to people and people to Jesus?” -Pope John Paul II
All are Catholics are encouraged put effort into discerning their vocation! We have both a men’s and women’s discernment group to explore how to go about doing just this. Through directed conversation over a meal (usually on Sunday nights) students have the opportunity to talk with peers who have not already decided they have a vocation to marriage.
The oldest living expression of faith has been making time to visit the holy sights of our history and tradition. The three oldest pilgrimages are to the Holy Land, Rome: the Eternal City and Santiago de Compestella, where the Aquinas Institute took 13 students last year on spring break. We plan to continue this tradition by making a pilgrimage to one of these sites each year while adding the location of a newer pilgrimage destination to our passports in the fourth year. All Catholic students have the opportunity to apply for these pilgrimages in order to expand their practice of the faith.
* subject to funding.
The Aquinas 2014 Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela
Breaking out of the Orange Bubble is a great way to appreciate all that you have, while seeing how God is working in your everyday life. At Aquinas, we make time for rest, prayer, and friendship on weekend retreats.
If you would are interested in more information about upcoming retreats, please contact TJ Smith, our Ministry Team Leader.