Dear Parishioners and Friends,
It is a great joy that today I am able to write to you from our beautiful St. Thomas Aquinas Priory. As I sit here in this incredible building I am overwhelmed with the thought of so many generous friends and supporters.
At the beginning of February we were able to put together an exciting weekend event: our official Open House. I hope you were able to take advantage of the opportunity to visit, explore and admire our lovely building and its tastefully chosen and functional furnishings. The house is riddled with meaning and reminders of both our spiritual legacy and our amazing community – so full of affection and support.
Today we are on the cusp of yet another event: the formal Dedication of the Priory. By the time you read this, the event will be one more memorable day for our Parish. Bishop Francis Di Lorenzo of Richmond will officiate and bless the Priory. Fr. Brian Mulcahy, OP (our Provincial and pastor emeritus of St. Thomas Aquinas) will be on hand for the ceremony, as will a number of our friars from various other houses. The Dominican presence, so clearly established by the building, is already additionally manifested in a sixth friar. Fr Giles Dimmock has joined us and we welcome him to both the Priory and the Parish.
Lent has passed quickly by and as we enter the Easter season, we look forward to settling into our new home. We are busy organizing and unpacking, readying the house to be up and running in every respect. Meanwhile, interest in the niches in the St. Vincent Ferrer Columbarium continues to be high. The pre-construction discount will end at the close of April—hurry to take advantage of this tremendous opportunity!
Fr. Luke Clark, O.P.
The Dominicans have had the pleasure of serving St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Charlottesville, VA and the University of Virginia for fifty years! Since we arrived in 1959, we have witnessed a tremendous growth in faith and size in our community. To continue to meet the needs of our vibrant parish and University we are endeavoring to build a Priory.
Only with your help can we make this mission a reality!