2013 marks a number of tremendous milestones in the life of the St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish. On the feast of St. Joseph, we celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of its establishment in 1963 as a parish, serving the Catholic faculty, staff, and students at the University of Virginia! It is a long way from the original Newman Club in a little house on Jefferson Park Avenue when the first Dominicans arrived in 1959. There has been incredible growth in the fifty years that the Dominican Friars have been here, and there is a palpable joy, vibrancy, and excitement in the ministry of the friars.
On Holy Thursday, to mark the Parish’s Jubilee, a parishioner came forward and issued a One Million Dollar Matching Gift Challenge for the project! If this goal is met, the new priory will nearly be paid off! Between April 2 and December 31, 2013 each new dollar and each new pledge will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to one million dollars.
We are grateful to all of our parishioners and friends who have so faithfully – and so generously – helped us to pay for our new home. We ask you once again to help us to rise to this Jubilee Challenge and we assure you that you are always in our prayers.