About the Society
The goals of the St. Thomas Aquinas Society will be achieved through the following objectives:
- Retreat days dedicated to prayerful reflection and education in our Catholic Faith.
- Healing Masses dedicated to those in need of healing in mind, body, and spirit.
- Conferences dedicated to education about the wonders of our Catholic Faith and what it means to practice our faith through love and caring for others.
- Promotion of faith education in our Catholic schools. Through such programs we hope to assist our schools with the understanding of the importance of Jesus in our lives, what it means to live our lives consistent with the teachings of our Savior, and why we hold Our Blessed Mother, Mary, in such high esteem as the Mother of God.
- Provide an education web site.
- Provide a Youth Outreach program.
- Provide resources for Home Schooling families.
- Build, rent, or purchase facilities to support retreats and conferences, house administrative offices, provide a resource center for home schooling, and an activity center for outreach programs.
To promote the teachings of the Roman Catholic Faith through:
- free distribution of educational materials
- free conferences
- free lectures
- books, video and audio recordings
To promote prayer and Eucharistic Adoration
Bishop Fulton Sheen rightly observed, "There are not over a hundred people in the United States who hate the Catholic Church. There are millions, however, who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church -- which is, of course, quite a different thing."
"Unless souls are saved, nothing is saved; there can be no world peace unless there is soul peace. World wars are only projections of the conflicts waged inside the souls of modern men, for nothing happens in the external world that has not first happened within a soul."
This quote from Peace of Soul by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen clearly indicates man's need. Man is composed of body and soul. We see many organizations which have been founded to take care of the physical needs of the body. These organizations are a great blessing to individuals and to communities. But each man also has a soul that needs equal attention. Our purpose is to nourish the soul.
The St. Thomas Aquinas Society began in June of 1991 when Therese Lorentz woke up one morning with the name St. Thomas Aquinas Society in her mind and an understanding to start a prayer group. Discerning the meaning of this name, it was decided that the St. Thomas Aquinas Society would have a twofold focus of prayer and education. Having St. Thomas Aquinas for a patron saint represented a straightforward approach to our Catholic Faith.
At that time, Therese Lorentz wrote to the Ordinary of the Diocese of Colorado Springs, Bishop Richard Hanifen, to inform him of her intentions to start a prayer group. Rev. John Slattery, then Vicar General, acknowledged Therese's letter on behalf of Bishop Hanifen.
Though the scope of the Society was not fully understood in its beginnings, a decision was made that all spiritual events of the Society would be offered without a required fee so that no one would ever be excluded. All funds for these events are raised through donations and the fund raising efforts of the membership.
It was also decided that membership would have no required fee or obligation. It is clearly recognized that St. Thomas Aquinas Society is for the variety of membership in the Mystical Body of Christ. Members of the Society are composed of those persons who wish to assist the work of the Society through the first and most important pillar of strength which is prayer; through time and talent shared; and through financial support, when possible.
Those who have supported the Society in any of the above mentioned areas of participation are considered by the Society as Members and are remembered in the prayers of the Society.