About the Society
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.
Comments received from those who have attended our conferences are testimony to the effectiveness of our programs:
"The workshop talks were soo (sic) inspirational in my life. I believe it's the beginning of many great miracles in my life. I had my doubts before I came about bringing my boys would they be bored? Will they like it? These were a few of my thoughts. Now, I hear them speak to me about the messages they've received and it touches my heart in a most profound way. I was so right in bringing them here. I give thanks to God!"
(Divine Love Conference)
"Teachings presented with love and inspired by the Holy Spirit. Sometimes I wonder if the people who organize these wonderful conferences realize how important and necessary these conferences are..."
(Divine Love Conference)
"It was great! It was meat and potatoes! Every speaker shared stories from the saints to show how we can live and share our faith and love of God in a REAL way!"
(Mystical Body of Christ Conference)
In conclusion, souls that are at peace bring peace and joy to those around them. One never finds a soul at peace that does not have a good sense of humor and a zest for life. We thank God that we can bring His peace and joy to others. We pray that this peace and joy will then become reality for the larger communities as well, therefore contributing to the peace and health and needs of the world.