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About Us | St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Newman Community serving UNLV

About Us

Our Mission


The Catholic Community at UNLV strives to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the University community.

Our Vision


The staff provides a welcoming environment to our community that includes students, faculty, staff, administrators and others who choose to be part of the community. Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we seek to form the Christian conscience, help individuals to appropriate their faith, educate for peace and justice, facilitate personal development, and form leaders for church and society.

Our History


1957 – The University of Nevada, Las Vegas was established
1960 – The Catholic Newman Club started meeting at Bishop Gorman High School
1975 – The Newman Center moved on campus into the Interfaith Student Center
1999 – The Dominicans of the Western Province took over the leadership of the Newman Community
2005 – The ownership of the building was turned over to the Diocese of Las Vegas, and it was renamed the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Newman Center
2007 – The Capital Campaign ” Time to Build” began
2010 – 50th Anniversary of the ordination of Father Albert

 

Who is St. Thomas Aquinas?


At the Mass of the Holy Spirit held on September 15, 2002, Bishop Pepe blessed an icon (image) of St. Thomas Aquinas. Responding to a request from the Newman Pastoral Ministry Team, Bishop Pepe named St. Thomas Aquinas, the great 13th Century Dominican Theologian, as the Patron of the UNLV Catholic Newman Community. Here is a basic biography of our patron saint.

St. Thomas was born to noble Italian lineage in the first part of the thirteenth century. Early in life he was shy and was named the “Dumb Ox” by his teachers and peers because of his size and reserved nature.

Thomas joined the Dominican Order, devoting himself to study and prayer. He was committed to Christ and the Church, especially the Eucharist, and was granted by God many special revelations and mystical visions.

Throughout his life, Thomas also wrote prayers, musical hymns and numerous theological treatises on nearly every area of Christian belief including the Christian virtues. Perhaps most well known for his work Sumnia Theologiae, Thomas was revolutionary for his time by using the ancient writings of Aristotle as a philosophical structure through which to express and understand Christian truth.

Thomas died at age forty-nine, leaving behind him a great legacy of scholarly writing and personal holiness. Canonized in 1323, Thomas, the ‚ÄúDumb Ox,” is today thought to be one of the greatest theologians of all time. Moreover, he has had bestowed on him the rare title Doctor of the Church and is honored as the patron saint of all schools, colleges and universities, and students.