New Church for St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish
June 20, 2017
St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish in Charlottesville, VA has begun a project to build a new Church to house its growing community of students and families connected with the University of Virginia. Served by the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph for more than fifty years, St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish serves the needs of Roman Catholics living in the Charlottesville area who are associated with the University of Virginia as undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff as well as local resident parishioners.
The goal of the new Church building project is threefold: 1) to construct a building that will stand the test of time; 2) to expand seating capacity significantly to accommodate the growing parish; 3) to create a more suitable sanctuary for the celebration of the sacred liturgy. The new Church, designed in the Romanesque style by the architectural firm Cram & Ferguson, will increase the seating capacity from 800 to 1200 in addition to providing an edifice that will be more sustainable than the present building.