The Aquinas Museum
Hostesses for our April 23rd Museum opening.
Enthusiastic spectators await the grand opening.
More spectators prepare to view the opening.
Entranceway Plaque
This wall includes the Veterans Plaque, the Donator's Plaque, several pictures of Fr. Smith, and St. Thomas Aquinas.

The Donator's Plaque
The Sports Wall and Locker Room
A Crucifix out of the old school, and class graduation pictures.
Three walls of pictures, and a TV to show old Aquinas football game films.
Yearbook Bookcase and Locker Room
Keeping the Dominican presence.
Cornerstone from the 1912 Aquinas Building
Hauling in a display showcase.
Gary Grcic ('63)....Electrician Deluxe
Bill Squeo and Bill Maloney
John Bricker ('58), Joe Cronin's Assistant Electrician
Joe Cronin ('58)...John Bricker's Assistant Electrician.

St. Helena Church
950 GROVE AVENUE EDISON, NJ 08820
TEL.: (732) 494.3399
FAX: 494-2076

"Share with Saint Helena the Glory of the Cross"

DEAR FRIENDS AT AQUINAS COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL:
THANK YOU FOR YOUR VERY KIND INVITATION TO YOUR CELEBRATION OF THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF AQUINAS HIGH SCHOOL. I AM 98 YEARS OF AGE AND NOT ABLE TO TRAVEL ANY MORE. HOWEVER I WILL BE WITH YOU IN PRAYER AND SPIRIT. THE HAPPIEST YEARS OF MY LIFE WERE THE TWENTY FIVE YEARS I WAS TEACHING AT AQUINAS HIGH SCHOOL.

PRAYING YOU ALL GOD'S BLESSINGS OF PEACE

AND LOVE NOW AND FOREVER, I REMAIN
FRATERNALLY YOURS,

Father Joseph Rossetti

  DANIEL MARK DELLA PENTA--COMPOSER OF AQUINAS                                   ALMA MATER                                                    
Daniel Ernest Della Penta was born on December 10, 1895, in Buffalo, New York, and received his basic education at local public acid parochial grade schools and at Hutchinson Central High School in Buffalo. After two years of study at Aquinas College in Columbus, Ohio, he entered the Dominican novitiate at St. Joseph Priory in Somerset, Ohio, where he was given Marcolinus for a religious name and made his first profession on September 16, 1917. Philosophical studies were taken at St. Rose Priory, Springfield, Kentucky, and theological courses at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 14, 1923, at St. Dominic's Church in Washington.

After completing a year of additional studies for the Lectorate in Theology, Father Della Penta was assigned to Providence College as an instructor in philosophy, religion, and Italian. In 1932, he was sent to Aquinas High School in Columbus, Ohio, to teach mathematics and religion. Five years later, he was named to the faculty of Purcell High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he taught Latin, English, and religion while also serving as chaplain to the Dominican Nuns at Holy Name Monastery in Cincinnati.

In 1938, Father Della Penta was sent to Mater Dolorosa Parish in Independence, Louisiana, as pastor. For twenty-four years he worked to foster the religious and educational growth of Mater Dolorosa and of Our Lady of Pompeii Parish in neighboring Tickfaw, Louisiana. In 1976, Father Della Penta's years of service in Independence and the Tangipahoa area were given public recognition at the annual Little Italy Festival in Independence, dedicated "with appreciation and affection to honor Father Daniel Mark Della Penta for his years of faithful service as a religious leader whose works promoted the intellectual, social, moral, and religious welfare of the people he served. His many achievements, spiritually and materially, will long be remembered as the contributions of a great leader and friend."

After leaving the parish ministry in Independence, Father Della Penta took up residence at Holy Ghost community in Hamniond, Louisiana, in August, 1962, while serving as chaplain to Seventh Ward General Hospital, Heritage Manor,and Bell Maison nursing homes in Hammond.

Although the enervating effects of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer gradually curtailed his activities during the last year of his life, Father Della Penta continued to minister to the sick to the best of his ability until the time of his death on January 3, 1978. Following funeral services in Mater Dolorosa Church, he was buried in the community cemetery in Rosaryville, Ponchatoula, Louisiana.

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