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Archibishop John Ireland founded St. Thomas in 1885

Our Catholic Identity

“I seek no backward voyage across the sea of time; I will ever press forward. I believe that God intends the present to be better than the past, and the future to be better than the present.”

– St. Thomas founder, Archbishop John Ireland

Catholic Identity and Mission

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, and shaped by our convictions, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.