Aquinas Institute is anchored on the principles of faith, knowledge and charity. It is committed to follow the dogmas and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. It gives its allegiance to the Pope and to the Archbishop of Vancouver.
On July 3, 2001 Aquinas Institute received a special Papal Blessing from Pope John Paul II through Fr. Paul Pang, Chairman of the World Overseas Chinese Apostolate. Pope Benedict XVI also bestowed on Msgr. Pedro Lopez Gallo and the members of Aquinas Institute his special, apostolic blessing on July 6, 2005.
Aquinas Institute started its activities by helping in the parishes of St. Anthony’s in Vancouver; St. Paul’s in Richmond, St. Joseph’s in Port Moody, Corpus Christi in Vancouver and at the Holy Rosary Cathedral.
Aquinas Institute through Teresita Nixon was actively involved in organizing fundraising projects for an elementary school; Lenten and Advent retreats for 200-800 people; first celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe for 800 people at the Holy Rosary Cathedral; sponsoring youth groups to the World Youth Days; publishing prayer booklets, pilgrimage brochures, Lenten and Advent magazines for free distribution to the parish communities.
In 2002, Aquinas Institute assisted the late Msgr. Donald Neuman, Fr. John Horgan and Fr. Patrick Tepoorten in the successful organization of a youth conference and holy hour for 700 young men and women during the Visit of the Relics of St. Therese of Lisieux, which was held at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Coquitlam, BC.
In partnership with Derek Lui of Sun Hang Canada Travel of Richmond, Aquinas Institute organized successful spiritual pilgrimages for groups from 16-40 people to Oregon; Mexico; Quebec, Ontario and New York; Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and Croatia. A pilgrimage with 125 people to Oregon was also successfully organized in association with Friends Travel Bureau in Vancouver.
In 2004, Msgr. Gallo led Aquinas Institute in the successful publication of its 235-page book entitled “Meditations on the Holy Eucharist”. With the Imprimi Potest from Vancouver Archbishop Raymond Roussin, SM, the book was a compilation of religious writings, homilies, essays, testimonials and poems written by bishops, priests, religious nuns, seminarians, members of the laity and children. It also contained the Encyclical of St. Pope John Paul II, “Ecclesia Eucharistia”, with permission from the Vatican. The book was officially released at the International Eucharistic Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2004. This book won the Honorable Mention Award in the Independent Publisher Awards in New York in 2005. Limited copies of this book are available for purchase by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Price: CDN $25.00