Light on the Hill





Capital CampaignMake a pledge

About the Campaign

St. Thomas desperately needs a new facility to better serve our growing community and ministry. A capital campaign is underway to create a new inviting, attractive, and efficient student center and church that will support our efforts and encourage a greater sense of welcoming and community for students.


Architectural Renderings

After visiting student centers across the country and gathering input from Arkansas students and benefactors, St. Thomas has an exciting plan to address both facility and ministry needs.

What Drives Us

Our Mission

St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish and Student Center is a faith community with a mission and commitment to students, faculty and staff of the University of Arkansas. We prayerfully strive to be Christ-like by providing sources of guidance, spiritual growth, challenge to service, and an enthusiastic spirit of worship.

Construction Updates


Demolition on the currently facility has begun! We estimate that over the next month, St. Thomas’s building will be completely demolished and the site will be cleared and ready to begin new construction.


How you can help

St Thomas thrives due to the generous support of alumni, parents and friends. This transformative campaign, Light on the Hill, calls on us all to make St. Thomas a philanthropic priority.  As a university parish, the success our day to day ministry relies on your prayers, engagement in our mission and financial support. The need to expand has never been greater!

Your investment in Catholic ministry at a critical time in students’ lives is what will make all the difference for St. Thomas to flourish for many years to come.

The Light on the Hill capital campaign kicked off the silent phase of fundraising in August of 2021. To date, St. Thomas has raised $13.3 million towards the building project in cash and pledges, far surpassing our original goal of $10 million. However, with estimated increased construction costs, we believe our new costs will be between $14.5 million and $15 million.

Gifts can be pledged and paid over the next three years. Please reach out to Sarah Du Preez at [email protected] or 479-200-5499 to learn more about how to support the Light on the Hill campaign.

Matching Grant Challenge

St. Thomas was recently issued a $750,000 matching grant by a generous foundation. If we can raise $750,000, it will be matched with an additional $750,000! To date, we have secured $250,000 towards this matching grant. Please prayerfully consider helping us raise the remaining $500,000 left!