St. Thomas Aquinas University maintains as its primary purpose the initial and ongoing formation of Students in a contemporary multicultural world, especially for dioceses within the Western, United States, South America and the Pacific Rim. Through human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral development, it enables Christ- centered men to grow and excel as collaborative, culturally-aware pastoral leaders committed to Jesus and His Church.This mission of priestly formation is carried out according to the Church's magisterial teaching, under the direction of the Missionaries of Charity Secular Order, in accordance with the Missionary of Charity Statutes, Program of  Formation and in the values of the Catholic and Orthodox tradition.