Aquinas Institute was established in 1997 by Teresita Nixon with the intention of being an instrument in bringing people closer to God and Our Blessed Mother under the protection of St. Joseph. It is dedicated to the Holy Family.
On September 9, 2005 the company was registered as a corporation in the Province of British Columbia, Canada. Aquinas Institute Corporation is anchored on the principles of the Catholic faith, knowledge and charity. Its mission statement:
To help people.
To provide quality service to our clients.
To give integrity, dignity and professionalism to the people working with us in the hope that they would be happy; they would provide quality service to our clients; and they would pass this happiness to their families.
To share our resources with the needy around the world.
From 2005 to 2015 Aquinas Institute Corporation had three different primary businesses:
court-judicial-legal interpreting services
training center for legal interpreters
sponsor/organizer of Catholic pilgrimages locally, nationally and internationally
Aquinas Institute has given hope, training and/or work to people of diverse races, various ethnic cultures, different religions, and varied social-educational-economic backgrounds. These people have included professionals, religious ministers, college students, high school graduates, the retired, new immigrants, refugees, the unemployed, those on social assistance, the marginalized, and the visually impaired.
Aquinas Institute became a leading court-judicial-legal interpreting service company in British Columbia. It also became well known for its “Aquinas Court-Judicial-Legal Interpreter Training Program”.
On May 26, 2016 Aquinas Institute Corporation was granted the BC Travel Agent Licence #71122 by Consumer Protection BC.
Divine Providence made it possible for Teresita Nixon and Ronen Krumholtz of Diesenhaus Unitours Incoming Tourism Ltd. of Israel to meet each other upon the recommendation of the Israel Ministry of Tourism – Canada. Their first meeting was followed by a visit to Israel by Barry Nixon and Teresita Nixon as guests of the tour company from Feb. 24, 2017 – March 5, 2017. Aquinas Institute will focus on Holy Land Tours and will offer monthly departures starting January 1, 2018.
We thank Ronen Krumholtz of Diesenhaus Unitours Incoming Tourism Ltd. for his guidance, goodness and generosity to Aquinas Institute. Diesenhaus Unitours Incoming Tourism Ltd. is the leading and largest tour operator in Israel, specializing in all types of incoming tourism. The company was established in 1926 and has 90 years of experience with all aspects of tourism, from all over the world. Diesenhaus Unitours Incoming Tourism Ltd. is known for professionalism, integrity, creativity, quality service and attention to detail. Aquinas Institute is proud to work with Diesenhaus Unitours Incoming Tourism Ltd. in its Holy Land Tours.
Since 2000 Aquinas Institute has sponsored Catholic pilgrimages in small groups of 12 as well as in big groups of over 112 pilgrims. Destination countries include Canada, Croatia, France, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, Spain and the United States. The Aquinas pilgrimage to the 2004 International Eucharistic Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico constituted the largest group from Canada with the company of 4 priests. In addition, the annual pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in Mission, B.C. has been in groups of 6-7 busloads of pilgrims. Prior to becoming a licensed travel agent, Teresita Nixon organized successful pilgrimages in association with Derek Tsui, former partner of Sun Hang (Canada) Travel and now partner of EDA Travel Ltd. in Richmond, BC.
On August 1, 2016 the Aquinas Legal Interpreters Corporation was established by Teresita Nixon to replace Aquinas Institute Corporation. With 250 languages and 3,500 registered linguists, the Aquinas Legal Interpreters Corporation is committed to providing quality legal interpreting services. It also offers the “Aquinas Court-Judicial-Legal Interpreter Training Program”.
In 2004 Aquinas Institute published the award-winning “Meditations on the Holy Eucharist” with the purpose of bringing people closer to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. The 235-page book is a rich compilation of a papal encyclical, spiritual writings, religious essays, pastoral homilies, prayers, and hymns about the Holy Eucharist. The book received the Imprimi Potest from Most Rev. Raymond Roussin, Archbishop of Vancouver; the Nihil Obstat from Msgr. Pedro Lopez-Gallo, P.A.; and permission from Libreria Vaticana to include St. Pope John Paul II’s Ecclesia de Eucharistia in the publication. The book was endorsed by P. Abel Castillo Castillo, Secretary-General of the 48th International Eucharistic Congress 2004 and by Most Rev. Albert LeGatt, Bishop of Saskatoon. The book was released at the International Eucharistic Congress 2004 in Guadalajara. It was sold locally, nationally and internationally. One IEC delegate interviewed by Fr. Mitch Pacwa at EWTN remarked that she used the “Meditations on the Holy Eucharist” whenever she went for Eucharistic Adoration. A community of nuns in Ontario used the book in teaching the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist in catechism. A number of testimonials were received from readers stating how the contents of the book inspired them about the Holy Eucharist.
The spiritual director of Aquinas Institute is Msgr. Pedro Lopez-Gallo, President of the Matrimonial Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Vancouver. Fr. Nicolas Tumbelaka, Fr. Paul Pang, and Fr. Lukose Cheruvalel, SDB were founding members of the Board of Directors of Aquinas Institute. Other priests who were instrumental in the success of Aquinas projects were Fr. Edgar Polotan, OSA; Fr. Peter Chiang; Fr. Ronald Thompson; Fr. Don Larson; Fr. Pierre Leblond, OP; Fr. Augustine Obiwumma; Fr. Patrick Teeporten; and Fr. John Horgan.
Aquinas Institute granted university scholarships/donations in Africa, Canada, India, Italy, Mexico, Philippines and United States. On Jan. 23, 2016 Aquinas Institute assisted the Cebu Archdiocese and the Vancouver Archdiocese host the successful Table of Hope Banquet for 1,200 street kids at the 2016 International Eucharistic Congress in the Philippines.
On Nov. 13, 2016, Teresita Nixon received the Papal Honour Award – Benemerenti Medal from Pope Francis through Most Rev. J. Michael Miller, CSB, Archbishop of Vancouver, during the Mass at the Closing of the Holy Door for the Jubilee Year of Mercy at Holy Rosary Cathedral in Vancouver, B.C.