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    Aquinas on Politics

    Mount Saint Mary College

    Newburgh, New York

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    Becoming a Better Preacher

    Fifth Annual Conference for Priests

    Basilica of the Assumption, Baltimore

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    Ad Limina Apostolorum: Vatican II and the Future of Catholic-Protestant Ecumenism

    Washington, D.C.


Bishop Barron to be PFIC’s 2016 Commencement Speaker

The Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception is pleased to announce that Most Reverend Robert E. Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, will be the speaker at our 2016 Commencement ceremonies. A Doctorate in Sacred Theology (honoris causa) will be conferred on Bishop Barron.

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2016 Annual Conference for Diocesan Priests

The Thomistic Institute is pleased to offer this fifth annual conference for diocesan priests, August 9-11, 2016, in Baltimore. Guided by the wisdom of the Thomistic tradition, this conference will consist of practical talks and roundtable discussions on issues of immediate relevance to the life of contemporary priests. Led by an impressive cadre of experienced and knowledgeable speakers, and set in a comfortable fraternal atmosphere, with meals together, it will offer ample time for prayer, rest, and recreation.

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Dominican Spring Gala

Thank you for attending the Sixth Annual Dominican Spring Gala. Photos will be posted soon!

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Alumni News

Fr. Gary Selin (MA ‘99) will preach at the Annual Parish Retreat of St. John the Beloved, McLean, May 1-3. Fr. Selin recently published his first book, Priestly Celibacy: Theological Foundations.

Fr. Jordan Kelly, O.P. (STB ‘59, STL ‘61) will be a keynote speaker at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Catholic Women’s Conference in October 2016.

Fr. Vincent Ferrer Bagan, O.P. (STB ‘14; MDiv ‘15), and Fr. Innocent Smith, O.P. (MDiv, STB ‘13, STL ‘15), will lead a four day workshop-retreat for those who want to learn how to sing and lead Gregorian chant. The workshop will take place from from Tuesday, June 21, through Friday, June 24, at the Wethersfield Estate in Amenia, New York.

Fr. Christopher M. Saliga, O.P., R.N. (STB ‘04, MDiv ‘04, MA ‘05) will preach a Parish Mission on the Rosary at Sacred Heart Church in Prescott, Arizona from Monday 9 May 2016 through Thursday 12 May 2016. In addition to his reflections on various mysteries of the Rosary, Fr. Chris will deliver a powerpoint lecture to a group of physicians, allied health professionals, and others entitled Human Suffering vs. Pain: A Helpful Theoretical Distinction for Clinicians and Folks in their Care

Voice of the Vatican spoke with Fr. Pius Pietrzyk, O.P. (MDiv, STB ‘06; STL ‘09), on what it means to be a Missionary of Mercy for the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Fr. James Cuddy, O.P. (MDiv, STB ‘06; STL ‘08), was interviewed in the National Catholic Register on the success of the RCIA program at St. Joseph’s Church in Greenwich Village, New York. “A lot of people knock Thomism, calling it an arid, intellectual system, but, modern people want good, thorough, well-though out answers that satisfy their curiosity and have a transformative effect on their relationship with Christ.”

Fr. Thomas More Garrett, O.P., (STB ‘14; MDiv, STL ’15), associate pastor of St. Pius V Church in Providence, talks about Passiontide the Videogame, the retro game that was created to increase interest in this year’s Passiontide service at St. Dominic’s Church in Washington.

Fr. Michael Gaitley, M.I.C. (STL ‘08), Director of Evangelization and Development for the Association of Marian Helpers, has released 33 Days to Merciful Love: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Consecration to Divine Mercy. In the book, the reader journeys with one of the most beloved saints of modern times, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, and concludes with a consecration to Divine Mercy.

Fr. Nicholas Lombardo, O.P. (MDiv ‘03; STL ‘05), recently spoke on “The Text of Sacred Scripture and the Intention of the Divine Author” at a Colloquium on Dei Verbum sponsored by the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome to celebrate the 8th centenary of the Order of Preachers and the 50th anniversary of the constitution Dei Verbum.

Dawn Eden (MA ‘10, STB ‘13, STL ‘14) recently launched her new book, Remembering God’s Mercy: Redeem the Past and Free Yourself from Painful Memories. Listen to her talk on how Divine Mercy heals our memories.

Ms. Thérèse Bermpohl (MA ‘07), Director of the Diocese of Arlington’s Office for Family Life, was interviewed by Kathryn Jean Lopez regarding the Diocese’ upcoming Women’s Conference.

Fr. Anthony Giambrone, O.P. (MDiv, STB ‘06), wrote an article in America contrasting the legal philosophies of Justice Antonin Scalia and St. Thomas Aquinas.

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Resources for Past Events

Did you miss an event or lecture at the PFIC? Check this space for available text, audio, and video files. Selected Thomistic Institute lectures are available free of charge on iTunes and SoundCloud.

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6th Annual Philosophy Workshop: Aquinas on Politics

The 6th Annual Philosophy Workshop: Aquinas on Politics, will take place June 2-5, 2016, at Mount Saint Mary College Newburgh, New York.

Aquinas offers analysis of principles basic to political life: the common good, the human family, natural rights, the nature of justice. How does he understand these principles, their basis in human nature and their applications? How do they compare with contemporary political theories? Are they applicable in a contemporary setting and if so in what way?

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Faculty News

Dr. Jem Sullivan discussed portrayals of St. Mark in sacred art on EWTN News Nightly.

Several of our faculty have commented on Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Vice President and Academic Dean Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P., discussed Amoris Laetitia on Newsmax TV’s “The Hardline”, as well as in a Catholic News Agency article. Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P., discussed the exhortation on EWTN News Nightly. Fr. Aquinas Giulbeau, O.P., shared his insights in National Review.

Fr. Petri commented on Catholic conscience and voting for president in a Catholic News Agency story.

Dr. Jem Sullivan wrote an article in Our Sunday Visitor, in which she discusses true friendship from a Christian perspective, given recent media attention on St. John Paul II resulting from a misleading BBC documentary.

Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., gave the St. Charles Borromeo Seminary Philosophy Department’s Annual Spring Lecture on March 14, on “How Does the Resurrection of Christ Illumine Human Reason? From Joseph Ratzinger to St. Thomas Aquinas.”

Fr. White recently spoke on “Revelation in an ecumenical and interreligious context” at a Colloquium on Dei Verbum sponsored by the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome to celebrate the 8th centenary of the Order of Preachers and the 50th anniversary of the constitution Dei Verbum.

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Ad Limina Apostolorum: Vatican II and the Future of Catholic-Protestant Ecumenism

On September 22-25, 2016, the Thomistic Institute and the Center for Barth Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary are cosponsoring a conference on Ad Limina Apostolorum, the 1968 Karl Barth theological appraisal of the Second Vatican Council. There he posed acute questions about the theology of the council and its consequences for modern Roman Catholicism, as well as Catholic-Protestant ecumenism.

Speakers include Lewis Ayers, Hans Boersma, John Bowlin, Reinhard Hütter, Matthew Levering, Bruce L. McCormack, Bruce D. Marshall, Francesca Murphy, Richard Schenk, O.P., Kate Sonderegger, John Webster, and Thomas Joseph White, O.P.

The cost of conference is $50.00 and does not include accommodations. Please register if you wish to attend. For more information, includes costs and biographies of the speakers, please visit the event website.


Fr. White to Speak at 2016 Paris Symposium

Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., will be among the speakers at the inaugural Symposium Thomisticum, to be held at the Center Culturel Irlandais in Paris, France, June 23-25, 2016. The theme of the Symposium will be Aquinas and Modern Philosophies.

For more information on the Symposium, including a list of speakers, please visit their website.