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  • Schedule is subject to change. Please check the priory website,, for the latest information.
  • Monday - Friday

    7:00am Mass & Morning Prayer
    12:00pm Rosary & Midday Prayer
    5:30pm Office of Readings & Evening Prayer
    9:00pm Compline (Monday - Thursday)
  • Saturday

    8:00am Mass with Morning Prayer
    12:00pm Office of Readings & Midday Prayer
    5:20pm Rosary
    5:40pm Evening Prayer
  • Sunday

    8:30am Office of Readings & Morning Prayer
    11:15am Mass
    5:20pm Rosary
    5:40pm Evening Prayer
    9:00pm Compline
  • Friday, October 21

    Grades Due on Incompletes from the Previous Semester

  • Wednesday, October 26

    Truth after Christianity?: Nietzsche and Aquinas on the Philosophy of God

    Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., Thomistic Insitute at the PFIC

    5 PM, William Harkness Hall 207, Yale University

    Thomistic Institute at Yale

  • Thursday, October 27

    True Sacrifice: Understanding the Mass

    Dr. Bruce Marshall, Perkins School of Theology, SMU

    6 PM, Holden Chapel, Harvard University

    Co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute and the Harvard Catholic Graduate Student Chaplaincy

  • Thursday, October 27

    Masters, Parasites, or Gardeners? Thomistic Reflections on Environmental Ethics

    Dr. Therese Cory, Notre Dame University

    7 PM, Perkins 217, Duke University

    Co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute

  • Monday, October 31

    7:30 PM - Vigil of All Saints, DHS Chapel

  • Monday, October 31 - Friday, November 4

    Registration for Spring 2017 Classes

  • Tuesday, November 1

    Understanding the Christian Idea of Redemption: Aquinas on the Ethics of the Atonement

    Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., Thomistic Institute, PFIC

    7 PM, Petteruti Lounge, Stephen Robert ‘62 Campus Center, Brown Uversity

    Co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute and the Brown-RISD Catholic Community

  • Friday, November 4

    Last Day to Withdraw from Classes with a “WD” Grade

  • Saturday, November 5

    St. John’s Gospel: Reason and Interpretation in Catholic Thought

    Khaled Anatolios (University of Notre Dame)

    Boyd Taylor Coolman (Boston College)

    Bruce D. Marshall (Lehman Professor of Christian Doctrine, Southern Methodist University)

    1 PM - 5 PM, The Catholic Center at NYU

    Co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute, St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences & the International Society for Medieval Hermeneutics

  • Saturday, November 5

    The Development of Doctrine - What It Is and Why It Matters

    Dr. Reinhard Hütter, CUA Visiting Professor

    1 PM, St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, UVA

    Co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute and St. Thomas Aquinas Parish

  • Wednesday, November 16

    Human at Heart: St. Thomas Aquinas on the Spiritual Life

    Rev. James Brent, O.P.

    6 PM, Catholic Information Center, D.C.

    Co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute and the Catholic Information Center

  • Tuesday, November 22

    Administrative Thursday (Thursday classes held; no Tuesday classes)

  • Wednesday, November 23

    Thanksgiving Recess begins at Noon

  • Thursday, November 24 - Friday, November 25

    Thanksgiving Recess

    No Classes; Offices and Library Closed

  • Monday, December 5 - Friday, December 9

    Course Evaluation Week

  • Thursday, December 8

    Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

    No Classes; Offices and Library Closed

  • Friday, December 9

    Classes End

  • Monday, December 12

    Reading Day

    No Classes; Offices and Library Open

  • Tuesday, December 13 - Friday, December 16

    Final Examination Period

  • Friday, December 16

    Semester Ends

  • Monday, December 19 - Tuesday, December 20

    Special Exams Period

  • Thursday, December 22

    Library and Offices Close at Noon for Christmas Break

  • Tuesday, January 3, 2017

    Library and Offices Reopen

  • Monday, January 9

    Classes Begin


Vigil of All Saints

On Monday, October 31, at 7:30 p.m., the Dominican House of Studies will host the 2016 Vigil of All Saints, with the theme “Mirrors of Mercy” fitting for this Extraordinary Jubilee Year, and will show how saints reflect God’s mercy to the world through readings about the saints, the Office of Compline (sung Night Prayer), a procession to the House Reliquary, and a chanted Litany of the Saints. Confessions will be available throughout the evening and a reception will follow. Click here for more information on the history of the vigil and what to expect. No RSVP is required, but you may show your interest on Facebook and share the event with others.

Due to the popularity of this event, guests should plan to arrive early if they desire a seat. Due to Metro’s SafeTrack program, there will be no Metro service at the nearby CUA/Brookland Station during this event. There is a Capital Bikeshare rack at the station, bike racks are available at DHS, and the parking lot of USCCB at 3211 4th St NE is available for overflow parking after 5:30 p.m. DHS is also served by WMATA buses 80 and H2-H6.

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Job Opening - Director of Philanthropy

The PFIC seeks a mission-driven Major Gifts Officer to lead the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of individual gifts from the school’s natural constituencies and beyond. This new position will have primary responsibility for the establishment and growth of a major gifts fundraising program, including establishing the major gifts strategies, practices, and procedures, and executing this strategy for a successful comprehensive major giving program. The ideal candidate will have a successful track record in securing major gifts; is a self-starter, articulate, honest, transparent, collaborative, and industrious; and most importantly, believes in the mission and has a willingness to come to know the Dominicans, their charism, and their way of life.

The complete job description and accompanying instructions for applying are available here.


Alumni News

On October 13, microbiologist and researcher Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P. (MDiv ‘03, STL ’05), delivered the 2016 St. John Paul II Bioethics Lecture at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Connecticut. Earlier, Fr. Austriaco previewed his lecture, which was titled “Bodily Integration after Total Brain Death: Long Term Survival and its Implications for the Debate Over the Neurological Criteria.”

Author Dawn Eden Goldstein (MA ‘10, STB ‘13, STL ‘14) was profiled by Rome Reports.

Alumni who have signed the Affirmation of the Church’s Teaching on the Gift of Sexuality, countering the “Wijngaards Statement,” include: Dr. Richard H. Bulzacchelli, Fr. Donald H. Calloway, Fr. Lawrence Donohoo, Fr. William Goldin, Fr. Paul Jerome Keller, O.P., Fr. Peter Kucer, Dr. Ralph Martin, Dr. R.J. Matava, and Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson. (For faculty signatories, see our see our Faculty News section.)

Alumni Arina Grossu (MA ‘08) of the Family Research Council and Genevieve Plaster (MA ‘13) of the Charlotte Lozier Institute testified before the House Committee on the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice in a hearing on “The Ultimate Civil Right: Examining the Hyde Amendment and the Born Alive Infants Protection Act.” Mrs. Plaster testified on the Hyde Amendment and Miss Grossu testified on the Born Alive Act.

On September 10, Most Rev. Christopher Cardone, O.P. (MDiv, STB ‘85), was installed as Archbishop of Honiara, the capital city of the Solomon Islands. The Archbishop is the major prelate for the entire country. His Excellency was previously the Bishop of Auki, and the Auxiliary Bishop of Gizo, both in the Solomon Islands. The day after the installation, Archbishop Anthony Fisher, O.P., of Sydney, gave the homily at the Mass of Thanksgiving.

First Things has published an article by Rev. Charles Shonk, O.P. (STB ‘14; MDiv ‘15; STL ‘16), reflecting on the ad orientem and versus populum styles of celebrating the Mass.

Champions of the Rosary: The History and Heroes of a Spiritual Weapon, by Fr. Donald Calloway, M.I.C. (MDiv, STB ’02), has been published by Marian Press. At some 600 pages, it contains the complete history of the rosary, a full color section on the rosary in classical art, and over 600 quotes on the rosary from popes, saints, and blesseds. It has endorsements from the Master General of the Dominicans, ten Dominican bishops, one Dominican cardinal, four Dominican provincials, and many Dominican theologians, priests, and sisters. Archbishop Augustine Di Noia, O.P. (STB ‘69; STL ’71), Adjunct Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has endorsed the book: “Father Calloway has written what is probably the most comprehensive book ever written on the rosary…a veritable masterpiece of scholarship and piety.” Fr. Calloway was recently the focus of a short testimonial movie done by the Knights of Columbus.

Arina Grossu (MA ‘08) presented a lecture on “Eugenics and Transhumanism in the Modern Age: The Pursuit of Biological ‘Perfection’ at What Cost?” which is available online. She is Director of the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council.

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.

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Thomistic Institute on Campus

The Thomistic Institute has recently founded campus chapters of graduate and undergraduate students who invite Catholic speakers to campus to speak on philosophical and theological subjects from a Catholic point of view. Campuses with fall events include Baylor, Harvard, Columbia, MIT, Yale, Brown, UVA, Duke, and Johns Hopkins. Visit the Thomistic Institute’s website for the autumn schedule of their events.


Homily for the 2016 Mass of the Holy Spirit

“Let us invoke the aid of the Holy Spirit to enlighten our minds, yes, so that we may penetrate more deeply the great Truths of revelation. But let us also invoke his power in our battle against the flesh to help us keep Christ’s word, and to live in conformity with God’s will. For ultimately, the study of theology is not just a work of the intellect. It involves the shaping of our lives in accord with the Truth.”

Click below to read the entire homily by PFIC president, Very Rev. John A. Langlois, O.P., for the Mass of the Holy Spirit, an annual tradition asking for the Lord’s blessing on the new academic year. Photos by Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P.

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Dominicans at World Youth Day

A number of Dominican friars from the Province of St. Joseph participated in World Youth Day 2016. Among those in Kraków were Fr. Gabriel Gillen, O.P., Fr. Benedict Croell, O.P., Fr. Jon Kalisch, O.P., Fr. James Cuddy, O.P., Fr. Dominic Verner, O.P., Fr. Joseph-Anthony Kress, O.P., and Fr. Patrick Briscoe, O.P.

Photo of Fr. Kress at Eucharistic Adoration at the Mercy Centre at Tauron Arena Kraków by Sarah Houde.

Photo of Fr. Briscoe holding the microphone for Pope Francis at the meeting with World Youth Day volunteers by the European Press Agency.


“What a Piece of Work is Man”: Reflections on the Human Person

This fall, the Thomistic Institute and the Catholic Information Center are co-sponsoring a three-part lecture series on the theme, “What a Piece of Work is Man”: Reflections on the Human Person.

These lectures are free and open to the public. They will be held at the Catholic Information Center in downtown D.C. at 6 p.m. on Wednesday evenings, and will be followed by a reception. Registration is required.

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Faculty News

Vice President and Academic Dean Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P., was interviewed for a Catholic World Report article on Democratic vice presidential candidate Senator Tim Kaine’s stance on abortion.

Members of our faculty who have signed the Affirmation of the Church’s Teaching on the Gift of Sexuality, countering the “Wijngaards Statement,” include: Dr. Brian T. Carl, Fr. Basil Cole, O.P., Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P., Dr. Jody Vaccaro Lewis, Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P., Fr. Stephen Ryan, O.P., and Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P. (For alumni signatories, see our Alumni News section.) Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P., will speak at Notre Dame Law School on the topic “Reconnecting Law and Justice: What Contemporary Lawyers and Legislators Need to Know from the Classical Tradition.” The lecture, which is sponsored by the Federalist Society, St. Thomas More Society, and the Program in Constitutional Studies, takes place on Thursday, October 27, at 12:30 at 1140 Eck Hall of Law.

Dominicana, the publication of the Dominican Studia of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph, profiled theology professor Fr. Basil Cole, O.P., as part of a week-long series on Jubilarians.

Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P., will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 Marian Congress in his home diocese of Owensboro. The event takes place at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bowling Green, Kentucky, on Sunday, October 23, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Fr. Basil Cole, O.P., and Fr. Aquinas Giulbeau, O.P., will be among the speakers at The Mercy of God and the Family: An Academic Symposium to Mark the Jubilee Year of Mercy. The symposium will take place on Saturday, November 12, at Caldwell Hall on the campus of The Catholic University of America. No pre-registration is necessary; see the event website for more details.

The Thomas International Center recently published a wide-ranging interview with Thomistic Institute director Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P. Fr. White’s book, The Incarnate Lord: A Thomistic Study in Christology was recently reviewed by First Things.

The Incarnate Lord: A Thomistic Study in Christology, by Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., has won the annual Catholic Press Association award for best theology book of 2015. The book was published by The Catholic University of America Press.

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Mercy U Lay Theology Institute

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Potomac, Maryland, in partnership with the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception, has created “Mercy U.” This theology program is for laity who want to intellectually and spiritually deepen their knowledge of the Faith through study in the Thomistic tradition.

The goal is to equip laity to engage the world with reason informed by the teachings of the Catholic Church. Classes take place at Our Lady of Mercy, last for four weeks each, and will be taught by the members of the Pontifical Faculty. The next class, on the Church Fathers (Patristics), will begin on January 25 and will be taught by Rev. Andrew Hofer, O.P., Assistant Professor in Patristics and Ancient Languages.

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Fr. White's "The Incarnate Lord" Named Best Theology Book of 2015 by Catholic Press Association

The Incarnate Lord: A Thomistic Study in Christology, by Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., has won the annual Catholic Press Association award for best theology book of 2015. The book was published by The Catholic University of America Press and is volume 5 in their Thomistic Ressourcement series.


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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