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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
  • Saturday, April 22, 6 PM

    Seventh Annual Dominican Spring Gala

    Cloister of the Dominican House of Studies

  • Monday, April 24 - Friday, April 28

    Course Evaluation Week

  • Thursday, April 25, 7 PM

    “Is Man Naturally Religious?”

    Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P. (PFIC)

    St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Arlington, Virginia

    Sponsored by the Thomistic Institute and Catholic Diocese of Arlington

  • Friday, April 28

    Classes End

  • Monday, May 1

    Reading Day

  • Tuesday, May 2 - Friday, May 5

    Final Exam Week

  • Friday, May 5

    Semester Ends

  • Monday, May 8 - Friday, May 12

    Special Exams Week

  • Friday, May 12


    5 p.m. Priory Chapel (Invitation Only)

  • Tuesday, May 16, 6 PM

    Hon. William H. Pryor, Jr: Moral Duty and the Law

    Hillsdale College Kirby Center

    Cosponsored by Hillsdale College, The Thomistic Institute, and the Thomas More Society of America

  • Saturday, May 20

    Priesthood Ordinations

    PFIC Offices & Library Closed

  • Monday, May 29

    Memorial Day

    Offices and Library Closed

  • Tuesday, May 30

    Summer Session Begins

  • Monday, August 28

    Classes Begin and Library Opens

    3:15 PM - New Student Orientation, Aquin Hall

    5 PM - Opening Mass of the Holy Spirit, DHS Chapel

  • Monday, September 4

    Labor Day

    No Classes; Offices and Library Closed

  • Friday, September 8

    Last Day to Add or Drop Courses

  • Monday, October 9

    Columbus Day

    No Classes; Offices and Library Closed

  • Tuesday, October 10

    Administrative Monday (Monday Classes Held, No Tuesday Classes)

  • Friday, October 13


    Last Day to Submit Work for Incompletes from the Previous Semester

    Last Day to Withdraw from Classes with 50% Refund


Dominican Spring Gala

Tickets are now available for the Seventh Annual Dominican Spring Gala, which will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017, in the cloister of the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. This evening of fellowship and festivity benefits the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception. The evening includes food, entertainment, samples of Dominican-brewed beer, silent & live auctions, and sung compline (evening prayer).

Unable to attend? You can still participate via our online auction!

Selected silent and live auction items for (available only at the Gala) include:

  • Progressive dinner for eight hosted by Fr. John Langlois, O.P., and the community of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia
  • A Manhattan Dominican-themed weekend for four with PFIC President Fr. John Langlois, O.P.
  • Lunch for two at the Cosmos Club with EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo
  • A matted photograph by Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P.
  • A fondue dinner for six, prepared by Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P.
  • A private bluegrass concert by Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., with Br. Jonah Teller, O.P., and Br. Simon Teller, O.P.
  • A custom-made icon of Our Lady, commissione

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Winter 2017 Newsletter

The winter 2017 edition of our newsletter, Faith & Reason, is now available online! In this issue, we highlight how lay professor Dr. Jem Sullivan, through the EWTN documentary The Beauty of Faith, focuses on the role of art and beauty in communicating the faith. You can also read about how our Dominican professors are defining authentic Thomism, and how alumnus Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P., harmonizes faith and science.

Click here to read online. If you’d prefer to receive a printed copy, contact our Advancement Office by email or at (202) 495-3828.



Justice Alito to be PFIC's 2017 Commencement Speaker

The Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception is pleased to announce that the Honorable Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr., Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, will be the speaker at our Commencement ceremonies on May 12, 2017. We are honored that the Justice will address our faculty and graduates in this, our 75th anniversary as a Pontifical Faculty.

At commencement, Justice Alito will be presented with the Saint Dominic Medal. The medal is awarded to those individuals who, through demonstrated competency in their life’s work, have advanced the ideals of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception, thus, bringing honor and recognition to the charism of the Dominican Order. As a man dedicated to universal truth in the adjudication of civic law, Justice Alito has demonstrated the timeless principles preached by the Dominican Order since its inception.

Justice Alito was born in Trenton, New Jersey. He is married to Martha-Ann (née Bomgardner) and has two children. He served as a law clerk for Leonard I. Garth of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He was Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of New Jersey; Assistant to the Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice; Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice; and U.S. Attorney, District of New Jersey. He was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1990. President George W. Bush nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat on January 31, 2006.

Due to limited space, attendance at Commencement is by invitation only.


Faculty News

Fr. Basil Cole, O.P., spoke at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception’s Lenten Reflection Series, in a lecture entitled, “The Rosary: Boring, Filled with Distractions and Very Dry. Therefore, Why Continue to Pray It?

Most Rev. Robert Barron, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, has praised The Incarnate Lord: A Thomistic Study in Christology, the latest book by Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P. Bishop Barron calls Fr. White “one the brightest of a new generation of Thomas interpreters.” The Bishop has also released a video on this subject, and made the book the subject of a Word on Fire podcast on April 5.

Fr. Gabriel O’Donnell, O.P., spoke at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle on Dominican Spirituality.

Fr. Andrew Hofer, O.P., spoke on “Theosis: Understanding Christian Divinization” for the Institute of Catholic Culture, which has put his lecture and accompanying printed resources online. Fr. Hofer is the author of Divinization: Becoming Icons of Christ Through the Liturgy.

Fr. Basil Cole, O.P., is one of over 200 signatories to the declaration Cantate Domino, arguing for the continued relevance and importance of traditional sacred music. The declaration, released on the 50th anniversary of the Vatican II instruction Musicam Sacram, critiques the numerous serious deviation from it that have plagued the Catholic church for the past half-century

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Alumni News

Alumni: if you’d like to share news, such as an article, interview, or publication, please email the Advancement Office

Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P., testified before the Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee regarding proposed legislation which would largely deregulate the abortion industry in that state. Fr. Austriaco, a biologist and professor of bioethics at Providence College, shared his experience working with women who regret abortion through the Project Rachel retreat program.

Fr. Vincent Ferrer Bagan, O.P., and Fr. Innocent Smith, O.P., will teach a chant workshop in Amenia, N.Y., June 27-30. The workshop is hosted by the Wethersfield Institute, and advance registration is required.

Arina Grossu (MA ‘08) commented on then-Judge Neil Gorsuch in an opinion piece for U.S. News & World Report.

Fr. Athanaius Murphy, O.P., was profiled in the Johns Hopkins News-Letter. Ordained in 2016, he has been Associate Chaplain at JHU since January.

Fr. Thomas More Garrett, O.P. (STB ‘14, MDiv, STL ‘15), has written an article for Catholic World Report about the alarming increase in young “nones” - those not identifying with any particular religion - and the importance of Catholic campus ministry programs, including at secular institutions, in countering that trend.

Thomas Peters (STB ‘09) was profiled in Our Sunday Visitor about his faith after a life-changing accident.

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Thomistic Institute Events

The Thomistic Institute is sponsoring dozens of events this spring. Many of these are hosted by local chapters of the Thomistic Institute on Campus, made up 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 spring events include Baylor, Brown, Columbia, Duke, Harvard, MIT, NYU, Rutgers, UC Berkeley, UVA, Vanderbilt and Yale. Visit the Thomistic Institute’s website for the full schedule of events, as well as to register.


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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