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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, November 3

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

  • Monday, November 6, 3:30 PM

    Reading Between the Lines: Neglected Notation in Dominican Mass Manuscripts

    Dr. Eleanor Giraud (University of Limerick)

    Aquin Hall, PFIC

  • Wednesday, November 8, 6PM

    The Drama of Grace: Sigrud Undset and the Narrative of Conversion

    Fr. Raymund Snyder, O.P. (Thomistic Institute)

    Catholic Information Center, D.C.

  • Thursday, November 9, 7 PM

    Does God Exist? An Argument for God’s Existence from Thomas Aquinas

    Fr. James Brent, O.P. (PFIC)

    JMHI Preclinical Teaching Building (PCTB)

    Sponsored by the Hopkins Thomistic Institute

  • Saturday, November 11, 1 PM

    “Angels, Demons and Aquinas”

    The Catholic Center at NYU

  • Monday, November 13 - Friday, November 17

    Registration for Spring 2018 Classes

  • Wednesday, November 22 - Friday, November 24

    Thanksgiving Recess

    No Classes; Offices and Library close at noon on Wednesday)

  • Tuesday, December 5 - Monday, December 11

    Course Evaluation Week

  • Friday, December 8

    Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

    No Classes; Offices and Library Closed

  • Saturday, December 9, 12 PM

    The Virgin Mary: Full of Grace and Mother of God

    Fr. Andrew Hofer, O.P. (PFIC)

    The Catholic Center at NYU

  • Monday, December 11

    Reading Day

    No Classes; Offices and Library Open

  • Tuesday, December 12, 4PM

    The Rational Mystery: The Promise of Catholicism in the 21st Century

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

    Alexander Reading Room, Baylor University

    Sponsored by the Thomistic Institute and the Baylor University Honors College

  • Tuesday, December 12 - Friday, December 15

    Final Examination Period

  • Friday, December 15

    Semester Ends

  • Monday, December 18 - Wednesday, December 20

    Special Exam Period

  • Thursday, December 21

    Library and Offices Close at Noon for Christmas Break

    PFIC reopens on January 2, 2018

  • Saturday, April 14, 6 PM, 2018

    Eighth Annual Dominican Spring Gala

    Cloister of the Dominican House of Studies

  • Monday, May 7, 2018

    Annual Save the Rare Books Golf Tournament

    Westfields Golf Club, Clifton, Virginia


Lecture on Notation in Dominican Lectionaries

On November 6, Dr. Eleanor Giraud will lecture on “Reading Between the Lines: Neglected Notation in Dominican Mass Manuscripts.”

Many Gospel and Epistle lectionaries contain small marks of musical notation which have been hidden in plain sight, between the text lines. Similar but not identical to the shapes used in chant notation, it has long been unclear what the exact purpose of the notation was. Using Dominican lectionaries, the first books to include both melodic marks and pitch-specific notation, this lecture will reveal the specific function of each mark and thus explore how the notation guided lectors through their melodic reading of lections at Mass. 

Dr. Giraud is the lecturer and course director of the MA in Ritual Chant and Song at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick (Ireland). Her lecture will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, November 6, in Aquin Hall on the second floor of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception (Dominican House of Studies).

The event is free and open to the public. Reservations not required, although you may care to RSVP and share the event on Facebook. You may also download a flyer of the event.


Faculty News

Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P., was recently elected prior of the Dominican House of Studies. He discussed his election and his new duties on EWTN radio’s “Morning Glory.” Due to his responsibilities, he will have to leave the show, but you can still find him on Twitter.

Fr. Guilbeau was recently awarded the 2016 Dissertation Prize by the Aquinas Center for Theological Renewal at Ave Maria University.

Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P., wrote an article for the Catholic Herald (UK) in which he counters erroneous claims that Christ did not always know that his mission was universal.

The Light of Christ, the newest book by Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., has been released by The Catholic University of America Press (order online). Fr. White says of his book, “My goal is to make explicit in a few broad strokes the shape of Catholicism. I hope to outline its inherent intelligibility, or form, as a mystery that is at once visible and invisible, ancient and contemporary, mystical and reasonable.” Fr. White appeared on EWTN Radio’s “Morning Glory.” He discussed his book at the Catholic Information Center on October 2, was interviewed by Catholic World Report, and appeared on EWTN News Nightly.

Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P., is the Senior Editor of Aleteia English, a Catholic news and information website. He recently wrote an article title, “Why pray when prayer doesn’t work?

In an interview in First Things, Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., comments on three modern presentations of the Catholic faith: John Henry Newman’s “Apologia pro Via Sua,” Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange O.P.’s “Reality: A Synthesis of Thomistic Thought”, and Joseph Ratzinger’s “Introduction to Christianity.”

Fr. Francis Martin passed away on August 11, 2017. He taught Sacred Scripture at the PFIC from 1985-1997, and from 2008-2010.

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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. Athanasius Murphy, O.P. (STB ‘15, MDiv ‘16), Promoter of the Rosary Confraternity, discussed the Confraternity on EWTN radio’s Morning Glory program.

Dr. Dawn Eden Goldstein (MA ‘10, STB ‘13, STL ‘14) and Dr. Robert Fastiggi of Sacred Heart Major Seminary wrote an article for Vatican Insider in which they propose that a contested passage of Amoris laetitia has a significantly different meaning in Latin than it does in the official English translation. This has been followed up by a second article in which they claim that critics of Amoris laetitia are ignoring guidelines for faithful theological discourse published in Donum veritatis in 1990 by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.

The first book by Fr. Thaddaeus Lancton, M.I.C. (MDiv, STV ‘16), Stepping on the Serpent: The Journey of Trust with Mary, can now be pre-ordered. Fr. Lancton describes this journey of trust as the “project of his life,” saying, “Trust is that door which allows the Lord to enter into our hearts in the most difficult moments, in the most critical moments, and the most important moments. He enters into our hearts and transforms us.”

Fr. Chris Saliga, O.P. R.N. (MDiv ‘04, MA ‘05), Interim Director, Bioethics Branch of The Integritas Institute for Ethics, will present “Excellent End-of-Life Care via 4 Useful Distinctions” at St. Raphael the Archangel Parish in Old Mill Creek, Illinois, on Saturday, September 30, at 9:00 a.m. The Integritas Instittue for Ethics is an educational department of the St. John Paul II Newman Center at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Fr. Saliga recent presented Autonomy, Freedom, and Physician Assisted Suicide: Human Flourishing within End-of-Life Contexts at the University of Illinois-Chicago, College of Medicine West on 13 September. Audio of the talk is available. The event was sponsored by the UIC Catholic Medical Students’ Association, The Integras Institute for Ethics, and the St. John Paul II Newman Center at UIC.

Fr. Reginald Mary Lynch, O.P. (STB/MDiv ‘10; STL ‘12), has authored The Cleansing of the Heart: The Sacraments as Instrumental Causes in the Thomistic Tradiation. The book is part of the Thomistic Ressourcement Series from CUA Press.

Very Rev. Andriy Rabiy (MDiv ‘02) was ordained Auxiliary Bishop for the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia and titular bishop of Germaniciana. At 41, Bishop-elect Rabiy is the youngest Catholic bishop of the United States, and one of the youngest in the world. The episcopal ordaination (video) took place on September 3 in St. George Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, in Bishop Rabiy’s hometown of Lviv. He was formally welcomed with his celebrating a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy in Philadelphia on September 24.

Elliot Milco (MA ‘13) is deputy editor of First Things. His most recent contribution to hat publication’s online edition are “The Liberal Endgame,” and “Searching for Ted Kaczynski.”

Fr. Joseph-Anthony Kress, O.P., Catholic chaplain to UVA (STB ‘15, MDiv ‘16), and Fr. Joseph Barranger, O.P., pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas (MDiv, STB ‘86; STL ‘88), discussed recent events in Charlottesville and healing in a Catholic News Service article.

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Homily for the Mass of the Holy Spirit

On Monday, August 28, 2017, the new academic year year opened with a Mass of the Holy Spirit, invoking God’s blessing upon us and our study of Sacred Truth. The homily was given by Very Rev. John A. Langlois, O.P., President of the Pontifical Faculty:

This year, we providentially begin the new academic year on the Feast of St. Augustine, a special patron of the Dominican Order. Those of you who aren’t Dominicans might be wondering what our connection is with St. Augustine. Well, when St. Dominic sought approval of his Order from the Holy See, Pope Innocent III told him he had to select an already approved rule of life for his community because the Fourth Lateran Council had recently prohibited the establishment of any new religious orders in light of the many heretical sects that were proliferating at that time. So St. Dominic and the early brethren decided to take on the Rule of St. Augustine as the one that was best-suited to the preaching mission they wanted the pope to approve.

But the affinity between the Dominican Order and St. Augustine goes well beyond the fact that his rule forms the foundation for our Constitutions. In many ways,

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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 MercyU. This program, now in its second year, is for laity who want to intellectually 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 are taught by members of the Pontifical Faculty.

Remaining classes for Fall 2017-Spring 2018 include:

The Masterworks of God: The Sacraments - Dr. Greg LaNave - begins January 10, 2018

The Beauty of the Faith: Christian Art in Theology - Dr. Jem Sullivan - begins April 14, 2018

Spiritual Theology - Fr. Basil Cole, O.P. - begins April 11, 2018

For more information or to register, visit the Mercy U Lay Theology Institute website or contact Anna LaNave at or (301) 365-1415 ext 122.


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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