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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
  • Thursday, September 29

    Beyond Fact and Method: St. Thomas Aquinas on Science, Truth, and Wisdom

    Fr. James Brent, O.P.

    7:00 PM, PCTB 113, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

    Hosted by the Thomistic Institute at Johns Hopkins

  • Thursday, September 29

    The Gods of the City and the City of God: Augustine on Politics

    Dr. Russell Hittinger

    7:00 PM, Corpus Christi Church, New York City

    Co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute and Columbia Catholic Ministry

  • Monday, October 3

    A Theory of Justice: Catholic Social Teaching from Leo XIII to the Present

    Dr. Russell Hittinger, University of Tulsa

    6:15 PM, Room 129, Yale University Law School

    Sponsored by the Yale Law School Chapter of the Thomistic Institute

  • Monday, October 3

    Spiritual and Religious: Why We Owe God an Hour a Week

    Fr. Romanus Cessario, O.P., St. John’s Seminary

    7:30 PM, Catholic Center at NYU

    Co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute and Catholic Center at NYU

  • Friday, October 7

    Last Day to Submit Work for Incompletes from the Previous Semester

  • Monday, October 10

    Columbus Day

    No Classes; Offices and Library Closed

  • Thursday, October 13

    How Could a Good God Allow Evil?

    Prof. Denys Turner, Yale Divinity School

    7 PM, Emerson 305, Harvard University

    Co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute and Harvard-Radcliffe Student Association

  • Friday, October 14

    Grades Due on Incompletes from the Previous Semester

  • Saturday, October 15

    Aquinas on Transubstantiation & the Sacrifice of the Mass

    Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P.

    See Thomistic Institute website for schedule

    Co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute and the Catholic Center at NYU

  • Tuesday, October 18

    Are There Failed Persons?

    Dr. John O’Callaghan, Notre Dame University

    11:30 AM, Withers Brown 101, UVA Law School

    Co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute and the St. Thomas More Society at UVA Law School

  • Wednesday, October 19

    Cultivating a Truthful Soul: The Pursuit of Virtue as the Pursuit of Truth

    Dr. Angela Knobel, CUA

    6 PM, Catholic Information Center, D.C.

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

  • Monday, October 31

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

  • Monday, October 31 - Friday, November 4

    Registration for Spring 2017 Classes

  • Friday, November 4

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

  • 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


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

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 will be 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.

Dr. Stephen Meyer (STL ’01) shared St. John Chrysostom’s insights into the family in a recent post on the Truth and Charity Forum.

Author, blogger, and speaker Brandon Vogt recently interviewed Dr. Ralph Martin (STL ’09) of Renewal Ministries, on the tenth anniversary of his 2006 book The Fulfillment of All Desire.

Dr. Richard Bulzacchelli (STL ‘02) of Aquinas College will speak at the Annual Conference of the Society for Catholic Liturgy on October 1 at Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral and Conference Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Bulzacchelli’s topic will be: “There Are No Doors to Open if There Are No Walls: Maintaining Sacramental Discipline as a Prerequisite for Preaching the Gospel.”

On August 31, Fr. Michael Weibley, O.P., was the lead celebrant and preacher at this year’s Mass of the Holy Spirit at his undergraduate alma mater, Walsh University. While at Walsh, Fr. Weibley was an outstanding member of the baseball team. To mark the occasion, Head Coach Tim Mead and the entire Cavalier baseball team presented Fr. Weibley with a special keepsake bat.

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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Summer 2016 Newsletter

Our summer 2016 newsletter includes articles on Bishop Robert Barron’s commencement address, the Thomistic Institute programs at Yale University, alumni and faculty news, and more!

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.


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

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 “ Common Good and Private Goods.” The lecture, which is sponsored by the Federalist Society, 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, recently profiled theology professor Fr. Basil Cole, O.P., as part of a week-longseries on Jubilarians.

Vice President and Academic Dean 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.

Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P., was on EWTN’s Open Line Friday with Jack Williams. Fr. Leggge answered wide-ranging questions on cremation, organ donation, St. John of the Cross, venial sin, paying attention at Mass (when you have other responsibilities such as serving), Hell, Melchizedek, and discerning a vocation when having trouble finding a spiritual director.

Fr. Basil Cole, O.P., wrote about the virtue of humility for the Truth and Charity Forum, drawing on the writings of St. Francis de Sales and Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P.

Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., and Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P., of our Thomistic Institute, spoke at the 3rd International Conference on Thomistic Philosophy in Santiago, Chile, in July.

Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P., has been chosen for a two-year term on the board of Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York.

Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P., appeared on EWTN News Nightly clarifying what the Church teaches on gun ownership and use, and the rights and responsibilities of individuals and governments.

Fr. Petri spoke at the Midwest Catholic Family Conference in August in Wichita, Kansas.

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.

Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P., was quoted in a National Catholic Reporter article on the Jubilee.

The Catholic University of America Press has published Fr. Petri’s Aquinas and the Theology of the Body: The Thomistic Foundations of John Paul II’s Anthropology. This book is Volume 7 in the Thomistic Ressourcement series.

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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 first class takes place in Fall 2016, and will be taught by Very Rev. John A. Langlois, O.P., President of the Pontifical Faculty and Assistant Professor of Church History.

You may wish to download a brochure about the program. For more information or to register, visit the Mercy U Lay Theology Institute website or call Anna LaNave, OLOM Pastoral Associate, Adult Faith Formation, at (301) 365-1415 x122.


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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