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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, December 2

    What’s So Special About the Universe? Multiverse Theory and Catholic Theology

    Dr. Stephen Barr, University of Delaware

    7 PM, Building 4, Room 163, MIT

    Co-sponsored by the Tech Catholic Community and the MIT Graduate Student Council

  • Saturday, December 3

    The Rest is Said in Praise to God: Thomas Aquinas on the Rites of the Mass

    Fr. Innocent Smith, O.P., St. Vincent Ferrer Church

    1:00 PM, Catholic Center at NYU

    Part of the Wisdom of Aquinas series

  • Monday, December 5

    “Not in Time’s Covenant”: T. S. Eliot on the End of all Things

    Prof. Thomas Pfau, Duke University

    5:00 PM, William L. Harkness Hall, Room 207, Yale University

    Co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute at Yale

  • 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

  • Monday, January 16

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    No Classes; Offices and Library Closed

  • Tuesday, January 17

    Administrative Monday (Monday Classes Held; No Tuesday Classes)

  • Friday, January 20

    Last Day to Add or Drop Courses

  • Friday, January 27

    March for Life

    No Classes; Offices and Library Open

  • Friday, February 24


    Last Day to Submit Work for Incompletes from the Previous Semester

    Last Day to Withdraw from Classes with 50% Refund

  • Wednesday, March 1

    Ash Wednesday

  • Friday, March 3

    Grades Due on Incompletes from the Previous Semester

  • Monday-Friday, March 6-10

    Spring Break

    No Classes; Offices and Library Open

  • Thursday, March 30 - Friday, April 7

    Registration for Fall 2017 Classes

  • Wednesday, April 12

    Administrative Friday (Friday Classes Held; No Wednesday Classes)

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

  • Thursday, April 13

    Holy Thursday

    No Classes; Offices and Library Closed

  • Friday, April 14

    Good Friday

    No Classes; Offices and Library Closed

  • Monday, April 17

    Easter Monday

    No Classes; Offices and Library Closed

  • Tuesday, April 18

    Annual Save the Rare Books Golf Tournament

  • Saturday, April 22

    Seventh Annual Dominican Spring Gala

    Cloister of the Dominican House of Studies

  • Monday, April 24 - Friday, April 28

    Course Evaluation Week

  • 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)

  • Friday, May 19

    Priesthood Ordinations

    PFIC Offices & Library Closed

  • Monday, May 29

    Memorial Day

    Offices and Library Closed

  • Tuesday, May 30

    Summer Session Begins


Faculty News

Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P., was on Catholic Answers Live on November 30. Fr. Legge’s topic was “Why Catholic Morality Will Lead You to Happiness.” You can listen to the program online.

Vice President and Academic Dean Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P., commented on Pope Francis’ recent apostolic letter on mercy, Misericordia et misera, in the Daily Caller.

Dr. Jem Sullivan will direct the annual Advent Day of Reflection at Washington’s Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle on Saturday, December 3. The theme of this day of recollection will be “The Beauty of Faith: Seeing with Advent Hope,” and will use the Lectio Divina approach for art appreciation. All are invited to this free event. For more information, contact the Cathedral of St. Matthew. Dr. Sullivan recently hosted the EWTN special documentary, “The Beauty of Faith: Sacred Art in the New Evangelization.”

Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P., was one of a number of Catholic writers, leaders, and intellectuals asked by Kathryn Jean Lopez to reflect on the end of the Year of Mercy in an article for Crux.

Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P., and Fr. Pius Pietrzyk, O.P., commented on a video recently posted by Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, in an article in the National Catholic Register.

Fr. Basil Cole, O.P., and Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P., were among the speakers at “The Mercy of God and the Family: An Academic Symposium to Mark the Jubilee Year of Mercy.”

Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P., was interviewed for a Catholic World Report article on then-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. Dominic Langevin, O.P., 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.)


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.


Alumni News

Fr. Vincent Ferrer Bagan, O.P. (STB ‘14; MDiv ‘15; STL ‘16), will conduct the CUA Women’s Chorus in their Fall Concert on Saturday, December 10, at 7:30 P.M. The concert takes place at St. Vincent de Paul Chapel on the grounds of the Catholic University of America.

Archbishop J. Augustine DiNoia, O.P. (STB ‘69; STL ’71), Adjunct Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, spoke at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven on “Challenges to Proclaiming the Faith in a Secular Age.”   

Fr. Donald Calloway, M.I.C. (MDiv, STB ‘02), will discuss his book Champions of the Rosary: The History and Heroes of a Spiritual Weapon on EWTN Bookmark with Doug Keck. The program is scheduled to air on Sunday, December 11 at 9:30 a.m., with repeats on Monday, December 12 at 5 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., and Saturday, December 17, at 1:30 p.m. (all times ET).

Dr. John W. Romanowsky (MA ’02), director of the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Department of Evangelization, described the archdiocesan “Be Missionary Disciples” initiative, a response to the call of Pope Francis to conversion of the entire church, in the Catholic Review. “Parishes and Catholics have to ask themselves challenging questions about how they are welcoming everyone in their parish territory, Romanowsky said. ‘How are we facilitating an encounter with Christ – maybe someone’s very first encounter with Christ – with everyone in our parish. How are we accompanying them … on their journey of faith?’”   

Arina Grossu (MA ‘08) has co-written an article in The Federalist on the risks of hormonal birth control. 

Elliot Milco (MA ‘13), deputy editor of First Things, spoke on their weekly podcast about the dubia presented by four cardinals to Pope Francis, concerning the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia.

Fr. Pius Pietrzyk, O.P (MDiv/STB ‘06; STL ‘09), and Vice President and Academic Dean Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P., commented on a video recently posted by Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, in an article in the National Catholic Register.

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Fall 2016 Newsletter

Our fall 2016 newsletter, Faith & Reason, is now available online! Read about how Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P., is bringing a Dominican voice to the “New Public Square” and how Dominicans are bringing theology from the halls of academia to the parish classroom.

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.


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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