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 Metrorail 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 the 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.