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  • 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
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  • Saturday, February 18, 12 PM

    “Freedom for Excellence: Virtue and Moral Character According to Aquinas”

    Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P. (PFIC)

    Catholic Center at NYU

    Part of the Wisdom of Aquinas series co-sponsored by the Catholic Center at NYU.

  • Tuesday, February 21, 12:10 PM

    “Do We Really Need Catholic Schools Anymore?”

    Prof. Nicole Garnett (Notre Dame Law School)

    Harvard Law School

    Co-sponsored by the Harvard Law School Law Students Association, the Harvard Catholic Graduate Student Chaplaincy, and the Thomistic Institute

  • Tuesday, February 21, 7:30 PM

    “Infinity and Paradox: A New Take on an Old Argument for God’s Existence”

    Prof. Alexander Pruss (Baylor)

    Rutgers Philosophy Department

    Sponsored by the Rutgers Chapter of the Thomistic Institute

  • Thursday, February 23, 12:10 PM

    “Solidarity and Faith in a Divided America”

    Dr. R. R. Reno (First Things)

    Room 128, Yale Law School

    Sponsored by the Yale Law School Chapter of the Thomistic Institute

  • Friday, February 24

    Midterm:

    Last Day to Submit Work for Incompletes from the Previous Semester

    Last Day to Withdraw from Classes with 50% Refund

  • Monday, February 27, 7 PM

    “Both God & Science: The Catholic Church and Evolution”

    Dr. Stephen Barr (University of Delaware)

    Petteruti Lounge, Brown University

    Co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute and the Brown-RISD Catholic Community

  • Tuesday, February 28

    “The Human Person: Thomism, Natural Rights, and the Politics of Prudence”

    Prof. Matthew Gaetano (Hillsdale College)

    Kirby Center of Hillsdale College, D.C.

    Sponsored by the Thomistic Institute & and the Kirby Center

  • 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

  • Tuesday, March 7

    “It’s My Right: What are Natural Rights & What Rights to We Have?”

    Prof. V. Bradley Lewis (CUA)

    Barber Conference Room, Charles Commons, Johns Hopkins University - Homewood Campus

    Co-sponsored by the Hopkins Thomistic Institute & Hopkins Dialectic

  • Thursday, March 30 - Friday, April 7

    Registration for Fall 2017 Classes

  • Friday-Saturday, April 7-8

    “Thomism, Post-Liberal Theology, and Postmodernity”

    A conference in honor of Archbishop J. Augustine DiNoia, O.P.

  • 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

    Commencement

    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

Thursday
Jan262017

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.

Monday
Dec122016

Faculty News

Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P., is now on Twitter - just the second faculty member to join that social networking service.

Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P., and Dr. Colleen Murphy will speak on “Law and Morality” for the Illlinois Student Chapter of the Federalist Society on February 9. Contact the Federalist Society for more information.

Dr. Jem Sullivan has written an article for Catholic News Service on the National Gallery of Art’s exhibit, “Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence,” which showcases the painted terracotta sculptures of Florence’s della Robbia family of artists. “This must-see exhibit,” says Dr. Sullivan, “allows visitors to make a visual retreat during the Lenten and Easter seasons with evocative devotional sculptures depicting the Pieta, the Resurrection, the Visitation, the virtues, the saints, and many tender scenes of the Madonna and Christ Child.” Dr. Sullivan discussed the exhibit on EWTN radio’s “Morning Glory.”

Oxford University Press has published a new book by Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P., The Trinitarian Christology of St. Thomas Aquinas. Fr. Legge is Assistant Director of the Thomistic Institute. Fr. Legge discussed the book on EWTN radio’s “Morning Glory.”

Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., was the homilist and principal celebrant for The Catholic University of America’s Mass in honor of St. Thomas Aquinas, held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on January 31. This annual Mass marks the beginning of National Catholic Schools Week. CUA has a story on the Mass. You may also view the entire Mass, or Fr. White’s homily.

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Thursday
Dec012016

Alumni News

Fr. Chris Saliga, O.P., R.N. (MDiv ‘04, MA ‘05), will give a presentation entitled “Sexual Activity: A Nature Based Analysis” at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, February 13, in the University of Illinois-Chicago’s Daley Library, Room 1-470. His presentation is the first of several within a conference designed by key Catholic student leaders. “The Real Sex Week” will run concomitant with UIC’s “Sex Week.” Fr. Saliga’s talk will be accessible live on Facebook.

Fr. Michael Gaitley, M.I.C. (STL ‘08), author and director of evangelization and development for the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, will speak at the Ignited by Truth Catholic Conference in Raleigh, N.C., in February 2017.

Fr. Gary Selin (MA ‘99), formation director and assistant professor at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, was interviewed by the National Catholic Register about his book, Priestly Celibacy: Theological Foundations.

Fr. Chris Saliga, O.P., R.N. (MA ‘04, MDiv ‘05) gave a lecture on the Christian distinction between pain and suffering at the Integritas Institute in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Ralph Martin (STL ‘09) was recently in India, to provide training for religious and laity in four different dioceses, and to deliver a paper at an academic colloquium in the Diocese of Trivandrum. Dr. Martin is a professor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, president of Renewal Ministries, and co-host of EWTN’s “The Choices We Face.”

Three recently-ordained Dominican priests spoke of their experiences at World Youth Day in Kraków in an article by Kathryn Jean Lopez for Aleteia. The priests are Fr. Patrick Mary Briscoe, O.P., (STB ‘15, MDiv ‘16), Fr. Joseph-Anthony Kress, O.P. (STB ‘15, MDiv ‘16), and Fr. Dominic Mary Verner, O.P. (STB ‘14, MDiv, STL ‘16).

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Friday
Sep302016

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.

Friday
Aug122016

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.

Monday
Jun272016

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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Thursday
Jun092016

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.

Wednesday
Jun012016

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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