Horarium
  • Schedule is subject to change. Please check the priory website, dhspriory.org, for the latest information.
  • Summer Schedule

    Monday - Friday

    7:30am Mass & Morning Prayer
    12:00pm Rosary & Midday Prayer
    5:30pm Office of Readings & Evening Prayer
    8:00pm Compline (Monday - Thursday)
  • Monday - Friday, Week of August 14-18

    7:30am Mass & Morning Prayer
    12:00pm Rosary & Midday Prayer
    4:15pm Holy Hour
    5:30pm Office of Readings & Evening Prayer
    NO public Night Prayer
  • 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
    *No porter available to open door for the public
    11:15am Mass
    *No porter available to open door for the public
    5:20pm Rosary
    5:40pm Evening Prayer
    9:00pm Compline
Calendar
  • Tuesday, August 1 - Sunday, August 27

    Library closed until August 28

  • Monday, August 28

    Classes Begin and Library Opens

    3:15 PM - New Student Orientation, Aquin Hall

    5 PM - Opening Mass of the Holy Spirit, DHS Chapel

  • Monday, September 4

    Labor Day

    No Classes; Offices and Library Closed

  • Wednesday, September 6, 6PM

    Large and Startling Figures

    Flannery O’Connor’s Postmodern Apologetic

    Prof. Frederick C. Bauerschmidt (Loyola University Maryland)

    Catholic Information Center, D.C.

  • Thursday, September 7, 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

  • Friday, September 8

    Last Day to Add or Drop Courses

  • Monday, September 25, 7PM

    Science & Religion: The Myth of Conflict

    Dr. Stephen Barr (University of Delaware)

    St. Mary’s Church, New Haven, Connecticut

  • Friday, September 29 - Saturday, September 30

    Thomistic Circles: “On the Holy Spirit”

  • Monday, October 9

    Columbus Day

    No Classes; Offices and Library Closed

  • Tuesday, October 10

    Administrative Monday (Monday Classes Held, No Tuesday Classes)

  • Friday, October 13

    Midterm:

    Last Day to Submit Work for Incompletes from the Previous Semester

    Last Day to Withdraw from Classes with 50% Refund

  • Saturday, October 14, 12PM-4PM

    Christ Healing and Perfecting: Sacraments in the Christian Life

    Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P. (PFIC)

    The Catholic Center at NYU

  • Wednesday, October 16, 6PM

    Saved in Hope:

    The Christian Vision of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis

    Philip Zaleski (Smith College)

    Catholic Information Center, D.C.

  • Friday, October 20

    Grades Due on Incompletes from the Previous Semester

  • Tuesday, October 31

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

  • Friday, November 3

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Monday, December 11

    Reading Day

    No Classes; Offices and Library Open

  • 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

About the Library

The Dominican Theological Library (DTL) began as the faculty library of the Dominican House of Studies at Somerset, Ohio, in 1834. It was moved to Washington, D.C., with the establishment of the current House of Studies in 1905. Our faculty became a Pontifical Faculty of Theology in 1941, and is also civilly accredited. A new wing for the Faculty and Library was dedicated in 2009.   The DTL holds approximately 60,000 volumes in its circulating collection, as well as some 2,700 titles in its specialized Reference, Dominican and Rare Books collections. We also receive many scholarly journals.   The DTL is a member of the Washington Theological Consortium and of the Higher Education Library Information Network (HELIN).

Today many libraries are better described as information centers or media centers. While the DTL employs some new information technologies and new media, it remains, above all, a traditional library: a place for books and for the rigorous acquisition of learning. All our collections, services, and facilities are meant to foster serious and recollected study in the service of the Gospel.

About the Collections

The Dominican Theological Library houses an extensive collection of theological and philosophical works. Shaped by its Dominican identity, the collection is especially strong in the scholastic tradition, particularly in the works of Saint Thomas Aquinas and his commentators. The Library possesses nearly all of Aquinas’ published works, including the critical editions distributed by the Leonine Commission. Many valuable Thomistic commentaries, such as those of Cajetan, are also available within the Library.

The Library subscribes to two hundred current periodicals and journals, covering topics in theology, philosophy, literature, and history. Back issues from over four hundred journals are available, either as bound volumes or on microform. The Library also owns rare books, incunabula, and manuscripts.

The Dominican Theological Library is continually expanding its collection to provide its Dominican residents and the students of the PFIC with the wide variety of resources necessary for their research.

Highlights from the Dominican Theological Library Collections

Periodically the library creates a new mini exhibition showcasing various books centered around a specific theme. The exhibit can be found in the display cases on the main floor, to the right of the recent periodicals.