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

Admission Requirements

Academic Preparation

The Pontifical Faculty believes that a bachelor’s degree is important preparation for theological study. Applicants for admission to the Pontifical Faculty are required to hold a bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, from a college or university regionally accredited in the United States or Canada.

Degree Programs

Each degree program has its own specific requirements for admission:

Special Information for Foreign Students

For students from other countries, the following would be accepted in lieu of a bachelor’s degree from an American university: a post-secondary baccalaureate degree awarded for academic studies, a degree higher than a post-secondary baccalaureate degree awarded for academic study, or (for M.A., M.Div. or S.T.B. applicants educated in seminaries outside the United States or Canada) completion of all philosophical studies necessary for admission to theological study in their home country. Official transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate school attended must be submitted at the time of application.

Students for whom English is a second language are required to submit scores from a recent TOEFL examination, unless they have completed an undergraduate degree with an English language faculty. Students are expected to have the ability to comprehend, speak, and write English on the graduate level. TOEFL scores are required in the top 15% to 20% (minimum 96—120 total, or 24—30 in each of the four categories). Special attention will be given to aural comprehension and verbal expression. In the case of heavy accents remedial work may be necessary under the aegis of the sponsoring body before beginning academic work under the PFIC.

Exceptional Circumstances

Prospective students who do not have a bachelor’s degree but who have done substantial college-level work and who show evidence of promise for graduate work in theology may in exceptional circumstances be allowed to begin coursework as special students while completing their undergraduate studies.

An applicant to the M.A., M.Div., or S.T.B. program who does not have a college degree or is a graduate of an institution without regional accreditation may be admitted to the Pontifical Faculty only under exceptional circumstances, and then only through special admission. To be considered for admission, an applicant must apply before June 1 for the fall semester or before December 1 for the spring semester, and must come for an interview with the Academic Dean and the Admissions Committee.

Such candidates, if admitted, are accepted provisionally and on probation as special students working toward a degree program. Ordinarily, after the completion of no more than 30 hours of course work—which must be completed in no more than three semesters—the Faculty will vote as to whether or not a person in this category will be allowed to continue in the degree program.