Horarium
  • Schedule is subject to change. Please check the priory website, dhspriory.org, for the latest information, especially during the Christmas season.
  • 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
Calendar
  • 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

    Classes Held as Scheduled

    Library and Offices Open

  • Tuesday, January 24, 7 PM

    “The Spirit of the Letter: St. Thomas on Job’s Eschatology”

    Fr. Bryan Kromholtz, O.P. (Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology)

  • Friday, January 27

    March for Life

    No Classes; Offices and Library Open

  • Saturday, January 28, 11AM-2PM

    “Why Believe in God?: Arguments for the Existence of God”

    Dr. Edward Feser (Pasadena City College)

    “The Light of Faith: Why It’s Not Irrational to Believe”

    Fr. James Brent, O.P. (PFIC)

    St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, UVA

    Sponsored by the Thomistic Institute & St. Thomas Aquinas Parish

  • Monday, January 30, 7 PM

    “Liberty in the Things of God: Christian Origins of Religious Freedom”

    Dr. Robert Louis Wilken (UVA emeritus)

    St. Mary’s Parish, New Haven, Conn.

    Sponsored by the Thomistic Institute & St. Mary’s Parish

  • Tuesday, January 31, 6:30 PM

    “The Soul of Leisure: St. Thomas on What Leisure Loves”

    Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P. (PFIC)

    Kirby Center of Hillsdale College, D.C.

    Sponsored by the Thomistic Institute & and the Kirby Center

  • Thursday, February 9, 7 PM

    “The Challenges of Evolution and the Metaphysics of Creation”

    Dr. William E. Carroll, Oxford University

    Wilson Hall 126, Vanderbilt University

    Sponsored by the Thomistic Institute & University Catholic

  • 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.

  • Friday, February 24

    Midterm:

    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

  • 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

Rev. Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield

Adjunct Instructor of Moral and Spiritual Theology


B.A.(Phil.), St. Charles Borromeo Seminary

M.Div., M.A., St. Charles Borromeo Seminary

S.T.L. and S.T.D., Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, Washington, D.C.

Biography

Monsignor Brian Bransfield is a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, ordained in 1994. He serves as the General Secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C. Prior to his service at the USCCB, Msgr. Bransfield served as a Professor of Moral Theology on the faculty of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. He has also served in parish ministry, and as a high-school faculty member teaching freshman and senior theology. He is an adjunct Instructor at School of Canon Law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. His articles have appeared in America Magazine, Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly and Catechetical Leader, a publication of the National Conference of Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of The Human Person: According to John Paul II (June 2010); Living the Beatitudes: A Journey to Life in Christ (Pauline, 2011); From Guilt to Gift: A Catholic Guide to Overcoming Internet Pornography (Paulist, 2013); Meeting Jesus Christ: Meditations on the Word (Pauline, 2013), and Life Everlasting: The Mystery and the Promise (Pauline, 2015). He is the co-author, with Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, of Gift of Joy: The Blessing of the Child in the Womb (OSV, 2013).

Email Msgr. Bransfield