Horarium
  • There are a number of changes to the liturgical schedule during the week of August 15. Please check the priory website, www.dhspriory.org, for the latest information.
  • Monday - Friday

    7:30am 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
  • Saturday, August 27

    9:30 AM - New Student Orientation, Aquin Hall

    Library Opens

  • Monday, August 29

    Classes Begin

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

  • Thursday, September 1

    The Problem of Social Justice: A Catholic Approach

    Prof. Russell Hittinger, University of Tulsa

    4 PM, Baylor University, Alexander Reading Room

    Sponsored by the Thomistic Institute

  • Monday, September 5

    Labor Day

    No Classes; Offices and Library Closed

  • Thursday, September 8

    Is Faith Irrational? Aquinas on the Rationality of Belief

    Lecture by Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P.

    7 PM Harvard University, Room Location TBD

    Cosponsored by the Thomistic Institute and Harvard-Radcliffe Catholic Student Association

  • Friday, September 9

    Last Day to Add or Drop Courses

  • Saturday, September 10

    Happiness Without Religion? A Philosophical Debate

    3-5 PM, The Catholic Center at NYU

    Co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute and the University of Chicago’s Virtue, Happiness, & the Meaning of Life Project

  • Wednesday, September 14

    Our Common Identity: What It Means To Be Human in An Age of Confusion

    Rev. Stephen Fields, S.J., Georgetown University

    6 PM, Catholic Information Center, D.C.

    Co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute and the Catholic Information Center

  • Thursday, September 22 - Sunday, September 25

    Thomistic Institute Ecumenical Conference

    Ad Limina Apostolorum: Vatican II and the Future of Catholic-Protestant Ecumenism

    Washington, D.C.

  • Friday, October 7

    Last Day to Submit Work for Incompletes from the Previous Semester

  • Monday, October 10

    Columbus Day

    No Classes; Offices and Library Closed

  • Friday, October 14

    Grades Due on Incompletes from the Previous Semester

  • Wednesday, October 19

    Cultivating a Truthful Soul: The Pursuit of Virtue as the Pursuit of Truth

    Dr. Angela Knobel, CUA

    6 PM, Catholic Information Center, D.C.

    Co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute and the Catholic Information Center

  • Monday, October 31

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

  • Monday, October 31 - Friday, November 4

    Registration for Spring 2017 Classes

  • Friday, November 4

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

  • Wednesday, November 16

    Human at Heart: St. Thomas Aquinas on the Spiritual Life

    Rev. James Brent, O.P.

    6 PM, Catholic Information Center, D.C.

    Co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute and the Catholic Information Center

  • Tuesday, November 22

    Administrative Thursday (Thursday classes held; no Tuesday classes)

  • Wednesday, November 23

    Thanksgiving Recess begins at Noon

  • Thursday, November 24 - Friday, November 25

    Thanksgiving Recess

    No Classes; Offices and Library Closed

  • Monday, December 5 - Friday, December 9

    Course Evaluation Week

  • Thursday, December 8

    Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

    No Classes; Offices and Library Closed

  • Friday, December 9

    Classes End

  • Monday, December 12

    Reading Day

    No Classes; Offices and Library Open

  • Tuesday, December 13 - Friday, December 16

    Final Examination Period

  • Friday, December 16

    Semester Ends

  • Monday, December 19 - Tuesday, December 20

    Special Exams Period

  • Thursday, December 22

    Library and Offices Close at Noon for Christmas Break

  • Tuesday, January 3, 2017

    Library and Offices Reopen

  • Monday, January 9

    Classes Begin

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