Faculty News
Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 10:17AM

Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P., wrote an article for the Catholic Herald (UK) in which he counters erroneous claims that Christ did not always know that his mission was universal.

In an interview in First Things, Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., comments on three modern presentations of the Catholic faith: John Henry Newman’s “Apologia pro Vita Sua,”, Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange O.P.’s “Reality: A Synthesis of Thomistic Thought”, and Joseph Ratzinger’s “Introduction to Christianity.”

Fr. Francis Martin passed away on August 11, 2017. He taught Sacred Scripture at the PFIC from 1985-1997, and from 2008-2010.

Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P., is the Senior Editor of Aleteia English, a Catholic news and information website. He recently wrote an article titled, “Why pray when prayer doesn’t work?

The Light of Christ, the newest book by Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., has been released by The Catholic University of America Press (order online). Fr. White says of his book, “My goal is to make explicit in a few broad strokes the shape of Catholicism. I hope to outline its inherent intelligibility or form as a mystery that is at once visible and invisible, ancient and contemporary, mystical and reasonable.” Fr. White appeared on EWTN Radio’s “Morning Glory.” He will discuss his book and sign copies at the Catholic Information Center on October 2; RSVP online.

On a recent airing of ETWN radio’s Morning Glory, Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P., discussed the Dominican sisters and nuns - actives and contemplatives - who studied at the PFIC this summer.

Fr. Petri regularly comments on Catholic issues of the day in the media. He spoke to National Review Online about issues relating to Amoris laetitia; and on EWTN’s Morning Glory, Fr. Petri interviewed Prof. Edward Feser, who, with Joseph Bessette, has written By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed: A Catholic Defense of Capital Punishment.

Fr. Basil Cole, O.P., spoke at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception’s Lenten Reflection Series, in a lecture entitled, “The Rosary: Boring, Filled with Distractions and Very Dry. Therefore, Why Continue to Pray It?

Most Rev. Robert Barron, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, has praised The Incarnate Lord: A Thomistic Study in Christology, the latest book by Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P. Bishop Barron calls Fr. White “one the brightest of a new generation of Thomas interpreters.” The Bishop has also released a video on this subject, and made the book the subject of a Word on Fire podcast on April 5.

Fr. Gabriel O’Donnell, O.P., spoke at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle on Dominican Spirituality.

Fr. Andrew Hofer, O.P., spoke on “Theosis: Understanding Christian Divinization” for the Institute of Catholic Culture, which has put his lecture and accompanying printed resources online. Fr. Hofer is the author of Divinization: Becoming Icons of Christ Through the Liturgy.

Fr. Basil Cole, O.P., is one of over 200 signatories to the declaration Cantate Domino, arguing for the continued relevance and importance of traditional sacred music. The declaration, released on the 50th anniversary of the Vatican II instruction Musicam Sacram, critiques the numerous serious deviation from it that have plagued the Catholic church for the past half-century.

Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., participated in a panel discussion of Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World, by Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture in New York City.

Vice President and Academic Dean Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P., writing in the Catholic Herald (U.K.), responded to a recent interview by Fr. Arturo Sosa, S.J., the Superior General of the Society of Jesus.

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

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.

Fr. John Corbett, O.P., spoke at Ohio Dominican University’s St. Thomas Aquinas Convocation on Thursday, January 26. Fr. Corbett’s topic was “Virtues, Reasons, and Causes: the Fullness of Action in Thomas Aquinas.”

Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., was recently interviewed about his book, Wisdom in the Face of Modernity, now in its second edition from Sapientia, the academic press of Ave Maria University.

Fr. White will speak at the Colloquium on the Thought of St. Thomas Aquinas at Aquinas College in Nashville on March 8, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. Fr. White’s topic is “Can Beauty Save the World? Aquinas on Art and the Liturgy.” The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested.

Fr. Andrew Hofer, O.P., will speak on “Theosis: Understanding Christian Divinization” at St. Agnes Church Hall in Arlington, Virginia, on Sunday, March 26. Fr. Hofer is Associate Professor of Patristics and Ancient Languages at the PFIC and is the editor of Divinization: Becoming Icons of Christ through the Liturgy (Hillenbrand Books, 2015). The event, which includes dinner, is being put on by the Institute of Catholic Culture, and requires an R.S.V.P.; please see the Institute’s website for details.

In an article in the National Catholic Register, Fr. Basil Cole, O.P., addressed claims that the post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia is “Thomistic.”

Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P., Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P., and Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P., are among the priests who regularly serve as the “Godly Counsel aka spiritual sidekick”on EWTN Radio’s Morning Glory. The show’s archives is available online.

Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P., was on Catholic Answers Live on November 30. Fr. Legge’s topic was “Why Catholic Morality Will Lead You to Happiness.” You can listen to the program online.

Vice President and Academic Dean Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P., commented on Pope Francis’ recent apostolic letter on mercy, Misericordia et misera, in the Daily Caller. Fr. Petri is on Twitter and now has his own Facebook page.

Dr. Jem Sullivan directed the Advent Day of Reflection at Washington’s Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle on December 3. Dr. Sullivan recently hosted the EWTN special documentary, “The Beauty of Faith: Sacred Art in the New Evangelization.”

Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P., was one of a number of Catholic writers, leaders, and intellectuals asked by Kathryn Jean Lopez to reflect on the end of the Year of Mercy in an article for Crux.

Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P., and Fr. Pius Pietrzyk, O.P., commented on a video recently posted by Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, in an article in the National Catholic Register.

Fr. Basil Cole, O.P., and Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P., were among the speakers at “The Mercy of God and the Family: An Academic Symposium to Mark the Jubilee Year of Mercy.”

Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P., was interviewed for a Catholic World Report article on then-Democratic vice presidential candidate Senator Tim Kaine’s stance on abortion.

Members of our faculty who have signed the Affirmation of the Church’s Teaching on the Gift of Sexuality, countering the “Wijngaards Statement,” include: Dr. Brian T. Carl, Fr. Basil Cole, O.P., Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P., Dr. Jody Vaccaro Lewis, Fr. Dominic Langevin, O.P., Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P., Fr. Stephen Ryan, O.P., and Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P. (For alumni signatories, see our Alumni News section.)

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