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  • Schedule is subject to change. Please check the priory website, dhspriory.org, for the latest information.
  • 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
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  • Friday, September 15, 5:30PM

    Tolkien’s Perilous Beauties: Philosophy and Aesthetic Danger

    Flannery O’Connor’s Postmodern Apologetic

    Prof. David’ O’Connor (Notre Dame)

    MIT, Building 3, Room 270

    Co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute and the Tech Catholic Community

  • Monday, September 18, 7PM

    Hollow Pursuits, Fulfilling Pursuits, and Ultimate Satisfaction: A Philosophical Look at Our Quest for Happiness

    Prof. Candace Vogler (University of Chicago

    Tulane Unversity, LBC Stibb Conference Room 203

  • Tuesday, September 19, 7PM

    Myths and Realities: Reason and Faith in the History of Science

    Dr. Lawrence Principe (Drew)

    Mountcastle Auditorium, Pre-Clinical Teaching Building (PCTB), JMHI

    Hosted by the Hopkins Thomistic Institute

  • Monday, September 25, 7PM

    Science & Religion: The Myth of Conflict

    Dr. Stephen Barr (University of Delaware)

    St. Mary’s Church, New Haven, Connecticut

  • Tuesday, September 26, 7PM

    The Virgin Mother of God: Mary in the Bible and Church Teaching

    Prof. Joshua Benson (CUA)

    St. Charles Borromeo, Arlington, Virginia

  • Friday, September 29 - Saturday, September 30

    Thomistic Circles: “On the Holy Spirit”

  • Monday, October 2, 6PM

    Catholicism in the 21st Century

    Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., discusses his new book, The Light of Christ: An Introduction to Catholicism

    Comments and conversation with Mary Eberstadt and Robert Royal

    Catholic Information Center, D.C.

  • Thursday, October 5, 12:30PM

    How is God Jealous? A Christian Response to Richard Dawkins

    Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P. (Providence College)

    Harvard Medical School, TMEC Room 250

    Sponsored by the Thomistic Institute, Christian Medical and Dental Association, and the Catholic Students Association

  • 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, 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

  • 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

Tuesday
Aug292017

Homily for the Mass of the Holy Spirit

On Monday, August 28, 2017, the new academic year year opened with a Mass of the Holy Spirit, invoking God’s blessing upon us and our study of Sacred Truth. The homily was given by Very Rev. John A. Langlois, O.P., President of the Pontifical Faculty:

This year, we providentially begin the new academic year on the Feast of St. Augustine, a special patron of the Dominican Order. Those of you who aren’t Dominicans might be wondering what our connection is with St. Augustine. Well, when St. Dominic sought approval of his Order from the Holy See, Pope Innocent III told him he had to select an already approved rule of life for his community because the Fourth Lateran Council had recently prohibited the establishment of any new religious orders in light of the many heretical sects that were proliferating at that time. So St. Dominic and the early brethren decided to take on the Rule of St. Augustine as the one that was best-suited to the preaching mission they wanted the pope to approve.

But the affinity between the Dominican Order and St. Augustine goes well beyond the fact that his rule forms the foundation for our Constitutions. In many ways, St. Augustine is a model and inspiration for our Dominican life. As a faithful bishop who sought to feed his flock with sound doctrine and combat the errors of his day, he inspires us in fulfilling the Dominican charism of preaching the Truth for the salvation of souls, particularly in response to the errors of our own time.  He is also the model of an intellectual life centered on contemplation of divine truth and then sharing with others the fruits of his contemplation through his prolific writings and preaching. Finally, at the very core of his preaching and teaching is an emphasis on the primacy of grace in salvation and sanctification. For this, he is known as the doctor gratiae or doctor of grace. This emphasis on the primacy of grace is also a hallmark and leitmotif of Dominican preaching. So as we begin this new academic year, we find renewed inspiration for our own study, contemplation, preaching and teaching in the example and teaching of St. Augustine.

But I think the life-story of St. Augustine also is a special source of hope for us as we engage in the daunting task of evangelizing a very secularized culture. After all, Augustine was not always a believer, much less a saint! In many respects, he was as far away from God at a certain point in his life as are many of our contemporaries. His life-story reminds us that no one is so lost that he or she cannot be found by the Truth.

St. Augustine also is a special source of hope for us as we engage in the daunting task of evangelizing a very secularized culture. After all, Augustine was not always a believer, much less a saint! In many respects, he was as far away from God at a certain point in his life as are many of our contemporaries. His life-story reminds us that no one is so lost that he or she cannot be found by the Truth.

Augustine’s search for happiness in wordly pursuits and the pleasures of the flesh as a young man, then his search for meaning and purpose in worldly wisdom—is this not the tale of so many people today?  But all along his winding path, God was there calling, beckoning him. As he writes in his Confessions, “You were with me, but I was not with you…You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness.” (Confessions, Book 10, Chapter 27).  God’s grace was at work in all the twists and turns of Augustine’s search. And while many instruments played a role in Augustine’s coming to the Truth, it was most especially the preaching of St. Ambrose that served as the breakthrough grace in his life that brought him to full conversion.

So in the countless challenges that we face today in the task of evangelization, we can derive a great sense of hope in the reality that God’s grace remains at work in the world, accompanying the multitudes of straying and the lost. God is not only with us who seek to love and serve Him—he is with those who are “not with Him,” beckoning and calling as he did with Augustine. Our job is to speak of Christ with love and conviction, to proclaim the grace and mercy we ourselves have experienced, and to communicate the Truth that the human mind yearns to discover. This is the goal of an academic formation here at the Pontifical Faculty—to form new preachers of grace who will be instruments for converting those around us who are currently searching for happiness and wisdom in the wrong places.

We can have great hope then that God’s grace is actively pursuing other Augustines in our midst, men and women who are seemingly far away but who are searching for meaning in the depths of their hearts. Full of hope, we are called to go out to meet them, equipped not with tightly-reasoned theological arguments but rather with the Truth that has captured our own minds and hearts. Ultimately, St. Augustine’s later influence as a great preacher and teacher lay in the fact that he bore witness to the transforming power of grace in his own life. We too touch others most deeply when we speak of God not as the object of our study, but as the one who first loved us, and whose love has changed us!

Holy Father St. Augustine, help us to know and love the Lord as you loved him. Help us to be preachers of grace!

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