Horarium
  • 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
Calendar
  • 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

Rev. John Baptist Ku, O. P.

Assistant Professor in Systematic Theology

B.S., University of Virginia 
M.Div./S.T.B., Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception 
S.T.L., Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception 
S.T.D., University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Biography

Fr. John Baptist Ku was born in Manhattan (1965) and grew up in Fairfax, Virginia. After graduating from the University of Virginia, he worked at AT&T for five years before entering the Dominican Order in 1992.

After serving for three years in St. Pius V Parish in Providence, Rhode Island, he completed his doctoral studies in dogmatic theology at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland and began teaching for the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception in 2009.

Awards

2010 St. Thomas Aquinas Dissertation Prize, awarded by the Aquinas Center for Theological Renewal at Ave Maria University.

Select Publications

Review of Michael Chaberek’s Catholicism and Evolution: A History from Darwin to Pope Francis in The Thomist (forthcoming).

 Review of Matthew Levering and Michael Dauphinais’ Reading Romans with St. Thomas Aquinas in The Thomist 79 (October 2015).

“Evolution and Scripture,” six short essays in the BioLogos Series on “Evolution & Christian Faith” (see “Grants” below), July 2015.

 “Thomas Aquinas’ Careful Deployment of auctor and auctoritas in Trinitarian Theology,” Angelicum 90 (fasc. 4, 2013) [in fact published in 2015].

Meditation on St. Martin of Tours, Magnificat, November 2014.

God the Father in the Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas, Peter Lang Publishing (December 2012).

“The Name ‘Father,’” Nova et Vetera 9 (No. 2, 2011).

Review of Emmanuel Durand’s Le Père, Alpha et Omega de la Vie Trinitaire, The Thomist 74 (July 2010).

 “Christ, Lord and Savior” in the Knights of Columbus’ Veritas Series, October 2002.

“Inclusive Language in the New Lectionary” in This Rock Magazine, June 1999.

“The Abolition of ‘Man’” in This Rock Magazine, May 1999.

Translations from French

“The Holy Spirit in the Summa” in The Cambridge Companion to the Summa Theologiae, edited by Philip McCosker (Cambridge) and Denys Turner (Yale), 2016.

“The Trinity” in The Oxford Handbook of Thomas Aquinas, edited by Brian Davies, Oxford University Press, 2011, pp. 418-427.

“Trinitarian Theology as Spiritual Exercise in Augustine and Aquinas” in Gilles Emery, Trinity, Church, and the Human Person: Thomistic Essays, Faith and Reason: Studies in Catholic Theology and Philosophy, Sapentia Press, Naples (Florida), 2007, pp. 33-72.

“A Note on Saint Thomas and the Eastern Fathers” in Gilles Emery, Trinity, Church, and the Human Person: Thomistic Essays, Faith and Reason: Studies in Catholic Theology and Philosophy, Sapentia Press, Naples (Florida), 2007, pp. 193-207.

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