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

Spiritual Life at the PFIC

The spiritual life of the PFIC is very connected to the community life of the Dominican friars, with the liturgical life of the chapel of the Priory of the Immaculate Conception having a central place. This liturgical life is comprised of the daily celebration of the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours as well as the recitation of the rosary, all of which is open to the public, according to the schedule found at the priory website.

For the Dominican students, the spiritual formation is integrated with the academic and pastoral formation of the PFIC as well as the community life of the Priory. This integrated formation for the residential Dominican students is a constitutive part of the mission of the institution.

Because of the importance of the integration of the academic and spiritual life for all of its students, the PFIC also offers support for the spiritual lives of its nonresidential students, both religious and lay. This support is coordinated by the Chaplain to Commuter Students, Fr. John Martin Ruiz, O.P. In addition to the liturgical life of the Dominican community, special opportunities are offered for Eucharistic adoration, a weekly Mass during Lent, talks by the chaplain, spiritual direction, and confession. The chaplain also keeps commuter students informed about events of the Dominican community in which they can participate.

This integration of the academic and spiritual life is important to the mission of the PFIC, especially in light of the Dominican charism of preaching the truth for the salvation of souls. This integration is also valued highly by the students, as one lay student writes, “One of the great benefits of studying theology at the PFIC is doing it alongside brothers in consecrated religious life. The presence of the brothers lends something which simply could not exist otherwise. I am surrounded by individuals who have invested their very being to the God whom we are all striving to know and love better.”

In addition to the liturgical life of the Dominican community and the specific offerings for commuter students, the PFIC sponsors the annual Vigil of All Saints, which takes place on the evening of October 31 and is open to the public. The vigil consists of readings either about the saints or written by them, communal singing as well as pieces sung by the Dominican schola, and the celebration of Compline, the night office of the Liturgy of the Hours.