• 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
  • Wednesday, October 26

    Truth after Christianity?: Nietzsche and Aquinas on the Philosophy of God

    Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., Thomistic Institute at the PFIC

    5 PM, William Harkness Hall 207, Yale University

    Thomistic Institute at Yale

  • Thursday, October 27

    True Sacrifice: Understanding the Mass

    Dr. Bruce Marshall, Perkins School of Theology, SMU

    6 PM, Holden Chapel, Harvard University

    Co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute and the Harvard Catholic Graduate Student Chaplaincy

  • Thursday, October 27

    Masters, Parasites, or Gardeners? Thomistic Reflections on Environmental Ethics

    Dr. Therese Cory, Notre Dame University

    7 PM, Perkins 217, Duke University

    Co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute

  • Monday, October 31

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

  • Monday, October 31 - Friday, November 4

    Registration for Spring 2017 Classes

  • Tuesday, November 1

    Understanding the Christian Idea of Redemption: Aquinas on the Ethics of the Atonement

    Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., Thomistic Institute, PFIC

    7 PM, Petteruti Lounge, Stephen Robert ‘62 Campus Center, Brown Uversity

    Co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute and the Brown-RISD Catholic Community

  • Friday, November 4

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

  • Saturday, November 5

    St. John’s Gospel: Reason and Interpretation in Catholic Thought

    Khaled Anatolios (University of Notre Dame)

    Boyd Taylor Coolman (Boston College)

    Bruce D. Marshall (Lehman Professor of Christian Doctrine, Southern Methodist University)

    1 PM - 5 PM, The Catholic Center at NYU

    Co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute, St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences & the International Society for Medieval Hermeneutics

  • Saturday, November 5

    The Development of Doctrine - What It Is and Why It Matters

    Dr. Reinhard Hütter, CUA Visiting Professor

    1 PM, St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, UVA

    Co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute and St. Thomas Aquinas Parish

  • Thursday, November 10

    The Unbearabilty of Annihilation: Job’s Challenge to His Creator

    Dr. Matthew Levering, University of St. Mary of the Lake

    7 PM, Perkins 217, Duke University

    Sponsored by the Thomistic Institute

  • 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

Bachelor of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.)

Degree Requirements

The degree of Bachelor of Sacred Theology provides the student with a solid, organic, and complete instruction in theology at the basic level, enabling graduates to pursue further studies in the sacred sciences. This is a prerequisite for the further specialization of the Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.), which in this degree sequence presupposes familiarity with the wide variety of subject matter and disciplines that constitute the Christian theological tradition.


The S.T.B. program is open to qualified students who are not candidates for the M.Div. or the ordained ministry in the Roman Catholic Church.

The following prerequisites for admission will be evaluated by the Committee on Admissions which may, in individual cases, allow the student to remedy particular deficiencies during the first year of the program:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Superior achievement and the ability to pursue graduate work as indicated by the transcript of previous studies (with a minimum GPA of 3.00).
  • Three letters of recommendation by persons who are in a position to judge the applicant’s ability in this academic area, along with a current photo and a completed application form.
  • Results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) indicating aptitude for graduate studies in theology if one has no previous graduate work. The PFIC is listed under Dominican House of Studies, code 2498.
  • An undergraduate foundation in philosophy, consisting of a minimum of 36 credit hours in all the systematic and historical tracts: i.e., logic, philosophy of nature, metaphysics, philosophy of knowledge, philosophical anthropology, philosophical ethics, ancient philosophy, introduction to Thomas Aquinas, medieval philosophy, modern philosophy, and recent philosophy.
  • A reading knowledge of Latin.

Philosophical Preparation for the S.T.B.

To prepare students for the study of theology according to the apostolic constitution for ecclesiastical faculties, Sapientia christiana, all students will be required, unless they present an unusually strong preparation in philosophy, to follow two full years (a minimum of 36 credit hours) of courses in historical and systematic philosophy.

Course Work

A minimum of 90 semester hours of credit is required according to the following distribution:

Foundational (15 credits)

  • Nature and Method of Theology (3)
  • Principles of Christian Moral Life I and II (6)
  • Introduction to Church Law (3)
  • Liturgiology (3)

Systematic Theology (15 credits)

  • Triune God (3)
  • Creation and the Human Person (3)
  • Theology of Grace (3)
  • Christology (3)
  • Ecclesiology (3)

Sacramental Theology (9 credits)

  • Sacraments: Theology and Initiation (3)
  • Eucharist (3)
  • Orders (3)

Moral Theology (9 credits)

  • Theological Virtues (3)
  • Cardinal and Moral Virtues (3)
  • Christian Social and Sexual Teaching (3)

Scripture (18 credits)

  • Three courses from Old Testament offerings (9)
  • Three courses from New Testament offerings (9)

Church History (6 credits)

  • Two courses chosen from the appropriate offerings

Electives (18 credits)

  • Six courses chosen from the appropriate offerings

Language Requirements

Students are expected to demonstrate, either by written examination or six credits of coursework, a reading knowledge of Latin and New Testament Greek. Since Latin is considered a prerequisite, this requirement must be satisfied within the first year of study. Reading knowledge of New Testament Greek must be satisfied by the end of the second year. Language proficiency exams are offered twice per semester. Candidates for the licentiate are also encouraged to study the languages necessary for the S.T.L. program.

Grade Point Average

The student must maintain a grade point average of 3.25 or above during the S.T.B. program.

Comprehensive Examination

To qualify for the comprehensive examination, the student must have satisfied the Latin and Greek requirements and have a grade point average of 3.25 or above. The awarding of the S.T.B. degree depends upon the successful completion of the comprehensive examination and a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or above from all required courses. Usually the student takes the comprehensive examination during the sixth semester of study. The subject matter is material covered in the courses in systematic and sacramental theology, moral theology, and Scripture. In order to pass the comprehensive exam, a student must receive an average grade of 3.25 on the exam. A candidate for the S.T.B. degree may not continue candidacy after two failures in the comprehensive examination.

The examination has two parts:

Part One: Written Component. A three-hour written examination in which the candidate for the S.T.B. will be asked to write on three themes (theses), one each from the assigned areas of sacred scripture, systematic theology, and moral theology. In each area the candidate will be able to choose from three possible questions. The principal purpose of the written component of the S.T.B. examination will be to test the candidate’s ability to expose theological materials, with the special emphasis (as appropriate) on the pertinent contributions of historical and positive theology. A candidate must score a 3.25 on the written component before being admitted to the oral component.

Part Two: Oral Component A three-quarter-of-an-hour examination before three faculty members who will examine the candidate in the three assigned areas. Questions may be drawn from any of the twenty-sx themes. The principal purpose of the oral component of the examination will be to test the candidate’s ability to order these materials towards a reasoned theological judgment or conclusion.

The themes for the Bachelor of Sacred Theology comprehensive exam can be found here.


The residency requirement for the S.T.B. degree is six semesters.

Model Curriculum

Pre-Theology (Fall Semester)

  • Elementary Latin I
  • Early and Medieval Church History (or Elective)
  • Elementary Greek I

Pre-Theology (Spring Semester)

  • Elementary Latin II
  • Reformation and Modern Church History (or Elective)
  • Elementary Greek II

I Theology (Fall Semester)

  • Pentateuch
  • Nature and Method of Theology
  • Principles of Christian Moral Life I
  • Prophets of Israel
  • Elective

I Theology (Spring Semester)

  • Synoptic Gospels
  • Triune God
  • Principles of Christian Moral Life II
  • Johannine Writings
  • Catholic Social and Sexual Teaching

II Theology (Fall Semester)

  • Wisdom Literature
  • Creation and the Human Person
  • Theological Virtues
  • Sacraments: Theology and Initiation
  • Basic Elements of Christology

II Theology (Spring Semester)

  • Ecclesiology
  • Theology of Grace
  • Cardinal and Moral Virtues
  • Eucharist
  • Elective

III Theology (Fall Semester)

  • Orders
  • Introduction to Church Law
  • Liturgiology
  • Elective

III Theology (Spring Semester)

  • Pauline Letters
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Comprehensive Exam