Students who attend the PFIC are most concerned with intellectual and spiritual growth, and the school is ordered to providing an atmosphere which is conducive to that end.
As the genuine study of theology requires living a life of grace, the PFIC offers many opportunities to grow in the spiritual life. All students are welcome to join the Dominican community for prayer, both for Mass and for the Divine Office. The chapel is open for personal prayer throughout the day. Many of the Dominican priests are available as confessors or spiritual directors, and special Masses and adoration are offered for the students throughout the year.
One of the unique benefits of study at the PFIC is studying alongside many Dominicans, as well as other diocesan and religious seminarians and priests, whose joy and dedication foster hope for the future of the Church.
There is a student lounge where students gather between classes to relax with some coffee and conversation, and the library provides a pleasant and quiet place to study.
Also, throughout the year there are occasional casual gatherings and outings planned for the non-Dominican students. The students elect a student representative who meets regularly with the administration to foster a healthy and happy relationship and experience for all.
The PFIC is located in northeast D.C., just across the street from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and just blocks away from the beautiful Franciscan Monastery. It is near to the Brookland-CUA Metro stop which gives easy access to the entire D.C. area.