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
  • Tuesday, October 17, 6 PM

    Muslim Philosophers and the Christian Middle Ages

    Prof. Thérèse Cory (Notre Dame)

    University of Oklahoma, Nielsen Hall 170

    Sponsored by the Thomistic Institute at OU

  • Wednesday, October 18, 6 PM

    Evil: The Great Accuser of God’s Existence

    Fr. John Harris, O.P.

    University College Dublin, Room B101 in the Newman Building

    Co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute and the Newman Society at UCD.

  • Thursday, October 19, 6 PM

    Understanding Nietzsche’s Postmodern Critique of Christianity

    Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P. (PFIC/Thomistic Institute)

    Harvard University, Emerson 108 in Harvard Yard

    Sponsored by the Thomistic Institute and the Harvard Catholic Graduate Student Chaplaincy

  • Thursday, October 19, 7 PM

    Blinded by Scientism? The Proper Role-and Limits-of Science in the Quest for Truth

    Prof. Edward Feser (Pasadena City College)

    U.C. Berkeley, Barrows 166

    Sponsored by the Thomistic Institute at UC Berkeley

  • Friday, October 20

    Grades Due on Incompletes from the Previous Semester

  • Friday, October 20, 12:30 PM

    Where Rights Come From and What They Mean for Healthcare

    Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P. (PFIC/Thomistic Institute)

    Harvard Medical School (final room location TBA)

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

  • 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

  • Monday, November 6, 3:30 PM

    Reading Between the Lines: Neglected Notation in Dominican Mass Manuscripts

    Dr. Eleanor Giraud (University of Limerick)

    Aquin Hall, PFIC

  • 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.

  • Thursday, November 9, 7 PM

    Does God Exist? An Argument for God’s Existence from Thomas Aquinas

    Fr. James Brent, O.P. (PFIC)

    JMHI Preclinical Teaching Building (PCTB)

    Sponsored by the Hopkins Thomistic Institute

  • 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

  • Saturday, December 9, 12 PM

    The Virgin Mary: Full of Grace and Mother of God

    Fr. Andrew Hofer, O.P. (PFIC)

    The Catholic Center at NYU

  • 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

Master of Arts (Thomistic Studies)

Degree Requirements

The M.A. (Thomistic Studies) is a degree program offered by the Thomistic Institute of the PFIC specializing in the study of the theological synthesis of St. Thomas Aquinas. Students receive an intensive formation in Aquinas’s texts and ideas. Classical Thomistic thinking is presented in the areas of both systematic and moral theology. Modern topics are also considered with a view to seeing the relevance of Thomistic studies for contemporary theological discourse. This 36-credit degree program is designed to be taken over four consecutive summers with the possibility of a fifth summer for thesis development and defense. The degree is intended to prepare students for advanced degrees in the area of Thomistic thought and theology.

Learning Objectives

Upon the successful completion of this degree students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a general and integrated foundational knowledge of Thomistic speculative and moral theology, grounded in Scripture and philosophy.
  • Give evidence of a basic familiarity with the primary texts of St. Thomas Aquinas.
  • Employ the knowledge and skills necessary to enter doctoral studies, especially in Thomistic theology.
  • Undertake Church-related work for which an M.A. is required or desirable, especially from a Thomistic point of view.
  • Pursue an ongoing personal integration of theological study and the living of the faith (morally, liturgically, and spiritually).

Admission

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 18 credit hours drawn from the following areas: history of philosophy, logic, metaphysics, ethics, philosophical anthropology, natural philosophy, and philosophy of knowledge.
  • A minimum of one Old Testament course and one New Testament course.
  • A reading knowledge of Latin and a modern language.

Course Work

A minimum of 36 credit-hours of graduate coursework is required according to the following distribution:

Systematic Theology (20 credits)

  • Triune God (4)
  • Creation and the Human Person (4)
  • Theology of Grace (4)
  • Basic Elements of Christology (4)
  • Eucharist & Ecclesiology (4)

Moral Theology (12 credits)

  • Principles of Christian Moral Life I, II (8)
  • Theological & Cardinal Virtues (4)

Thesis Direction (4 credits)

Language Requirements

Reading proficiency in Latin and a modern language (e.g. French, German or Spanish) may be demonstrated either by successfully completing two semesters of graduate coursework in the language or by passing a written proficiency examination, offered prior to the beginning of the summer session. Since both languages are considered prerequisites, these requirements must be satisfied within the first year of study.

Comprehensive Exam

To qualify for the comprehensive examination, the student must have satisfied the language requirements and have a grade point average of 3.00 or above. The student usually takes the comprehensive examination during the fourth semester of study although the Academic Dean may allow students to take the exam at other times. The exam has a single written component and its subject matter includes material covered in the required courses in systematic theology and moral theology as well as topics indicated in a special packet that the student will receive during his or her first year in the program. In order to pass the comprehensive exam, a student must receive an average grade of 3.00 on the exam. During the exam, the student will have three-hours 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 themes for the M.A. (Thomistic Studies) comprehensive exam can be found here.

Residency

Normally the M.A. (Thomistic Studies) requires a minimum of four summer sessions or their equivalent. A fifth summer may be added for thesis writing and defense. The program may be taken on a part-time basis, but must be completed in no more than six years.

Grade Point Average

The student must maintain a grade point average of 3.00 or above throughout the M.A. program.


Model Curriculum

Year 1 (Summer)

  • Triune God (4)
  • Creation and the Human Person (4)

Year 2 (Summer)

  • Principles of Christian Moral Life I (4)
  • Basic Elements of Christology (4)

Year 3 (Summer)

  • Principles of Christian Moral Life II (4)
  • Theology of Grace (4)

Year 4 (Summer)

  • Theological & Cardinal Virtues (4)
  • Eucharist & Ecclesiology (4)
  • Thesis Direction (4)

Additional Requirements

- Latin Reading Comprehension Test (1st Year of Matriculation)
- Modern Language Reading Comprehension Test (1st Year of Matriculation)
- Thesis and Thesis Defense (4th Year of Matriculation)