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The 487 Correspondent: Fall 2013
Newsletter of the Pontifical Faculty of Theology of the Immaculate Conception
487CORRESPONDENT the the newsletter of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception Fall 2013 Mass of the Holy Spirit and Installation Mark New Academic Year The new academic year of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception opened on August 19 with a Mass of the Holy Spirit celebrated at the chapel of the Dominican House of Studies. Very Rev. John A. Langlois, O.P., PFIC President, served as the principal celebrant and homilist. Graduation 2013 On Friday, May 17, Solemn Vespers and the Conferral of Degrees for thirty students of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception took place in the priory chapel of the Dominican House of Studies. Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America, presided over the liturgy. In attendance was His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, who was awarded the Doctorate in Sacred Theology (honoris causa). Archbishop Viganò congratulated the Class of 2013 during his homily by honoring them as “the largest numbered conferred by this Pontifical Faculty since it became a free standing institution!”The archbishop also commended the graduates for committing their academic studies to the vision of St. Dominic: “To those receiving degrees today and to all In his homily, Father Langlois noted that getting good grades is not the same as obtaining wisdom, which is the true goal of theological studies. “This votive Mass of the Holy Spirit that we offer today is precisely to ask the Spirit, not for the ability to get straight ‘A’s’ this semester, but for the gift of wisdom, the gift of coming to see the right order of things in our study and of conforming our lives to that order established by God,” Fr. Langlois said. He noted that this goal “imparts to our study, not just temporal and fleeting significance, but eternal significance. In the end, what is a perfect transcript compared to that?” The Mass was attended by faculty, staff, students, and friends of the PFIC. The student body of the PFIC is currently over 100 students, including eight new Dominican brothers arriving from the novitiate in Cincinnati, Ohio. This academic year brings changes to the faculty and staff (article on page 4), and a renewed doctoral program (article on page 9). story continued on page 4 story continued on page 5 Ten PFIC Alumni Ordained to the Priesthood In the weeks after the 2013 graduation, ten PFIC graduates were ordained to the priesthood. blessings, many returned to the Dominican House of Studies for a celebratory reception. Just a week after commencement, the priestly ordination of six Dominicans took place at St. Dominic’s Church in Washington. Most Rev. Christopher Cardone, O.P., (MDiv, STB ‘85) Bishop of Auki, Solomon Islands, was principal celebrant and homilist at the Mass. The ordinands included Dominic Joseph Bump, O.P. (MDiv ‘13), Bernard Marie Timothy, O.P. (MDiv ‘13), Matthew Carroll, O.P. (MDiv ‘12), Albert Duggan, O.P. (MDiv ‘13), Reginald Mary Lynch, O.P. (STB ‘10; MDiv ‘11; STL ‘12), and Ambrose Mary Little, O.P. (MDiv ‘12). Immediately afterwards, friends and family members took part in the praiseworthy tradition of receiving first blessings of the newly ordained priests. Following the Mass and Another ordination took place on the same day, but nearly 4,000 miles from Washington. Staffan Jakobsson, T.O.R., (MDiv ’13) was ordained by Most Rev. Anders Arborelius, O.C.D., Bishop of Stockholm. The ordination took place in the church of Kristus Konungens (Christ the King), in Gothenburg, Sweden. Among those in attendance were Rev. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R., adjunct instructor of Church History. On Saturday, June 1, seven members of the Society of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart (the Josephites) were ordained to the priesthood at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception story continued on page 2 We acknowledge those memorialized or honored by gifts to the Pontifical Faculty of Theology of the Immaculate Conception during the past year (9/1/2012-8/31/2013). Please keep these men & women in your prayers. H onoring Fr. Brian Chrzastek, O.P. Br. Cajetan Cuddy, O.P. Very Rev. Augustine Di Noia, O.P. Br. Albert Duggan, O.P. Fr. John Martin Egan, O.P. Rev. Thomas Jordan Ertle, O.P. Br. Lawrence Farmer, Br. John Baptist Hoang, O.P., and Br. Matthew Carroll, O.P. Fr. Joseph Fox, O.P., and Fr. Joseph Alobaidi, O.P. GW Religious Vocations Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P. Hinnebusch Family Dominicans Emily Hobgood Fr. Andre-Joseph LaCasse, O.P. and Fr. Darren Pierre, O.P. The Installation of Very Rev. John A. Langlois, O.P. Mother Mary Francis Lepore, O.P. Br. Ambrose Little, O.P. Missionaries of La Salette James O’Brien and Maureen O’Brien Kourty Parents, Siblings, Relatives & Benefactors Fr. Jordan Schmidt, O.P. Fr. Gregory Schnakenberg, O.P. Br. Sebastian, Br. Gabriel, and Br. Albert Teams of Our Lady Chaplains Fr. Raymond Vandegrift, O.P. Fr. John Paul Walker, O.P. Fr. Edmund Way, O.P. Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P. The Ordination to the Diaconate of Br. Peter Martyr Yungwirth, O.P. I n M emoriam Cousin Alba Eleanor Bosnick Jackie Brunetta Fr. Eugene Cahouet, O.P. Fr. Ralph Cahouet, O.P., and Fr. Ted Thomas Couch Teresa DiPaola Fr. Norman Fenton, O.P. Mary Colford Hayes Fr. Mark Heath, O.P. Frs. Mark and Tom Heath, O.P. M. Kathleen Jarboe (McDermott) Paul T. Kirkham Fr. Val LaFrance, O.P. Fr. Val LaFrance, O.P. & Br. Kevin O’Connell, O.P. Aileen Lange Yvonne E. Levermore Deceased members of the Mosley family Fr. Raymond F. Mullen, O.P. Kathleen O’Brien Deceased members of the O’Donnell and Pomales Families Fr. Kurt Pritzl, O.P., and Craig Pritzl Fr. Kurt Pritzl. O.P., and William Tracy Edward J. Quinn & Anne O’Keefe Quinn Rev. T. D. Rover, O.P. Mary Lou Tondo Patrick Vaccaro Fr. Edward Anselm Vitie, O.P., a great chaplain 1969-1981 Fr. Edmund John Way, O.P. I n T he N ame O f Fr. Andre-Joseph LaCasse, O.P., and Fr. Darren Pierre, O.P. Mr. Joseph E. Ross F or C omplete H ealing O f Mike Farguson I n A ppreciation F or The 1993 Ordination Class Ordinations 2013, continued from page 1 by Most Rev. Bishop John H. Ricard, S.S.J., rector of St. Joseph Seminary in Washington, D.C., and bishop emeritus of Pensacola-Tallahassee. Of the seven Josephite ordinands, three were recent PFIC graduates: George-Bede Ajuruchi, S.S.J. (MA, MDiv ‘13); Hyginus Ledum Boboh, S.S.J. (MDiv ‘13); and Anthony Okwum, S.S.J. (MA, MDiv ‘13). The Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception is proud to taken part in the philosophical and theological formation of these young men. We congratulate them at the outset of what we pray will be a long and faithful priestly service to the Universal Church! 2 | Th e 4 8 7 C o r r e s p o n d e n t Most Rev. Christopher Cardone, O.P., Bishop of Auki, Solomon Islands, is flanked by the newly ordained (front row, L-R) Fr. Ambrose Mary Little, O.P., Fr. Albert Duggan, O.P., Fr. Bernard Marie Timothy, O.P., Fr. Dominic Joseph Bump, O.P., Fr. Matthew Carroll, O.P. , and Fr. Reginald Mary Lynch, O.P. The Pontifical Faculty of Theology of the Immaculate Conception President: Very Rev. John A. Langlois, O.P. Vice President & Academic Dean: Rev. Thomas Petri, O.P. Librarian: Rev. John Mar tin Ruiz, O.P. Director of Facilities: Br. Gerard Thayer, O.P. Board of Overseers: Dr. Hugh P. Dempsey Sr. Mary Sarah Galbraith, O.P. Rev. Msgr. Albin Grous Mr. Julian B. Heron Dr. Allen Hunt Dr. Mary E. Moran Rev. Msgr. Godfrey Mosley Mr. Patrick O’Meara Br. Ignatius Perkins, O.P. Mr. William B. Yeomans, Sr. To set up online giving for the PFIC please visit our portal at Faith Direct, the leading faithbased online donation site: www.faithdirect.net Organization code: DC365 Letter from the President Dear Friends, Alumni, and Benefactors, This past May 17 we held commencement exercises for thirty graduates, our largest number of graduates in recent memory! For many of them, a new stage of life has begun in service of the Church, as priests, as teachers, or as religious education directors. The time has now come for them to do what they have been formed to do: witness to Christ in the world! The arrival of autumn now ushers in a different kind of “commencement”—the inauguration of a new administration at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception. With this inauguration, a new stage in the life of the Pontifical Faculty has also begun. It is a time of recognizing and giving thanks for the accomplishments of the past as well as excitement in anticipating the new initiatives of the future! As I and Father Petri, the new Vice-President and Academic Dean, assume our administrative duties, we want to assure you that we are committed to building on the solid foundation that has been laid for us by our predecessors. At our Installation Mass on September 6, we both solemnly pledged, among other things, to “faithfully assist the diocesan Bishops, so that the apostolic activity, exercised in the name and by mandate of the Church, may be carried out in communion with the Church.” Our work here of forming Dominican student brothers and other seminarians for the priesthood and preaching ministry, as well as preparing religious sisters and lay men and women for taking their part in the New Evangelization, is fundamentally a work at the service of the Church, both local and universal. In a culture that is increasingly secular and relativistic, there is a great need for intelligent preachers to be able not only to communicate the truths of the faith, but also to explain why faith matters for human flourishing. Our focus on the wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas in our course of studies enables our graduates to do precisely that. At the beginning of this new administration, we confide our labors to Our Lady, Queen of Preachers. As her intercession brought about Christ’s first miracle at the wedding feast of Cana, so we have every confidence that her intercession on behalf of the Pontifical Faculty, dedicated to her Immaculate Conception, will continue to be the source of manifold blessings in the carrying out of our mission of forming preachers for our times! DC Frassati Fellowship Young adults, following in the footsteps of Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati, seek to bring the whole person to Christ through adoration, study, community, charitable activity, and love of the outdoors. Sincerely yours in the Lord, Very Rev. John A. Langlois, O.P. President, PFIC www.dcfrassati.com Fa l l 2 0 1 3 | 3 Changes in Faculty and Staff Very Rev. John A. Langlois, O.P., (MDiv, STB ‘90; STL ‘92) is the new President of the Pontifical Faculty. (see article on page 5) Rev. Thomas Petri, O.P., (STL ‘06) is the new Vice-President and Academic Dean of the Pontifical Faculty. (see article on page 9) Sr. John Mary Fleming, O.P., has joined the PFIC as an adjunct instructor of Canon Law. Sr. John Mary is a Dominican Sister of St. Cecilia (also known as the Nashville Dominicans) and also serves as the Executive Director of the Secretariat of Catholic Education at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Rev. Joseph Fox, O.P., (STB ‘73; STL ‘75) who has been on a leave of absence for two years of special assignments at the request of the Prior Provincial, returns as a Professor of Canon Law. Mr. Timothy Kearns has joined the PFIC as an adjunct instructor of Latin and Greek. He is in the Medieval Studies program at The Catholic University of America and expects to defend his dissertation on Augustine’s De doctrina christiana this fall. Rev. Dominic Langevin, O.P., (MDiv, STB ‘04; STL ‘06) has joined the PFIC as an instructor in Systematic Theology. His primary research interest is general sacramental theology. Fr. Langevin recently completed his doctoral thesis at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and expects to defend it this October. Rev. Basil Cole, O.P., has completed his three-year term as Prior of St. Gertrude in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is returning to the faculty as Professor of Moral Theology. Mrs. Joan Butler retired from her position as Secretary, which she held for sixteen years, and has moved to a part-time position in the Theological Library. Ms. Sharon Smith joined the staff this summer as Administrative Secretary. Ms. Smith comes with a wide variety of secretarial experience. Mrs. Patricia Work, the most recent addition to the staff, serves as an Executive Assistant to the President and the Dean. Most recently, she held a position in hotel management for Hyatt. Rev. Steven C. Boguslawski, O.P., (MDiv, STB ‘86; STL ‘88) completed his six-year tenure as President of the Pontifical Faculty and is currently enjoying a well-deserved sabbatical. Rev. Gabriel B. O’Donnell, O.P., (STB ‘69) completed his second three-year term as Vice-President and Dean of the Pontifical Faculty and is also enjoying a well-deserved sabbatical. Dr. Carole Burnett, Adjunct Instructor of Latin and Greek, has retired. 4 | Th e 4 8 7 C o r r e s p o n d e n t Graduation 2013, continued from page 1 the students, your study and contemplation of the Truth, and your love for the Truth poured out in pastoral service in the Church, will make the Gospel message come alive to engage and transform a society weighed down by egoism and selfishness.” Those receiving their degrees were reminded of their commission by the Holy See to commit to and proclaim the Truth of Christ to the world. The following degrees were conferred: seven Masters of Arts in Theology; sixteen Masters of Divinity; fifteen Bachelors of Sacred Theology; and six Licentiates in Sacred Theology. The graduating class consisted of twelve Dominican Friars, four Josephites, one Marian of the Immaculate Conception, one Benedictine, one Franciscan Friar (T.O.R.), one seminarian of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Charles Borromeo, two diocesan priests and eight lay men and women. Following the conferral of the Honorary Doctorate in Sacred Theology to Cardinal Wuerl, a number of special recognitions were made. Fr. John Aquinas Farren, O.P., (STB ‘63; STL ‘65) Subprior of St. Catherine of Siena in New York, and Fr. John Patrick McGuire, O.P., (STB ‘73; STL ‘75) Pastor of St. Joseph in Greenwich Village, each received the Fr. Lawrence Francis Kearny Award. The Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne received the St. Dominic Medal, and recognition was made of the service of Br. Gerard Thayer, O.P., in his capacity as the PFIC’s Director of Facilities. Br. Bernard Timothy, O.P., (MDiv, STB ‘13)—now ordained to the priesthood—was awarded the Marie Jackie Brunetta Burse, which was established in memory of the mother of Fr. JuanDiego Brunetta, O.P. (MDiv ‘99). The burse is given annually to a Dominican Brother ordained to the diaconate, who demonstrates either consistent “excellence” or “marked-improvement” in liturgical preaching. Below: Fr. John Patrick McGuire, O.P., one of the honorees. Very Rev. John A. Langlois, O.P., New PFIC President On September 6, 2013, Very Rev. John A. Langlois, O.P., was installed as President of the PFIC at a Mass celebrated in the priory chapel of the Dominican House of Studies. Born in Berlin, N.H., he entered the Order of Preachers in 1985 and was ordained in May of 1991. He earned his MDiv, S.T.B., and S.T.L. from the PFIC, and his Doctorate in 2003 from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He taught church history both at Providence College and the PFIC, and has served as Student Master and Socius to the Provincial. Where did you first encounter the Dominican Order, and what drew you to become a Dominican? I had a sense of a vocation to the priesthood since my childhood. I also felt called to a religious New academic year, continued from page 1 Father Langlois was formally installed as President of the PFIC on September 6, along with Rev. Thomas Petri, O.P., who was installed as Vice President and Academic Dean, in a Mass at the DHS chapel with Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, as principal celebrant and homilist. The PFIC was honored by the presence of Most Rev. Carlo Maria Viganò, J.U.D., Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, as well as Dr. John Garvey, President of The Catholic University of America; Rev. Brian Shanley, O.P., (MDiv, STB ‘86; STL ‘88) President of Providence College; Sister Mary Sarah Galbraith, O.P., President of Aquinas College; and Rev. David Caron, O.P., President of Aquinas Institute of Theology. Other guests included Rev. Louis Morrone, O.P., Vicar Provincial of the Province of St. Albert the Great, and Mother Assumpta Long, O.P., Prioress General of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. The profession of faith and oath of fidelity were witnessed by Very Rev. Brian Mulcahy, O.P., Prior Provincial and Vice Chancellor of the PFIC, and Cardinal Wuerl. In his homily, centered on Mary’s admonition of “Do whatever he tells you” at the wedding feast at Cana, Cardinal Wuerl declared that it is “a call to so much more than simply mirroring the opinions of the day. Our challenge is not to reflect the culture but to bring to it the words of everlasting life.” community, but in my investigations of religious life during high school, I did not encounter a community that really attracted me in terms of its charism or the way the life was lived. So I ended up going to Providence College and there I came to know the Dominicans. I learned that the Order was founded for preaching for the salvation of souls, and that the friars lived a common life of liturgical prayer. The preaching was of a very high caliber and seemed to address directly the issues and concerns of college students. Another aspect that attracted me was the possibility of a teaching apostolate. I always felt called to teaching, and I found out that with the Dominicans I could be both a priest and a teacher. I am very familiar with the environment, having spent eight years here, wearing those two hats. I was a colleague of many of the faculty members who are still here, so I know them and they know me. Because of that there is a sense of collegiality and trust in the relationships that I previously had with them. We have a top notch faculty and so I’m happy to be working with them once again. Also, I’m familiar with how the institution works and its culture. Having that familiarity helps to lessen the learning curve. As Student Master, I got to know the student brothers very well, and became aware of their concerns and needs. So I bring that sensitivity to the job as president. While Fr. Langlois’ and Fr. Petri’s as Student Master I was As president, what are your duties– solemn pledge, witnessed concerned primarily with the by Cardinal Wuerl. and challenges? spiritual and human dimensions of formation, as president I will be primarily My primary responsibility is to be the external responsible for their academic formation. I will representative of the school to different be working closely with the Student Master constituencies. The president must articulate to be sure that all aspects of formation are and promote the mission of the school. That integrated. includes inspiring the faculty, staff, and students in actualizing the mission, and keeping them You are a church history professor. At this point focused as to what we are about. in the history of the church, what do you see as her challenges, and what do the programs here offer in The president gives direction to the school, terms of meeting them? and promotes its growth and development, and recruits faculty and students. A particular The culture today is becoming increasingly challenge is trying to anticipate our needs as we secular and relativistic. This is an age where face changes in society and culture, and how to there is a lack of belief, and a questioning address and respond to those needs. of why belief is even necessary. People are content with living a life apart from God, and Promotion of the school necessarily involves feel this can bring them happiness. So in order raising funds in order to assure our financial to be effective evangelists we must not only stability in the future. Increasing the endowment present what the faith is, but explain why would allow us to offer scholarships to qualified it’s important and why it makes a difference lay students. We get some support from the in people’s lives. Because of our Thomistic province for the Dominican brothers. But in terms heritage, we’re well qualified to respond to the of trying to increase our outreach and forming deep questions that people have. St. Thomas laity to participate in the New Evangelization, it provides us with a wonderful synthesis of faith would be wonderful to have scholarship money and reason, so not only is the faith presented to offer. There is much interest in our school, but but it is presented as rationally based. We’re not everyone can afford to pay the tuition and equipped to proclaim not only what the other costs, such as living expenses. church teaches, but why the central mysteries of the faith make a difference. It’s important How do you see your background as a member to be able to articulate that with clarity and of the faculty and as Student Master assisting you conviction. That’s what our programs enable in your new role as President? our students to do, as priests, religious, and laypeople evangelizing the world. Fa l l 2 0 1 3 | 5 The PFIC gratefully acknowledges the sponsors of the 2013 Dominican Spring Gala: Archdiocese of Washington; Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl • Diocese of Venice; Bishop Frank J. DeWane Church of the Little Flower • Dominican Fathers Province of St. Joseph Bozzuto/Monroe Street Market • Dominican Fathers of Pleasantville • Dr. Robert & Irene Cervantes • Ms. Clare O’Callaghan in memory of Aileen Lange • St. Peter’s on Capitol Hill; Rev. William Byrne Save the date! Archdiocese of Baltimore; Most Rev. William Lori • B&W Stat Laboratory, Inc. • Diocese of Arlington; Most Rev. Paul Loverde • Francis J. Collins Funeral Home, Inc. • Rev. Charles P. Connor, S.T.L., Ph.D. • Hugh & Ruey Dempsey • The 4th Annual Dominican Spring Gala Mr. & Mrs. Robert T. Gerken • Ceil & Ray Glembocki • will be held on Mr. Philip Leopold • Ms. Theresa C. Morrison in honor of Fr. Joseph Fox and Fr. Joseph Alobaidi • Rev. Msgr. Godfrey Mosley in memory Saturday, April 26, 2014 of deceased members of the Mosley family • Mr. & Mrs. Barry S. Pine • St. Ann’s Catholic Church • Washington Refrigeration Co., Inc. Gisela R. Barry • Rev. Melvin Blanchette, S.S. • Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Carroll, Jr. • Rev. John W. Crossin, O.S.F.S. • Ms. Anne M. Fitzsimmons • Ms. Rose Folsom • Rev. Edward M. Gaffney, O.P. • Anne Gribbin • Mr. & Mrs. James A. Hofer • Mr. & Mrs. Michael Hofer • Mr. Thomas A. Kennedy, Jr. • Mr. Russell King • Ms. Patricia Kirkham • Dr. & Mrs. William Klepczynski • Mr. & Mrs. Francis Xavier Noonan • Mr. Michael Novak • Dr. Cyril Orji • Mrs. Mary H. Pendergraph • Ms. Gloria Radosevich • Ms. Lois Ann Simms • Ms. Nancy Tanner • Ms. Juanita Vaccaro • Valid Electric Company, Inc. Individuals and organizations participating in the live and silent auctions Very Rev. Steven C. Boguslawski, O.P. • George P. Cervantes • Mrs. Irene P. Cervantes • The Honorable Edward J. Damich, K.M. • Brian & Fran Davenport • DeCarlo’s Ristorante • Hugh & Ruey Dempsey • Ms. Nancy DePlatchett • Ms. Susan E. DePlatchett • Br. John Devaney, O.P. • Stephen & Marty Devine • Most Rev. J. Augustine DiNoia, O.P. • Dominican Nuns of Summit • Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia • Dominican Studentate • Brian Walsh, Faith Direct • Sr. Mary Sarah Galbraith, O.P., President, Aquinas College • Fr. Norman Haddad, O.P. • Hartke Theatre • Mr. Julian Heron • Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation • Sr. Maria Frassati Jakupcak, O.P. • Dr. Katherine Kadin, D.C. • Anne Marie Kearns • Mrs. Cindy Lemoine • Magnificat, Fr. John Peter Cameron, O.P., Editor-in-Chief • Olney Theatre • Barry & Gina Pine • Edward Stanley • Mary Lynn Stevens • Dr. Jem Sullivan • Sr. Mary Grace Thul, O.P. • Fra’ James-Michael von Stroebel • Steve White • Windows Catering Company Faculty and alumni who donated autographed books to the silent auction Very Rev. Steven C. Boguslawski, O.P. • Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield • Dr. Richard H. Bulzacchelli, S.T.D. • Rev. Donald Calloway, M.I.C. • Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P. • Fr. Romanus Cessario, O.P. • Dr. Gloria Falcão Dodd • Dawn Eden • Dr. Gregory LaNave • Dr. Ralph Martin • Dr. Jem Sullivan 6 | Th e 4 8 7 C o r r e s p o n d e n t Faculty and Alumni News, Appointments & Publications In September, Most Rev. J. Augustine DiNoia, O.P., (former President and faculty; STB ‘69; STL ‘71) was appointed by Pope Francis as an adjunct secretary to the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. Earlier this year, Dr. Richard H. Bulzacchelli, (STL ‘02) assistant professor of theology at Aquinas College, released a new book entitled “Elohim Created”: A New Look at the First Creation Narrative. Dr. Bulzacchelli’s recent articles include “Developing the Seminal Theology of Pope Paul VI: Toward a Civilization of Love in the Confident Hope of the Gospel of Life,” Ave Maria Law Review (11.1 Fall 2012: 49–64) and “The Diagnosis of Death and the Irreducibility of the Human Person,” Linacre Quarterly (80  2013: 39–55). Thomas Peters (STB ‘09) was seriously injured in a swimming accident this past July of this year. Despite having been in critical condition, he is slowly recovering with the prayers and support of family and friends. Please follow Peters’ recovery process and join in prayer with him and his wife, Natalie, at tpetersrecovery.blogspot.com. The dissertation of Dr. Ralph Martin (STL ‘09), completed at the Angelicum (STD 2011), was published by Eerdmans: Will Many Be Saved? What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization. Already in its fourth printing, it has been strongly endorsed by leading Churchmen and theologians and widely commented on. Dr. Martin, having been appointed as a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, was also named by Benedict XVI as a theological expert to the 2012 Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization. He continues as Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Theology Programs in the New Evangelization at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and as President of Renewal Ministries (www.renewalministries.net). In June, Fr. Stephen Ryan, O.P., (MDiv, STB ‘92; STL ‘94) presented “Old Testament Wisdom Literature and the New Evangelization,” at the Monsignor Jerome D. Quinn Institute of Biblical Studies, St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul. He presented a response paper, “The Theological Significance of Intertextuality in the Deuterocanonical Books,” The Seventy-Sixth International Meeting of the CBA, at Gonzaga University, in August. Christ in the Life and Teaching of Gregory of Nazianzus (Oxford Early Christian Studies), by Fr. Andrew Hofer, O.P., (MDiv ‘01; STL ‘03) was recently released by Oxford University Press. Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore assigned Rev. Ugochukwu J. Cletus, S.S.J., (MA, MDiv ‘11) as Pastor of St. Veronica. Fr. Cletus previously served as parochial vicar of Our Mother of Mercy and Blessed Sacrament Parishes in Beaumont, Texas, before serving as administrator of St. Veronica. Fr. Etido Jerome, S.S.J., (MDiv, STB ‘11) has been named the new university chaplain at Xavier University of Louisiana. In September 2013, at the University of Toulouse le Mirail, Toulouse, France, at a conference entitled “Verbe et chair: le sens de l’union dans la réception philosophique de l’évangile de Jean (Jn 1, 12-14),” Fr. Timothy Bellamah, O.P., (MDiv ‘98; STL ‘99) delivered a paper entitled, “Ad Intellectum autem huius nominis quod dicitur « Verbum » : philosophie, révélation et théologie trinitaire chez Thomas d’Aquin.” His article “L’exégèse de Guillaume d’Alton,” recently appeared in Études d’exégèse médiévale offertes à Gilbert Dahan par ses élèves, Brepols, Turnhout (BEHE-SR, 159), 2013, 129-139. We love to hear from our alumni! Please send your news, publications, appointments, and honors to George Cervantes, Assistant Director for Advancement, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 495-3828. At graduation, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganó looks on as His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl is handed his honorary degree by Very. Rev Steven C. Boguslawski, O.P. Fa l l 2 0 1 3 | 7 Dominicans and the Renewal of Thomism Conference With the hope of renewing and strengthening the teaching mission and preaching of the Church, and renewing the centers of research and teaching in the Dominican Order, 106 Dominican friars from fourteen countries gathered at the Dominican House of Studies this summer for the “Renewal of Thomism Conference” sponsored by the Thomistic Institute. “The philosophy and theology of St. Thomas Aquinas have been at the heart of the church’s preaching, teaching and intellectual study for the past 750 years,” said Father Thomas Joseph White, O.P, Director of the Thomistic Institute. “It seemed important to the organizers to think about how to renew a commitment to that teaching in the church today, to cooperate with what Blessed John Paul II has called the New Evangelization.” The conference began on July 1st with a Mass celebrated by His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington. For five days the friars, hailing from several countries in Europe as well as Argentina, India, the Philippines and the United States, lived the Dominican life together while presenting papers on pressing questions in philosophy and theology. The particular focus of the conference was “the doctrine of God, one and triune.” The friars discussed the problems that our contemporaries have with the doctrine of God and the Trinity and how to address these problems in the Thomistic tradition. They also discussed the Thomistic heritage in the Dominican Order and the Church. Father White notes that Thomism helps us answer the big questions. “Why does the world exist? Do we have immortal souls? What is the relation between the soul and the body? Why did God become man? What is the grace associated with each of the sacraments? These kinds of fundamental questions are at the heart of the Christian life,” he said. “These conferences allow professors of philosophy and theology to engage with these questions anew and to refine their answers to these questions using the wisdom of St. Thomas.” During the conference, the attendees explored issues such as our ability to know God and speak about Him, God’s omnipotence and providence, and the difference between Thomistic and Islamic understandings of the nature of God. Regarding the doctrine of the Trinity, a typical concern in the 20th century for theologians has been the question of the accessibility of this teaching. Karl Rahner famously said that for practical purposes most Catholics are monotheists, but not Trinitarians. Father White notes that these questions have ecumenical and pastoral implications. “The question of Christian monotheism is essential to our dialogue with Muslims and Jews, but understanding the Trinity and the inner mystery of God is central to our right relationship with Christ and our right Over one hundred Dominican friars attended the Renewal of Thomism conference. 8 | Th e 4 8 7 C o r r e s p o n d e n t Fr. Paul Murray, O.P. (Province of Ireland; Angelicum, Rome) speaks on “Thomas Aquinas: Talking to God.” understanding of the Gospel,” he said. “How do we explain the mystery of Jesus’ unity with the Father and Holy Spirit? How do we show people that in the mystery of Jesus’ life and resurrection, the deepest mystery of God is given to us?” The conference is the fruit of over three years of planning, and was born from organizers holding the goal of renewed commitment to Thomism among Dominicans. Towards that end a first international gathering occurred in Warsaw, Poland, in 2010. This was a follow-up conference to move forward in encouraging the Dominican brethren who are deeply committed to studying Aquinas and promoting the teaching mission of the church. The conference also gave rise to several future projects. There will be a succeeding event in 2016 in Toulouse, France, to mark the 800th anniversary of the Dominican Order. There are also plans for future conferences on Thomism and Sacred Scripture in Jerusalem, Thomism and the modern sciences at Oxford, and an annual gathering at the Angelicum in Rome for Dominican graduate students in philosophy and theology. The larger goal however is to renew the centers of research and teaching in the order at large. Father White commented that “in this respect we are very blessed in Washington to be experiencing this kind of renewal and to be supporting it by our current education of so many young Dominican priests.” Rev. Thomas Petri, O.P., New PFIC Vice-President and Academic Dean The Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies welcomes Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P., as the newly appointed Vice-President and Academic Dean. Fr. Petri was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Madisonville, Kentucky. Initially studying to be a priest for the Diocese of Owensboro, Kentucky, he attended Saint Meinrad College and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Pontifical College Josephinum. He also earned a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology from the University of St. Mary of the Lake/ Mundelein Seminary in Chicago before entering the Order of Preachers in 2004. He has a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from The Catholic University of America. Ordained a priest in 2009, he was an Assistant Professor of Theology at Providence College in Rhode Island prior to his appointment. As Vice-President and Academic Dean, Fr. Petri is responsible for the ordinary academic administration of the Pontifical Faculty. In this capacity, he serves as the Chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee as well as of the Admissions Committee, and he will assist on the Planning Committee of the Faculty. Additionally, Fr. Petri is the primary academic advisor of the students and he will help them as they select their courses for each academic term. When asked about how he views his role as the new Vice-President and Academic Dean, Fr. Petri’s top priority is the intellectual life of the school. The Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception is committed to fostering the Thomistic, intellectual tradition of the Order of Preachers, and Fr. Petri sees this as the fundamental goal of his office. “One of the things that drew me to enter the Dominican Order was the intellectual life of the friars and their commitment to rigorous and vibrant academic study,” says Fr. Petri. This kind of life-giving commitment to the intellectual life is something the PFIC strives to instill in its students. It requires academic discipline on the side of the teachers to provide the most comprehensive study of Sacred Doctrine, and for the students to be able to articulate with clarity the truths of the Catholic faith. According to Fr. Petri, there is a need for priests and catechists today to teach the faith intelligibly and with conviction: “The pastoral life and the intellectual life should not be separated; rather, our men should embrace both in their priesthood as should those among the laity who seek to serve in the Church. The Fathers of the Church are great examples of this: St. Augustine, St. Gregory the Great, and so forth; they are good models for us today to take seriously the life of study in the service of the pastoral care of souls.” This year Fr. Petri will teach the Deacon Practicum and Priesthood Practicum. In these courses, men scheduled for ordination either to the diaconate or the priesthood learn how to conduct themselves properly in the liturgy: how to assist at or to celebrate Mass, for example. He also hopes to have time to offer other courses in the future with his background in moral theology. New Academic Program: Doctorate in Sacred Theology The Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies is pleased to announce the reinstitution of its doctoral program. The PFIC now offers a terminal degree in theology, the Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.), whose candidates pursue course work and research in Thomistic studies. Doctoral candidates may conduct specialized research in the domains of both systematic and moral theology. Doctoral research may focus on historical topics in Thomistic theology, or Thomistic engagement in modern and contemporary theology. The doctoral degree is a pontifical degree, granted by the authority of and in the name of the Holy See, and it is intended for qualified clerical and lay students. The Dominican House of Studies strives to provide a quality Thomistic theological education and to be a center for the renewal of Thomism. Fr. Timothy Bellamah, O.P., (MDiv ‘98; STL ‘99) Director of the Doctoral Program in Sacred Theology at the PFIC, says: “There is a great need in the Church today for Catholic scholarship on the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. The intention of our doctoral program in Thomistic studies is to produce the best theologians on the thought of St. Thomas for the Church in the world, especially in North America.” In a world today in which there is much confusion on the quest for truth, the foundation of Thomistic theology can provide a comprehensive response to the questions of contemporary society. Fr. Bellamah continues: “St. Thomas gives us a systematic and organized layout of the plan of salvation, dealing with topics such as the order of creation, the nature of human acts, and our need for the sacraments. Theologians have been studying, commenting, and preaching on the writings of St. Thomas for centuries, and we hope to follow in this great tradition in our doctoral program.” The PFIC hopes to train the best theologians to dialogue with the top Catholic and nonCatholic thinkers today. Candidates are just beginning to enroll in the doctoral program, and we eagerly look forward to their service to the Church in the coming years. I n M emoriam Edmund D. Pellegrino, M.D. (H ‘00) June 13, 2013 Jean Bethke Elshtain, Ph.D. Thomistic Circles speaker August 11, 2013 Fa l l 2 0 1 3 | 9 PFIC Honor Circles We would like to express our sincere thanks to those who have generously contributed to the PFIC from September 2010 through August 2013. S t . 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