Newsletter of the Pontifical Faculty of Theology of the Immaculate Conception
St. Thomas Chapel-Preaching Studio
Our Mission is better served by this new state-of-the-art ChapelStudio
New Vice-Chancellor The PFIC is pleased to announce that it has a new Vice-Chancellor, the Very Rev. Brian Martin Mulcahy, OP. As the newly elected Prior Provincial, Fr. Brian Mulcahy automatically assumes the role of ViceChancellor. “In this capacity, I oversee the work of the Pontifical Faculty in the name of the Chancellor, who is the Master of the Dominicans, Fr. Bruno Cadoré, OP,” he said. The Vice-Chancellor is a key figure for the Pontifical Faculty. He serves as the chair of both the Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors, two groups that help to provide oversight and direction for the school. He appoints, with the consent of the Board of Trustees, the Vice-President/Academic Dean, the Vice-President for Advancement, and the Secretary of Studies. Most importantly, when the President’s term concludes, it is the Vice-Chancellor and the Board of Trustees who present a candidate to the Chancellor, who then nominates him for appointment directly by the Holy See. A 1989 graduate of the Faculty, he has also been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2009. He remains confident in the PFIC’s prospects for the future: “The PFIC, under the leadership of Frs. Boguslawski, O’Donnell and Fox, along with the faculty and staff, is poised to make a significant contribution to theological and philosophical dialogue, both within the Church, as well as within the secular academic community.”
Preaching the Gospel is the very core of the Dominican charism and mission. Our Constitutions state: “We have as our special foundation the prophetic office by which the Gospel of Jesus Christ is proclaimed everywhere both by word and example.” This commitment to preaching fulfills the mandate of the Church to preach for the salvation of souls. For this reason, the PFIC has institutionally reinforced its attention to the art and craft of preaching by renovating the St. Thomas Chapel-Preaching Studio. All schools of priestly formation require a certain number of practical classes for priestly ministry. The PFIC has taken this a step further by developing a state-of-the-art classroom to place greater attention and emphasis to the art and practice of preaching. The newly renovated St. Thomas Chapel marks the final step in constructing our new Academic Center. The chapel will be used for small group masses and devotions. During the school year its primary purpose is
academic. Here our students learn the art of preaching, as well as the practice of various liturgical acts, e.g. celebrating the mass and administering the sacraments. The new Chapel-Studio is both a beautiful worship space and a modern classroom. It has an antique marble altar, three marble statues (of St. Dominic, St. Thomas Aquinas, and the Blessed Virgin Mary), and a gold tabernacle. Half of the space is dedicated for use as a classroom. Installed along the back wall are cabinets that house video-recording equipment and a flat screen TV, as well as vestments and altar linens. The chapel is, then, the best of both worlds. Whether used as a classroom or for liturgy, the space is always oriented towards the Crucifix and tabernacle. As a classroom, the brothers’ work can be recorded and reviewed, without loosing a sense of the space. The shape of the room affirms the liturgical aspects of the preaching. This innovative integration of the purposes of the space is key for excellence in learning the art of preaching. After the commencement exercises last May, the Chapel-Studio was blessed by following the Fr. Dominic Izzo, OP, then vice-
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Fr. Dominic Izzo, OP, blesses the St. Thomas Chapel-Preaching Studio
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We especially acknowledge those memorialized or honored by gifts to the PFIC. Please keep these individuals in your prayers. I n Memoriam
Ms. Joy Amisano Rev. Milton Ballor, C.PP.S. Mrs. Jackie Brunetta Rev. Pierre Conway, OP Mrs. Margaret Corbett Mr. Newton and Mrs. Irene Cox Mr. Felix diPaola Rev. Frs. Mark, Thomas & Walter Heath, OP Mr. Neil Katchen Br. Pascal Kelly, OSF Mr. Paul T. Kirkham Ms. Alice Coyle MacDonald Mr. Clematis Machaz Ms. Rita Hammer Mahlberg Rev. George G. Maley, OP Ms. Dorothy Murphy Mr. Thomas C. O’Brien Mr. Craig Pritzl Rev. Dominic Rover, OP Mr. John Ryan Rev. Ferrer E. Smith, OP
Rev. James Brent, OP Br. Justin Marie Brophy, OP Mr. Kendall & Mrs. Mary Ann Cason Rev. Brian Chrzastek, OP Rev. Br. Hyacinth Marie Cordell, OP Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Diggins Dominican Chaplains of Teams of Our Lady Rev. John Martin Egan, OP Very Rev. Joseph Fox, OP Rev. Anthony Giambronne, OP Mr. Daniel Hilburn Rev. John Hinnebusch, OP Rev. Andrew Hofer, OP Rev. Br. Austin Dominic Litke, OP Rev. Gabriel O’Donnell, OP Mr. Joseph J. Reid Br. Augustine Reisenauer, OP Rev. Gabriel Schnakenberg, OP Rev. Br. Ignatius Schweitzer, OP Br. Bernard Timothy, OP Rev. Raymond Vandegrift, OP Rev. Thomas Joseph White, OP
PFIC faculty members give lectures at international Dominican conference This past summer, members of the PFIC’s faculty participated in the Dominicans and the Challenge of Thomism Conference in Warsaw, Poland. The conference brought together Thomists from around the world to discuss the relevance of St. Thomas in modern theology and how to incorporate his teachings into a wider discussion of current theological trends. The lectures given by members of the PFIC faculty were: • Fr. Timothy Bellamah, OP: Qui primo per verba intenditur: Notes on Thomas’ understanding of authorial intention and the literal sense. • Fr. Brian Chrzastek, OP: The Significance of Beauty in the Thought of Thomas Aquinas. • Fr. Basil Cole, OP coauthored a lecture with Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, OP (alumn, ‘05): Contraception and Violence: A Thomistic Comparison. • Fr. John Baptist Ku, OP: Aquinas’ Application of “Auctor” and “Auctoritas” to the Divine Persons. For more information go here: http://www.it.dominikanie.pl/warsawconference/
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March 26, 2011
Please join the us for a reception and silent auction featuring Sacred Art, wine, DC tours and cultural events. Food will be prepared and served by our Dominican Student Brothers, and the evening will end with Compline. Tickets are $100 per person. The evening begins 6:30 pm. Contact Margaret Perry at 202-495-3282 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. 2 | Th e 4 8 7 C o r r e s p o n d e n t
Expansion of the Library Collection The Dominican Theological Library at the PFIC is growing! This year the library added to its collection the personal library of Fr. William Augustine Wallace, OP (who was president of the PFIC from 1967-1970). Fr. Wallace, who taught at both the Catholic University of America and the University of Maryland, is a world-renowned expert in the history of Galileo and the Baroque philosophy of science. His donation adds to the library almost every important book on Galileo in English, as well as the complete works of Galileo himself. Additionally, the library received, with the help of Fr. Luke Tancrell, OP, a number of books from the original Dominican House of Studies in Somerset, Ohio. These books, from the origins of the Province in the early 19th century, provide a glimpse into the life of the first American friars. These books will be stored in the library’s new Rare Books Room. The budget for book acquisition has increased by tenfold over the past few years. Librarian Fr. Bernard Mulcahy, OP, believes this is the right emphasis for the DTL: “it is important for the scholarship of our faculty and students that we remain up-to-date in our holdings.” Looking toward the future of the library, Fr. Bernard has begun the process of re-cataloguing the entire library. This necessary step is also very labor intensive; it could take up to 10 years to complete. He plans to continue to expand the collection, especially with books about Thomism and the Dominicans. Additionally, he hopes that the library will soon begin to take digital pictures of all its rare books so that they can be put online. “This will allow us to contribute to scholarship throughout the world,” Fr. Bernard said.
Fr. Steven presides at the Mass in honor of St. Rose of Lima opening the 2010-2011 Academic Year.
Letter from the President Dear Friends, Alumni and Benefactors: The formation of a Dominican preacher is not an easy undertaking, because it means guiding a friar in initial training to be conformed to the One he will proclaim to the people of God: Jesus Christ our Lord. That simple statement conceals the complexity of the challenge for the would-be preacher and for those responsible for religious and priestly formation. What we endeavor to do together at the PFIC is to foster personal integrity, intellectual acuity, professional competency and spiritual maturity such that the “medium conveys the message.” One of my former scripture teachers, a priest with a keen intellect and deep humility, told me: “Steven, remember one thing. Before you give people a book to read about the faith, you first give them your life, your personal witness.” I have pondered that maxim many times. Indeed, the conformity of one’s life to the mysteries of the Faith—preeminently, the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ—is the measure most people in the pews use in assessing the quality of the preacher and the message he proclaims. The power of the preacher’s word derives not from sophisticated rhetorical theory and training in public speaking—as helpful as these might be—but first and foremost, by intimately knowing the Word Himself. Unless the preacher knows and is conformed to the Word of God, sermons become lifeless and irrelevant to the lives of most worshippers. One cannot give what one does not have. In this issue of The 487 Correspondent we are giving you a tour of our new preaching studio, which, quite appropriately, is integrated with our newly renovated St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel. The environment constantly reminds the rising generation of Friars Preachers that the ministry of the Word is intimately connected with the Sacrifice of the Mass. Indeed, it is within the context of the Sunday liturgy that most people hear the Word proclaimed and explained. So, when you next visit us at “487”, please take the time to see where we train our aspiring preachers, and pray that we meet the challenge set before us: for the good of the Church, for the good of the candidates entrusted to our care, and, most of all, for your good. Thank you for all that you do for us. Sincerely yours in the Lord, Very Rev. Steven C. Boguslawski, OP President, PFIC
The Pontifical Faculty of Theology of the Immaculate Conception President: Very Rev. Steven C. Boguslawski, OP Vice President and Academic Dean: Rev. Gabriel O’Donnell, OP Vice President for Advancement: Very Rev. Joseph Fox, OP Librarian: Rev. Bernard Mulcahy, OP
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chancellor of the PFIC, with Fr. Giles Dimock, OP, prior and Fr. Steven Boguslawski, OP, president of the PFIC. Also in attendance at the blessing was Fr. Val LaFrance, OP. Fr. Val travelled around the US as an itinerant preacher for fifty years. It was the generosity of his friends, the Gardner and Mueller families, along with the Maas Family, that enabled this project to come to completion. Fr. Val, interviewed this summer by Br. Ignatius Schweitzer, OP, was deeply honored by the dedication, and inspired by the Chapel-Studio. He also had some advice for the men learning the art of preaching: “The reality of this particular culture is so important. To tap into and connect with the experience of your listeners is so vital. The preacher must understand his audience. Also, it’s only with this understanding that he can then suggest a better way than what the culture offers.” “The preacher must be real. He must be very frank and blunt. He must speak of reallife from the heart. Be prudent, of course, and don’t tear people down, but be honest. Offer your hearers the complete picture and a better way.”
Sanctuary and Lectern
Classes are already being offered in the St. Thomas Chapel-Preaching Studio. Our preaching and public speaking staff is also excited about the opportunities this new classroom affords them. (Please see Dr. Mary Ann Cashman-McGuire’s article on the opposite page about the value of audio and visual aids in teaching the art of preaching.) St. Catherine of Siena once said “If you are what you ought to be, you will set the world on fire.” We pray this St. Thomas ChapelStudio will help our friars to set many hearts on fire for generations to come.
The St. Thomas ChapelPreaching Studio is dedicated to the memory of Mr. Al Maas, Sr. and Fr. John McMahon, OP, may they rest in peace, and in honor of Fr. Val LaFrance, OP. State-of-the-art recording equipment
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Statue of our Patroness, the Immaculate Conception
Pontifications: Promoting Excellence in Preaching We are grateful to all responsible for guiding our beautiful, new Chapel-Preaching Studio from vision to reality.
While posture is the key to the voice, the key to posture is the breath. Breathing for life is involuntary, with inhalation and exhalation of equal duration. This breathing pattern is characteristic of sedentary pursuits, such as study, writing, and meditation, and allows for a continuous flow of words. Breathing for speech, however, is voluntary, with a lively and uneven pattern of short inhalations followed by long exhalations that flow with the words and match the length of the phrase. This is the breathing pattern of the actor, the preacher, and the singer. The camera reveals how breathing patterns shape the posture and words of the seminarian. As the camera reveals his strengths and weaknesses, the first recordings may be disappointing to the seminarian. His voice may sound softer and thinner, his face almost motionless, and his posture unintentionally tense. His response, “I thought I was louder than that,” reflects the resonators
Greetings from Washington! We have finally been able to launch fully our donor recognition circles under the patronage of several of our Dominican saints. Our hope is that, by dedicating our benefactors to the care of these great witnesses of faith, we will both receive heavenly graces and intercession for our donors and at the same time educate them to the rich spiritual heritage of the Dominican Order in the Church.
In providing audio and visual feedback toward enhanced vocal technique, this studio promotes excellence in preaching. For the seminarian, it is a valuable tool for his independent development as an instrument of the Word of the Lord. In working to integrate efficient voice production and heightened clarity of speech, he can use the camera as a mirror for learning. Before video cameras, an Australian actor named F.M. Alexander used a room of mirrors to learn exactly how he had lost his voice mid-career and onstage. As the mirrors revealed relationships among his stance, gesture, and voice, Alexander learned that posture is key to vocal health. By releasing the inappropriate tension in his neck and shoulders, he cured himself of chronic hoarseness.
From the Advancement Office
Dr. Mary Ann Cashman-McGuire
that amplify what he hears of his own voice. Another, “My face doesn’t show my feelings, my zeal for the word,” reveals how communication apprehension restricts vocal expression. Symptoms of apprehension, e.g., rapid heartbeat, sweaty palms, dilation of the pupil of the eyes, are expressed in the nonverbal signals that researchers have found can overpower the verbal. Common are fillers such as ‘uh’, and tension of the jaw, both due to using the pattern of involuntary breathing for speech. Voluntary breathing is an efficacious solution to the problems that the camera helps to reveal. After thirty or so video recordings using voluntary breathing, the seminarian can achieve appropriate tension and improved vocal health. He will find that the excellence of his preaching flows from the same support used in singing Adestes Fideles - an excellent example of volume variety is the chorus, “Venite, adoremus.”
The saints we have chosen were inspired by some stained glass windows (shown below) which we hope will one day be installed in the St. Thomas Chapel. These windows were formerly in the Dominican Priory in Jersey City, NJ. They fit beautifully with the overall design of the chapel and even the stained glass windows in the main chapel at the Dominican House of Studies. When we are able to install and restore these windows the St. Thomas Chapel will be truly complete. In the meantime, the saints featured in the windows serve as our Honor Circle patrons. I encourage you to learn about these remarkable men and women, so dear to all of us Dominicans. --Very Rev. Joseph Fox, O.P. Vice President for Advancement
Preachers and actors are united in their pursuit of an enhanced vocal technique, but differ in their messages. The actor says, “I want to impress you; listen to my interpretation of the words of the playwright.” The preacher says, “I want to share the Good News with you; follow me as I follow Our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Dr. Mary Ann Cashman-McGuire is a professor of speech at the PFIC. She recieved a B.A. in Drama at Mundelein College at the University of Chicago, and an M.A. in Speech and Drama under Fr. Gilbert Hartke, OP, and an Ed.D. at the Catholic University of America. “Pontifications” is the faculty column of The 487 Correspondent, in which one of our faculty members reflects on insights gained while teaching at the PFIC.
Stained Glass Windows of St. Dominic and St. Thomas Aquinas from Sacred Heart Priory in Jersey City, NJ
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Honor Circles of Donors to the PFIC (Cumula When St. Dominic founded his Order in 1216, he envisioned a band of preachers that relied on the generosity of others for their sustenance so that they might be free to preach and teach the Gospel. In 2010, we still rely on the generosity of others to further our mission of preaching Jesus Christ. For our benefactors, we offer our prayers and call upon the intercession of great Dominican saints, especially the patrons of our Honor Circles, for their needs and requests. We would like to express our sincere thanks to those who have generously contributed to the PFIC between July 2007 and September 2010.
St . A lbert
(1206-1280) Bishop of Regensburg, theologian, philosopher, and scientist. Universal Doctor. Canonized 1931. Feast November 15. ($50,000 —$99,999) Mr. & Mrs. Sean Fieler
St . C atherine
(1347-1380) Virgin, mystic, ascetic, and stigmatist. Doctor of the Church. Canonized 1461. Feast April 29. ($20,000 —$49,999) Anonymous (3) Mr. Sean Brady Mrs. Dorothy Cunningham
St . R aymond Peñafort (1175-1275) Priest, canon lawyer, and third Master of the Order. Canonized 1601. Memorial January 7. ($2,500—$4,999) Mr. & Mrs. Mario Brunetta Mr. and Mrs. Peter Connell Ms. Rose Folsom Fr. Joseph Fox, OP Mr. & Mrs. James Hofer Mr. & Mrs. Michael Kirchner Mr. Peter C. Krause Ms. Caitlin Long Rev. Frederick L. Miller Mr. & Mrs. Randal Schmidt
St . Hyacinth (1187-1257) Priest, first Polish friar, and missionary to the Slavic people. Canonized 1594. Memorial August 17. ($1,000—$2,499)
St . V incent Ferrer (1350-1419) Priest, itinerant preacher, worker of miracles, and ascetic. Canonized 1455. Memorial May 5. ($10,000—$19,999) Anonymous (2) Mr. & Mrs. Frederick Crall Mr. William (†) and Mrs. Theresa Hanrahan Mr. Paul Hill Kirwan Family Foundation Mr. Josef Neusser & Dr. Susan Timoney Ms. Florence O’Brien Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Reisenauer Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Roti Weingartz Family Foundation Mr. Harold Ziegler
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Ms. Therese Errigo Mr. & Mrs. C. W. Gilluly Mr. & Mrs. Dana Gioia Mr. & Mrs. Joseph E. Melancon, Jr. Ms. T. C. Morrison Mr. Patrick Nolan Mr. & Mrs. Albert Schaller
(1206-1252) Priest and proto-martyr of the Order of Preachers. Canonized 1253. Memorial June 4. ($5,000—$9,999) Anonymous (1) Mr. & Mrs. William Brown
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Amisano Memorial Trust Anonymous (5) Ave Maria University Most. Rev. Leonard P. Blair Ms. Barbara Anne Block Mrs. Paula Brock Dr. & Mrs. John Brown Mr. Craig Bruney Mr. & Mrs. James Deal Mr. & Mrs. Michael Demcsak Rev. Adrian Dionne, OP Mr. & Mrs. Charles Dougherty Mr. James Edwards Mr. & Mrs. John Edwards Ms. Renee Gallagher Mr. & Mrs. Robert Garvey Mr. & Mrs. Albert Giambrone Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Giambrone Dr. Eugene Giannini Mr. James Goodman Abbot Caedmon Holmes, OSB Mr. Vincent W. Kyle Ms. Bernadette Lane Mr. & Mrs. Paul Lawless Mr. Guy Lombardo Mr. & Mrs. Mark Machuga Mr. John J. Mahoney Mr. John Marrella Mr. J. H. Maxwell-Scott Mr. Colin Moran Dr. Mary E. Moran
Mr. John Ogden Dr. Christopher Rapcewicz & Dr. Claudia Bungaro Ms. Susan A. Reeves Mr. & Mrs. Richard Schaller Mr. & Mrs. Doyle Schweitzer Mr. Robert Schwenk Rev. Peter Stravinskas Dr. and Mrs. Francisco Yao
St . A ntoninus (1389-1459) Archbishop of Florence, moral theologian, and reformer. Canonized 1523. Memorial May 10. ($500—$999) Ms. Joan Adams Anonymous (4) Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Boland Mr. & Mrs. Robert Brent Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Brisken Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Thomas Conti Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Cracchiolo Rev. John Crossin Mr. Gregory Curtin Capt. R. F. DiPalma USN (Ret.) Rev. Msgr. John J. Enzler Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Ford Keany Produce Rev. Paul Keller, OP Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Maier Mr. & Mrs. Ralph McDonough Ms. Marlene B. McGinnis Cardin Mr. Charles F. Meixner Mr. Edward Misey Dr. William J. Morris, Jr. Msgr. Godfrey Mosley Ms. Dorothy Murphy † Mr. Luis E. Perez Mr. & Mrs. W. A. Raaths Ms. Gloria Radosevich Mr. & Mrs. Gus Russo Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Sands Mrs. Amberly Tarantina Mr. & Mrs. John Weisgerber
St . M artin
(1579-1639) Cooperator Brother, infirmarian, worker of miracles, and servant to the poor. Canonized 1962. Feast November 3. ($250—$499) Rev. Michael Bransfield Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Brophy Rev. Stephen Cox Mr. & Mrs. Peter Denker Mr. & Mrs. Stephen DeVine Mr. J. Eshelman Ms. Barbara M. Flaherty Fort Myer Chaplain’s Fund Mr. & Dr. Timothy Gavin Mr. David Giandomenico
ative Gifts from June 2007 to September 2010) Rev. John J. Hurley, Jr. Mrs. Kathleen Jarboe Mr. Barry Jones Mr. & Mrs. Mark A. Jorgensen Mr. Jeffrey D. Ludwig Dr. & Mrs. Paul J. Mahar Ms. Zena Martin Mr. John S. McCann Deacon & Mrs. Andrew Nosacek, OP Mr. & Mrs. James T. O’Reilly Dr. & Mrs. Robert Royal Mr. & Mrs. Chetan Sanghvi Mr. & Mrs. John Schnakenberg Ms. Karen Servidea Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Skousgaard Mr. & Mrs. Richard P. Stewart Rev. Tam Xuan Tran Mr. Seigbert J. Weinberger Mr. David Winship Mr. & Mrs. Curt Winters
St . R ose
(1586-1617) Virgin, mystic, ascetic, and first canonized saint born in the Americas. Canonized 1671. Memorial August 23. (Up to $249) Mr. & Mrs. Melvyn Andrews Anonymous (6) Ms. Lydia M. Astorga Mr. & Mrs. James R. Bacha Mr. & Mrs. Adam Bangert Mr. G. Howard Bathon Ms. Jane Anne Beachner Mr. William J. Becker Mr. Donald F. Berens Mr. P. Bracy Bersnak Mr. & Mrs. David Birtwistle Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Bissmeyer Ms. Patricia Bonner Mr. & Mrs. David Borchers Mr. & Mrs. Roger Borchers Mr. & Mrs. Robert H. Bork Mr. & Mrs. Anthony J. Bosnick Mr. James Bailey Brislin Ms. Dorothy Brocki Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Brunetta Ms. Rosemary Burns Ms. Barbara Chellis Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Cole Mr. Daniel Collins Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Collins Ms. Regina A. Connor Ms. Mary Anne Corr Mr. Richard H. Coyle Mr. & Mrs. David Crenshaw Mr. & Mrs. Brian Crogan Ms. Kathleen Curran Ms. Mary Daley Mr. & Mrs. Thomas D’Amico Ms. Deirdre Dessingue Mr. & Mrs. Donald Devine
Mr. Raimondo DiBona Ms. Mary J. Diggins Mr. & Mrs. Melvin Dodd Ms. Minhhuong Duong Mr. Arthur Duran Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Eberstadt Mr. & Mrs. Carl Ewald Mr. & Mrs. Vagn Fausing Mr. John Ferguson Ms. Danielle Ferris Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Feulner Franciscan Friars of the Atonement Mr. & Mrs. Harry Gieske Ms. Irene Gifford Dr. Harry Gildenhorn Mr. Thomas C. Goebel Mr. Bruce J. Hacker, OP Mr. Lawrence Hayes Mr. & Mrs. Mark C. Henrie Mr. & Mrs. Julian Heron Mrs. Margaret Anne Hilburn Mr. Joe Hinnebusch Mrs. Mari Hobgood Ms. Matilda Hofacker Ms. Grenevere Hoffman Mr. Shenkuang Huang Mr. Luigi Iacono Mr. & Mrs. Walter Janero Ms. Mary Catherine Jennings Ms. Ruth Jin Mr. & Mrs. Donald J. Jordan Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Kalinoski Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Kane Mr. & Mrs. J. David Karam Mr. Navid Karimeddiny William Cardinal Keeler Mr. Joseph M. Kempf Mr. & Mrs. David Keppel Mrs. Donna Kerrigan Rev. Michael King Ms. Patricia Kirkham Dr. & Mrs. William Klepczynski Ms. Carolyn B. Klunk Mr. & Mrs. Walter Knapik Mr. & Mrs. Donald Kocarek Mr. Daniel Kovach Mrs. Frances G. Krenisky Mr. James Kruggel Ms. Angele Kuchukian Ms. Lauren F. Liebrecht Mr. Martin Leopold Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Loehr Mr. & Mrs. Willis Lowery Mr. Tri Dinh Luong Mr. Roberto Maass Moreno Ms. Mary Maher Mr. & Mrs. Peter Martin Mr. & Mrs. David Masterson Mr. Carl B. McCarthy Mr. & Mrs. Justin McClain Mr. & Mrs. Paul McCormack Mr. William P. McKenna Mr. & Mrs. Charles McKigney Ms. Margaret McManus
Dr. & Mrs. Michel Mennesson Ms. Renee Merolli Ms. Patricia D. Metzger Mr. & Mrs. Jerald Mittelbach, OP Rev. Thomas G. Morrow Mr. & Mrs. Tim Mulholland Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Narduzzi Mary Ann Novak Dr. Freda Oben Mr. & Mrs. J.P. O’Connor Mr. John O’Gorman Rev. James P. Olson Mr. & Mrs. S. J. Pawlowski Mr. & Mrs. Edward Pechalonis Mr. & Mrs. William Peerenboom Mr. & Mrs. Romualdo Pelle Mr. & Mrs. Larry Pendergraph Ms. Joan Pendergraph Ms. Daniela M. Petchik Mr. Mauro Pittaro, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. James Pollock Mr. James Reid Mr. & Mrs. Donald Ross Mr. & Mrs. R. Rossi Ms. Jocelyn Rowe Ms. Mary E. Scanlan Mr. Russell Shaw Ms. Prudence Siemon Ms. Lois Simms Mr. & Mrs. Francis Slade Ms. Carol Lynn Smith Ms. Joanna J. Sobieski Mr. Richard T. Stewart Mr. Michael R. Stibley Ms. Marah C. Stith Mr. & Mrs. Stovenour Ms. Erna Sullivan Ms. Armelle Tallec Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Tancrell, III Mr. Matthew Tapie Mr. & Mrs. John Tierney Ms. Phyllis Tolliver Mr. & Mrs. Natale M.Torchia Mr. & Mrs. John Tracy Ms. Marilyn W. Trapp Ms. Juanita Vaccaro Mr. & Mrs. Frederick Van Doren Ms. Virginia Volz Mr. & Mrs. La Monte C. Walker Ms. Meredith K. Ward Ms. Dorothea A. West Ms. Maureen C. Wilkin Mr. & Mrs. Herman Will Ms. Mary Witt Mr. & Mrs. Robert Woods We would also like to extend a special thanks to all those who have contributed to the PFIC through the Combined Federal Campaign for the National Capital Area (CFC# 48555). Since being enrolled in the program, we have recieved gifts totalling $10,262 through the Campaign.
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Faculty Publications Dr. Carole Monica Burnett: “MotherChild Bonding in the Greek and Latin Fathers of the Church” from Children in Late Ancient Christianity, edited by Cornelia B. Horn and Robert R. Phenix, published by Mohr-Siebeck, 2009. Fr. Andrew Hofer, OP: “He taught us how to fly: Albert the Great on John the Evangelist,” Angelicum 87 (2010). Dr. Gregory F. LaNave: “Bonaventure’s Arguments for the Existence of God and an ‘Independent’ de Deo uno,” in The Thomist, January 2010. Dr. Alexander Rosenthal: “Reinhold Niebuhr and the Crisis of Liberalism: Augustinian Realism and Democratic Politics in the Post-Enlightenment” in Religious Challenges and the Prospects of Democracy: From Political Theory to Political Theology under Continuum Press, 2010. Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP: editor, The Analogy of Being: Invention of the Anti-Christ or Wisdom of God?, published by Eerdmans Press, 2010.
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Spotlight on the Faculty
Fr. Andrew Hofer, OP ‘02
Licentiate in Sacred Theology and Master of Divinity, Summa cum Laude The Pontifical Faculty of Theology of the Immaculate Conception is pleased to welcome alumnus, Fr. Andrew Hofer, OP, to its ranks as its newest instructor in theology. After graduating from the PFIC, Fr. Andrew served as an Associate Pastor for half a year and spent two years doing missionary work in Kenya before continuing his studies at the University of Notre Dame. He wrote his dissertation on St. Gregory of Nazianzus, completing his PhD in May 2010.
Here at the PFIC, Fr. Hofer will be teaching various courses, especially in the Fathers of the Church and classical languages. He has also been appointed the Assistant Master of Students and the Master of Cooperator Brothers in formation. In this role he will be working with Fr. Joseph Alobaidi, the new Master of Students to guide the formation of our Dominican student brothers. Additionally, he was named Chaplain to the commuter students at our school. Fr. Andrew’s research articles have appeared in such journals as Vigiliae Christianae, Pro Ecclesia, The Thomist, and Nova et Vetera. He enjoys writing hymn lyrics, some of which can be seen in Magnificat. When asked about teaching at the PFIC, Fr. Andrew replied: “It’s a joy to serve in a place that I love so much.”
Fr. Timothy Bellamah, OP ‘99
Licentiate in Sacred Theology and Master of Divinity, Summa cum Laude Fr. Bellamah was born and raised in Washington, D.C. He entered the Order of Preachers in 1991 and was ordained a priest in 1998. He studied at Wake Forest University (B.S., 1982), the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception (M.Div. and S.T.B., 1997; S.T.L, 1999) and the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris (Ph.D., Section des sciences Religieuses, 2008). He has previously taught at Providence College in the Department of Theology and the Department of the Development of Western Civilization. He is a collaborator of the Leonine Commission, a team of Dominican scholars responsible for the production of critical Latin editions of the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas. He is also currently preparing a critical Latin edition of the Commentary on John’s Gospel by one of St. Thomas’ Dominican contemporaries, William of Alton.
The PFIC commends former PIFC faculty member Fr. Francis Martin to your prayers. Fr. Martin suffered a major heart attack while traveling abroad in early August. Hospitalized in Denmark, he underwent several surgeries, and returned to the US on September 17. He has been released from the hospital, and we pray that he continues to improve. Fr. Martin taught Sacred Scripture at the PFIC from 1985-1997 and from 2008-2010. Francis Martin Ministries will celebrate his 80th birthday with a Mass at the Dominican House of Studies. Visit www.frfrancismartin. com for more information.
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Fr. Bellamah returned to teach at the PFIC in 2009. Br. Jerome Zeiler, OP, who had two of his courses, said, “I was not alone in finding his manifest love for St. Thomas and his scholarly zeal to be edifying and contagious.” This year, Fr. Bellamah also begins his role as chief editor of The Thomist, a philosophical and theological journal published by the Dominican Fathers of the Province of St. Joseph since 1939.
O’Donnell and DiNoia Jubilee Fr. Gabriel O’Donnell, OP, the Academic Dean of the PFIC, and Archbishop J. Augustine DiNoia, OP, former faculty member and president of the PFIC, celebrated the fortieth anniversary of their ordination to the priesthood on Sunday, September 26th, in a private Mass at the Dominican House of Studies. Please join us as we thank God for their many years of service.
Foundations: A Summer of Mercy
After years of service, several of our faculty members are moving on to other ministries: • Fr. Basil Cole, OP, Professor of Moral and Spiritual Theology - has moved to Cincinnati to serve as prior of the Dominican community at St. Gertrude Priory. • Fr. Elias Henritzy, OP, Professor of Moral Theology - has moved to Louisville to be the chaplain at the University of Louisville • Fr. Kevin McGrath, OP, Professor of Pastoral Studies and former Acting Director of Pastoral Formation - has moved to Springfield, KY to be the superior of the Dominican community at St. Rose Priory and pastor at St. Rose Parish • Dr. Biagio Tassone, Professor of Philosophy, has begun teaching fulltime at George Washington University in Washington, DC Many thanks are offered to these professors for all their hard work and the many years that they instructed our students.
The Vatican Corner As a Pontifical Faculty, we are chartered by the Holy See. Thus the work of the Vatican merits special attention. Perhaps the most significant event of the last few months was the beatification of John Henry Cardinal Newman, preacher, theologian, and educator. Blessed John Henry Newman paid great attention to the role of education in the life of the faithful. His book Idea of a University has had a profound impact on Catholic education. In his homily on the occasion of Newman’s beatification, the Holy Father said: “Firmly opposed to any reductive or utilitarian approach, he sought to achieve an educational environment in which intellectual training, moral discipline and religious commitment would come together... I pray that, through his intercession and example, all who are engaged in the task of teaching and catechesis will be inspired to greater effort by the vision he so clearly sets before us.”
feasts of our Lady with great reverence and honor, but it is capped off by Marian Week when, from the Solemnity of the Assumption to the Queenship of Mary, we recognize our Holy Mother in a very special way. The Vigil for the Assumption is when we institute our new novices. The next day we have the rites of First Profession and the Renewal of Vows. Subsequently, as was the case this year, on the following day our entire community is present for the reception of a temporarily professed Brother making his Perpetual Vows.
Br. Esteban Ybarra, MIC (far left) in a procession at the National Shrine of Divine Mercy, MA
As a Marian, I have been to the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts many times. So, when I found out I would be spending my summer there, I thought I knew what I was to expect. I could not have been more wrong. There is a lot that happens at the Shrine on a daily basis: Solemn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, the Holy Rosary for Life, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the Holy Mass celebrated for the pilgrims each afternoon, recitation of the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy with Solemn Exposition and Benediction, and the blessing of the pilgrims with holy water and the first class relics of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska. Every day at the Shrine is a big and busy day. Pilgrims come by the carloads and many times by the busloads. Besides the great solemnity of the Divine Mercy on the Second Sunday of Easter (15,000 pilgrims come that day), throughout the summer we will see hundreds of people for special events like Colombian Day, Filipino Day, Italian Day, Encuentro Latino (the second biggest celebration of the year with over 5000 pilgrims). As Marians we always celebrate the
During the Marian Week, we also place the pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima on a bier. Every day after the afternoon Holy Mass, we take turns carrying Her around the property while reciting the Holy Rosary as the pilgrims follow. I spent the summer as Sacristan, so you might imagine how busy almost every day was. Yet, none of what I have mentioned can compare to what I discovered while at the Shrine: it is a place where Love, Mercy, and Compassion meet the downtrodden, the brokenhearted, and the miserable. One of the things I did, along with Br. David Blasland, MIC and novices Abel Ruiz and Joe Lappe, was to answer the phones on our prayerline. There are so many people who are hurt, lonely, and desperate, and are seeking God again after many, many years. They feel called by the Divine Mercy. We do our best to guide them back or steer them to the right place. It is a delicate task, and without great prayer and reflection, impossible. Listening to all of the pilgrims and their sordid stories of hard lives and hard lessons was truly heartbreaking at times. What a joy it was to share with those people the message of the Good Shepherd, the Divine Mercy: the greater the sinner, the greater outpouring of Christ’s mercy. We help them dry their tears and realize that there is a way back to Him who awaits us all.
Br. Esteban A. Ybarra, MIC is a student at the PFIC. He entered the Marians of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary in July 2008 and made simple vows on August 15, 2009. He grew up in Houston, Texas. This year is his Apostolic Year; he is assigned as Events Coordinator at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA. He will return to the PFIC to complete his studies in 2011. “Foundations” is the student column of The 487 Correspondent, in which one of our students shares an aspect of his or her life at the PFIC.
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Abbot Austin Murphy, OSB ‘04
Master of Arts Summa cum Laude, Bachelor of Sacred Theology and Master of Divinity On June 24, the monks of St. Procopius Abbey in Lisle, Illinois elected Fr. Austin G. Murphy, O.S.B., as the tenth abbot of their monastery. Abbot Murphy, who joined St. Procopius in 1995, is also an alum of the PFIC. He studied here from 2000-2004, and lived with the Dominican brothers as well, forming lasting friendships. Speaking of his time at the PFIC he said: “I wanted a solid education in the Catholic theological tradition rather than an education in theological trends whose lasting value was questionable. I considered St. Thomas’ thought a reliable guide to the tradition, since he himself was a great student of it, especially of the Fathers. I feel I received this in my four years there. Moreover, I made friendships with the Dominicans there that remain to this day. I am very grateful to God for my time at the House of Studies.
Abbot Austin Murphy (center) after his Abbatial Blessing on September 18, 2010 (Photo: Peter Hoffman)
Some of his PFIC classmates, Fr. Andrew Hofer, OP, Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, OP, Fr. Jordan Turano, OP, and Fr. Michael Dosch, OP, and Fr. Allen Moran, OP, attended his Blessing as Abbot. Before he was elected, he had been working on his Doctorate in Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He is now the head of the hundred-year-old monastery and the spiritual father to the thirty monks there. St. Procopius Abbey is charged with directing St. Benet Academy in Illinois and Benedictine University, in Atchinson, KS, and many of their friars teach at those institutions.
Fr. Paul Jerome Keller, OP ‘94
Licentiate in Sacred Theology and Master of Divinity, Magna cum Laude Fr. Paul Jerome Keller, OP, recently published a book entitled 101 Questions and Answers on the Sacraments of Healing: Penance and Anointing of the Sick. In it he addresses both theological and practical questions about these two sacraments, such as “Aren’t all the sacraments healing?” and “Isn’t it burdensome for the priest to know and keep secret the sins of others?” This book is a practical and reliable guide for those interested in learning more about these Sacraments. Fr. Keller is Professor of Theology at the Athenaeum of Ohio, the seminary of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
Fr. Pius Pietrzyk, OP ‘06
Master of Divinity and Bachelor of Sacred Theology, Magna cum Laude On September 29, Fr. Pius Pietrzyk, OP, was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve on the 11 member board of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). Established in 1974, LSC operates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that promotes equal access to justice and provides grants for high-quality civil legal assistance to low-income Americans. It is the single largest provider of civil legal aid for the poor in the nation.
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Miss Dawn Eden ‘10
Master of Arts in Theology
Dawn Eden was already an accomplished author when she began her study of Theology at the PFIC. Her book The Thrill of the Chaste was a candid narrative about her conversion. Naturally her studies at the PFIC centered on moral theology. This summer her thesis, “Towards a ‘Climate of Chastity’: Bringing Catechesis on the ‘Theology of the Body’ into the Hermeneutic of Continuity” was cited in a study written by Alice von Hildebrand, and subsequently made available for download by the Catholic News Agency. Since then it has been downloaded by thousands of people, and is being used by seminaries, RCIA and catechesis programs across the country. Miss Eden was formerly a fellow at the Cardnal Newman Society. She has spoken about chastity to young adults throughout the US and Europe. She has also appeared on EWTN and The Today Show (NBC). Most recently, Miss Eden published a review of G. K. Chesterton: Theologian by Fr. Adian Nichols, OP, in The Weekly Standard. Miss Eden decided to enroll in the PFIC’s S.T.L. program, and began her studies this fall.
Archbishop Di Noia Lecture and Red Mass This September, Archbishop Augustine Di Noia, OP, gave the annual lecture for the John Carroll Society on Sept. 28th at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington DC. The title of the lecture was: “Why do Catholics go to Mass?”. He also was the homilist at the 57th annual Red Mass on October 3rd at 10:00 AM at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, DC. The “Red Mass” is celebrated before the opening of the Supreme Court’s session every fall. Preaching to the gathered judges, lawyers, and politicians, Archbishop Di Noia said: “Man without God is not more free but surely in greater danger. The tragic history of the last century-as John Paul II and Benedict XVI have unceasingly reminded us-demonstrates that the eclipse of God leads not to greater human liberation but to the most dire human peril. That innocent human life is now so broadly under threat has seemed to many of us one of the many signs of this growing peril.”
Alumni Publications Abbot Austin G. Murphy, OSB ‘04, MDiv & STB: Book review of Evagrius Ponticus: The Making of a Gnostic by Julia Konstantinovsky, in Religious Studies Review, Volume 36, Issue 1. Fr. James Quigley, OP, ‘66 STL: Living Well: Meditations on the Virtues, Gregorian and Biblical Press, 2010. Rev. Br. Ezra Sullivan, OP ‘09, MDiv & STB: Book review of The Shack by Willam P. Young, in The Priest magazine, August 2010.
Distinctions: A Papist on Capitol Hill It’s surprising where a theology degree can take you. In my work as the communications director for the American Principles Project, a political organization based in Washington, DC, I am sometimes asked where I went to school and what I studied. “The Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception’s S.T.B. in Thomistic Studies” sounds like an outlandish answer to most of them, but I know my background could not have prepared me better for my current occupation. My studies at the PFIC, after all, not only provided me with a solid foundation in the Church’s teaching, as formulated and understood by St. Thomas Aquinas, but also challenged me intellectually to pursue and grapple with the truth within a supporting community of students and professors. Appreciation of the truth can be a scarce resource in the political establishment. And it is even less common to find individuals in my line of work who are capable of arguing coherently for the truth about man and for the preservation of foundational human values. Nevertheless, a solid grounding in Thomistic theology provides guidance to answering questions which politicians and political activists face every day. I have discovered, for instance, that explaining how a particular policy may encourage or inhibit human flourishing is an appealing and novel way to reframe the debate about a given issue. My particular interest in Thomistic moral theology has served me well in debates over life issues, traditional marriage and religious freedom, because all of these issues require that one formulate and defend concepts of human nature and dignity. I have also put my theological training to good use when writing my daily blog American Papist (www.americanpapist. com), which will receive its five millionth visit this year. Over the course of many years I
Mr. Thomas Peters
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have published over 5,000 individual stories on American Papist, discussing controversial Catholic issues, and hosting debates about the role and witness of the Catholic Church in the modern world. Throughout this ongoing exchange of ideas I have found that St. Thomas’ elucidation of Catholic teaching is perennially valid and compelling, even to modern ears. I have the faculty, administration and students of the Pontifical Faculty to thank for this great gift in my life – the gift of St. Thomas’ wisdom and the living witness of the Order of Preachers, which have equipped and encouraged me to proclaim the truth on Capitol Hill, and in the digital continent as well.
Mr. Thomas Peters founded the blog American Papist in 2005, while a student at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit. A 2009 graduate of the PFIC, Thomas has appeared on dozens of television, radio and news outlets. He also works for The American Principles Project, founded by Dr. Robert George of Princeton University. He lives in Washington, DC. “Distinctions” is the alumni column of The 487 Correspondent, where graduates of the PFIC can share their thoughts on life after graduate school.
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