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C The 487 orrespondent Newsletter of the Pontifical Faculty of Theology of the Immaculate Conception  Fall 2010 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- Continued pg. 4 Fr. Dominic Izzo, OP, blesses the St. Thomas Chapel-Preaching Studio Fa l l 2 0 1 0 | 1

The 487 Correspondent :: Fall 2010

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