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C The 487 orrespondent Newsletter of the Pontifical Faculty of Theology of the Immaculate Conception  Summer 2011 Cardinal Burke Receives Honorary Degree from PFIC On May 11th, in the midst of the PFIC final exams, the faculty, administration and students gathered in Aquin Hall for a very special lecture. Raymond Cardinal Burke, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura and former Archbishop of St. Louis, gave a lecture on the “TheoCentric Character of the Catholic Liturgy.” Cardinal Burke was invited by Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP, to present this lucid and engaging lecture on the nature of the Liturgy for the Thomistic Institute. The Cardinal began his lecture saying, “Because of the high esteem I hold for the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception, and because of the importance of the subject matter, I was most happy to accept the invitation.” Following the lecture, Cardinal Burke presided at Solemn Vespers in the chapel at the Dominican House of Studies. At the conclusion of vespers he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Sacred Theology, Continued pg. 2 PFIC Celebrates with 27 New Graduates Gathering in the Chapel of the Dominican House of Studies, the PFIC faculty, administration, students and alumni celebrated the graduation of our Class of 2011. The twenty-seven graduates received their degrees from Fr. Brian Mulcahy, OP, the Vice Chancellor of the PFIC and Prior Provincial, following a solemn vespers service, presided over by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America. This is the largest graduating class since the PFIC began admitting non-Dominican students in the late nineteen-seventies. are waiting for you to go and accomplish your mission within the Church and in life.” Following this address, Fr. Mulcahy and Fr. Boguslawski conferred the following degrees to the twenty-seven graduates: eleven Masters of Arts in Theology; twelve Masters of Divinity; six Bachelors of Sacred Theology; and five Licentiates of Sacred Theology. The Bachelor of Sacred Theology and Licentiate of Sacred Theology are Pontifical Degrees, granted in the name of and by the authority of the Holy See. How beautiful it will be if Christ says to each of us as he did to St. Thomas: “Well you have spoken of me.” In his address to the graduates, Archbishop Sambi quoted the invitation to “work in service of truth” given by our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI when he visited Washington DC in 2008. “The degrees [you receive today] are not a simple piece of paper but a great mission in service of the Church and of humanity—if tied to the person of Christ.” He continued, “Young people—we The graduating class was consisted of seven Dominican Student Brothers, five Josephites, three Marians of the Immaculate Conception, four Dominican Sisters, one member of the Priestly of the Fraternity of St. Peter, and one diocesean priest and six lay men and women. Many of the S.T.B. graduates will continue their studies at the PFIC in 2011, pursuing an S.T.L. Read more on pages 3 & 10 Spring 2011 | 1

The 487 Correspondent :: Summer 2011

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