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C The 487 orrespondent Newsletter of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception  Top: Fr. Steven Boguslawski, OP, and the priests of the Faculty gather around the altar during the Mass of the Holy Spirit, on the Feast of the Beheading of John the Baptist, opening our Academic Year Middle: From Left, Fr. Timothy Bellamah, OP, Fr. John Corbett, OP, and Fr. Brian Chrzastek, OP, process to the altar. Bottom: The Dominican Schola. Fall 2011 PFIC Welcomes Largest Incoming Class The Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception’s enrollment grew to 105 students, 50 of which are new students— making it our largest enrollemnt ever. The new Springtime of the Church has been happily felt in the Dominican Province of St. Joseph, where our vocations have steadily increased. This year, 16 Dominicans, after completing their novitiate and making their first profession, have begun their STB/MDiv studies here at the PFIC. (Thirteen men are in our Novitiate this year in Cincinnati.) John the Baptist. Fr. Steven C. Boguslawski, the president of the PFIC, noted the fittingness of initiating the Academic year on that feast. Quoting the Venerable Bede, Fr. Steven said: “The opponents of John the Baptist did not demand that he deny the Christ, but only that he remain silent concerning the truth.” He continued, saying: “In our day, there are many who are indeed great and powerful. Some, like the Holy Father, direct us to greater love of God and of neighbor, living in the truth of who we were apart from God and who we are now in God. Others, who are seemingly great and powerful, will engage in crafty counsel together to keep the truth from being known; some may not be explicitly malevolent but indifferent to the truth of the Gospel and of the Christian faith. Still others will seek to intimidate us and coerce us to remain silent. Silent about the dignity of the human person from conception to natural death. Silent about the sanctity of marriage and family. Silent about economic injustice and war. Silent. Silent. There will come a time when we, who are dedicated to the study and pondering of sacred truth will be sent forth as witnesses.” There will come a time when we, who are dedicated to the study and pondering of sacred truth will be sent forth as witnesses. - Fr. Steven The Dominicans, however, make up about half the student population. In addition, 16 consecrated men and women and 18 lay men and women joined the PFIC for their theological education. There are men in formation from five different orders, including the Marians of the Immaculate Conception and the Order of St. Benedict, and the Franciscans. With a total of 31 lay men and women also enrolled at the PFIC, our student body is diverse and vibrant. The faculty and students gathered in the Chapel at the Dominican House of Studies for the begining of the Academic year on the feast of the Beheading of St. Inside Spotlight: The Thomistic Institute. • In Memoriam: Archbishop Pietro Sambi and Fr. Val LaFrance, OP. • Meet the Board: Dr. Allen Hunt fall 2011 | 1

The 487 Correspondent :: Fall 2011

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