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487CORRESPONDENT the the newsletter of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception Spring 2013 Aquinas in the Big Apple: Thomistic Institute of the PFIC in New York City Last fall, the Thomistic Institute of the PFIC began a new outreach in New York City. According to its mission statement the Thomistic Institute “seeks to advance the search for truth ad mentem sancti Thomae, desiring by this means a more fruitful dialogue with contemporary culture.” From a new venue, in what is arguably the world’s cultural capital, the Thomistic Institute strives to fulfill its mission by both engaging the contemporary culture and building a vibrant Catholic intellectual environment. The New York City offerings of the Thomistic Institute are not part of an academic program like that provided in Washington, D.C. Moreover, the New York City lectures are focused on major contemporary challenges rather than areas of theological and philosophical controversy, as the Washington lectures are. In the fall of 2012, the Thomistic Institute tackled the issue of religious freedom. The three-part series was entitled “A Public Right to Truth: A Series on the Natural Right to Religious Freedom.” February 2013 brought an afternoon-long conference entitled “Newman and the University: A Symposium on Religion and University Education.” Speakers included Dr. John Sexton, president of New York University, and Dr. John H. Garvey, president of The Catholic University of America, as well as professors from around the country. The Thomistic Institute of the PFIC seeks to advance the search for truth ad mentem sancti Thomae, desiring by this means a more fruitful dialogue with contemporary culture. The primary initiative of the Thomistic Institute of the PFIC in New York City is a series of public lectures hosted by the Catholic Center at New York University which is also staffed by Dominican Friars. The New York outreach represents a more direct engagement of the Institute with a broader range of contemporary issues. And speakers include not only theologians and philosophers, but university presidents and attorneys. The project has already led to serious ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, including support and participation from Jewish and Protestant intellectuals and clergy, without abdicating an intellectually rigorous understanding of Catholic teaching. The major event for spring 2013 was a two-day conference on pro-life issues, “Advancing a Culture of Life: Pro-Life Argument in the Coming Generation.” Twelve speakers, including the PFIC’s own Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., (STL ‘08) and First Things editor Dr. R. R. Reno, story continued on page 4 PFIC President Marks 25th Anniversary of Ordination The Very Rev. Steven C. Boguslawski, O.P., President of the Pontifical Faculty of Theology of the Immaculate Conception, marked his 25th anniversary of priestly ordination with a Mass and luncheon at the Dominican House of Studies on May 20, 2012. The Most Rev. Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit, presided at the Liturgy of the Word and preached. Archbishop Vigneron’s predecessor, His Eminence Adam Cardinal Maida attended in choir. Fr. Boguslawski had served as rector of Detroit’s Sacred Heart Major Seminary before his appointment as president of the PFIC in 2007. Former PFIC president and professor, the Most Rev. J. Augustine DiNoia, O.P., Vice-President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, and the Most Rev. Carlo Maria Viganò, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, along with the Most Rev. Basil H. Losten, Bishop Emeritus of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford, Connecticut, were also in attendance. Fr. Boguslawski was joined in concelebration by two of his ordination classmates, Fr. Michael J. McCormack, O.P. and Fr. Jordan McConway, O.P. The chapel of the Dominican House of Studies was filled to capacity by the many family members, friends, and Dominican friars and other religious who joined Fr. Boguslawski. Of special note in the sacred Liturgy was the work by Dr. Peter Latona, Director of Music of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., composed for the story continued on page 2

The 487 Correspondent: Spring 2013

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