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Newsletter of the Pontifical Faculty of Theology of the Immaculate Conception 

Spring 2011

PFIC Welcomes Six New Deacons The PFIC joyously witnessed the ordination of six of its students to the diaconate on the last Saturday of the Christmas season, January 8, 2011. The Most Reverend Martin D. Holley, auxiliary bishop of Washington, D.C., celebrated the ordination in the evocative surroundings of the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Five Dominican student brothers and one Marian of the Immaculate Conception were ordained. The schola cantorum from the Dominican House of Studies sang two chants and a communion motet from Oreste Ravanello in thanksgiving for God’s gifts to the brothers He has called to serve Him as deacons.

Top: Rev. Br. Augustine Reisenauer, OP, speaks with Dominican sisters. Bottom: The deacons gather with Most Rev. Martin D. Holley.

The six new deacons are Rev. Br. Angelo Casimiro, MIC, Rev. Br. Jerome Augustine Zeiler, OP, Rev. Br. Jordan Joseph Schmidt, OP, Rev. Br. Augustine Marie Reisenauer, OP, Rev. Br. Michael Dominic O’Connor, OP, and Rev. Br. Justin Marie Brophy, OP. These brothers have already begun their diaconate ministries in parishes in the Archdiocese of

Washington and the Diocese of Arlington. Ordained on a Saturday, most of the brothers had the high honor of preaching their first homilies less than twenty-four hours later at their parish’s Sunday mass. These six brothers are transitional deacons, which means that their service as deacons is the penultimate step in their formation for the priesthood. The coming year is a time for them to grow in practical knowledge and spiritual love for the care of souls, as they undertake new ministries as assistants to the bishop and his priests. In preaching, catechizing, baptizing, witnessing weddings, officiating at funerals, and attending at the holy sacrifice of the Mass, these men learn the joys and struggles of the sequela Christi (following of Christ) so dear to Our Holy Father St. Dominic’s heart. Please continue to pray for them as Christ prepares them for the priesthood through their time as deacons.

French Scholar Remi Brague speaks to the Thomistic Institute The eloquent and urbane Remi Brague brings a refreshing clarity to the topics he studies, and never more so than during his December 7, 2011, lecture at the PFIC as part of our ongoing Thomistic Circles series. Entitled “Is a Secular Society Possible,” Dr. Brague’s talk analyzed the terms “secularism” and “secular society” according to their historical, linguistic, and theoretical dimensions. A crowd of nearly 150 religious, priests, lay people, academics, and students filled Aquin Hall to hear the talk, which was followed by a question-and-answer period.

presented two seemingly opposed theses: first, that a purely secular society would be unable to survive, and second that the term “secular society” is itself tautological.

excluded at the outset. Modern societies aim to be hierarchically flat with respect to all their members and closed to anything beyond the human realm.

Using primarily linguistic and historical grounds, Dr. Brague argued that a society that is fully secular will be unable to survive, as its members will naturally act as if their own living experience is the measure of the entire world. Care for the future or for people outside of their purview will necessarily wane and vanish.

Dr. Brague is professor emeritus at the Sorbonne. He is best known for his books Eccentric Culture: A Theory of Western Civilization and Law of God: The Philosophical History of an Idea. In his talk, Dr. Brague

His second thesis pointed out that the modern use of the word ‘society’ has the idea of secularism built into it. Allowing God into society would give an unfair advantage to one player over another, so He must be

However without God, no one can confidently state that the world is good, that having children is better than living for oneself, that restraining one’s desires is better than exploiting the earth and others for one’s benefit. In order for a society to survive, its members must climb up to the transcendental notion of Good: that whatever is, is good. Without this profoundly theistic acknowledgement, society creates for itself a time-bomb with a one-hundredyear fuse; after that generation exhausts and destroys itself in selfish pursuits, only collapse or conversion await.

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Dominican Pontifical Faculty


ala &

Silent Auction

S at u r d ay, M a r c h 2 6 , 2 0 1 1 6 : 3 0 p. m . Dominican House of Studies 487 Michigan Ave, N.E. | Washington, DC Tickets are $100 in advance or $125 at door RSVP by visiting or calling Margaret Perry at (202) 495-3828. The Gala will provide a unique opportunity to experience the life of our Dominican student Brothers. The evening will be held in the iconic setting of the traditional cloister hallways at the Dominican House of Studies. Generous hors d’oeuvres will be prepared and served by our student Brothers. Throughout the evening there will be opportunities to meet members of our religious community, both young and old. We will also hold a silent auction of items of religious art. These unique pieces of religious art will be on display in the Dominican House of Studies. A variety of other items, including tickets to area cultural events, will be offered as part of the silent auction as well. The evening will conclude with Compline, the Church’s night prayer, in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception. Right: Dominican Student Brothers, with the Student Master, Fr. Joseph Alobaidi & Assistant Student Master, Fr. Andrew Hofer, in the DHS Chapel, Fall 2010

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We especially acknowledge those honored or memorialized 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 Archbishop Augustine DiNoia, OP 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

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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 Reisenaur, OP Rev. Gabriel Schnakenberg, OP Rev. Br. Ignatius Schweitzer, OP Br. Bernard Timothy, OP Rev. Raymond Vandegrift, OP Rev. Thomas Joseph White, OP

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, As you can see on the facing page, we are hosting our first (and, we hope, annual) Spring Gala here at the Dominican House of Studies the evening of March 26th. A successful fundraising Gala is an integral component of a robust outreach program at any seminary or graduate school of theology, but we hope to accomplish much more through our Gala than simply raising money to support our work and our students. The PFIC Gala is an opportunity to welcome you, our friends and benefactors, into our home and into our way of life. It is also an opportunity for our alumni to return to their place of study and spiritual formation, and discover firsthand all the remarkable changes that have transpired at the PFIC during the last 4 years. Our evening together will begin with hors d’oeuvres prepared by our talented student brothers, along with a silent auction of religious art and tickets to upcoming Washington cultural events. Tours of the Academic Center will be provided as well. To close the evening, we invite you to join with the Dominicans for the celebration of Compline in our Priory chapel. (Compline is the night prayer of the Church—a beautiful, peaceful way to end the evening together, raising our voices in supplication to God and to Our Lady.) We planned the Spring Gala to coincide with the opening weekend of the 2011 Washington, DC, Cherry Blossom Festival; I hope that those of you who do not reside in Washington will be doubly enticed to come to the Dominican House of Studies! Washington is most beautiful in the Spring—and you will be welcomed graciously by our community. The renewal that Spring presents in nature is a fitting metaphor for the institutional renewal well underway at the PFIC—marked by the opening of our Academic Center in 2009, the dramatic increase of vocations to our Dominican Province of St. Joseph, and the sustained success of the newly established Thomistic Institute, to name but a few indicators. We are ever grateful for your prayers and support. Know that you are most welcome here and that we await your arrival on March 26th. Sincerely yours in the Lord, Very Rev. Steven C. Boguslawski, OP President, PFIC

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Foundations: Gregorian Chant and Theology As part of a series of talks in preparation for Advent, Br. Innocent Smith, OP, presented a paper examining the link between theology and Gregorian Chant, using the Christmas masses as an example. Below is an excerpt from his talk. The repertoire of Gregorian chant offers what Yves Congar described as the Church’s “living commentary” on the scriptures. By selecting specific texts of the scripture and assigning them to particular feasts of the liturgical year, the Church helps us to read scripture in light of the mystery of salvation by drawing out the connections between the Old and New Testaments and the life of the Church. The Gregorian chants for the feast of Christmas, which were already stable and widespread by the year 800, have served through the ages as a touchstone for devotional and theological reflections on the meaning of Christmas. A thousand years before Handel wrote his famous setting of the prophecy of Isaiah that “unto us a child is born,” Christians throughout Europe were singing the same text every year on Christmas morning: Puer natus est. While the liturgy in general has had a tremendous influence on popular piety and theology through its transmission of Tradition and its formation of Catholic sensibility, the chants of Christmas in particular have had a great influence that may be easily discerned in the writings of theologians and spiritual writers. Since the time of Gregory the Great, three Masses have been celebrated on Christmas, (midnight, dawn, or at the cock’s crow, as some manuscripts indicated, and in the day). Most days of the year only have one set of Mass readings and chants, but these three Masses each have their own formulae. In the Summa Theologiae, St. Thomas Aquinas offers a beautifully illuminating exposition of the reason for the three Masses of Christmas: the three masses are said on Christmas day

13th Century Dominican “Stabat Mater”

“on account of Christ’s threefold nativity.” St. Thomas is here referring to Jesus’ eternal birth as Son of the Father, his birth in a human body, and a third birth, which may seem less obvious: the spiritual birth of Christ in our hearts. The introit (the first words of the liturgy that we hear in a Mass sung with Gregorian chant) of the Midnight Mass is Dominus dixit (Psalm 2): “The Lord said to me: ‘You are my Son, I have begotten you today.’ Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?” St. Thomas associates this chant with the eternal birth of the Word of God, which is hidden in our regard because it takes place eternally, before the creation of men or angels, and thus, he explains, this chant is fittingly sung in the night. It brings to mind the dignity of the Son of God, and reminds us that the child whose human birth we celebrate on Christmas is truly God from all eternity. The introit of the Dawn Mass is Lux fulgebit (Isaiah 9): “Radiant light will shine upon us today, for the Lord is born unto us. He shall be called Wonderful, God, Prince of Peace, Father of the world to come. His reign shall have no

end. The Lord reigns, he is enrobed with majesty; the Lord is clothed with strength, he has girded himself.” The scriptural text has been adapted here to connect the shining of the light with the birth of the child, who in this chant is not called a boy or infant, but is rather “Dominus,” Lord. The chant explains that the light will shine upon us today because the Lord is born for us. Jesus is the “true light that enlightens every man.” St. Thomas associates this chant with the spiritual nativity of Christ in the hearts of men and women: “The second [nativity of Christ] is his spiritual nativity in time, whereby Christ rises as the day-star in our hearts, and on this account the mass is sung at dawn.” The Roman Catechism takes up the theme of spiritual birth and advises that all Christians should “take care lest …He should find no room in our hearts in which to be born spiritually.” The Mass of the Day has the introit Puer natus est: “Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given. Dominion is on his shoulder and his name shall be called the Angel of Great Counsel. Sing unto the Lord a new song, for he has accomplished wondrous deeds.” St. Thomas writes that “the third [Nativity of Christ is his] temporal and bodily birth, according as He went forth from the virginal womb, becoming visible to us through being clothed with flesh: and on that account the third mass is sung in broad daylight.” Although this chant is taken from the same section of Isaiah as the previous one, here we find more of a focus on the human nature of Christ. The Mass at Dawn introit speaks of the Lord being given to us: now we hear that a child is born unto us, and a son is given to us. These reflections are an example of the way in which the study of the liturgy of the Church may be enriching for theological study. The liturgy provided St. Thomas with an opportunity to articulate the manifold ways in which we can speak of Christ’s nativity, and his reflections in turn have aided the practice of liturgical catechesis.

Br. Innocent Vincent Smith, OP is in his second year of studies for the priesthood at the PFIC. Before joining the Dominican Order, Br. Innocent graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in philosophy and music, focusing on the Dominican chant tradition. The image is used with permission from the Dominican Liturgy Blog: “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. For previous “Foundations” columns please visit our website,

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We especially acknowledge those memorialized or honored by gifts to the PFIC. Please keep these men and women in your prayers. I n Memoriam

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Ms. Joy Amisano Rev. Milton Ballor, C.PP.S. Ms. Eleanor Bosnick Mrs. Jackie Brunetta Rev. Joseph Cassidy, OP Mr. John L. Colonna, Sr. Rev. Pierre Conway, OP Mrs. Margaret Corbett Mr. Newton & Mrs. Irene Cox Mr. Felix diPaola Mr. Robert DuFour, OP Rev. Thomas Jordan Ertle, OP Revs. Mark, Thomas & Walter Heath, OP Mr. Neil Katchen Br. Pascal Kelly, OSF Mr. Paul T. Kirkham Ms. Alice Coyle MacDonald Rev. John McGovern, OP Mr. Clematis Machaz Ms. Rita Hammer Mahlberg Rev. George G. Maley, OP Mr. Hermitt Mosley, Sr. Ms. Dorothy Murphy Mr. Thomas C. O’Brien Mr. Craig Pritzl Rev. Dominic Rover, OP Mr. John Ryan Rev. Ferrer E. Smith, OP Mr. Arthur Taylor Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Carroll, Sr. Ms. Mary Colford Hayes

Very Rev. Steven C. Boguslawski, OP Rev. James Brent, OP Rev. Br. Justin Marie Brophy, OP Br. Matthew Carroll, OP Mr. Kendall & Mrs. Mary Ann Cason Rev. Brian Chrzastek, OP Rev. Br. Michael Connor, OP Rev. Br. Hyacinth Marie Cordell, OP Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Diggins Most Rev. J. Augustine DiNoia, OP Dominican Chaplains of Teams of Our Lady Rev. Hugh Vincent Dyer, OP Rev. John Martin Egan, OP Very Rev. Joseph Fox, OP George Washington University Catholics Rev. Anthony Giambrone, OP Mr. Daniel Hilburn Rev. John Hinnebusch, OP Rev. Andrew Hofer, OP Rev. Br. Austin Dominic Litke, OP Br. Ambrose Little, OP Rev. Gabriel O’Donnell, OP Mr. Joseph J. Reid Rev. Br. Augustine Reisenauer, OP Rev. Gabriel Schnakenberg, OP Rev. Br. Ignatius Schweitzer, OP Fr. Luke Tancrell, OP Br. Bernard Timothy, OP Rev. Raymond Vandegrift, OP Rev. Thomas Joseph White, OP Rev. Br. Jerome Zeiler, OP

All are welcome to the Dominican House of Studies for the Easter Triduum:

April 17, Palm Sunday: Mass & Blessing of Palms April 20, Holy Wednesday: Tenebrae & Compline April 21, Maundy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper April 22: Good Friday Veneration of the Cross & Communion Liturgy April 23: Easter Vigil April 24: Easter High Mass Please call the Priory at (202) 529-5300 for schedule.

From the Advancement Office TheAdvancement Office never sleeps. When the last final exam is graded and done, and everyone is ready for Christmas break, we’re still busily responding to your generous end-ofthe-year gifts. When July sets a languid summer pace, we’re playing catchup after a long and productive year. Thanks to your tremendous generosity, it doesn’t look like this year will be any different. We are at the halfway point in our fiscal year, and so far we have raised $180,000, or 70% of our budgeted goal. With 20 novices preparing to join our ranks this fall, we have to raise a great deal more—and this doesn’t include our needs in other areas, like the endowment, scholarships for lay students, and the Thomistic Circles initiative. I would like to see us raise over $300,000—or 20% more than our budgeted goal. To that end, and in response to many of your kind inquiries, we are establishing a way to give online monthly, quarterly, or annually, via either bank transfers or credit card. We are working with the Alexandria, VA, based Faith Direct— the leader in online giving support for Catholic organizations. Please visit us at: to find out more and to sign up. We will be announcing it in our annual appeal in April, but I wanted you to hear from me first. Thank you for your continued support. With the help of Faith Direct, and many other initiatives, we hope it will be easier for you to continue to invest in the future of our Church by supporting the education of this rising generation of leaders.

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Honor Circles of Donors to the PFIC (Cumulati We would like to express our sincere thanks to those who have generously contributed to the PFIC between July 2007 and January 2011. We offer our prayers and call upon our great Dominican saints, the patrons of our Honor Circles, to intercede for our benefactors’ needs and requests. St . D ominic


G uzman

(1170-1221) Priest, preacher, ascetic, and founder of the Order of Preachers. Feast August 8. ($250,000+)



(1206-1280) Bishop, theologian, philosopher, and scientist. Universal Doctor. Feast November 15. ($50,000 —$99,999)


(1206-1252) Priest and protomartyr of the Order of Preachers. Memorial June 4.

Anonymous (2) Dr. & Mrs. William Brown Ms. Therese Errigo Mr. & Mrs. Richard S. Genthe Mr. & Mrs. C. W. Gilluly Mr. & Mrs. Michael Kirchner Mr. & Mrs. Joseph E. Melancon, Jr. Ms. Theresa Morrison Mr. Patrick G. Nolan

St . R aymond Peñafort

Mr. & Mrs. Sean Fieler

St . C atherine

St . Peter M artyr


Anonymous (2)

St . A lbert

Mr. & Mrs. Frederick Crall Mr. & Mrs. James M. Haselden Mr. Paul Hill & Mr. Frederick Hill Kirwan Family Foundation Mercyworks Foundation Mr. Josef Neusser & Dr. Susan Timoney Ms. Florence O’Brien Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Reisenauer Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Roti Schaller Corporation Mr. & Mrs. Albert Schaller Weingartz Family Foundation Mr. Harold Ziegler

S iena

(1347-1380) Virgin, mystic, ascetic, papal advisor, and stigmatist. Doctor of the Church. Feast April 29. ($20,000 —$49,999) Anonymous (3) Mr. Sean Brady Mrs. Dorothy Cunningham Mr. William (†) & Mrs. Theresa Hanrahan

St . V incent Ferrer (1350-1419) Priest, itinerant preacher, worker of miracles, and ascetic. Memorial May 5. ($10,000—$19,999) Anonymous (2)

(1175-1275) Priest, canon lawyer, and third Master of the Order. Memorial January 7. ($2,500—$4,999) Anonymous (3) Ms. Barbara Anne Block Mr. & Mrs. Mario Brunetta Mr. & Mrs. Peter Connell Ms. Rose Folsom Very Rev. Joseph Fox, OP Mr. & Mrs. James A. Hofer Mr. & Mrs. Peter C. Krause Ms. Bernadette Lane Ms. Caitlin Long Rev. Frederick L. Miller Mr. & Mrs. Richard Schaller Mr. & Mrs. Randal Schmidt

St . Hyacinth (1187-1257) Priest, first Polish friar, missionary to the Slavic

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people. Memorial August 17.



Ms. Joan Adams Anonymous (5) Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Barry Mr. & Mrs. Robert Brent Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Brisken Rev. Charles P. Connor Mr. & Mrs. Anthony T. Conti Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Cracchiolo Rev. John Crossin Mr. Gregory Curtin Capt. & Mrs. Robert DiPalma Rev. Msgr. John J. Enzler Keany Produce Rev. Paul Keller, OP Dr. & Mrs. Paul J. Mahar Ms. Zena Martin Mr. & Mrs. Ralph McDonough Ms. Marlene B. McGinnis Cardin Mr. Charles F. Meixner Mr. Edward Misey Dr. William J. Morris, Jr. Msgr. Godfrey Mosley Mr. Wiley Mossy Mr. Matthew P. Mullan Ms. Dorothy Murphy † Rev. James A. Nicolicchia, OP Msgr. Thomas Olsyzyk Mr. & Mrs. William Peerenboom Mr. & Mrs. Edmund Pellegrino Mr. Luis E. Perez Mr. & Mrs. William A. Raaths Ms. Gloria Radosevich Mr. & Mrs. Gus Russo Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Sands Mr. & Mrs. Chetan Sanghvi Mr. & Mrs. Robert Schulte Ms. Karen Servidea Ms. Elissa Speckmann St. Procopius Abbey Mr & Mrs. Bryan Tarantina Rev. Tam Xuan Tran Rev. Raymond Vandegrift, OP Mr. & Mrs. John Weisgerber Mr. & Mrs. Robert Woods

Amisano Memorial Trust Anonymous (5) Ave Maria University Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Bevelock Most. Rev. Leonard P. Blair Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Boland Mrs. Paula Brock Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Brophy Dr. & Mrs. John Brown Mr. Craig Bruney Mr. & Mrs. James Deal Mr. & Mrs. Michael F. Demcsak Rev. Adrian Dionne, OP Mr. & Mrs. Charles Dougherty Mr. James Edwards Mr. & Mrs. John Edwards Mr. & Mrs. Michael Farguson Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Ford 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 Mr. & Mrs. Paul Lawless Mr. & Mrs. Carl J. Link Mr. Guy Lombardo Mr. & Mrs. Mark Machuga Mr. John J. Mahoney Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Maier Mr. John Marrella Mr. J. H. Maxwell-Scott Mr. Colin Moran Dr. Mary E. Moran Mr. Mark O’Donnell Mr. John Ogden Dr. Christopher Rapcewicz & Dr. Claudia Bungaro Ms. Susan A. Reeves Mr. & Mrs. D. Edward Schweitzer Mr. Robert J. Schwenk Rev. Peter Stravinskas Mr. & Mrs. Joseph P. Vaghi III Dr. & Mrs. Francisco Yao

Ms. Rosemary Yu

St . A ntoninus (1389-1459) Archbishop of Florence, moral theologian, and reformer. Memorial May 10.

St . M artin



(1579-1639) Cooperator brother, infirmarian, worker of miracles, and servant to the poor. Feast November 3. ($250—$499) Anonymous (1) Mr. G. Howard Bathon, Jr.

ive Gifts from June 2007 through January 2011) Mr. William J. Becker Mr. P. Bracy Bersnak Mr. & Mrs. David Birtwistle Mr. & Mrs. Anthony J. Bosnick Rev. Michael Bransfield Rev. Joseph Callipare 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 George Washington University Newman Center Mr. David Giandomenico Mr. Lawrence P. Hayes Mr. & Mrs. George Hicks Rev. John J. Hurley, Jr. Mrs. Kathleen Jarboe Mr. Barry Jones Mr. & Mrs. Mark A. Jorgensen Mr. & Mrs. David Keppel Ms. Patricia Kirkham Ms. Maria Kontak Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Loehr Mr. & Mrs. Willis Lowery Mr. Jeffrey D. Ludwig Mr. John S. McCann Mr. & Mrs. Brian T. McGuire Deacon & Mrs. Andrew Nosacek, OP Mr. & Mrs. Daniel O’Connor Mr. & Mrs. James T. O’Reilly Dr. & Mrs. Robert Royal Mr. & Mrs. John H. Schnakenberg Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Skousgaard Mr. & Mrs. Richard P. Stewart Mr. Seigbert J. Weinberger Mr. David Winship Mr. & Mrs. Curt Winters

St . R ose


L ima

(1586-1617) Virgin, mystic, ascetic, and first canonized saint born in the Americas. Memorial August 23. (Up to $249) All Saints Catholic School Mr. & Mrs. Melvyn Andrews Anonymous (8) Ms. Lydia M. Astorga Mr. & Mrs. James R. Bacha Mr. & Mrs. Adam Bangert Ms. Jane Anne Beachner Mr. Donald F. Berens

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Bissmeyer Ms. Rosemarie D. Blades Ms. Patricia Bonner Mr. & Mrs. David Borchers Mr. & Mrs. Roger Borchers Hon. & Mrs. Robert H. Bork Mr. & Mrs. Brandt Boyle Mr. James Bailey Brislin Ms. Dorothy Brocki Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Brunetta Ms. Rosemary Burns Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Carroll Mr. James P. Carty Ms. Barbara Chellis Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Cole Mr. Daniel Collins Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Collins Ms. Regina A. Connor Mr. & Mrs. Edward Cordell 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 Rev. Joseph L. Dionne Mr. & Mrs. Melvin Dodd Mr. John Downey Ms. Minh Huong Duong Mr. Arthur Duran Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Eberstadt Mr. & Mrs. Peter M. Ericksen Mr. & Mrs. Carl Ewald Mr. & Mrs. Vagn Fausing Mr. John Ferguson Ms. Danielle Ferris Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Feulner Mr. David Foster Franciscan Friars of the Atonement Rev. John C. Fritz Mr. & Mrs. John Furlong Rev. Edward Gaffney, OP Mr. & Mrs. Tom Gavin Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Gendron Mr. & Mrs. Harry Gieske Ms. Irene Gifford Dr. Harry Gildenhorn Mr. Thomas C. Goebel Mr. Bruce J. Hacker, OP 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. Aniello Iacono 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. & Mrs. Joseph M. Kempf Mrs. Donna Kerrigan Rev. Michael King 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 Mr. Martin Leopold Ms. Lauren F. Liebrecht Mr. James Little Mr. Stanley L. Lugerner 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 Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Mericsko Ms. Renee Merolli Ms. Patricia D. Metzger Mr. & Mrs. Thomas R. Miller Mr. & Mrs. Jerald Mittelbach, OP Rev. Thomas G. Morrow Mr. & Mrs. Timothy C. Mulholland Mr. & Mrs. Timothy C. Murphy Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Narduzzi Ms. Mary Ann Novak Dr. Freda Oben Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. O’Brien Rev. David O’Connell Mr. & Mrs. J.P. O’Connor Mr. John O’Gorman Rev. James P. Olson

Mr. & Mrs. Eric Pavlat Mr. & Mrs. S. J. Pawlowski Mr. & Mrs. Edward Pechalonis Mr. & Mrs. Romualdo Pelle Ms. Joan Pendergraph Mr. & Mrs. Larry Pendergraph Ms. Margaret Perry Ms. Daniela M. Petchik Mr. John S. Pietrzyk Mr. Mauro Pittaro, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. James Pollock Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration Mr. Christopher Reid Mr. James J. Reid Mr. & Mrs. Donald Ross Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Rossi Ms. Jocelyn Rowe Mr. & Mrs. David Russell Ms. Mary E. Scanlan Mr. Russell Shaw Ms. Prudence Siemon Ms. Lois Simms Mr. & Mrs. Francis Slade Ms. Sheilah Slattery Mr. & Mrs. Tom Slovenkay Ms. Carol Lynn Smith Ms. Joanna J. Sobieski Mr. & Mrs. Gary D. Smoller Mr. Richard T. Stewart Mr. Michael R. Stibley Ms. Marah C. Stith Mr. & Mrs. Bob Stovenour Ms. Erna Sullivan Ms. Armelle Tallec Mr. & Mrs. Joseph E. 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 Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Vogel, Jr. Ms. Virginia Volz Mr. & Mrs. La Monte C. Walker Ms. Mary Turner Walsh Ms. Meredith K. Ward Ms. Dorothea A. West Ms. Maureen C. Wilkin Mr. & Mrs. Herman Will Ms. Mary Witt 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 $14,818 through the Campaign.

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Br. Gerard Thayer, OP, Celebrates Jubilee

Faculty Publications and Apperances In October, Fr. Joseph Alobaidi, OP, gave a talk “The Interpretation of Violent Texts in the Bible” at the Interfaith Center at John Hopkins University, Baltimore MD. In September, Fr. Basil Cole, OP, and Dr. Jem Sullivan gave a joint lecture on: “The Beauty of Angels: What Does Faith and Art Teach Us About Them and The New Evangelization” at the John Paul II Cultural Center. In November, Fr. Joseph Fox, OP, gave a lecture, Decoding the Vatican: A Tour of St. Peter’s Square, to over 200 people as part of the Smithsonian Associates Program at their lecture hall in the Sackler Gallery. Fr. John Baptist Ku, OP, published a review of Emmanuel Durand, OP, Le Pere, Alpha et Omega de la vie trinitaire, in The Thomist #74. Dr. Gregory F. LaNave, published “Why Holiness Is Necessary for Theology: Some Thomistic Distinctions,” in The Thomist #74. Fr. Stephen Ryan, OP had the article “Messianism in the Old Testament: The Biblical Roots of Jewish and Christian Expectation” in The Bible Today 48/6 (2010). Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP, wrote a review of Lawrence Feingold’s The Natural Desire to See God according to St. Thomas Aquinas and His Interpreters, in The Thomist #74.

Br. Gerard Thayer, OP, Director of Facilities at the PFIC, celebrated his 50th year as a Dominican on February 8th, 2011 with the entire community at the Dominican House of Studies. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Br. Gerard made his solemn profession as a Dominican in 1961, at the age of 19. His first assignment was at our African mission in Kenya. From there he moved to Pakistan, where he helped establish and maintain a school for village children. Speaking about his life and ministry, he was reluctant to name any place as his favorite, but when pressed admitted that his time in Pakistan was extraordinary. The villages were incredibly poor, and the priests and brothers had to convince the parents that education for their boys was more important than farming and staying at home. (Many of the young men Br. Gerard taught there still keep in touch with him, and have moved their families to the United States or Europe.) Upon returning to the US in the 1980s, Br. Gerard spent many years at St. Mary’s in New Haven, Connecticut. Then, in 2007, he was appointed as the Director of Facilities at the PFIC. His main duty was to work with the contractors for oversight of the new Academic Center and the conversion of the 2nd floor of the priory into Academic offices, classrooms, and a suite of guest rooms. Without Br. Gerard’s tireless work on behalf of the PFIC, the new Academic Center and Dominican Library

Above: (L to R) Fr. Joseph Fox, OP, Br. Gerard Thayer, OP, and Fr. Steven Boguslawski, OP at the luncheon celebrating the dedication of the new Academic Center for the PFIC in April 2009. Below: the early construction of the Academic Center, 2007.

could not have been built. Br. Gerard continues to serve as Director of Facilities. In January, 2011, he was appointed the interim Director of the Dominican Theological Library.

P o n t i f i c a l F a c u lt y o f T h e o l o g y of the I m m a c u l at e C o n c e p t i o n o f f e r s t h e following Summer courses: Lo gic/Epistemolo gy • Fr. James Brent, OP Philosophyic al Anthrop olo gy • Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP M etaphysics • M r. Br ian Car l Philosophic al Ethics • Fr. James Brent, OP The Master of Arts in Theology offered by the PFIC relies on a foundation in Thomistic Philosophy. This summer program prepares students for the M.A. program and provides a Thomistic perspective for students with little or no previous course work in philosophy. I ntensive L atin I & II • Dr. Carole Bur nett I ntensive G reek I & II • Ms. Dana R obinson For terms and registration, please contact Mr. Tobias Nathe at Summer course descriptions may be viewed at: or

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Pontifications: Art’s Gospel St. Thomas Aquinas and the Church: Theo-Centric Ecclesiology A Theological Symposium April 29th-30th, 2011 Fr. Jonathan Robinson Toronto Oratory Fr. Guy Mansini, OSB St. Meinrad Archabbey Fr. Benoit-Dominique de La Soujeole, OP Fribourg University Fr. Charles Morerod, OP Rector of the Angelicum & Secretary of the International Theological Commission For a full schedule visit: RSVP to Honya Weeks: (202) 495-3820

Archbishop DiNoia to celebrate Pontifical High Mass, April 9 The Paulus Institute for the Propagation of Sacred Liturgy is sponsoring the celebration of the Pontifical Solemn High Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine, Saturday April 9, 2011. His Excellency Archbishop Joseph Augustine DiNoia, OP, will be the celebrant. His Excellency has spent more than 25 years teaching and serving the Church here in Washington. He was a long-time member of the faculty of the PFIC, and even served a short time as its president. Archbishop DiNoia was ordained a priest in 1970, and a bishop in 2009. He now serves as Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, at the Vatican in Rome.

In an interview given some twenty-five years ago entitled The Ratzinger Report, now-Pope Benedict XVI commented that, “a theologian who does not love art, poetry, music and nature can be dangerous. Blindness and deafness toward the beautiful are not incidental: they necessarily are reflected in his theology” (p. 130). What is the precise relationship of art to theology? Might Christian art serve as a visual Gospel in today’s visual culture? In The Beauty of Faith, Dr. Jem Sullivan explores the place of Christian art in the history of evangelization, preaching, and catechesis. Dr. Sullivan begins by recalling the historical role that art and architecture has played over centuries of the Christian tradition, particularly in liturgical and catechetical contexts. Sacred and religious art was created not merely to be admired by the faithful or to provide an aesthetic uplift. Rather Christian art served to express faith and to support preaching and teaching in sensory and tangible forms through an intuitive and holistic pedagogy that engaged intellect, will, and senses. Dr. Sullivan offers an adaptation of lectio divina as one approach to a deeper appreciation of masterpieces of Christian art. Then, she proposes theological, anthropological, cultural, and historical reasons to support a rediscovery of Christian art at the service of preaching and teaching. The author describes one particular challenge facing preachers, educators, and catechists today in this way: “A striking paradox – a sensory dissonance, if you will – marks the relationship of Christian art to contemporary culture. A diminishing role given to Christian art in liturgy, catechesis, and evangelization occurs precisely at the moment when popular culture, in content and medium, has become increasingly sensory and visual… while the surrounding culture appeals more and more to visual and sensory

experiences, less and less value is placed on the visual, sensory, and artistic expressions of faith that are part of the rich heritage of the Christian tradition… How is the Church to “make belief believable,” in the phrase of Flannery O’Connor, for the Facebook and YouTube generations immersed in an image-saturated culture?” While introducing the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI highlighted the role of Christian art in preaching and teaching when he noted that: “The centuries-old conciliar tradition teaches us that images are also a preaching of the Gospel. Artists in every age have offered the principal facts of the mystery of salvation to the contemplation and wonder of believers by presenting them in the splendor of color and in the perfection of beauty. It is an indication of how today more than ever, in a culture of images, a sacred image can express much more than what can be said in words, and be an extremely effective and dynamic way of communicating the Gospel message… Sacred images proclaim the same Gospel message that the Sacred Scriptures transmit through words and they help reawaken and nourish the faith of believers.” The Beauty of Faith explores this intersection of faith and art, beauty and contemplation, and invites a rediscovery of sacred images as part of the New Evangelization that aims to effectively communicate the Gospel in our time.

Dr. Jem Sullivan, Director of Career Placement and adjunct professor of theology at the PFIC, received her Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America. She is also on the staff of the Secretariat of Evangelization & Catechesis at the USCCB. Her most recent book, The Beauty of Faith, was published by Our Sunday Visitor in 2010. She is also a docent at the National Gallery of Art. “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.

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Alumni News, Appointments, and Publications Fr. John Paul Walker, OP, new Director of Pastoral Formation

The 487 Correspondent loves to hear from all our alumni! Please send your updates, news and recent publications to: Margaret E. Perry, Alumni and Friends Director at or (202) 4953828

Fr. John Paul Walker, OP, was appointed Director of Pastoral Formation at the PFIC in December., filling the gap left when Fr. Kevin McGrath, OP, was appointed pastor of St. Rose Parish in Louisville, KY, in September. Fr. John Paul hails from Geneva, IL. He received a BS at University of Illinois and an MS from Johns Hopkins University. He joined the Dominicans in 1995, and was ordained to the priesthood in 2002. An alumnus of the PFIC, Fr. John Paul recieved an MDiv in 2001 and a STL (summa cum laude) in 2003. After graduating from the PFIC, he served four years at Providence College as an assistant chaplain. He then went on to study for his STD at the Angelicum in Rome. He is currently finishing his dissertation, which examines the image of the priest as shepherd, and how that role relates to the task of interaction with the laity. He is excited about his new role as Director of Pastoral Formation. He says: “When speaking about the formation of candidates for the priesthood, Pope John Paul II says, ‘The whole formation imparted to candidates for the priesthood aims at preparing them to enter into communion with the charity of Christ the Good Shepherd. Hence their formation in its different aspects must have a fundamentally pastoral character’ (Pastores Dabo Vobis, n. 57). My role as Director of Pastoral Formation is to provide our students with a theological framework and practical skills for undertaking ministry, and then providing them concrete opportunities where they can take what they have learned in the classroom and put it into practice serving the people of God in ministry. In doing so, they come to gradually learn how to take on the role of shepherds of souls, after the model of Christ our Lord.”

Fr. Nicholas Lombardo, OP, MDiv 2003 & STL 2005

Never Give Up, by John Janaro, STL 1992

Fr. Nicholas Lombardo, OP (MDiv, 2003 & STL, 2005), has written The Logic of Desire: Aquinas on the Emotions, published by Catholic University Press (2010). Focusing on the Summa Theologiae, The Logic of Desire contributes to the recovery, reconstruction, and critique of Aquinas’s account of emotion in dialogue with both the Thomist tradition and contemporary analytic philosophy. It considers Aquinas’s thought on emotion in its historical context and inner logic, and shows how it bears on larger issues in his anthropology and ethics. Fr. Lombardo is currently at the St Thomas Aquinas Institute for Theology and Culture at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.

John Janaro has written a new book: Never Give Up: My Life and God’s Mercy (Servant Books, 2011).

Amy Jill Strickland , MA 1997 Ms. Amy Jill Strickland graduated from the PFIC with her M.A. in Theology, cum laude, in 1997. She received her JCL from St. Paul’s University in Luvain, Belgium. For the last nine years she has worked for Archdiocese of Boston, teaching at St. John’s Seminary, but has recently returned to the Washington, D.C. area. She is now the Associate Director for Canon Law for the Resource Center for Religious Institutes (RCRI) in Silver Spring, Maryland. The RCRI is housed with the Conference of Major Superiors for Men and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. It provides comprehensive financial and legal services and resources to leadership from Catholic religious institutes and societies of apostolic life, as well as civil attorneys and other professionals who work with these institutes and societies.

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Described as a “testimony of gratitude to God who has sustained me throughout my confused, distracted, and often difficult life,” the book was published by Servant Books in January. A personal and honest account of his own struggles with chronic illness, Mr. Janaro’s book points away from self-pity and towards Christ. He hopes it will help people see how God’s fidelity, the small wonders of daily life, a dose of humor, and the simple kindness of others can bring light into the darkness. John Janaro is Associate Professor Emeritus of Theology at Christendom College. He received his MDiv (magna cum laude) in 1990, and his STL (summa cum laude) in 1992, both from the PFIC. He has also written The Created Person and the Mystery of God: The Significance of Religion in Human Life (1st Books, 2003), which examines classical and contemporary arguments for the existence of God and the problems of secularism, and the rational foundations for the truth of Jesus Christ and the Church. He lives in Front Royal, VA with his wife and five children.

Fr. Kurt Pritzl, OP (1952-2011) Fr. Kurt Pritzl, OP, passed away on February 21, after a long illness. Fr. Pritzl was an alumnus of the PFIC, and beloved professor of philosophy and longtime dean at The Catholic University of America. Born on February 15, 1952, in Milwaukee, WI, Fr. Pritzl earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and mathematics from Marquette University, graduating in. He earned master’s and doctoral degrees in Philosophy from the University of Toronto in 1975 and 1982, respectively. Fr. Pritzl joined the Catholic University of America School of Philosophy faculty in 1980. Feeling a call to the priesthood, he took a leave of absence in 1986 to enter the Dominican novitiate of the Province of St. Joseph at St. Gertrude’s Priory in Cincinnati, Ohio. He returned to Washington, D.C., a year later and began his theological studies at the PFIC. He received a MDiv (summa cum laude) in 1991. He was ordained a priest on May 31, 1991. After his ordination, Fr. Pritzl resumed teaching full time at Catholic University. He was appointed dean in 2000, continuing in that capacity until his death. Despite his extensive administrative duties, Fr. Pritzl taught a course every semester. He continued to publish scholarly work in early Greek philosophy and in ancient accounts--especially Aristotle’s--of knowledge and of the soul. He also wrote about the role of philosophy in priestly and academic formation.

Fr. Pritzl served as associate editor of The Review of Metaphysics, as a member of the Executive Council of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, and as a visiting scholar for the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy. He was also the Regent of Studies for the Province of St. Joseph and a member of the province’s Provincial Council, Intellectual Life Commission, and Vocation Council. In addition, he was a chaplain in the Teams of Our Lady movement and frequently served as the spiritual director at annual conferences of diocesan pro-life and natural family planning directors organized by the Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Fr. Kurt Pritzl, OP, was the homilist at the Catholic University of America’s annual Mass in Honor of St. Thomas Aquinas, January 28, 2010.

His Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Friday, February 25, in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception by His Eminence Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, DC. Over 100 priests con-celebrated, and the church was completely full. Burial followed at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

students who have to listen to you for an hour. Remember they are college students and you’re teaching philosophy.’ But he never laughed. He’d give me that Pritzl glare. He looked right at me and said “I am teaching the truth. And my students love the truth.”

His friend and classmate, Fr. Ed Gorman, OP, preached the homily. He said he used to tease Fr. Kurt, saying: “‘Be good to those poor

A son of the late Raymond and June (McGrath) Pritzl, Father Pritzl is survived by two sisters, two brothers, and five nieces.

Fr. Kenneth Harkins, OP (1926-2011) Fr. Bernard Kenneth Harkins, O.P., age 87, passed away near midnight, on the Vigil of the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas. Fr. Harkins was originally from Denny, Scotland—halfway between Edinburgh and Glasgow. He entered the Dominican Order in the Province of St. Albert the Great in 1960. He later became a member of the St. Martin de Porress Dominican Province when it was formed. Eventually Fr. Harkins came to live at the Dominican House of Studies in Washingtonin 1978 as a member of the Leonine Comission,

working on the definitive edition of the works of St. Thomas Aquinas. In 1983, Fr. Harkins became a U.S. citizen in 1983 and transfiliated to the Province of St Joseph in 1990. Up until his sickness, he remained very active as the Guest Master at the House of Studies and the “unofficial Director of Security.” Reminiscing, Fr. JohnVidmar, OP said: “He made his rounds every evening, making sure all of the doors were locked, the boilers were working, the parking lot gate was closed, the kitchen stoves were not on.”

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St. Thomas’s Prayer Before Study: Grant , O merciful God, that I may ardently desire, prudently examine, truthfully acknowledge, and perfectly accomplish what is pleasing to You, for the praise and glory of Your name. Amen.

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