the newsletter of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception
Class of 2012: “Continuing the Pursuit of Divine Wisdom” On May 18, the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception celebrated the graduation of seventeen of its students, sending them out into the world as teachers of sacred theology. The students were reminded of this mission during the commencement address given by Archbishop J. Augustine DiNoia, OP, the Vatican’s Secretary of the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (and a son of the Province of St. Joseph/our own Dominican province). DiNoia exhorted the graduates: “Train your students in the obedience to the truth which you have learned from Christ our Redeemer.” During their education, the students have learned to understand and to articulate the unity of the truths given to us in divine revelation so that they can know God more deeply themselves and in turn share that knowledge with others, enriching the life of the Church both locally and universally.
Theology, the typical master’s degree in the academic study of theology. Four Dominicans, one Josephite, and one Canon Regular of the New Jerusalem received the Master of Divinity degree, the typical degree for those pursuing pastoral ministry. As a pontifical faculty, the PFIC also confers pontifical degrees, granted in the name of and by the authority of the Holy See. Four Dominicans and one Canon Regular of the New Jerusalem received the Bachelor of Sacred Theology, while five Dominicans and two lay students received the Licentiate in Sacred Theology, granting them the competency to teach theology in an ecclesiastical academic institution. As these seventeen students go on in their study of theology or begin their apostolic work, the PFIC hopes that their work directs both themselves and those whom they teach toward divine wisdom incarnate, Christ the Lord, who, “when perfected.. became the source of salvation for all who obey him” (Heb 5:9).
“As you are awarded these degrees today, realize that they mark just a stage — a milestone certainly — but a stage nonetheless in your continuing pursuit of divine wisdom.”
The celebration began with the praise of God through a solemn celebration of Vespers, the Church’s evening office of the Liturgy of the Hours. After the celebration of Vespers, Fr. Brian Mulcahy, OP, the Vice Chancellor of the PFIC, and Fr. Steven Boguslawski, OP, the president of the PFIC, conferred their respective degrees to the seventeen graduates. Three lay students and one Josephite received the Master of Arts in
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We especially acknowledge those memorialized or honored by gifts to the PFIC. Please keep these men & women in your prayers. H onoring Very Rev. Steven C. Boguslawski, OP Rev. James Brent, OP Rev. Justin Marie Brophy, OP Rev. Br. Matthew Carroll, OP Mr. Kendall & Mrs. Mary Ann Cason Br. Leo Checkai, OP Rev. Brian Chrzastek, OP Mr. Joseph S. Cole Rev. Michael Dominic O’Connor, OP Rev. Hyacinth Marie Cordell, OP Br. Cajetan Cuddy, OP Br. Thomas Davenport, OP Br. Clement Dickie, OP Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Diggins Most Rev. J. Augustine DiNoia, OP Dominican Chaplains of Teams of Our Lady Rev. Hugh Vincent Dyer, OP Rev. Thomas Jordan Ertle, OP Rev. John Martin Egan, OP Mr. Patrick, Mr. Joseph, & Ms. Nora Fazioli Br. Raphael Forbing, OP Rev. Joseph Fox, OP George Washington University Catholics Rev. Anthony Giambrone, OP Mr. Daniel Hilburn Rev. John Frederick Hinnebusch, OP Rev. Andrew Hofer, OP Rev. Jonathan Kalish, OP Br. Joachim Kenney Mr. Ray Tmar Ku Rev. Austin Dominic Litke, OP Rev. Br. Ambrose Little, OP Rev. Gabriel O’Donnell, OP Br. Philip Neri Reese, OP Mr. Joseph J. Reid Rev. Augustine Reisenauer, OP Rev. Mr. Ulysses Rice Rev. Jordan Schmidt, OP Rev. Gregory Schnakenberg, OP Rev. Ignatius Schweitzer, OP Mr. Jeffery A. Stonerock Rev. Luke Tancrell, OP Rev. Br. Bernard Timothy, OP Rev. Raymond Vandegrift, OP The Weisgerber & McLean Families Br. Sebastian White, OP Rev. Thomas Joseph White, OP Rev. Jerome Zeiler, OP
I n M emoriam Ms. Joy Amisano Rev. Milton Ballor, CPPS Ms. Eleanor Bosnick Mrs. Marie Jackie Brunetta Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Carroll, Sr. Rev. Joseph Cassidy, OP Mr. John L. Colonna, Sr. Rev. Pierre Conway, OP Mrs. Margaret Corbett Mr. Newton & Mrs. Irene Cox Mr. Felix diPaola Ms. Vivian Doyle Mr. Robert DuFour, OP Ms. Charlotte Endorf Mr. Frederick Fox Ms. Suzanne Glasow Ms. Adele Dillon Harvey Ms. Mary Colford Hayes Revs. Mark, Thomas & Walter Heath, OP Rev. William Hill, OP Mr. Neil Katchen Br. Pascal Kelly, OSF Mr. Paul T. Kirkham Rev. Val LaFrance, OP Ms. Irene Loland Ms. Leona Beatrice McClain Ms. Alice Coyle MacDonald Mr. & Mrs. Donald MacDonald Rev. John McGovern, OP Mr. Clematis Machaz Ms. Rita Hammer Mahlberg Rev. George G. Maley, OP Mr. Hermitt Mosley, Sr. Ms. Dorothy Murphy Ms. Kathleen O’Brien Mr. Thomas C. O’Brien Ms. Joan Pendergraph Mr. Craig Pritzl Rev. Kurt Pritzl, OP Rev. Dominic Rover, OP Mr. John Ryan Ms. Elizabeth Sanborn Rev. Ferrer E. Smith, OP Rev. Raymond Smith, OP Mr. Jeffrey Stonerock Mr. Arthur Taylor Mr. Patrick Vaccaro Fr. Edmund Way, OP
St. Thomas’ 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. To set up online giving for the PFIC please visit our portal at Faith Direct, the leading faith-based online donation site:
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The Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception President: Steven C. Boguslawski, OP Vice President & Academic Dean: Gabriel O’Donnell, OP Librarian: John Mar tin Ruiz, OP Director of Facilities: Gerard Thayer, OP Board of Overseers: Hugh Patrick Dempsey Ignatius Perkins, OP Julian Heron Allen Hunt Mary Moran Godfrey Mosley Patrick O’Meara William Yeomans
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Fr. Steven Boguslawski celebrates the Mass of the Holy Spirit, officially opening the 2011 academic year.
Letter from the President Dear Friends, Alumni, and Benefactors, God wants us to be lavish in our love of Him and of those whom the Lord places in our care, since in Christ Jesus His Son, He has loved us beyond all human measure. Such magnanimity—or greatness of soul—is to be exercised freely for the benefit of others. On April 29th, the Pontifical Faculty joined in honoring our brethren who minister at St. Catherine of Siena Parish and Priory, whose decades of hard work and communal generosity has made possible the establishment of the St. Catherine of Siena Chair in Catholic Healthcare Ethics at the PFIC. Through the Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry New York, the brethren minister to patients at Memorial Sloane-Kettering Cancer Center, New York Presbyterian, Rockefeller Hospital, and The Hospital for Special Surgery; through St. Catherine of Siena Parish, the Friars attend to the specialized needs of doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, and the “transient” families who accompany their loved ones who are ill. The Friars’ outreach is comprehensive. These Dominicans exhibit a greatness of soul, especially when people are most vulnerable and the environs unfamiliar. The Chair at the PFIC in Catholic Healthcare Ethics arose from their ministerial experience, recognizing that those aspiring to public ministry will need to engage patients, medical professionals and family care-givers with the consoling yet challenging truths of the Gospel of Life. In this important work, they too will need a greatness of soul and an expansive capacity to love those transient strangers whom God places into their pastoral care…for however long a time. On April 30th, at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, in NYC, we announced that Br. Ignatius Perkins is the first appointee to the Saint Catherine of Siena Chair in Catholic Health Care Ethics. These same festivities honored H.E. Donald Cardinal Wuerl, S.T.D. (for his ardent public defense of life, human dignity and religious freedom) and Sr. Elaine Goodell, P.B.V.M. (for her sustained Chaplaincy service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering) with the bestowal of the St. Catherine of Siena Award. (Read about this on the following page.) While the Friars justly honor these recipients of the St. Catherine of Siena Award, we at the PFIC will rightly honor the brethren, too, because whatever is of value involves personal sacrifice. For their example, we are grateful. Sincerely yours in the Lord, Very Rev. Steven C. Boguslawski, OP President, PFIC
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St. Catherine of Siena Chair in Catholic Health Care Ethics: Br. Ignatius Perkins, OP Br. Ignatius Perkins OP, RN, DNSc, MA Ed, FAAN, entered the Dominican Friars in 1959 and professed vows in 1961, making him one of the Province’s jubilarian Cooperator Brothers. His love of nursing and gift for teaching began early in his Dominican life. Now with over 58 years of experience and many academic and nursing honors, he is well established as a respected voice in healthcare and bioethics. Br. Ignatius earned his BSN at Spalding University and has two masters degrees, one in nursing from Catholic University of America, (CUA) the other in education from Spalding University. He received his DNSc from CUA and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in primary care and clinical bioethics at Georgetown University. Br. Ignatius currently serves as Professor and Dean of the Department of Nursing at Aquinas College in Nashville, TN, an apostolate of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia. He will continue in that position while holding the PFIC’s Chair in Health Care Ethics. He also serves on the Board of Overseers of the PFIC. He is known especially for his passion for helping vulnerable members of society — the poor and homeless, immigrants and those without health insurance. “As caregivers, we have a moral obligation to care for everyone, especially those outside of the health care system.” With his many years of experience and study with end-oflife ethical issues, he is insistent on the preeminence of the Gospel of Life and the need to provide care that mediates Christ’s healing ministry: “Caring and nurturing others is a privilege to be embraced, never a problem to be endured… The ministry of healing is a prophetic witness [to] what we preach by word of mouth."
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The St. Catherine of Siena Chair in Catholic Health Care Ethics It is our deep hope that this gift will prepare and encourage the younger Brethren for service in Health Care Ministry The Dominican Parish of St. Catherine of Siena is at the center of Health Care Ministry in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Surrounded by Memorial Sloan - Kettering Cancer Center; New York Hospital; Hospital for Special Surgery; and Rockefeller University Research Hospital, the Parish has served as primary chaplains to the patients, families, and medical professionals of these hospitals for over 80 years. Not only do volunteers and parishioners bring the Eucharist to patients in the surrounding hospitals, but St. Catherine’s also reaches out in health care education to these institutions and strives to be a voice of faith and hope in the complex medical world of today. It is therefore fitting that St. Catherine’s has established the Saint Catherine of Siena Chair in Health Care Ethics at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception. Saint Catherine of Siena made a one million dollar pledge to the PFIC to establish this chair. The first holder of this chair is Br. Ignatius Perkins, OP, who has spent a lifetime in healthcare ministry and education (full biography on opposite page).
and the PFIC, has been an unwavering advocate for Life, especially in the last few weeks as the debate for Religious Freedom (with regards to the HHS contraception mandate) has drawn the attention of the entire country. Sister Elaine Goodell has served for nearly 30 years as the pre-op chaplain of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The hard work begins now, as Br. Ignatius, Fr. Jordan Kelly, OP, pastor of Saint Catherine of Siena, and the PFIC Administration work to create a full course of studies in Healthcare Ethics.
To understand the significant role of the Catholic Church in health care throughout all of these centuries one needs to look at the faith of those who have attempted to imitate the love, the compassion, the caring, the healing of Jesus. It is nothing less than Christian love that animates Catholic health care ministry.”
In establishing this chair, with the help of a one million dollar endowment, the Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry’s director, Fr. Jordan Kelly, OP, said “The providential collaboration of these premier Dominican centers of learning and service to the universal Church demonstrates the Dominican Order’s historic and unfailing commitment to the New Evangelization by providing the critical moral voice in health care and health care ethics in our contemporary culture.” The inauguration of this Chair took place in conjunction with Saint Catherine’s sixth annual Mass honoring those in the Heath Care Profession. This Mass takes place every year on the Feast of Saint Catherine of Siena — and this year the celebrant and homilist was Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, DC. During the Mass, Fr. Jordan presented Saint Catherine of Siena Award to Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, DC, and Sister Elaine Goodell. Cardinal Wuerl, a good friend of the Dominicans,
As Cardinal Wuerl said in his homily that afternoon: “Today, in the face of so many challenges to health care ministry and the rapidity of all the developments taking place in health care we might be tempted to ask, ‘Why is the Church in health care ministry at all?’ The answer we could give is the Catholic Church is involved in health care because it believes that the care of the sick is an important part of Christ’s mandate of service... To understand the significant role of the Catholic Church in health care throughout all of these centuries one needs to look at the faith of those who have attempted to imitate the love, the compassion, the caring, the healing of Jesus. It is nothing less than Christian love that animates Catholic health care ministry.” No matter how sound the theological education our students receive here, if we ignore “Christ’s mandate of service,” echoed by the life and work of St. Dominic, then we have failed in our duty to properly prepare our students, who will serve the Church in the years to come. To that end, Br. Ignatius Perkins, OP, the first holder of the Chair of St. Catherine of Siena, will offer yearly lectures here at the PFIC, as well as design a unique Catholic Clinical Pastoral Education Program, a crucial model for the future of all health care education. As Fr. Jordan said, “It is the deep hope of the Brethren of Saint Catherine’s as well as that of the Board of Directors of the Shrine of Saint Jude, that this gift will both help prepare and encourage our younger Brothers for service within the Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry of New York, as well as to the broader church.”
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2nd Annual Celebrating the Springtime of the Church! April 20, 2012 The PFIC gratefully acknowledges the sponsors of the 2nd Annual Dominican Spring Gala: Archdiocese of Washington • St. John the Beloved Catholic Church • Dominican Fathers, Pleasantville • Diocese of Providence • Archdiocese of Cincinnati • Mr. John J. Mahoney • The Priory of the Immaculate Conception • Rev. William D. Byrne & St. Peter's on Capitol Hill • Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston • Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist • Dominican Nuns, Summit • Bozzuto Construction Company • Mr. & Mrs. Steven Wagner • Mr. Philip E. Leopold • Mr. & Mrs. Barry Pine • The Mosley Family • St. Ann's Catholic Church • Washington Refrigeration Co., Inc. • Ms. Clare A. O'Callaghan • His Eminence Edwin F. O'Brien • Rev. Msgr. Donald Essex & St. Jane Frances de Chantal Parish • Mr. & Mrs. Robert Gerken • Valid Electric Co. • Mr. Carl McCarthy & Ms. Hania Abrous-McCarthy • Ms. Mary Reed • Mr. & Mrs. Gregory J. Maier • St. Mary's Catholic Church • Fr. Juan Diego Brunetta • Mr. Francis X. Noonan • Rev. Adrian Dionne, O.P. • Miss Rose Folsom
The PFIC gratefully acknowledges artists, individuals, and organizations participating in the Auction: Mr. Matthew Alderman • The Catholic Information Center • Corcoran Gallery of Art • CUA Drama Dept & the Hartke Theatre • Mr. & Mrs. Brian Davenport • Dominican Nuns of Summit, NJ • Dumbarton House • Ms. Dawn Eden • Faith Direct • Folger Shakespeare Library • Ms. Sarah M. Garcia • Grape and Bean • The Helmsman’s Compass • Heritage Metal Works • Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens • International Spy Museum • Jams by Mags • Luray Caverns • Metro Stage • Olney Theatre Company • Ms. Anne-Marie Patzwahl • Mr. Luis Peralta • Phillips Collection • Rockville Little Theatre • Sr. Mary Grace Thul, OP • Fr. John Vidmar, OP
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Lay Scholarship Fund Begun; Anonymous $254,000 Gift We have great reason for thanksgiving: with the help of a $254,000.00 anonymous donation, the PFIC has established a fund to provide scholarships to well-qualified lay students. Since Vatican Council II there has been a dramatic increase in the number of laity who are pursuing both secular and canonical theological degrees. The PFIC has seen this directly as the number of lay students has steadily increased, yet a number of lay men and women have had to postpone their enrollment due to financial constraints. This generous gift was given specifically for lay scholarships, and it has established a solid beginning to the fund. The financial needs of the students are immediate! Lay men and women are playing an ever more significant role in the Church as it engages today’s culture and confronts a society which is in great need of light. Every gift offered to build this fund will have a real and enduring effect as our lay graduates enter the world wellarmed both intellectually and spiritually. Further, during their studies here our students develop close friendships with many religious and diocesan clergy, and this unity lends strength to our common effort to bring the beauty of the Faith to the world. This incredible gift which has begun our lay scholarship fund is truly a great blessing! We gratefully rejoice in the generosity shown to us and ask others to join in the work of building this fund which will bear fruit for years to come.
The newly ordained Dominican friars concelebrated the Mass with the ordaining Archbishop, J. Augustine DiNoia, OP, as the principal celebrant, at St. Dominic’s Parish in S.W. Washington, D.C.
Nine PFIC alumni Ordained to the Priesthood Friday, May 25th, marked the ordination to the priesthood of five of the Dominican student brothers: Fr. Jerome Zeiler, OP, Fr. Augustine Reisenauer, OP, Fr. Jordan Schmidt, OP, Fr. Michael O’Connor, OP, and Fr. Justin Brophy, OP, all of whom completed their theological studies at the PFIC. The ordination took place at St. Dominic Church in southwest Washington, D.C., and the ordaining bishop and homilist was Archbishop J. Augustine DiNoia, OP. The church was filled not only with friends and family, but also music on the pipe organ by Fr. Jordan Kelly, OP, pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Church in New York City, and the Dominican Schola, which is composed of both Dominican student brothers and priests. After the Mass, many took advantage of the special graces and indulgences in receiving the blessing of the newly ordained. Following the Mass, a reception for the new priests was held at Dominican House of Studies. Also ordained on Wednesday, May 19th, were four brothers of the Society of St. Joseph: Fr. Anthony Anichukwu, SSJ, Fr. Xavier Edet, SSJ, Fr. Etido Jerome, SSJ, and Fr. Leo Udeagu, SSJ, who also completed their theological studies at the PFIC. The ordaining bishop and principal celebrant
was Bishop John H. Ricard, SSJ, and the ordination was held in the crypt church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. All four of the ordinandi are Nigerian and will serve at one of the many parishes staffed by the Josephite Fathers. Fr. Leo Udeagu, SSJ, said, “God in His goodness and love has called me despite my unworthiness. It is a day of great joy. Since He has called me, He will give me grace, wisdom, and strength to do His work.” Fr. Anthony Anichukwu, SSJ, recalled the words of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, “’A priest is not his own;’ this is the attitude and feeling with which I am going into the priesthood.” Fr. Jerome Zeiler, OP, said “I am not worthy to receive this gift, but I know the power of Christ to transform souls, and my greatest desire is to give my life in sacrifice for the salvation of souls.” The PFIC is happy to provide a comprehensive theological formation for the growing numbers of men whom God has called to serve the Church in the holy priesthood. With a firm grounding in the theological life of the Church, we are confident that these newly ordained priests will be able to proclaim the faith zealously and effectively in the modern world (for the salvation of souls).
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Thomistic Circles Grow, Engage Modern Theological & Cultural Issues As a part of its long-term goal of authentic renewal of Catholic intellectual life, the Thomistic Institute of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception (PFIC) continued to draw large audiences during the conferences of the 2011-2012 Academic Year. Most recently: on Saturday, April 14, 2012, the Thomistic Institute hosted its Spring Thomistic Circles conference. This conference focused on issues concerning the intersection between modern science and theological accounts of creation. Speakers included William E. Carroll (Blackfriars, Oxford), Nicanor Austriaco, O.P. (Providence College) and Edward Feser (Pasadena City College). The three speakers both clarified the terms of and entered into some of the hottest topics of debate concerning physics, creation, evolution, human origins, original sin, human thought and neuroscience. William Carroll delivered an enlightening paper that offered a Thomistic response to the contemporary debates concerning physics and creation. Carroll argued that since the natural sciences are only concerned with change, it is the concern of metaphysics to indicate the necessity of a creator. Cosmology can point to the need for an origin of motion, but one can only arrive at a radical foundation for existence (i.e. creation) through arguments that are properly metaphysical. He proposed that it is a mistake to use arguments from the natural sciences to deny creation (as do Stephen Hawking and Lawrence Krauss) but it is also a mistake to use arguments from the natural sciences to argue for creation (as do Robert Spitzer and William Craig).
Edward Feser offered an informative paper outlining several different arguments to show that human thought is not explainable simply in terms of material processes. He opened with some arguments from neoscholastic authors but focused on an argument from Sir David Ross based on the determinacy of formal thinking. Feser was careful to note that thought has both material and immaterial aspects. To acknowledge the material aspects of thought (e.g. the use of a mental image as formed by the brain) is not a desperate concession to modern science, but an unsurprising consequence of hylomorphism.” Previously in the year, coinciding with the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, Dr. Russell Hittinger, of the University of Tulsa, an esteemed presence in Catholic intellectual affairs, delivered a lecture entitled “Can You Be the Imago Dei on Your Own?” He discussed how societal relationships are part of being constituted in the image of God (imago Dei) and how this social dimension bears directly on the inviolability of marriage and religious freedom. On June 21, 2012, the Thomistic Institute and the Catholic and Dominican Institute at Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, N.Y., co-sponsored their second annual conference. Last summer’s conference focused on Aquinas and contemporary philosophy.
The mind-body distinction has played a decisive role in philosophy from the modern period until the present. Many current philosophies of mind are still heavily influenced by various forms of dualism, physicalism and reductive materialism. As a counterpoint to these modern tendencies, the sapiential unity of Thomistic psychology offers a valuable perspective. The union of body and soul in Thomistic thought is reflective of a deeper integration between experience and reality, reason and emotion, physiology truth and desire. The Thomistic Institute, in hosting these lectures and conferences, provides an opportunity for students of St. Thomas to address some of the pressing questions of our day while thoroughly examining his enduring insights. Additionally, the Thomistic Institute is helping equip up-and-coming Dominican preachers for the intellectual challenges they will face in preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the best-educated laity in history as well as answering the objections of an increasingly skeptical secular society. By opening these outstanding lectures to the public, the Thomistic Institute enables friends and visitors of the PFIC and the Dominican House of Studies to have direct access to leading thinkers sharing their insights on how to engage today’s culture with authentic truth. Below: PFIC Student Dawn Eden questions Dr. Hittinger.
Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P., gave a lively presentation that attempted to show the harmony of magisterial teaching and recent developments in human genomics. All human beings may have descended from a small population in Africa that survived after the eruption of a supervolcano in Indonesia. Fr. Austriaco argued that it is not inconsistent with faith to suppose that God directly infused such a group with rational souls and grace but that this same population quickly fell into sin.
To listen to these lectures visit: www.thomisticinstitute.com
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Foundations: The Benefits of Studying with Consecrated Religious by David Houseal As a layman, just completed my first year of studies, I am continually confirmed in my decision to attend the PFIC. Studying theology strikes many people as odd, and doing it at a House of Formation strikes many as even odder. But when I found myself in a new situation in my life, and I needed to reassess everything, there were certain criteria which became very important to me. I wanted a school which was rigorous academically, but I also wanted a school where the Faith was not viewed as an impediment to the intellectual life, but actually as an aid to it. My hopes have been realized in these regards at the PFIC at the Dominican House of Studies. Yet there is another aspect of study here which is unique. One of the great benefits of studying theology at the PFIC is that we study alongside brothers in consecrated religious life. The presence of the brothers lends something which simply could not exist otherwise. I am surrounded by
individuals who have invested their very being in the God whom we are all striving to know and love better. Some schools are academically challenging, and others whole-heartedly Catholic; here, because we study theology with individuals who have devoted not only their minds to the pursuit of truth, but their whole lives to the service of the Church, there is something new. This brings into clear relief that what we study, when pursuing a theological degree, is no mere intellectual challenge which has no relation to our daily life. These things are meant to shape us as persons, to affect the very direction of our souls. The constant noise and ready distractions of today’s secular society deaden the mind so that we lose sight of what really matters or forget that something matters at all. It is so easy to be swept away in our culture’s powerful current. Yet, a glance at the friar next to me quickly disperses such thoughts. This does indeed matter, so much so that it is worth the commitment of one’s entire life.
I see the new Springtime of the Church around me in every class. A new hope opens which is living and breathing. I have come to know many fine people here: ardent lay people, religious and diocesan seminarians and priests, and all those Dominicans. When I see the young Dominicans sitting next to me in the classroom discussing the Summa or laughing about something that happened during recreation, when I see them frozen after walking for hours in the March for Life, when I see their dedication and their joyful spirit, I am filled with a new hope for the future of the Church. This opportunity to study alongside the next generation of priests and religious who are dedicated to the pursuit of truth and who desire to engage today’s world with the beauty of the Faith is a singular privilege of studying at the PFIC. “Foundations” is the student column of The 487 Correspondent, in which one of our students shares an aspect of their life at the PFIC.
We love to hear from all our alumni! Please send your news, recent publications, appointments, and honors to George Cervantes, of the Office of Advancement, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 495-3828
Faculty and Alumni News, Appointments & Publications Fr. Dominic Izzo, OP (STL ‘95), former Prior Provincial, and current head of the Dominican Foundation, has been called by the master, Fr. Bruno Cadoré, OP, to Santa Sabina in Rome, and appointed the first President of the Office of Solidarity. He will also serve on the Order’s Economic Council, and as the Master’s Socius for the four Dominican Provinces in the U.S. Dr. Gregory LaNave, Professor of Systematic Theology and managing editor of The Thomist recently published an article entitled “Bonaventure” in The Spiritual Senses: Perceiving God in Western Christianity, which was published in January by Cambridge University Press. Fr. Nicholas Lombardo, OP (STL ’05), Assistant Professor of Theology at CUA was awarded the 2010 Templeton Prize for Theological Promise. As part of that award, Fr. Lombardo offered a series of public lectures at the Pontifical Gregorian University (the “Gregorianum”) in Rome. Dr. Ralph Martin (STL ’09) obtained his STD from the Pontifical Faculty of St. Thomas Aquinas (the “Angelicum”) in Rome in 2011 and was also named by Pope Benedict XVI to a five year term as a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization. His most recent article was published in the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly, Fall 2011: “Doctrinal Clarity for the New Evangelization: The Importance of Lumen Gentium 16.” Every year on the Feast of St. Thomas, the patron of The Catholic University of America, a Dominican is invited to preach at CUA’s patronal Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. This year, on the 125th Anniversary of the founding of CUA, it was especially fitting for Fr. Brian Shanley, OP (STL ‘88), who served on their Philosophy faculty for many years, to return to campus for this Feast and lecture. His lecture, entitled “St. Thomas Aquinas: Companion and Patron” is available on our website: www.dhs.edu. Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP, and Fr. Nicholas Lombardo, OP (STL ’05), were appointed to the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas, an academic society committed to promoting the teaching of the Angelic Doctor and to making St. Thomas a teacher for our time. Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP, Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at the PFIC was named an Ordinary Academician. Fr. Nicholas Lombardo, OP, Assistant Professor of Theology at CUA, was named a Corresponding Academician.
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PFIC Honor Circles We would like to express our sincere thanks to those who have generously contributed to the PFIC since July 2009.
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S t . R aymond P eñafort ($2,500—$4,999) Rev. Austriaco Nicanor, OP
Mr. William Becker Dr. & Mrs. Arthur Anthony Bert Ms. Barbara Anne Block Ms. Laura Connell Mr. William H. Dempsey Ms. Rose Folsom Mr. & Mrs. James A. Hofer Mr. & Mrs. Michael J. Kirchner Mr. Peter C. Krause Ms. Bernadette L. Lane Ms. Caitlin Long Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Maier Rev. Frederick L. Miller Dr. Mary Moran Mr. Luis E. Perez Mr. & Mrs. Patrick T. Rainey Dr. Christopher Rapcewicz & Dr. Claudia Bungaro Ms. Susan A. Reeves Mr. & Mrs. Richard A. Schaller Mr. & Mrs. Randal T. Schmidt Mr. Robert Joseph Schwenk The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
S t . H yacinth ($1,000—$2,499) Anonymous (3) Most Rev. Dennis M. Schnurr & Archdiocese of Cincinnati Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Bevelock Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Boland Mr. Raymond R. & Patricia A. Bradick Mr. & Mrs. Robert S. Brent Dr. & Mrs. John Brown Dr. & Mrs. William Brown Mr. & Mrs. Patrick J. Buchanan Mr. Craig Bruney Rev. William Byrne & St. Peter’s on Capitol Hill Mr. Robert Capone Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Clark Mr. Gregory Curtin Most Rev. Frederick F. Campbell The Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Toledo Mr. David D. & Mrs Anne M. Dore Mr. & Mrs. Charles Dougherty Mr. James Edwards Mr. & Mrs. John Edwards Mr. & Mrs. Michael Farguson Mr. & Mrs. Gregory D. Ford Mr. & Mrs. Robert Garvey Mr. & Mrs. Albert Giambrone Dr. Eugene Giannini Portsmouth Abbey Ms. Kathleen Jarboe Vincent W. Kyle Revocable Trust Mr. James Little Mr. Guy Lombardo Mr. & Mrs. Mark Machuga Mr. John J. Mahoney Mr. Colin Moran Mr. Wiley Mossy Mr. Frank Musica & Mrs. Kathryn Kelly Mr. Mark F. O’Donnell Mr. & Mrs. Michael Reinsel Rev. Christopher Saliga, OP Mrs. Maiselle Shortley
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St. Peter’s Catholic Church Rev. Peter Stravinskas Mr. & Mrs. Joseph P. Vaghi III Dr. & Mrs. Francisco Yao Ms. Rosemary Yu Rev. Godfrey Thomas Mosley Most. Rev. Leonard P. Blair Ms. Paula Brock Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Brophy Rev. Adrian Dionne, OP Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Giambrone Mr. & Mrs. Carl J. Link Mr. Brian & Mrs. Ashley McGuire Mr. John Ogden Mr. & Mrs. D. Edward Schweitzer
S t . A ntoninus ($500—$999) Ms. Joan Adams Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Barry Mr. & Mrs. Thomas A. Brisken Mr. Craig Bruney Rev. Joseph P. Callipare Mr. & Mrs. Andrew J. Cole Collins Funeral home Rev. Charles P. Connor Mr. & Mrs. Anthony T. Conti Raymond M. & Jane E. Cracchiolo Foundation Rev. John W. Crossin, OSFS Ms. Margaret Devine Most Rev. Frank Dewane & the Diocese of Venice Most Rev. Joseph E. Kurtz Capt. & Mrs. Robert DiPalma Priory of the Immaculate Conception Monastery of Our Lady of Grace Mr. Joseph Edwards Rev. Msgr. John J. Enzler & Blessed Sacrament Parish Mr. J. William Eshelman Commissariat of the Holy Land for the USA Mr. & Mrs. Richard Garvey Mr. & Mrs. Robert T. Gerken Dr. Jeanne Hicks, MD, OP Rev. John J. Hurley, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Arturo Ibarra Ms. Mary Meade Jividen Mr. Barry Jones Mr. Richard & Mrs Jessie M. Kardys Keany Produce Rev. Paul Keller, OP Mr. & Mrs. David Keppel Mrs. Patricia A. Kirkham Knights of Columbus Mr. Philip E. Leopold Mr. & Mrs. Walter E. Little Dr. & Mrs. Paul J. Mahar Mrs. Zena Martin Mr. Don Mayse Mr. & Mrs. Ralph McDonough Ms. Marlene B. McGinnis Cardin Mr. Charles F. Meixner Mr. Edward Misey (†) Mr. William J. Morris, Jr. Mr.& Mrs. Matthew P. Mullan Ms. Dorothy Murphy Rev. James A. Nicolicchia, OP
Ms. Clare O’Callaghan Mr. & Mrs. Daniel O’Connor Msgr. Thomas Olszyk Mr. & Mrs. James T. O’Reilly Mr. & Mrs. Edmund Pellegrino Mr. Luis E. Perez Mr. & Mrs. William Raaths Ms. Gloria Radosevich Red Coats Mr. & Mrs. Reev Rohter Mr. & Mrs. Roy Rohter Mr. & Mrs. Gus Russo Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Sands Mr. & Mrs. Chetan Sanghvi Mr. & Mrs. John H. Schnakenberg Mr. & Mrs. Robert Schulte Ms. Karen E. Servidea Ms. Kathy Smith Ms. Elissa Speckmann St. Dominic’s Priory St. John the Beloved Parish St. Procopius Abbey Mr. & Mrs. Bryan Tarantina Rev. Tam Xuan Tran Valid Electric Co. Mr. & Mrs. Steven Wagner Mr. & Mrs. John Weisgerber Mr. & Mrs. Robert Woods
S t . M artin de P orres ($250—$499) Most. Rev. Robert J. Carlson & Archdiocese of St. Louis Mr. G. Howard Bathon, Jr. Ms. Jane Anne Beachner Mr. Donald F. Berens Mr. and Mrs. P. Bracy Bersnak Mr. & Mrs. David Birtwistle Mr. & Mrs. Anthony J. Bosnick Rev. Michael Bransfield Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Brunetta Mr. & Mrs. Mattew Carroll, Jr. Mr. Daniel R. Corrin Rev. & Mrs. Stephen D. Cox Mr. & Mrs. Edward A. Daniel Mr. & Mrs. Peter Denker Ms. Susan E. DePlatchett Mr. & Mrs. Stephen DeVine Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Duran Ms. Barbara M. Flaherty Mr. David Giandomenico Mr. Lawrence P. Hayes Mr. & Mrs. Mark C. Henrie Mr. Julian Heron Mr. & Mrs. George Hicks Ms. Mari Hobgood Mr. & Mrs. Mark A. Jorgensen Mr. Russell King Ms. Maria Kontak Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Loehr Mr. & Mrs. Willis E. Lowery Mr. Jeffrey D. Ludwig Mr. John S. McCann Mr. Carl B. McCarthy Mr. & Mrs. Randall L. Morris George Washington University Newman Center Deacon & Mrs. Andrew Nosacek, OP Mr. & Mrs. William Peerenboom
PFIC Honor Circles Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Perry Mr. Larry Poh Mr. & Mrs. Everett Reese Mr. Kevin Regan Dr. & Mrs. Robert Royal Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Skousgaard Mr. & Mrs. Richard P. Stewart Mr. & Mrs. Richard Thompson Mr. & Mrs. Natale Torchia Mr. John C. Walker Washington Refrigeration Co. Mr. Seigbert J. Weinberger Robert Whalen Company, Inc. Mr. David Winship Mr. & Mrs. C.J. Winters Mr. Gary Young
S t . R ose of L ima (Up to $249) Anonymous (1) All Saints Catholic School Mr. & Mrs. Melvyn Andrews Ms. Kathleen A. Annulli Msgr. Charles V. Antonicelli Mr. Walter Arnold Ms. Lydia M. Astorga Mr. & Mrs. James R. Bacha Mr. & Mrs. Adam Bangert Mr. & Mrs. Kevin G. Barry Mrs. Cary Lee Barton Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Bauer Mr. Jeff Bedia Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bissmeyer Ms. Rosemarie D. Blades Ms. Sara Blauvelt Mr. Kevin Bohm Ms. Gretchen Bordelon Mr. & Mrs. Robert H. Bork Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Bossert Ms. Amanda V. Bowman Mr. & Mrs. Brandt Boyle Mr. & Mrs. Edwin J. Bradley, Jr. Mr. Rudolph Braydich Ms. Dorothy Brocki (†) Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Broderick Mr. Brian D. Brodfuehrer Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Brophy Mr. Steven Brust Ms. Sally I. Buikema Ms. Carole Burnett Mr. Christopher Caimano Mr. James P. Carley, Jr. Mr. James J. Carney Jr. Mr. Gregory M. Carr Mr. Pedro Carrol Mr. & Mrs. James P. Carty Ms. Helga Cemovic Mr. & Mrs. Michael Chellis Mr. & Mrs. Richard Chriss Mr. Alan J. Cobb Ms. Regina A. Connor Ms. Mary Lou Considine Mr. John T. Conway Mr. & Mrs. Edward Cordell Ms. Mary Anne Corr Mr. Richard H. Coyle Mr. & Mrs. David Crenshaw Mr. & Mrs. Brian Crogan Ms. Kathleen A. Curran
Mr. Brian Davenport Mrs. Vivian A. Decker Ms. Helen Devaney Ms. Laurea J. Di Joseph Ms. Suzanne Dickie Ms. Mary J. Diggins Diocese of Gaylord Rev. Joseph L. Dionne Ms. Anne Dolan Dominican Nuns of Lancaster Dominican Nuns of Summit Dominican Nuns of West Springfield Mr. Albert Doskey Mr. Dustin Dought Ms. Theresa Dowling Mr. John Downey Mr. Minhhuong Duong Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Eberstadt Mr. John Enzmann Mr. & Mrs. Peter M. Ericksen Our Lady of the Rosary Church Mr. & Mrs. Carl C. Ewald Mrs. Janine Fazioli Ms. Danielle Ferris Mr. & Mrs. Edwin J. Feulner Ms. Anne Fitzsimmons Ms. Loretta Fleming Dr. David Foster Rev. John C. Fritz Mr. & Mrs. John Furlong Rev. Edward Gaffney, OP Mr. Mathieu D. Gallaugher Mr. John Garvey Mr. & Mrs. Tom Gavin Mr. & Dr. Timothy Gavin Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Gendron Mr. & Mrs. Harry Gieske Ms. Irene Gifford Mr. Thomas C. Goebel Ms. Fran Griffin Ms. Catherine Guerrasio Mr. Bruce J. Hacker, OP Dr. & Mrs. Scott Hahn Mr. Michael Halloran Dr. John Collins Harvey Mr. Hal W. Hathcock Mr. & Mrs. Eric B. Hauser Mr. & Mrs. John C. Henry M. Henry Rev. Robert Herald Ms. Matilda Hofacker Ms. Grenevere Hoffman Mr. & Mrs. John J. Houlihan Mr. Corey F. Huber Sr. Joan M. Hush Rev. Dominic Izzo, OP Ms. Marianne Jablonski Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Jackson Ms. Jacqueline Rose Jamison Mr. & Mrs. Walter Janero Ms. Mary D. Janetatos Ms. Ruth Jin Mr. and Mrs. Mark Johnson Mr. & Mrs. Randall Johnston Mr. & Mrs. Jordan Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Kalinoski Mr. & Mrs. J. David Karam Mr. & Mrs. Robert Keating Mr. & Mrs. Joseph M. Kempf Mr. Thomas A. Kennedy Jr. Ms. Donna Kerrigan
Dr. & Mrs. William J. Klepczynski Ms. Carolyn B. Klunk Mr. & Mrs. Henry J. Konstanty Ms. Lorraine Krall Ms. Kathryn Krall Mrs. Frances G. Krenisky Mrs. Diane Krizan Mr. James C. Kruggel Mr. Stephen A Kunath Mr. Patrick Lally Mr. & Mrs. Greg LaNave Mr. Don Laub St. Dominic Pro-Chapter, Boston Lay Fraternities of St. Dominic Abbot Joseph Lee Ms. Maribeth Leonard Ms. Lauren F. Liebecht Mr. Stanley L. Lugerner Mr. Tri Dinh Luong Mr. Roberto Maass Moreno Ms. Connie Mackey Mr. Andre Mander Mr. and Mrs. Peter Martin Mr. Michael Masko Mr. & Mrs. David Masterson Mr. James McCreesh Mr. & Mrs. Justin McClain Mr. Sean D. McConway Mr. & Mrs. Paul F. McCormack Mr. William P. McKenna Mr. Gerald McKiernan Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Mericsko Mr. & Mrs. Thomas R. Miller Mr. Edward J. Miller Mr. Allan Mirsky & Mrs. Connie Duncan Mr. John P. Mitchell Mr. & Mrs. Jerald Mittelbach, OP Ms. Mary Moran Ms. Grace Garrick Mortemore Mr. & Mrs. William B. Moulden Mr. Arnold R. Mozisek, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Donald R. Mueller Mr. & Mrs. Timothy C. Mulholland Mr. & Mrs. Timothy C Murphy Mr. Michael Nardacci Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Narduzzi Dr. Tobias Nathe Mr. William Newton Ms. Diane Nicholson Ms. Eileen P. Nolan Mr. Francis Xavier Noonan Ms. Mary Ann Novak Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. O’Brien Mr. & Mrs. John O’Brien Dr. Timothy O’Donnell Mr. John O’Gorman Ms. Jean F. Orsini Ms. Elizabeth M. Osborne Mr. Kevin O’Scannlain Mr. & Mrs. Eric Pavlat Mr. & Mrs. S.J. Pawlowski Mr. & Mrs. Edward Pechalonis Ms. Margaret Perry Mr. John S. Pietrzyk Rev. Richard W. Podrasky Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration Ms. Bridgett Portelle Mr. Thomas Quinn Ms. Cristina Ramos Mr. Peter K. Redpath
Ms. Mary Reed Mr. James J. Reid Mr. Christopher Reid Mr. Patrick R. Reilley Most Rev. Francis R. Reiss Mr. & Mrs. Russell R. Reno Ms. Concepcion Reyna Ms. Brenda Richards Rev. John Rooney Ms. Karen Rupprecht Mr. & Mrs. David Russell Ms. Deborah S Sanders Ms. Glorisel Santos Ms. Mary E. Scanlan Mr. Joseph Schilling Mr. Svato Schutzner Ms. Margaret Sewell Mr. Russell B. Shaw Ms. Eileen S. Shea Ms. Aislinn Sheehan Ms. Mary Shivanandan Ms. Kathleen Shortley Ms. Barbara Shortley Ms. Lois Ann Simms Mr. & Mrs. Francis Slade Ms. Sheilah Slattery Mr. & Mrs. Tom Slovenkay Ms. Carol Lynn Smith Ms. Judith M. Smith Ms. Sylvia Smith Mr. & Mrs. Gary D. Smoller Ms. Joanna J. Sobieski Mr. Max Soc St. Albert House Sr. Antonia Stare Mr. Richard T. Stewart Ms. Marah C. Stith Ms. Amy Strickland Mr. and Mrs. James Stroud Ms. Doris Stukes Ms. Mary Sullivan Ms. Armelle Tallec Mr. & Mrs. Joseph E. Tancrell III Ms. Nancy Tanner Mr. Robert Tapella Mr. Patrick Templeton Mr. & Mrs. John L. Tierney Dr. & Dr. Michael Tkacz Ms. Mary Louise Toomey Ms. Helen Toomey Ms. Marilyn W. Trapp Mr. & Mrs. Hugh Turley Mr. Ronald Vardiman Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Vogel, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. La Monte C. Walker Ms. Mary Turner Walsh Ms. Meredith K. Ward Sr. Waldia Ann Warden Rev. Peter Washlo Ms. Dorothea A. West Ms. Maureen C. Wilkin Mr. & Mrs. Herman Will Mr. Steven Winchell Ms. Cathryn Winslow Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Wood Mr. & Mrs. Leo Wright Mr. Scott Wright Mr. Joseph Yungwirth Mr. Christopher A. Zampogna Ms. Christina M. Zvir
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