Dominican House of Studies

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Dominican House of Studies
Monastery information
Other names Priory of the Immaculate Conception
Order Order of Preachers
Established 1905
Diocese Archdiocese of Washington
Prior The Very Rev. Father Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P.
Location 487 Michigan Ave., N.E.,
Washington, D.C.,
United States
Coordinates 38°55′54″N 76°59′57″W / 38.9317°N 76.9993°W / 38.9317; -76.9993Coordinates: 38°55′54″N 76°59′57″W / 38.9317°N 76.9993°W / 38.9317; -76.9993
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The Dominican House of Studies, officially the Priory of the Immaculate Conception, is a community of the Province of St. Joseph of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), dedicated to the theological formation of Dominican friars and the service of the church in the Archdiocese of Washington. It serves as a formation community for Dominican candidates for Holy Orders and the Dominican cooperator brotherhood.[1][2]

It houses:


The Dominican House of Studies is located on Michigan Avenue, directly across from The Catholic University of America, in the part of northeastern Washington, D.C. that was once known as "Little Rome", today more commonly referred to as Edgewood.

Established in 1905, the building is in the Gothic style.

In addition to the Pontifical Faculty, the priory is home to the journal The Thomist and the Dominican College Library. It also provides office space to the Washington Theological Consortium, of which it is a member,[3] and the Leonine Commission, the commission preparing the critical edition of the works of Thomas Aquinas.

The Dominican House of Studies, Washington, D.C.

The Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception


The Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception (or PFIC) was founded in 1941 by the Holy See; however, it traces its origins to 1834 when the first house of studies (or "general studium") was established in Somerset, OH under the leadership of Nicholas Dominic Young, O.P. After the founding of The Catholic University of America, the Province moved the house of studies to Washington, D.C. in 1905. With a major university nearby, the Eastern Province Dominicans could continue the long-standing tradition of training the next generation of Friars Preachers in close proximity to other universities, while maintaining their independence. In 1941, the Holy See established the house of studies as a Pontifical University under the title of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception. Most recently, the PFIC received civil accreditation to award the Master of Divinity during the 1970s and, in 1993 the Master of Arts. The PFIC shares the patronage of the Immaculate Conception with the Priory and with the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception which is across the street.


While the Pontifical Faculty was established in order to educate Dominican Friars of the Eastern Province, the PFIC also accepts students from other religious institutes as well as lay students.

The PFIC offers the following degrees:

The Faculty, primarily intended to train Dominicans for preaching, has a strong affinity to the works of St. Thomas Aquinas. The faculty's Thomistic Institute, directed by Rev. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., sponsors lectures in academic centers, such as universities and campus ministries, around the East Coast to engage contemporary issues from the perspective of Aquinas' thought.

The current president of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies is Very Rev. John A. Langlois, O.P. The Vice President and Dean is Rev. Thomas Petri, O.P. A full list of the Faculty may be found at the website for the House of Studies.

Notable Alumni

Dominicana Records

On October 31, 2013 Dominicana Records and the student friars of the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., released their first album: In Medio Ecclesiae.

Recorded in historic St. Dominic’s Church in downtown Washington, D.C., and directed by Fr. James Moore, O.P., In Medio Ecclesiae offers fine chant and polyphonic choral pieces from the Church's musical tradition as well as two new compositions by Dominican friars.

Since then, they have released four additional albums. The most recent album, The Hillbilly Thomists, features traditional bluegrass music and was released on December 12, 2017.[4]


  1. ^ "Home". Dominican House of Studies and Priory of the Immaculate Conception. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Cooperator Brothers - Dominican Friars Province of St. Joseph". Dominican Friars Province of St. Joseph. Retrieved 2018-02-13. 
  3. ^ Washington Theological Consortium Membership List
  4. ^ "Dominicana Records Presents "The Hillbilly Thomists" | Order of preachers". Retrieved 2018-02-16. 

External links

  • Dominican House of Studies official website
  • The Thomistic Institute
  • The Thomist Journal
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