Dominican House of Studies

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Dominican House of Studies
Dominican House of Studies is located in the District of Columbia
Dominican House of Studies
Location within the District of Columbia
Dominican House of Studies is located in the US
Dominican House of Studies
Location within the District of Columbia
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.
Site
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

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 education of the friars of the Province who are preparing for the Catholic priesthood.[1]

It houses:

Building

The Dominican House of Studies is located on Michigan Ave., 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,[2] and the Leonine Commission, the commission preparing the critical edition of the works of Thomas Aquinas.

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 1970's and, in 1993 the Master of Arts. The PFIC shares the patronage of the Immaculate Conception with the Priory and, interestingly, also 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 other religious students and 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 31st, 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 will be released on December 12, 2017.[3]

References

  1. ^ "Home". Dominican House of Studies and Priory of the Immaculate Conception. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Washington Theological Consortium Membership List
  3. ^ "The Hillbilly Thomists: Americana Music from the Dominican Friars | Dominicana". www.dominicanajournal.org. Retrieved 2017-12-05. 

External links

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