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Pope Francis’ Closing Dominican Jubilee Homily

The following homily was given by the Holy Father Pope Francis at the Basilica of St. John Lateran during the Closing Dominican Jubilee Mass. The Word of God presents us today two opposite human scenarios: on one hand the ‘carnival of worldly curiosity’ and, on the other, the glorification of the Father through good works. And

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The Sculptor-Priest of Fatima

The Sculptor-Priest of Fatima By Fr. Hugh Vincent Dyer, O.P. Fatima has been present in my imagination for nearly as long as I can remember.  I grew up in Albany, N.Y. in the 1980s. Albany is the place where Fr. Patrick Peyton C.S.C began his apostolate of the Family Rosary Crusade. He had two great

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John Guldan: Planning a Legacy of Dominican Vocations

John Guldan is a retired schoolteacher with degrees in history and theology. He has been a faithful supporter of the Dominican Friars since 2007 and is a member of the St. Dominic Legacy Society. We would like to thank Mr. Guldan—and all our donors—for helping us form priests and brothers capable of bringing the charism

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Promoting Authentic Sexuality in a Disordered Age

Founded in the 17th century, the Angelic Warfare Confraternity is an association of the faithful entrusted by the pope to the Dominican Order with the goal of helping its members grow in the virtue of purity. Members wear the cord or medal of St. Thomas Aquinas and commit to pray for one another daily. In

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PFIC Faculty Bring Theology to the Parish

PFIC Faculty Bring Theology to the Parish By Br. Norbert Keliher, O.P.   This school year the professors of the PFIC can be found not only in the halls of academia, but in the parish as well. They are bringing the classroom to the parish in a new initiative called Mercy U Lay Theology Institute, hosted

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The Order of Preachers Turns 800!

800 Years of Holy Preaching On December 22nd, 1216, Pope Honorius III issued the bull Religiosam Vitam, formally establishing Saint Dominic and his brothers as a religious order under the Rule of St. Augustine, and as an order which “should be inviolably preserved forever.” As we celebrate our 800th anniversary today, we give thanks to God and ask

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Her Immaculate Conception

Dominican Chant for the Immaculate Conception Fr. Innocent Smith, O.P.   On December 8, 1854, Blessed Pope Pius IX defined the dogma of the Immaculate Conception: “We declare, pronounce, and define that the doctrine which holds that the Blessed Virgin Mary, at the first instant of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace of

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A Dominican Voice in the “New Public Square”

A Dominican Voice in the “New Public Square” By Br. Joseph Graziano, O.P.   Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P., is starting his second term as Dean of the Pontifical Faculty. Though his primary job of keeping the school running is no easy task, his reach is far beyond the four walls of his office. While performing

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Understanding Evolutionary Theory with St. Thomas

Understanding Evolutionary Theory with St. Thomas   Four friars from the Province of St. Joseph; Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P., Fr. James Brent, O.P., Br. Thomas Davenport, O.P., and Fr. John Baptist Ku, O.P.; have developed a website called Thomistic Evolution (thomisticevolution.org) and a companion book, that sheds light on disputed questions surrounding the relationship between

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