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On the occasion of the 44th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, as happens every year, hundreds of thousands marched on Washington D.C. to stand up for the right to life of the unborn child.

By Blackfriars Staff Through the Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry of New York, Friars and lay collaborators bring the healing presence of Christ to sick men and women over 60,000 times a year at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center, and the Hospital for Special Surgery.

In this issue of BlackFriars, you’ll read about Dominican Friars bringing God in word and sacrament to souls in secular institutions – colleges and hospitals – that are considered elite by the world’s standards.

We’d like to invite you to listen to our new podcast, Pure Joy, the official podcast of the Angelic Warfare Confraternity.

At Vanderbilt University, the mission of our University Catholic (UCat) campus ministry contends with both an aggressive secularism and a deep apathy towards the search for truth. This spring, God’s providential aid came through our partnership with the Thomistic Institute of the PFIC and its distinguished speakers.

Ana Maria Dumitru is a sixth year MD-PhD candidate at Dartmouth College’s Geisel School of Medicine, a member of Medical Students for Life, a trained instructor on Natural Family Planning methods, and a frequent speaker and writer on pro-life and natural fertility issues.

The following excerpt is from the Pope Saint John Paul II lecture given by Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia, O.P. at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.

Through the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary (also known also as the Rosary Altar Society), the friars offer the laity a way of participating in the Dominican form of life. Members commit to praying the 15 decades of the Rosary each week. BlackFriars sat down with Fr. Athanasius Murphy, Promoter of the Confraternity, to discuss this enduring devotion.

This school year, professors at the PFIC collaborated with other prominent Catholics to produce The Beauty of Faith, an hour-long EWTN special written and produced by PFIC faculty member Dr. Jem Sullivan that was broadcast in mid- November. An initiative of the PFIC’s mission to present contemporary culture with the beauty of the Catholic faith, the documentary takes viewers on a spectacular sensory pilgrimage of beautiful sacred art, music, architecture, and literature.

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