Dominican House of Studies in the News

The Catholic Standard reports on the dedication of the new Library and Academic Center at the Dominican House of Studies:
Archbishop Wuerl was the celebrant and homilist at an April 19 dedication Mass to mark the blessing of the new $18 million academic center and theological library on Michigan Avenue.

The academic center is “planted here in the middle of the archdiocese as a sign that the Church is indeed alive,” Archbishop Wuerl said. He called it “one more new, tangible sign of the presence of Christ to the people today.”

“It is one more part of a great chain – a visible, tangible link – that reaches back and keeps us connected to the Apostles,” the archbishop said. He also prayed that the new center would be used as “an instrument of the Kingdom” and “remain for us a beacon of the great-received tradition” of the Catholic faith.

Noting that St. Dominic founded the order nearly 800 years ago, the archbishop said, “century after century we preach that truth, making the message heard and making it understood.”

He praised the order for making sure “the Word (of God), which carries us to the truth, is taught, articulated, proclaimed and understood.”

In addition to Archbishop Wuerl, others at the Mass were Cardinal Adam Maida, the archbishop emeritus of Detroit; Cardinal William Keeler, the archbishop emeritus of Baltimore; Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the apostolic nuncio to the United States; Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron; Arlington Bishop Paul Loverde; and Dominican Father Carlos Alfonso Azpiroz Costa, the master of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans).

More than 200 people attended the Mass, including Dominican Father R. Giles Dimock, prior of the Immaculate Conception Priory; Father Steven C. Boguslawski, president of the pontifical faculty of the Immaculate Conception, and Father D. Dominic Izzo, prior provincial of the Province of St. Joseph; faculty and students of the Dominican House of Studies, and benefactors of the order.