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Ad Orientem and Absolutism By Fr. Charles Shonk, O.P.   Shortly after Cardinal Sarah made a mess and, Francis-like, sparked some uncomfortable dialogue in the Church, I spoke with a priest of my acquaintance whose thoughts on liturgical orientation I couldn’t have predicted. A smart, practical padre in his mid-fifties, he’s known to have zero

Music & Spirituality   “Listening to beautiful music may dispose one to the contemplation of faith, since it mirrors the infinite beauty of God himself. Could it not be the case that the strife and struggle to fasten onto ideas “by reason of the weakness of the intellect” is eased somewhat by a love and

On September 10, 2016, at NYU’s Catholic Center, Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., debated with Candace Vogler and Jennifer A. Frey of the University of Chicago’s Virtue, Happiness, & The Meaning of Life Project on whether the virtue of religion is necessary to a happy life. The debate was moderate by R. R. Reno, Editor

Mass of the Holy Spirit in the chapel of the Dominican House of Studies on 29 August. A ‘Red Mass’ like this marks the inauguration of an academic year, praying for the guidance and wisdom of God to accompany our studies and our work. Photo & Description by Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P.

800 Years of Grace By Katie Scott   THE ORDER OF PREACHERS CELEBRATES ITS 800TH JUBILEE, A MILESTONE MARKED BY VIBRANT COMMUNITIES AND FLOURISHING VOCATIONS   In early 1995, a graduate student of environmental engineering and chemistry at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore stepped into the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. Inside, rosaries

Our Dominican Friars assisted the Knights of Columbus with the international English speaking catechetical site and youth festival during World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow with our Holy Father, Pope Francis. In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, several of our friars were stationed at the “Mercy Centre,” where thousands of young people were able receive

Albert Juergens: Creating a Contemplative Legacy   Artist and inventor Albert Juergens recently donated his Catskills estate to the Dominican Friars. After turning an outbuilding into small chapel, the Friars held their first retreat at St. Albert’s Retreat Center, named for the 13th-century Dominican Doctor of the Church and teacher of St. Thomas Aquinas. We

Preaching God’s Unchanging Love on Campus   The Dominican Friars are preaching the truth of Jesus Christ at Dartmouth, Brown, UVA, NYU, Johns Hopkins, and American University as campus chaplains. BlackFriars spoke with NYU Catholic Center chaplain Fr. Sebastian White, O.P., about his ministry, which has led many students to enter the Catholic Church or

Saints Marching in the Streets By Br. Jordan Zajac, O.P.   It was supposed to be a peaceful demonstration. Their numbers swelled to fifty thousand by the time they took to the streets. The large assembly drew the ire of supporters of the opposing party, who shouted and antagonized them. Fights broke out. As police

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