Faith & Reason Volume III, Issue III - Page 3

Letter from the President Dear Friends, This November 15, we will be celebrating our 75th anniversary as a Pontifical Faculty of Theology! On that day in 1941, the Holy See granted the faculty of our House of Studies the authority to confer ecclesiastical degrees in its name. The right to confer pontifical degrees is a great privilege, and only the best Catholic universities and theology faculties in the world receive this recognition from the Holy See. We are honored to be among this select group! When we received our pontifical charter in 1941, our degree program was solely for the Dominican student brothers who were being formed for the priesthood here. It wasn’t until several decades later that we expanded our mission to a wider audience. Since the late 1970s, our Pontifical Faculty, while still primarily providing academic formation for Dominican student brothers, has opened its doors to other religious seminarians, religious sisters, and qualified lay students. Putting into practice the vision of Vatican II, we are using our pontifical charter to form our friars, other religious, and laity for the New Evangelization that is so desperately needed in our time. But as we celebrate our 75th anniversary, we are expanding our mission yet again in a variety of ways! In this issue of Faith & Reason, you will read about an exciting new initiative of theological education that the PFIC is providing at Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Potomac, Maryland. This is adult formation taken to a new level—one that we are uniquely equipped to provide as a Faith & Reason - Volume III, Issue III 0070_BLKFM_Faith & Reason_VF.indd 3 pontifical faculty. You will also read about the important media work being done by the Vice President and Academic Dean, Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P. He and several other members of the faculty now are regularly providing theological commentary on radio, television, and even social media! Finally, our Thomistic Institute is sponsoring regular lecture series on the campuses of several of the top secular universities in the country. In all these ways, the PFIC is offering the wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas to audiences well beyond the classroom, and is working to infuse the culture with a Gospel vision faithful to the Church’s magisterium. Seventy-five years ago, the Holy See gave our faculty its stamp of approval, and has continued to renew our charter based on the sustained strength of our program of studies. You, our donors, show your own confidence in us through your generous financial support. Without your help, we would not be able to carry out the mission entrusted to us by the Holy See. You are an important reason why we are able to celebrate this anniversary—and I have confidence that with your ongoing support, we will be able to continue our mission for decades to come! May God bless you! Fr. John Langlois, O.P. President Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception 3 10/6/16 11:06 AM