Immaculate Conception Chapter
Lay Fraternities of St. Dominic

Friday to Sunday, April 22-24, 2016
San Damiano Spiritual Life Center. White Post, Virginia (directions)

Retreat Master: Rev. Christopher Alar, MIC
Subject: The God of Mercy


After answering the Lord’s call, Fr. Chris studied philosophy at Franciscan University in Steubenville and earned his Masters of Divinity from Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. While in Seminary, Fr. Chris was assigned as a member of the band of missionaries who traveled far and wide to share the good news of God’s mercy. He lives and works on Eden Hill in Stockbridge, MA, home of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, where he serves as the Director of the Association of Marian Helpers. Fr. Chris continues to be a sought-after speaker for the Marians.


Check-in for Retreat: Friday, April 22, starting at 3 p.m. Retreat begins with Mass at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and concludes in the early afternoon on Sunday, April 24.

Use the link below (red text) to download the retreat form and return it with deposit or full payment to “College of the Immaculate Conception,” c/o Mr. Donald Mayse, Jr., O.P., Treasurer, 9502 Buck Lodge Court, Adelphi, MD 20783.

30 sleeping rooms are available at the retreat house. Priority is given to chapter members and spouses. Non-members must contact President Ms. Therese Errigo, O.P. ( or 301-704-9117) to request permission to attend. Children are not permitted. The entire fee must paid by March 22.


2016 Chapter retreat flyer (check your browser’s downloads folder)


The General Chapter of the Order of Preachers has opened!

2013-07-22-Capitulum_Trogir-02-sOn the feast of St. Mary Magdalene, patroness of the Order of Preachers, little over a hundred Dominican friars from all over the world, elected by their brothers to represent them, celebrated holy Mass in the church of the Holy Cross on the island of Čiovo and thus started the General Chapter of the Order of Preachers in Trogir, Croatia.

The Master of the Order, fr. Bruno Cadore, OP, celebrated the holy Mass together with his predecessors fr. Timothy Radcliffe, OP and fr. Carlos Aspiroz Costa, OP. All the members of the Chapter, diffinitors, guests, and hosts alike participated in the liturgical celebrations. The church of the Holy Cross and the Dominican convent of the same name were built on the 15th century. The builders of the church could have never imagined a General Chapter being held inside its walls.

During the first plenary session, the Provincial of the Croatian Dominican Province, fr. Anto Gavrić, OP, welcomed all the members of the Chapter. The Mayor of Trogir, Mr. Ante Stipčić, also welcomed the capitulars on behalf of all the citizens of Trogir and the surrounding area. The chapter’s work started in good spirits.

During the afternoon session Msgr. Želimir Puljić, Archbishop of the city of Zadar and President of the Croatian Bishops Conference visited the chapter and in a short address welcomed all the delegates to Trogir and to Croatia.

Some of the important topics that will be discussed by the delegates during the various plenary and work group sessions are: Jubilee of the Order in 1216, preaching, formation, study, common life, government and continued renewal of the Order.

The first day of the General Chapter ended with the solemn notes of vespers spreading through the hallways and the cloister of the convent of the Holy Cross. After evening prayer there was a Rite of Reconciliation and Eucharistic Adoration.

The Chapter is expected to convene and continue its work until August the 8th 2013.


Upcoming Pro-Life Events

On Sunday, January 13, the Knights of Columbus, Father Rosensteel Council, will hold its 21st annual Pro-Life Kickoff Rally at the Council Hall on Rosensteel Avenue in Silver Spring. This begins at 5:15p. There is a free spaghetti and meatball dinner, and the event’s keynote speaker at Jeanne F. Monahan, president of March for Life. For more information, call C. Michael Koon at 301-922-9101.

On Thursday, January 24, the annual National Prayer Vigil for Life will begin at 6:30p at the Basilicat of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The principal celebrant and homilist will be Sean Cardinal O’Malley of Boston.

Following the Mass, there will be a Rosary for Life at 10p and Compline at 11p. Confessions will be heard all day, from 9:30a until midnight. There will be Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament and Holy Hours every hour of the night until 6a.

On Friday, there will Morning Prayer, Benediction and Reposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 6:30a.

A Solemn Mass for Life will be celebrated at 7:30a, with Bishop Kevin Farrell as the principal celebrant and homilist.

Also on Friday, the third annual Adult and Family Mass and Rally for Life will be held at St. Matthew’s Cathedral. The rally will begin at 9a and feature Vicki Thorn, the foundress of Project Rachel. Bishop Francisco Gonzalez will celebrate Mass at 10a. If you are interested in attending, you must register at

DHS Porter’s List 10/04/2012

Opening the Year of Faith

Oct 03, 2012 03:37 pm

Join the Dominican Friars in marking the inauguration of the Year of Faith announced by the Holy Father. We invite you and all the Christian faithful to come to a Holy Hour at the House of Studies on Thursday, October 11th.  We hope you will share our prayer intention “to contribute to a renewed conversion to the Lord Jesus and to the rediscovery of faith, so that the members of the Church will be credible and joy-filled witnesses to the Risen Lord in the world of today – capable of leading those many people who are seeking it to the ‘door of faith.’” Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will begin at 7:30pm. During the Holy Hour, the prior of our community, Fr. Ken Letoile, O.P., will preach about the Year of Faith, and priests will be available to hear confessions. After the Benediction at 8:30pm, there will be a light reception to celebrate the beginning of this new time of grace.

The Dominican House of Studies is a community of Dominican friars dedicated to preaching, prayer, and study. We are a priory of the Province of St. Joseph of the Order of Preachers dedicated to the theological formation of Dominican friars and the service of the church in the Archdiocese of Washington. DHS is also home to the Immaculate Conception Chapter of Lay Dominicans, aka Third Order Dominicans.

Our mailing address is:

The Dominican House of Studies, Priory of the Immaculate Conception

487 Michigan Av NE

Washington, Dc 20017

Fall Thomistic Circles Conference, Fri. and Sat., October 5-6, 2012

“Jesus Christ, True God and True Man:

The Promise of Chalcedonian Christology”

Fall Thomistic Circles Conference, Fri. and Sat., October 5-6, 2012

Dear Friends of the Thomistic Institute,

We just wanted to send out a reminder for the Thomistic Circles symposium this Friday and Saturday, October 5-6 at the Dominican House of Studies on Chalcedonian Christology.

If you would like more information, please see our website:

We hope to see you there.

In Christ,

The Thomistic Institute
(202) 495-3862

CATHOLICS FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM Saturday September 22 from 12PM to 2 PM

CATHOLICS FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, an unofficial group of Catholics lead by members of the Immaculate Conception Chapter of secular Dominicans (based at the Dominican House of Studies, Washington DC), will have its next Pray-In assembly this Saturday September 22 from 12PM to 2 PM in front of the HHS building (Dept. of Health and Human Services) 200 Independence Ave. SW, Washington DC. (Metro: Federal Center SW – Blue/Orange lines).

Permit has been obtained. There will be no civil disobedience and no speaker. The whole idea is Pray-In rosaries in order to have the Obamacare Mandate overturned that obliges religious groups to pay for abhorrent procedures against their religious beliefs, and the conversion of all. This is principally a spiritual matter that needs to be fought with spiritual means.

Dominican Rite Mass

The Porter’s List

Dominican Rite Mass

Following the Masses celebrated for St. Thomas Aquinas’s Feast at St. Vincent Ferrer in New York City, and St. Dominic’s Feast at St. Patrick’s in Columbus, OH, the Dominican friars announce the celebration of  a Missa Cantata, celebrated according to the Dominican Rite, on Thursday, September 27 at 7:15pm at the main chapel of the Priory of the Immaculate Conception (the Dominican House of Studies).  The Dominican Schola Cantorum will sing the music for the Mass.

The Dominican Order has long maintained its own liturgical rite, mostly unchanged since its adoption in the middle ages.  With the Missal of Pope Paul VI, the Order largely set aside its own liturgical rite in favor of the new Roman Rite, although Dominicans retain the right to celebrate it.  However, with the promulgation of Summorum Pontificum and Universae Ecclesiae, the Holy Father has now given broad permission to all Dominican priests to celebrate the Mass according to the Dominican Rite, as it existed before the Second Vatican Council.  the Dominican Rite is, in a sense, the ‘extraordinary form’ for the Dominican Order.  For more information on the Dominican Rite, see the special section on this website.

This Mass is open to the public.  Click here for a PDF of the announcement flyer for the Mass.

The Dominican House of Studies is a community of Dominican friars dedicated to preaching, prayer, and study. We are a priory of the Province of St. Joseph of the Order of Preachers dedicated to the theological formation of Dominican friars and the service of the church in the Archdiocese of Washington.

Chapter Meeting; January 15, 2012

Novice Meeting: 10:00 am
Mass at 11:15
Lunch at 12:00 (Bring a dish if you can)
Presentation by Fr Izzo at 1:30 PM
Midday prayers at 2:30
Confessions 2:30 to 3:00
Community at Colonel Brooks Tavern 3:30 to ?
Note: Time are approximate

No reading this month. Instead, we will hear an address from Fr. Dominic Izzo, O.P., Director of the Dominican Foundation and Vicar Provincial for Advancement for the Province of St. Joseph. Fr. Izzo will speak about a new priory the province is building in Virginia.

Coming Up: The chapter is working on an ongoing formation program for the next one to two years. Being considered is a tour of the Summa supplemented with audio lectures, online forums and small discussion groups. However, all suggestions are being heard. What are some of the study and formation materials you would most  like to see? More Bible Studies? Saint of the month profiles? A survey of devotions and prayer practices? If you have an idea, please send it to me or to

We will have an open meeting on this topic in the very near future. The plan is to meet at the Shrine for noon mass, then discuss your ideas over lunch in the Shrine cafeteria. All are welcome. If you can’t attend, be sure to email us your comments to ensure that your voice will be heard. We will let you know of the exact date as soon as possible.

READING SCHEDULE FOR 1ST PART OF 2012 We do have a reading schedule for February through June. We will study the Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas (The Aquinas Catechism:  a simple explanation of the Catholic Faith by the Church’s greatest theologian (Sophia Institute Press).


Lee Moraglio, the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception bookstore manager, is offering IC chapter members and other Dominican

tertiaries, the same discount they offer priests and other religious. Email Lee at, give him your name and he will order a copy for you at a 10% discount and no shipping charges. Or call the store at 202.526.1287. Please order sooner than later.


Please read the first three chapters by our February meeting.


If you prefer, you can read it online at You can order the book from at



Visitors: If you are not a Dominican but wish to visit with us, please send email to

Reminder: Members are expected to contact President Therese Errigo with regrets if you are unable to attend a chapter meeting. Her email is

Novices: If you have not done so already, please send me an email with your contact information at your soonest convenience, as I’ve been elected the new Formation Director.

Novices and Postulants, be sure to contact the Novice Master or Inquiry Director if you cannot make your class.