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 http://www.2013adultrally.eventbrite.com.

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: http://www.thomisticinstitute.org/.

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 all@dominicanwitness.com.

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 lmoraglio@yahoo.com, 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 http://www.cin.org/users/james/ebooks/master/aquinas/aindex.htm. You can order the book from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/review/RIXOQR5NMEXXJ/ref=cm_cr_pr_viewpnt#RIXOQR5NMEXXJ.



Visitors: If you are not a Dominican but wish to visit with us, please send email to inquirers@dominicanwitness.com.

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

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.


To the Editor:

You believe that only non-Catholic-supported Hospitals should give
life-saving emergency abortions to women .

First, you are assuming that there are such Hospitals nearby.  Do you
believe that the ambulance  taking a woman who is in critical condition,
like that 27 year old Phoenix, Arizona, woman who would have died had she
not obtained an abortion right away, would waste  precious time  risking
her life by driving further away to such a hospital? Does it not make sense
that with 15% of Hospitals in the country being Catholic-supported, there
may not have been such a hospital in that area or at least not within
  reasonable distance?

Again, you are giving more importance to a religious  dogma than to saving
women’s lives.  St. Joseph’s Hospital  realized that saving women’s lives
is  more important than adhering to a religious dogma and watching them die
along with their  fetuses. If St. Joseph’s and other Catholic-supported
Hospitals were to refuse this life-saving procedure to women and told  them
to go to a non-Catholic Hospital further away and the women died before
reaching it,  would that not constitute murder?

Health Care is gender specific. This means that women need the health care
that is required by the fact that they unlike men, are born with
reproductive organs. Women’s lives are very much affected by those
especially when they become pregnant. That is why abortions are part and
parcel of women’s Health Care and denying them that  is discriminating
against them while denying them their gender specific Health Care. Making
contraceptives illegal and unavailable and then  banning abortions, forces
women to become pregnant and carry to term against their will or welbeing.
That boils down to government control and intrusiveness in a Democratic
country where all people are supposed to  have constitutional rights.The
unborn are not the only ones that have personhood, feel pain and need to be
protected. Women and girls are the most physically and mentally abused
beings on earth in developing countries. Depriving women of their gender
specific Health Care is cruel. What is our excuse for doing that to our
women? Let us give them the priority that in the eyes of pro-lifers they
have lost by being born.  Women should not be turned into the victims of
their gender.

Sincerely, Liliane Stern

Chapter Meeting, Sunday December 18, 2011

THE LIBELLUS OF JORDAN OF SAXONY (Word Document) (Continued from last month)

Mass 11:15 am

Lunch Social: 12:00 PM

Business and discussion about 1:00  PM

Council elections: We will elect at least two council members. Details will be provided at meeting.

The link at the beginning of this post leads to the document. It can also be found at our document library at http://www.dominicanwitness.com/?page_id=550 or online at http://www.domcentral.org/trad/domdocs/0001.htm.



Of all the source materials concerning the life of St.
Dominic and the origins of the Dominican Order, Jordan of Saxony’s  work
is not only the earliest, but is also the most authentic. It has, therefore,
influenced all subsequent works on the Order. Happily, Blessed Jordan’s
authorship is beyond question.
it was written by Jordan as an encyclical letter to the entire Order soon after
the canonization of the Founder (July 3, 1234).  The
 Libellus, then, is
not strictly a life of St. Dominic, but also about the beginning of the
Dominican Order.

Visitors: If you are not a Dominican but wish to visit with us, please send email to inquirers@dominicanwitness.com.

Reminder: Members are expected to contact Prior Jean-Francois Orsini with regrets if you are unable to attend a chapter meeting. His email is prior@dominicanwitness.com. Novices and Postulants,  be sure to contact the Novice Master or Inquiry Director if you cannot make your class.