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 Upcoming Chapter and Regional Events

January 23, 2006 -- March for Life

Look for the Dominican Banner and join us as we witness for life.

January 28, 2006 -- Professions, Thomas Aquinas Pro-Chapter , Charlottsville, Va.

Invitation to all Region 5 members:

The Dominican Fathers of St. Thomas Aquinas Church and the Novices of the St. Thomas Aquinas Pro-Chapter of the Third Order of St. Dominic, invite you to join them on their patronal feast day, Saturday, 28 January 2006, at 8:30am, as the Novices make their Temporary Profession

St. Thomas Aquinas Church
401 Alderman Road
Charlottesville, Virginia

Mass with the Rite of Profession will begin at 8:30 a.m., and will be followed by the Rosary. We will conclude with a reception in St. Thomas Aquinas Hall. We look forward to having you with us on this happy occasion in the life of our community.

February 1, 2006 -- Requiem Mass for Rev. Pierre Hyacinth Conway, OP, Spiritual Promoter Emeritus of Immaculate Conception Chapter

Fr. Pierre Hyacinth Conway, OP, slipped peacefully from this life at 11:00 p.m., the last hour of the day of the March for Life, on Monday, March 23, 2006.   The prior gathered the brethren around his bedside and they sang the Salve Regina as is the custom of Dominicans.  Befitting his interest in how "faith views the universe," Fr. Pierre, donated his body to science. Consequently, there is to be no wake or funeral; there will be a requiem mass at the Dominican House of Studies Chapel. Friends are welcome.

Time: Wednesday, 2:00 p.m.

Celebrants: The Provincial of St. Joseph Province, the Very Rev. Dominic Izzo, OP,  will be the celebrant; the Vicar Provincial, the Very Rev. Ray Daley, OP,  will be the homilist.

Tribute pages with photos:


Immaculate Conception Chapter Main Tribute Page

Fr Conway Photo Gallery 

Immaculate Conception Chapter Member Tributes  

A Death in the Priory by Fr. Joseph Barranger, OP, Prior 

Eulogy (by John Conway, Fr. Pierre's Brother)

Student Brothers (Copy of Webpage Tribute)

Washington Post Obituary Jan 30, 2006 (short with photo)

Washington Post Obituary Jan 26, 2006 (long no photo)

Washington Post Guestbook (until March 1, 2006)

Donations in his memory made be made to the poor or  to the House of Studies for the education of Dominican friars.


Fran Griffin, TOP, ([email protected]) and Therese Erigo,  TOP, ([email protected]) are collecting stories, anecdotes, tributes and reflections for publication in the Torch and on this website.  If you have any remembrances you would like to share (for example, skipping theology classes to ski, riding his motorbike without a helmet through Europe, teaching classes on Thomas Aquinas's Summa at noon at Dorothy Day's Catholic Worker's houses, corresponding with leading scientists etc.), please pass them on as we would love to record them for all to enjoy.


February 19, 2006 -- Monthly Meeting, Aquin Hall, Dominican House of Studies

11:15 a.m. Mass with Friars

12:15 p.m. Repas (Aquin Hall)

1:00 p.m. Business Meeting

1:30 p.m.  Discussion -- Fides et Ratio, paragraphs 1 - 35

2:30 p.m.  Afternoon Prayer

3:00 p.m.  Confessions

3:30 p.m.  Informal get together at Colonel Brooks


March 19, 2006 -- Feast of St. Joseph, Monthly Meeting, St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture


For this meeting we will depart from our usual schedule and end our meeting early to join the friars for the St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Dominican House of Studies.   This year's lecture topic will be " A Thomist's Contribution to Ecumenical Dialogue" and it will be given by Rev. Charles Morerod, OP.  


A Suisse native, Fr. Morerod is the dean of the Faculty of  Philosophy of the Pontifical Faculty of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome. He holds doctorates in theology (University of Fribourg, 1994) and philosophy (Catholic Institute of Toulouse, 2004).  He is a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission.  He is the editor of the journal Nova et Vetera.  Founded by future Cardinal Charles Journet and Jacques Maritan in 1926, this journal provides an international forum for theological and philosophical studies from a contemporary Thomistic perspective.   In 2004,  Fr. Morerod published the book Oecumenisme et philosophie (French only).   A complete list of his publications can be found on the following websites: and


 Selected English publications:


"The Eucharist forms the centre of ecumenical dialogue," L’Osservatore Romano, Weekly Edition in English, N.50, 10 December 2003, p.14


"John Paul II’s Ecclesiology and St. Thomas Aquinas." Nova et Vetera, English Edition, Vol.3 No.3 (2005), p.473-502


"The Trinity and the Unity of the Church," Nova et Vetera, English Edition, Vol.2, Number 1, Spring 2004, p.115-127


“Nature and Natural Law in Catholicism and Protestantism,"  in:  The Nature and Dignity of the Human Person As the Foundation of the Right to Live, The Challenges of the Contemporary Cultural Context, Proceedings of the Eighth Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Ed. By Juan de Dios VIAL CORREA and Elio SGRECCIA, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, Città del Vaticano, 2003, p.110-122


"Conceptions of Dialogue : Philosophy of Science (Popper, Kuhn, Feyerabend) and Ecumenical Dialogue," Nova et Vetera, English Edition, Vol. 1, No.1 (2003): 165-197



© 1999 Sister Mary Grace Thul, O.P.


Friday, March 31 to Sunday, April 2, 2006 -- Annual Retreat Immaculate Conception Chapter

Location: Seton Retreat Center, Emmitsburg, Maryland

Topic: Deus Caritas Est: "Real Love" in the Thought of Benedict XVI

Retreat Master: Rev. James Mary Sullivan, O.P.

Fr. James Sullivan, O.P., is the Promoter for the Third Order for the Province of St. Joseph and a preacher and teacher in the province. He graduated from Providence College in 1989 and then entered the Dominican novitiate. He has an Licentiate in Philosophy from Catholic University, and a Masters in Divinity and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Dominican House of Studies. His S.T.L. thesis was on the theology of the Eucharist. He was ordained in 1995.

Cost: $135.00 which must be paid in full by March 3, 2006. No exceptions please.

Check-In for Retreat: Friday, March 31, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dinner is not included but a group will be meeting at the Cozy Restaurant in Thurmont, MD, at 4:30 p.m. Retreat begins with Mass at 7 p.m. on Friday (doors are locked at 9 p.m.) and concludes in the early afternoon on Sunday, April 2

Info: Space is limited. This is a silent retreat. To insure a spot, please make a deposit as soon as possible. Priority is given to chapter members. Other Third Order members are welcome. Non-members of the Third Order must contact Prioress Rose Folsom, T.O.P., at [email protected],  to request permission to attend. Children are not permitted. Attendance will not be possible unless the full fee is paid by March 3. No refunds after March 24, 2006. For more information, contact Miss Fran Griffin, T.O.P., Retreat Coordinator, at [email protected]

Registration Form


Photos from Past Retreats


Lecture Room

Singing Salve Regina in Procession at Compline

Fr. Basil Cole, OP, takes a question

Retreats are for Relaxing too, Right?

Sunday Mass at Basilica of Saint Mother Seton

Mealtimes with Readings

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