Dominican House of Studies

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Dominican House of Studies
Monastery information
Other names Priory of the Immaculate Conception
Order Order of Preachers
Established 1905
Diocese Archdiocese of Washington
Prior The Very Rev. Father Luke Clark, O.P.
Location 487 Michigan Ave., N.E.,
Washington, D.C.,
United States

The Dominican House of Studies, officially the Priory of the Immaculate Conception, is a community of the Province of St. Joseph of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) dedicated to the theological education of the friars of the Province who are preparing for the Catholic priesthood.[1]

It houses:


The Dominican House of Studies is located on Michigan Ave., directly across from The Catholic University of America, in the part of northeastern Washington, D.C., once known as "Little Rome", today more commonly referred to as Brookland.

Established in 1905, the building is in the Gothic style. It is rumored to be the oldest poured concrete building in the District of Columbia, and is one of the oldest buildings near the University.

In addition to the Pontifical Faculty, the priory is home to the journal The Thomist and the Dominican College Library. It also provides office space to the Washington Theological Consortium, of which it is a member,[2] and the Leonine Commission, the commission preparing the critical edition of the works of Thomas Aquinas.

Pontifical Faculty[edit]

The first "general studium" (house of study) of the Order of Preachers in the United States was established in Ohio in 1834. The studium moved to its present site in 1905. The studium is not affiliated with nearby Catholic University of America, but maintains its own ecclesial and civilly accredited faculty of theology.

In 1941 the Holy See established the house as a Pontifical Faculty of Theology (cf. Pontifical University), authorized to grant the pontifical degrees of Bachelor of Sacred Theology, Licentiate of Sacred Theology, and Doctor of Sacred Theology. The faculty, like the priory, is under the patronage of the Immaculate Conception.

It received civil accreditation to award the Master of Divinity during the 1970s. In 1993, to better serve its lay students, the Faculty began to offer a Master of Arts.

The Faculty, as Dominican, has a strong affinity to the works of St. Thomas Aquinas. The faculty's Thomistic Institute, directed by Rev. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., sponsors lectures in academic centers, such as universities and campus ministries, around the East Coast to engage contemporary issues from the perspective of Aquinas's thought.

The current president of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies is Very Rev. John A. Langlois, O.P. The Vice President and Dean is Rev. Thomas Petri, O.P.

Dominicana Records[edit]

On October 31st, 2013 Dominicana Records and the student friars of the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., released their first album: In Medio Ecclesiae.

Recorded in historic St. Dominic’s Church in downtown Washington, D.C., and directed by Fr. James Moore, O.P., In Medio Ecclesiae offers fine chant and polyphonic choral pieces from the Church's musical tradition as well as two new compositions by Dominican friars.


  1. ^ "Home". Dominican House of Studies and Priory of the Immaculate Conception. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Washington Theological Consortium Membership List

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Coordinates: 38°55′54″N 76°59′57″W / 38.9317°N 76.9993°W / 38.9317; -76.9993