Spiritual Resources

The Dominican Friars are offering Masses for the health and well-being of you and your loved ones. We are spending several hours each day in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament to pray for you and your intentions. In addition, we offer the following resources:

Prayer for A Spiritual Communion – While you may be deprived of the Eucharist for a time, the Lord still wants to communicate his life to you through grace. Know that your desire for communion, as expressed in this prayer or similar words, will be an invitation that the Lord will not refuse. Remember he told us, Ask, and you shall receive!

Weekly reflections – As long as the suspension of public Masses remains in place, President Fr. John Langlois, O.P., will provide weekly reflections on the Sunday readings via email. To receive these, send a request to advance@dhs.edu. The reflection for the Ascension of the Lord is now available.

Drive-through confessions at Saint John Paul II Seminary – Several friars of the House of Studies are partnering with priests of the Archdiocese of Washington to hear drive-thru confessions. The faithful in the DC area may celebrate the Sacrament of Penance from the safety of their cars on the grounds of St. John Paul II Seminary, located at 145 Taylor Street NE. Please check the DC Priest website for up-to-date schedules and instructions.

Aquinas101.com – The Thomistic Institute’s “Aquinas 101” course, with over 50 videos introducing the thought and wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas.

soundcloud.com/thomisticinstitute – Over 700 Thomistic Institute lectures are available on SoundCloud. You may sign up for additional “Quarantine Lectures,” including a live-streaming Holy Week Retreat, on the Institute’s website.

The Thomistic Institute has convened a working group of infectious disease experts, medical professionals, scientists, and Catholic theologians in order to develop detailed guidance for how Catholic sacraments can be provided in the midst of the current pandemic, in accord with the current standards issued by the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. These guidelines will be updated at the situation changes.

Livestreamed services:

Dominican Friars Live – The priory of St. Vincent Ferrer in Manhattan is livestreaming the Rosary (12 noon Eastern time), Divine Mercy Chaplet (3pm), and Mass (7pm Monday-Saturday; 11am Sunday).

St. Pius V Church – The Dominican church in Providence, Rhode Island, is livestreaming Mass (Noon, M-F; 10am Sunday).

St. Dominic Church – The Dominican church in Washington, D.C. livestreams weekday Mass at 11am ET.

Dominican Rite Mass – Fr. Pius Pietrzyk, O.P., is a canonist and chair of the Pastoral Studies department at St. Patrick’s Seminary & University. He is livestreaming Mass in the Dominican Rite.

News & opinion:

In separate articles for First Things, Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., examines the prudence of limiting access to the sacraments during the pandemic; Fr. Dominic Langevin, O.P., puts forth reasons for not having remote confessions; Fr. Gregory Pine, O.P., makes a case for reverent drive-in Masses.

Hospital Ministry – Three Dominican friars in New York discuss how they minister to the sick during the pandemic, in an opinion piece for the New York Times. In an article in the The Federalist, Fr. Hugh Vincent Dyer, O.P., elaborates on how he is ministering to (and living among) New York City nursing home residents, giving them spiritual comfort – but sharing poems and films as well.

Other resources:

Dominicana – A publication of the Dominican student brothers of the Dominican House of Studies and at St. Dominic’s Priory. Blog posts are updated every weekday, and the print journal appears once a year.

us.magnificat.netMagnificat, edited by Fr. Sebastian White, O.P., is providing complimentary access to their online version to help people pray from home.

Closing the Social Distance – Fr. Henry Stephan, O.P., and Fr. Clement Dickie, O.P., of St. Gertrude Priory in Cincinnati, are hosting a series of videos attempting to fill in the gap created by the anti-pandemic measures taken across the United States. Videos include: How do we understand the suspension of public Masses?, and How does everyone benefit from the Sacrifice of the Mass.

St. Joseph’s Church in Greenwich Village – This Dominican church in Manhattan has started a video series.

Godsplaining – This podcast from the Dominican friars includes musings on all things Catholic: philosophical, theological, cultural, and beyond. For the current situation, they’ve added meditations on the readings from the Sunday Liturgy.

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