Leadership Transition at the PFIC

The Dominican Community at St. Gertrude’s Priory in Cincinnati, Ohio, has elected Fr. John Langlois, O.P., as their new Prior. The Prior Provincial, Fr. Kenneth Letoile, O.P., has confirmed the election, and the Master of the Order, Fr. Gerard Timoner, O.P., has dispensed Fr. Langlois from completing his term as President of the PFIC so that he may take on this new responsibility. Fr. Langlois’ last day in office will be July 24, after seven years in this position.

As per our Statutes, art. 9a, Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P., the Vice President and Dean, will serve as the Acting President until such time as a new President begins his term. The search process has already begun and will unfold over the next few months until the new President is confirmed by the Holy See. Fr. Langlois will work closely with Fr. Petri to assure a smooth handover of responsibilities.

Fr. Petri has been Vice President and Academic Dean for the past seven years. Entering the Order of Preachers in 2004, Fr. Petri was ordained a priest in 2009. He has a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the PFIC and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from The Catholic University of America. He is a member of the Society of Christian Ethics and the Academy of Catholic Theology. He has published articles in Nova et Vetera and in The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, and is also a contributor to Catholic News Agency and The National Catholic Register. His book, Aquinas and the Theology of the Body: The Thomistic Foundations of John Paul II’s Anthropology, was published by CUA Press in 2016. He is currently a co-host of The Church Alive on EWTN, and is a Papal Missionary of Mercy.

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