New President of the Pontifical Faculty

Father Thomas Petri, O.P. Appointed President

The Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies is pleased to announce that the Holy See has confirmed the Very Rev. Thomas Petri, O.P. to serve as its new President.

This approval by the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education follows the nomination of Fr. Petri by the Prior Provincial, the Very Rev. Kenneth Letoile, O.P. The nomination was approved by the Council of the Faculty, the Province’s Intellectual Life Commission, the Board of Trustees (the Provincial Council of the Province of St. Joseph), and the Very Rev. Gerard Timoner, O.P., Master of the Order of Friars Preachers, who serves as the Chancellor of the PFIC.

Fr. Petri’s term begins immediately. He has resigned the position of Academic Dean, which he held for nearly eight years. The new Dean is Rev. Dominic Langevin, O.P., who is an Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology. He will serve as acting Dean until his term officially begins on July 1st.

Upon his appointment, Fr. Petri noted, “Having been a student at this Pontifical Faculty, and having served almost eight years as the Dean, I am convinced more than ever that our school, the Dominican House of Studies, is playing a unique role in the formation of priests and laity in the Church. Honored but humbled by this appointment, I am looking forward to dedicating the years ahead to confirming our mission and, by the grace of God, to advancing the proclamation of the Gospel in and through our students.”

Fr. Petri was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Madisonville, Kentucky. 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. Prior to his appointment as Vice President and Dean of the PFIC in 2013, he was an Assistant Professor of Theology at Providence College. 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 the 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. In addition, he is a Papal Missionary of Mercy.

Fr. Petri has served as the PFIC’s Acting President since Fr. John Langlois, O.P. resigned his position on July 24, 2020 following his election as the Prior of the Dominican Community at St. Gertrude’s Priory in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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