Faith & Reason Volume IV, Issue II - Page 3

Letter from the President Dear Friends, At our Commencement Exercises on May 12, we were honored by the presence of two very special guests: the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, His Excellency, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, who presided at Vespers, and Justice Samuel Alito, who was the Commencement Speaker. Both spoke to the important work being accomplished here in preparing our graduates to engage contemporary culture with a message of hope, the hope of the Gospel! Since there is an article in this issue of Faith & Reason relating the substance of Justice Alito’s comments, I would like to share with you here a few noteworthy comments made by the nuncio. In formal remarks at the conclusion of the ceremony, Archbishop Pierre congratulated the Pontifical Faculty on its 75th anniversary this past November and observed to our graduates: “Over the years, this strong theological formation has had a great impact in the life of the Church in the United States and throughout the world. These academic degrees are not only an educational achievement. They are also preparation for your service to the ecclesial community.” The nuncio then went on to quote from Pope Francis’ homily for the closing of the 800th anniversary Jubilee Year of the Dominican Order this past January where the Holy Father said, “we give thanks to the Father for the work that St. Dominic, full of the light and the salt of Christ, accomplished 800 years ago; a work at the service of the Gospel…a work that, with Faith & Reason - Volume IV, Issue II the grace of the Holy Spirit, has helped so many men and women to not lose themselves in the midst of the ‘carnival’ of worldly curiosity, but rather sense the taste of sound doctrine, the taste of the Gospel.” The Holy Father captures well here the mission of the Dominican Order, a mission that we strive to impart to our students. We seek to form students intellectually, spiritually, and pastorally, in the spirit of St. Dominic so that they too might go out and whet others’ appetites for the “taste of the Gospel and sound doctrine.” The solid theological education we provide is thus not an end in itself—it is ordered to the work of evangelization and the salvation of souls. As the nuncio noted, the completion of an academic degree is certainly a cause for recognition and celebration. But the more significant cause for rejoicing and hope lies in the fact that our graduates will soon take their place in the mission of the Church, to go out and be salt and light for a world in need of the Truth that sets all free! Thank you for your continued support of our mission, and for being partners with us in the New Evangelization! Fr. John Langlois, O.P. President Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception 3