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The Very Rev. John A. Langlois, O.P. ’85 and Rev. Thomas Petri, O.P.
were installed at a Mass at the Dominican House of Studies.
Below: Father Langlois (left); Father Petri (right)

Two with Providence College Connections Head Dominican House of Studies

Two priests with Providence College connections have been installed as the new president and the new vice president and academic dean at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., the seminary for the Dominican Province of St. Joseph, the order that founded and staffs PC.  

The Very Rev. John A. Langlois, O.P. ’85, who was installed as president, is a Providence College trustee and former assistant professor of theology. Rev. Thomas Petri, O.P., the new vice president and academic dean, was assistant professor of theology at the College for three years until his appointment to his new position in June.

The installation took place September 6 during a Mass at the Dominican House of Studies' priory chapel attended by faculty, family, friends, and the Most Rev. Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States. The principal celebrant and homilist, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, preached on the gospel theme, “Do Whatever He Tells You.”

During the Mass, Father Langlois and Father Petri laid hands on the Gospel and publicly stated their Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity. They were witnessed by Cardinal Wuerl and by the Very Rev. Brian M. Mulcahy, O.P., vice chancellor of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception, as the Dominican House of Studies is officially known, and prior provincial of the Province of St. Joseph.

Father Langlois, in thanking the congregation, said Father Petri and he had chosen a votive Mass in honor of Mary, “as we confide our labors to the Blessed Mother.” The congregation then sang the Salve Regina. The Mass was followed by a reception in the Academic Center Courtyard.

Father Langlois replaces Rev. Steven Boguslawski, O.P. ’78, who served as president for the past six years. Father Langlois received his licentiate in sacred theology (S.T.L.) from the Dominican House of Studies in 1992. In 2000, he obtained a doctorate in sacred theology from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. In June 2002, he was appointed student master at the Dominican House of Studies and became assistant professor of church history and pontifical studies. Most recently, he was socius to the provincial.

Father Petri holds a bachelor’s degree from the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio; a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology from the University of St. Mary of the Lake-Mundelein Seminary in Chicago; an S.T.L. from the Dominican House of Studies; and a doctorate in sacred theology from The Catholic University of America.

Fifty-two men are studying for the priesthood at the Dominican House of Studies, including Robert Sica ’10, now Brother John Sica, O.P., and Robert Murphy ’10, now Brother Athanasius Murphy, O.P.

— Vicki-Ann Downing


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