Our Dominican Brothers, Archbishop DiNoia and Archbishop Jean-Louis Bruguès


Behind Archbishop DiNoia you can see his set of the Gilby Summa!

Some of our sisters have fond memories of summer classes with Archbishop DiNoia in Washington, DC when they were young sisters doing their Theology Studies. This was (and still is!) a two-week, 4 years course of lectures. During the rest of the year the sisters would do assignments: reading and papers.

Archbishop DiNoia would plant tomatoes and basil along the side of the Dominican House of Studies. During lunch he would say, "Don't talk theology!" and they would talk about the simple things like his love for mocking birds and tulips!

During lectures he would say, "Now sisters, listen carefully, this is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT!" and he would gesture dramatically in his Italian way! Before launching into his next EXTREMELY IMPORTANT sentence he would take a big breath and let out an even bigger sigh! He start, walk a bit, let out another sigh and sail forth! By this time, the sisters were all on the edge of their seats listening intently!

Our prayers continue to be with our brother, Archbishop DiNoia in his difficult service to the Church. We also pray for Archbishop Jean-Louis Brugues. Of course he was appointed archivist and librarian! What Dominican doesn't love books!


The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has given the following news release:

Pope Benedict XVI has named Archbishop Augustine Di Noia, OP, to the post of vice president of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei.” The appointment of a high-ranking prelate to this position is a sign of the Holy Father’s pastoral solicitude for traditionalist Catholics in communion with the Holy See and his strong desire for the reconciliation of those traditionalist communities not in union with the See of Peter. The president of the commission is the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal William J. Levada.

The Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” was established in 1988 by Blessed John Paul II to facilitate “full ecclesial communion of priests, seminarians, religious communities or individuals until now linked in various ways to the Fraternity founded by Archbishop Lefebvre” and to promote the pastoral care of the faithful attached to the ancient Latin liturgical tradition of the Catholic Church. In 2009, the Pontifical Commission was structurally linked to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to address the doctrinal issues in the ongoing dialogue between the Holy See and the Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X.

As a respected Dominican theologian, Archbishop Di Noia has devoted much attention to these doctrinal issues, as well as to the priority of the hermeneutic of continuity and reform in the right interpretation of the Second Vatican Council—a critically important area in the dialogue between the Holy See and the Priestly Fraternity. Under the guidance of Cardinal Levada, with the assistance of Mons. Guido Pozzo, secretary of the Pontifical Commission, this dialogue has been ongoing over the past three years.