Why is Christmas in December?

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The near universal celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, or Christmas, on December 25th dates to the early 4th century. Now, we have all heard the allegation: the date, December 25th, was settled on by the early Catholic Church to counter (or rather eclipse) the birthday celebration of the pagan “Invincible Sun” god, or […]

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The Catholic History of Halloween

Sunday, October 28, 2018

We’ve all heard the allegation: Halloween is a pagan rite dating back to some pre-Christian festival among the Celtic Druids that escaped church suppression. Even today modern pagans and witches continue to celebrate this ancient festival. If you let your kids go trick-or-treating, they will be worshiping the devil and pagan gods. Nothing could be further from […]

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“Dominican Brothers” Book – Advancing the Mission

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

After a year of intense research, Fr. Augustine Thompson, O.P., has released his latest book, Dominican Brothers: Conversi, Lay, and Cooperator Friars. Traveling to Poland, Vietnam and a number of other countries, he discovered little-known facts and amazing stories about the Dominican brothers, and the importance of their vocation in advancing the mission of the Order […]

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Why Christmas is December 25th

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The near universal celebration of Christmas on December 25 dates to the early fourth century. It is commonly said that this date was chosen to counter the birthday of the pagan “Invincible Sun” on that date. Personally, I do not find that explanation very convincing. Saint Hippolytus of Rome’s Commentary on Daniel 4:23 (dated A.D. […]

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DSPT Jubilee KickOff — Early Lay Dominican Lecture

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology will begin its celebration of the Order of Preacher’s 800th Jubilee with a lecture by Fr. Augustine Thompson, O.P., on November 18 at 7:30pm. Entitled, “New Perspectives on Early Lay Dominicans: Our Changing Understanding of the Black Penitents and Dominican Third Order in the Middle Ages,” Fr. Augustine’s presentation […]

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