Newsletters and Articles

  • What Is Sanctity? Br. Justin Gable, OP

    What is sanctity? In what does holiness really consist? We seem to recognize it when we see it, but it is certainly hard to define it. We seem to sense that there must be something that all saints as such seem to share, but what is it?

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  • What Is It to Think with the Church? Dr. Marga Vega

    If our thinking with the Church is expressed in our words, then our words should be the ones that adequately convey the beauty of faith.

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  • Feast of All Saints of the Dominican Order

    November 7 is the day when we remember all saints of the Dominican Order.

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  • Feast of St. Albert the Great, Patron Saint of DSPT

    Prayer and resources about St. Albert the Great, the patron saint of our school, in honor of his feast day.

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  • Homily on Prayer - Fr. Dominic David Maichrowicz, OP

    Prayer is not easy but the struggle to pray can be itself a part of prayer; so may we strive this week to deepen and increase our life of prayer. Let us compete well; let us finish the race; let us keep the faith. And may we know that the Lord will stand by us and give us strength; and that through the lifting of our hearts and minds we too can be made right with him.

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  • DSPT Alumnus Named Journalist of the Year in Arizona

    DSPT Alumnus John David Long-García, editor of The Catholic Sun, was honored as Journalist of the Year in the annual Better Newspaper Contest sponsored by the Arizona Newspaper Association. "The Dominican motto “Veritas” applies to what I do, but perhaps “contemplare et contemplata aliis tradere" — “to contemplate and give to others the fruits of contemplation” — is more apt. I strive to contemplate the truth and share it with others as a Catholic journalist."

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  • On St. Matthew and What Pope Francis Really Said - Homily by Fr. Anselm Ramelow, OP

    I am sure you have heard of Pope Francis’ interview, which predictably was taken by the media to mean that they have now an ally in the pope against the teachings of the Church. They take the pope to say: “The Church should cease to be obsessed about abortion, gay marriage or contraception. It should become a Church of love rather than of dogma.” These are quite literally the headlines of the NYT. But what did the pope really mean? And what did he really say?

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  • What's wrong with the world? I am - Homily by Fr. Dominic David Maichrowicz, OP

    What’s wrong with world? I am. I, who so often fail to live up to my priestly call, fail to live up to my vows, fail in charity towards you and my Dominican brothers, fail in detachment from the things of this world. What’s wrong with the world is that though the grace of our Lord has been abundant, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus, I remain a sinner.

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  • Homily for the Feast of St. Mary Magdalen - Fr. Dominic David Maichrowicz, OP

    We remember Mary Magdalen’s title of Apostle to the Apostles – the one who was sent to preach the good news to those who would be sent to preach it to the world. It is for this reason that St. Dominic chose the Magdalen as the co-patroness of the Order of Preachers, why it is so fitting that this parish dedicated to her is staffed by the Dominican Order. She is the first to announce the resurrection – and we need to go out and announce the resurrection as well.

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  • Fr. Augustine Thompson, OP, Receives Prestigious Award for His Book

    DSPT Professor of History Fr. Augustine Thompson, OP, was awarded a very prestigious Flaiano Prize for Italian Studies for his book Francis of Assisi: A New Biography.

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  • Student Address at 81st Annual Commencement

    The goal of the philosopher is to ignite the quest in others. This, of course, is not merely the shouting of truth claims in the face of passersby, but rather, infusing the will to question, the will to study into them, which ultimately opens the door to wonder. While most are relatively content to work themselves into exhaustion and then go to sleep, the philosopher’s duty is to wake the people up from their slumber so they can live full and thriving lives.

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  • Fr. Janko Zagar, OP, DSPT Professor Emeritus (1921-2013)

    Janko Zagar, OP, died on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at the age of 92 as the result of complications from a head trauma received during a recent fall. Fr. Janko was born in Croatia in 1921 and came to the U.S. after WWII. He was Professor Emeritus of Moral and Social Philosophy and Theology. He obtained the Lectorate in Sacred Theology (STLr) from Blackfriars Hall (Oxford) and the master of arts degree from Oxford University; and the doctorate from University of Paris (Sorbonne).

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  • Reflection on Solemn Vows - by Br. Peter Hannah, OP

    I know that I will be stretched to love within this vocation the Lord has given me, in ways that I could never invent on my own. I am thankful and humbled by the call I received, and I pray that the Lord will give me the grace to be faithful to the mysterious path of love to which he has called me.

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  • Reflection for Gaudete Sunday - by Br. Brad Elliott, OP

    As we approach the Solemnity of the birth of our Lord Jesus, and as we work through the final week of the academic term, let us strive to cultivate a deeper awareness of the sheer gratuity and love of God as it is reflected in even the smallest things in our lives. Let us especially strive to recognize this gratuity and love as it is reflected in the people around us. In other words, let us enter into reality. For it is precisely in this recognition that a secret to happiness may be found.

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  • Saintly Scientists: Reflection on St. Albert the Great by Br. Emmanuel Taylor, OP

    St. Albert the Great blazed a path to God through the natural sciences. Now - whether a professional scientist, a more casual bird-watcher, or one who simply enjoys watching nature shows - you too can be a saint. Conducting scientific investigation can lead you to God if you follow the example of Albert. If you follow this pedagogy you will be a saintly scientist.

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  • Sarah Lewis, DSPT Adjunct Professor (1947-2011)

    Reflection by Fr. Luke Buckles, OP - In the last hours of her life she was with friends and was praying right before she died the 23rd Psalm. May the Lord provide a place of rest and peace for a sheep who in her own words "as a sheep from the late 60's in Berkeley, could only be lead by the Lord."

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  • Reflection on the Rosary by Brother Michael James Rivera, OP

    “You are my God, have mercy on me, Lord, for I cry to you all the day long. Give joy to your servant, O Lord, for to you I lift up my soul. O Lord, you are good and forgiving, full of love to all who call. Give heed, O Lord, to my prayer and attend to the sound of my voice.” (Psalm 86:2b-6)

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  • Mary Fabilli, OPL (1914-2011) Dominican Artist and Affiliate of St. Albert College

    On 2 September 2011, Mary Fabilli died at the age of 97 in her home in Berkeley, California. Ms. Fabilli had a nearly sixty-year connection with spiritual and liturgical life of St. Albert College (the original home of DSPT). St. Albert Priory will host a vigil rosary on Thursday evening, September 8, 2011 at 7:30 pm, and a requiem Mass on Friday, September 9 at noon. Interment will follow at St. Dominic Cemetery, Benicia, California, the place of burial for William Everson, and other members of the Dominican family, in particular the friars of the Western Dominican Province.

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  • Year in Review: 2010-2011

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  • New Chancellor of DSPT - Interview with Very Rev. Fr. Mark Padrez, OP

    What are the chief responsibilities of the Chancellor? And what does Fr. Padrez have in mind for the future of the School?

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  • Richard L. Thomas Memorial Mass Saturday, Feburary 12, 1:00 pm at St. Mary Magdalen Parish

    Richard L. Thomas, husband of Pamela G. Thomas, passed away unexpectedly on January 27, 2011 while vacationing in Maui, Hawaii. Pamela Thomas received her MA Theology degree from DSPT in 1999, and taught several courses in religion and the arts here as an Adjunct Faculty. She and Rick are also ongoing supporters of DSPT.

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  • Notes from the General Chapter by Fr. Bryan Kromholtz, OP

    September 20, 2010 As a member of the faculty of DSPT, it has been a great privilege to be able to participate in the General Chapter of the Order of Preachers as a delegate. I have met many exemplary friars from around the world, including those who are involved in research and teaching in philosophy, theology, and other areas -- all of whom are very gracious despite all the work we have to do.

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  • The Future of Thomism: A Unique Conference in Poland

    The Thomist tradition that lies at the heart of the DSPT identity is over 700 years old. The vibrancy of this age-old school of thought was evident in Warsaw, Poland in early July. Over seventy Dominican friars gathered there for a three-day conference, entitled The Dominicans and the Challenge of Thomism. The brethren, most of them young, came from Canada, the USA, Nigeria, Ireland, Great Britain, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, the Ukraine, Poland, Australia, Vietnam and Taiwan. Four DSPT professors were among the participants: Fr. Michael Dodds, OP, Fr. Bryan Kromholtz, OP, Fr. Anselm Ramelow, OP and Fr. Richard Schenk, OP.

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  • Charles Muscatine (1920-2010), Chaucer Scholar, Had Important Ties to St. Albert College/DSPT

    On March 12, Charles Muscatine died at the Kaiser Medical Center in Oakland at the age of 89. While well-known for his seminal work, "Chaucer and the French Tradition: A Study in Style and Meaning" (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1957) and his contributions to education and free speech, Charles Muscatine was also a leader in academic freedom who found solace during the tumultuous McCarthy era in the support from the faculty of St. Albert College (the original name for the Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology).

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  • Fabian (Stan) Parmisano, OP, MDiv, MA, STLec, PhD (Cantab.)

    As a full obituary is available in SF Chronicle, my goal here is to highlight some of his more prominent contributions to academic scholarship and the DSPT.

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  • Transfer of the Remains of Archbishop Joseph Sadoc Alemany, OP: A Curious Story

    The celebration of the annual Alemany Award Dinner for the Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology (DSPT) affords an opportunity to share a curious and fascinating detail about Joseph Sadoc Alemany, O.P.

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  • President Michael Sweeney's remarks on the occasion of the Alemany Award Celebration

    Introduction to the work of the Dominian order at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology on the occasion of honoring Scott Connolly and Eleanor Westbrook for their service to the School.

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  • “Exemplified by St. Thomas Aquinas”: But How?

    The second sentence of DSPT’s brief mission statement already singles out the Dominican Thomas Aquinas (†1274): “Inspired by the Dominican practice of disciplined inquiry and learned preaching, the School draws its students into the rich tradition of classical philosophy and Catholic theology, especially as exemplified by St. Thomas Aquinas, and from this tradition engages contemporary scholarship and culture in mutual enrichment.”

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  • Why a Dominican School of PHILOSOPHY and Theology?

    Why should philosophy be taught at all at the Graduate THEOLOGICAL Union?

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