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The Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA offers Masters and other degree and certificate programs rooted in the tradition of the Dominican order and our brother, St. Thomas Aquinas. Faithful to the teaching of Holy Mother, the Church, our school prepares not only young men studying for the priesthood, but also other men and women who will be the leaders of local communities of faith. Please do join in supporting this essential ministry of the Western Dominican Province.
Fr. James Junípero Moore , OP
Fr. James Junipero was born in 1976 in a small rural town called Coalinga in central California. From his earliest days, he had an interest in the church. His father was an Anglican who raised him with a love for music and liturgy. His mother is a Catholic who raised him with the idea of a universal church. At age 12, James became a parish organist at his home parish and this was the beginning of his dedication to church music.
After graduation from Coalinga High School in 1994, James enrolled in Santa Clara University where he majored in Music and minored in History and Catholic Studies. In 1996, he became an assistant organist at St. Dominic's church in San Francisco where he began praying and socializing with the Dominicans. Although he had felt a call to the priesthood all of his life, it became more defined at St. Dominic's that his vocation might be a Dominican vocation. He was attracted to the active/contemplative life that the Dominicans lead. The mixture of the choral office and the active preaching and teaching were all attractive aspects of religious life to him.
Graduating from Santa Clara in 1998, Fr. James entered the University of Notre Dame, IN, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in Music. While at Notre Dame, James also was the Graduate Assistant for the Liturgical choir that sang the 10 A.M. solemn Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the ND campus. While he was at Notre Dame, his love for church music was fed. His desire for community was fed, and he lived with two of his fellow organists. However, his vocation never went away.
Following graduation in May of 2000, he entered the Dominican Novitiate at St. Albert's in Oakland, CA. He made his first profession of vows on 1 September, 2001. At St. Albert's, Fr. James gave some of the other brothers organ lessons, and sang in the Saint Albert Schola Cantorum. [updated May 31, 2008]
May 31, 2008
Baptism in extraordinary circumstances
October 30, 2007
"Music and Virtue Ethics: Living Authentically in Today's Atomized World" (M.A. thesis in Philosophy)
April 20, 2004
St. Thomas More, Tucson, AZ April 2010
Leading Choir, December 2008
Look Into My Eyes, April 2008
March for Life, Washington, DC, January 2004
Novice Class 2000, September 2000