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Our Program of Formation involves eight years of academic and ministerial training rooted in our Thomistic tradition, a one year novitiate, two years of philosophy, a Residency year, and four years of theology. Throughout all that time our student friars in formation depend completely on the generosity of others and so keep our benefactors in particular at the center of our prayer life. Pleased do add your own regular donation to our continuing need. We thank you now and will continue to thank you with our prayers.
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5890 Birch Court
Oakland, CA 94618-1626
Our Dominican School
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. José William Pimentel, OP
Chaplain Jose Pimentel comes from the Azores Portugal immigrating to the US with his family when he was 13 years old. He joined the United States Air Force (USAF) after High School and served for thirteen and half years before entering religious life as a Dominican Friar. Fr. Pimentel is a member of the Order of Preachers, also known as the Dominicans. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, European Campus, while serving in the USAF in England.
He attended graduate school and received a Masters in Divinity from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA.
Fr. Pimentel has worked in Campus Ministry as pastor and associate pastor at the University of Arizona, the University of Oregon, the University of Utah and the University of San Diego. He was elected by his Dominican brothers to serve as the Prior of the Dominican House of Studies in Oakland Ca.
In 2001 Fr. Pimentel received a commission as Lieutenant in the United States Navy Reserve. He has served as a Catholic Chaplain with the 4th Marine Air Wing, MED MAG 46, at MCAS Miramar. He was mobilized and deployed in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, serving with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing in Kuwait and Iraq. He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for his service.
Before being assigned to the United States Coast Guard (USCG), Chaplain Pimentel was assigned to the NR1 MEFREL 220, NMCRC Alameda.
United States Navy Chaplain (non-combatant)