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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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Oakland, CA 94618-1626
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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.
We belong to the international community of Friars Preachers, called by the Roman Catholic Church to evangelize in the name of Jesus Christ, especially in the Western United States and in some foreign missions.
In cities and university communities particularly, we manifest special concern for faith issues, justice, peace, and outreach to those not touched by the Church's common ministry.
Our distinctive Dominican charism is nourished by our common life in priories, which sustains liturgical prayer, encourages simplicity, fosters contemplative study, and guarantees democratic government.
-Twenty-third Provincial Chapter
January 28, 2007
About the Logo of our website: St. Dominic's Head
The image is by Joshua Clarke who was the father of famous Harry Clarke. His work is not as celebrated or as valued as the work of his son, it has a more conservative style. He worked mostly around the end of the 19th century and the early years of the 20th. He opened a studio in Frederick Street, Dublin, Ireland. and provided much of the stained glass for the countless new churches being built in Ireland in that time. Frederick Street is about 250 meters away from the Dominican Priory of Saint Saviour in Dublin.
The image is in the parish church of Ballyhaunis in County Mayo. It is a parochial church of the archdiocese of Tuam and there are presently no Dominican foundations in that diocese. The last Dominican presence there was in a place called Urlar, but it has not been occupied since about 1846. There was a strong tradition of the rosary in the area and that seems to be the reason for Dominic’s inclusion in the stained glass windows of Ballyhaunis and in most other churches nearby.
Description provided by: Ferghal Claddagh