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Fast Friars Run the Race



Most student brothers at St. Albert’s spend their Saturdays working on homework, preparing for ministry, or catching up on chores. But for Br. Thomas Aquinas Pickett, O.P., Br. Andrew Opsahl, O.P., Br. Matthew Heynen, O.P., Br. Scott Norgaard, O.P., and Br. Damien Dominic Nguyen, O.P., Saturday, March 18 was the perfect day to run 13.1 […]


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College of Fellows Symposium



The Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology will host its annual Convocation of the College of Fellows on January 27-28, 2017. This year’s event will feature a symposium entitled “The Stewardship of Knowledge and Evangelization in Our Culture: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives,” with over 20 experts from various fields presenting on education, the arts, science, business, law, technology […]


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We Saw A Star Rising



While the Christmas creche is often attributed to Saint Francis, credited with making the first living nativity scene in Italy, the Feast of the Epiphany is a day associated with the Order of Preachers. Not only do we celebrate the revelation of Christ to all the nations (the mission of every Dominican), but in “The […]


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Fr. Finbarr Hayes’ Funeral



Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Finbarr Hayes, O.P., who died on Tuesday, December 20, 2016. The funeral arrangements are as follows: Tuesday, December 27 7pm — Viewing at St. Albert’s Priory in Oakland, CA 7:30pm — Vigil Service at St. Albert’s Priory in Oakland, CA Wednesday, December 28 10:30am — Mass […]


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Pilgrimage to Portugal



Join Prior Provincial Fr. Mark Padrez, O.P., Fr. James Moore, O.P., and other friends on a pilgrimage to Portugal in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Visions of Fatima Itinerary — June 1-9, 2017: Fatima, Porto and Lisbon (including visits to Tui, Braga, Coimbra, Batalha, Nazare and Alcobaca) The pilgrimage includes — Round-Trip Airfare from San […]


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Province Ministry Changes



It is with a heavy heart that we announce our province will be returning the following ministries to their respective dioceses effective June 30, 2017: the Newman Catholic Community at the University of California San Diego, the Saint Andrew Newman Center at the University of California Riverside, and Saint Mary Magdalen Church in Berkeley. For […]


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Conferral of Special Degree



The Dominican Friars are pleased to announce the conferral of the Master of Sacred Theology degree upon our own Fr. Michael Dodds, O.P., at St. Albert’s Priory on Saturday, December 3 at 11:30am. The ceremony will begin with midday prayer, followed by the awarding of the degree and a presentation entitled, “The Sky’s the Limit? […]


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Praying for the Dead



For years Hollywood has portrayed purgatory as something it is not. Instead of presenting it as a process of purification before heaven, movies like What Dreams May Come and Gabriel depict purgatory as a place in-between heaven and hell. But as Catholics we believe that “all who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, […]


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Novice Class of 2016-2017



At the beginning of September, six young men received the habit of the Order of Preachers and began their first year of formation as novices. Blessed with different talents and interests, they look forward to giving witness to the kingdom of God as they continue their formation as Dominican preachers.   Br. John Winkowitsch Brother John is from Cut Bank, […]


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