Saint Albert Priory

Saint Albert Priory in Oakland, California, is the house of formation for the Dominican Order in the Western United States. The ministry of the Western Dominican Province, of which St. Albert Priory is a member, stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the Rocky Mountains and from Alaska to Mexico. The Order itself dates to the year 1216, when it was founded by Saint Dominic de Guzman. The Province to which Saint Albert Priory serves traces its history in California to 1850.

Since the foundation of the Western Dominican Province over 160 years ago in Monterey, California, the houses of formation that eventually became St. Albert Priory in Oakland have produced priests and brothers who profoundly influenced the Catholic Church in the Western United States. Friars from Saint Albert Priory have served the Church of the Western United States in a number of roles, including pastors, teachers in both secondary and university education, hospital chaplains, and campus ministers. St. Albert Priory directly supports the campus ministries of 10 universities. The Priory prepares its students to proclaim the teachings of Jesus Christ by requiring a minimum of a Master’s degree and eight years of study and prayer.

For nearly as long as Saint Albert Priory has existed it has maintained an educational presence. The priory long operated the College of Saint Albert the Great on the same grounds as the order lived and studied. In 1976, the name of the college changed to the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (DSPT), and it is now located just north of the University of California, Berkeley. Saint Albert Priory focuses on the foundational Catholic teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas and offers graduates of the DSPT the opportunity to earn Master's degrees and graduate certificates in divinity, theology, and philosophy.

Today, the Oakland-based Saint Albert Priory continues to develop the next generation of the Order of Preachers. In addition to traditional methods of spreading the word of Christ, some of St. Albert Priory’s friars have gone on to serve as authors, professors of theology, and even musicians. The impact of those who studied and lived at Saint Albert Priory reaches to such far-flung locations as Kenya, Germany, and Guatemala.

5890 Birch Court, Oakland, CA | 510-596-1800

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