The Dominican Friars of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus (Western Dominican Province) have been operating an educational institution since about 1851. It has gone through many permutations and today is a Graduate School in Philosophy and Theology located in Berkeley, CA, just north of the UC Berkeley campus. This Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology has educated many fine Dominicans, other religious and lay people.
A recent Dominican graduate of DSPT, Bro. Bradley Elliott, OP, made some telling remarks at his graduation. A few are quoted here (via the Rosary Light and Life).
Bro. Brad said:
“I cannot be completely satisfied in this life. My mind cannot, in this life, find complete rest. Not yet. I cannot yet see Jesus Christ. I cannot yet see that single vision in which alone the mind will find perfect satisfaction. I cannot yet hold Him and embrace Him. I cannot yet hold and kiss His face; Not yet. No. Not on this side.
“But what I can do on this side of the veil is study.
“I can study all that is true. I can, here and now, begin to recognize and distinguish, in the study of truth, what the features of that face will one day look like. I can, here and now, begin to appropriate to my soul, in the study of truth, a likeness of what that awesome presence might one day be like.
“What a great gift to study philosophy and theology. What a privilege to be given the opportunity, the leisure, to study philosophy and theology.
“This is why what we do here at the DSPT is so important. The DSPT assumes that the drive of the mind to ask ultimate questions, is not in vain; rather it is at the heart of what we are as human persons. The DSPT assumes that faith and reason go together. And neither one must be checked at the door when I enter the classroom. The DSPT assumes that I am not the creator and master of my own reality as if from some self-enclosed sadness, but am rather the servant of a truth that reveals itself to all who humbly search – a truth in which we all live, move, and have out being – a truth that unites and binds us all. The DSPT has taught me that there is joy in being a servant of truth; joy in discovering it wherever it may be found; joy in learning from another; and joy in passing on that which I have learned.”
[From Rosary Light and Life – published by: rosary-center.org]
I do hope that at least a few of you find time to visit dspt.edu and rosary-center.org. Both have a wealth of opportunity waiting for you.
Blessings and Peace
Western Dominican Province Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus Dominican Friars