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Another Come and See Weekend

Nov 10, 2014

St. Albert's Priory didn't have enough rooms for all the candidates who wanted to attend our last "Come and See" weekend at the beginning of November, so we've scheduled another one for November 21-23, 2014. If you'd like join us and learn more about our way of life and what it means to be a Dominican friar, then e-mail, or call Fr. Steven at (415)264-3103.

Posted by: Michael James Rivera, OP
Category: News Vocations Formation Events St. Albert Priory, Oakland, CA 

A Community of Continuity...

Nov 6, 2014

Dr. Anthony E. Clark and his wife, Dr. Amanda Clark, recently visited St. Albert's Priory in Oakland for a few days. In addition to learning about the work of many of our friars in the Bay Area, they also caught a small glimpse of our common life, prayer and study. They share their story in a blog post at Catholic World Report.

Posted by: Michael James Rivera, OP
Category: Media Student St. Albert Priory, Oakland, CA Apostolate Community Study Prayer Formation Vocations News 

God, Reason, Reality

Nov 5, 2014

Want to learn more about the relationship between philosophy and theology?
Between God, reason, and reality?
Then join us for this free syposium.
For more information, check out

Posted by: Michael James Rivera, OP
Category: Theology Philosophy Events Study Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology News 

Fr. Corwin's Ordination

Oct 28, 2014

With great thanks we celebrate the ordination of Fr. Corwin Low, OP,
to the priesthood of our Lord Jesus Christ.

More photos can be found on our Facebook page and at LifeByJesson Photography.

How Does Music Imitate Nature?

Oct 23, 2014

Fr. Anselm Ramelow, O.P., professor at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, gives a brief description of his lecture below:

That “art imitates nature” is not a widespread claim in contemporary aesthetics. Music in particular will be proposed as a striking counterexample to this claim, since music does not seem to represent or imitate anything. In this lecture, I am going to argue that, to the contrary, music does indeed imitate nature – and this in more than one way. It does so in three ways, corresponding to three senses of “nature.”

There are two typical contemporary outlooks that might agree that music imitates something. One would hold that music imitates phenomena that are already cultural (but not nature as contrasted with culture). As a cultural, postmodern relativism, this proposal is directly contradicted by the equally fashionable proposals of evolutionary biology. The latter theory claims that music is very much in continuity with nature and indeed entirely “natural.” It will be my contention that these outlooks misunderstand what it means for music to imitate nature, and that they understate the complexity of the interrelation of nature and culture in music. A proper understanding, on the other hand, can explain a number of musical features that would remain otherwise unnoticed or unintelligible.

FYI: If you are unable to attend, a link to a video of the lecture will be posted on the CUA website in a few weeks.

Posted by: Michael James Rivera, OP
Category: Theology Philosophy Events Study Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology News 
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Three Sisters as seen from St. Benedict Lodge, McKenzie Bridge, Oregon

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