Rooted and Growing in our Dominican Identity

Aquinas Institute of Theology is a vibrant example of Dominican teaching and preaching. As a Catholic graduate institution founded and sponsored by the Dominican Province of St. Albert the Great (Central Province), the Dominican charism is recognized by its four pillars: study, contemplation, preaching, and community. Upholding those four pillars leads Aquinas Institute to individual and communal pursuits of academic excellence, ongoing spiritual formation, active involvement in social justice, and a commitment to collaboration and community. Open to women and men of all faith perspectives, this Catholic school finds its Dominican charism expressed in an educational environment that recognizes each person as an image of God (Gn 1:27). Its spirit empowers us to incorporate religious practice and community activities into the fabric of the daily lives of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

The Dominican Order, also known as the Order of Preachers, was founded by St. Dominic de Guzman, a thirteenth-century priest from Caleruega, Spain. Established on December 22, 1216, the Order represented a new form of apostolic life that was called "The Holy Preaching." It was intended to proclaim the Word of God to a world always in need of sound spiritual guidance, especially through excellent preaching and teaching. The Dominicans who serve at Aquinas Institute belong to a worldwide family of nearly 45,000 professed priests, nuns, and brothers as well as more than 90,000 lay women and men who together comprise the Dominican family.

"In the fine tradition of the Dominican Apostolate, Aquinas Institute of Theology has become a catechetical powerhouse both locally and beyond when it comes to training and equipping future preachers and evangelists in the Catholic faith. Aquinas Institute’s philosophy of preparing future priests and church leaders to share the fruits of contemplation in a way that reflects the intersection of the Church's theology and everyday life, is one with great potential to influence our local Church, our world, and eternity. "

Most  Rev. Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis