Our "House of Studies"
What is a "house of studies?"
A "house of studies," or "studium," is a name commonly used among Dominicans for what today is called a "center of institutional studies." In a center of institutional studies, Dominican professors and students form an academic community, in which others may also participate, where students acquire the theological and ministerial competence for a successful life of preaching, teaching, and service to the Church. A center of studies in the Order strives always to attain that goal that has been ours since the beginning, to preach in word and deed all that will be useful for the salvation of ourselves and our neighbor.
Why study theology at a "house of studies?"
Students at our "house of studies" participate in a rich and vital 800-year old intellectual tradition that formed such luminaries as St. Albert the Great, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Catherine of Siena, all of whom are doctors of the Church. They learn how St. Thomas and other great Dominican theologians have contributed to the well-spring of the Church's intellectual tradition; and how they continue to assist the Church in its ongoing conversation with culture, science, and contemporary religious thought. in this setting students form a dynamic community with lay men and women, religious sisters and brothers, priests and other ministers, as well as our Dominican brothers. With their professors they listen, teach, and learn from one another how the Word of God can be proclaimed and heard by the men and women of our time.