Located in the Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland, California, St. Albert the Great Priory is a house of formation for young men who have come to discern their vocation as consecrated religious, following the unique charism of Saint Dominic de Guzman. Dominicans are friars - men who seek a life of both contemplation and active ministry. We live in community and are united by our faith in Jesus Christ and our vows to live the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
Founded in 1216, the Dominicans, or Order of Preachers, have served the Roman Catholic Church for 800 years, preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ in and out of season. Our patron, St. Albert, was a thirteenth century scientist, philosopher, and theologian. He is called "the Great" because he was proficient in every branch of learning cultivated in his day, hence his other title, "Universal Doctor."
Friars with a variety of ministries live at St. Albert's. Some are involved in ministry to the community itself, as Prior (our elected superior), treasurer, or even handyman. Others teach at the Dominican School of Philosphy and Theology in Berkeley, while others are part of our itinerant preaching team. And, of course, there are the men in formation - an eight year process which includes a year of intense discernment at our novitiate in San Francisco, two years of study of philosophy, a year of pastoral ministry in one of the communities in our Province, followed by four years of theological studies.