We Dominican friars strive to be good students, but not for the sake of worldly security, material gain, or even curiosity. Our study is bends us to one purpose; more effective preaching of Jesus Christ to a world which longs for Him.
The Dominicans of both the Central and Southern Provinces study at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO. It is here that we are shaped and formed into preachers of grace in the image of St. Dominic our Founder. We learn side-by-side with the future lay leaders and ministers of the Church who are able to study preaching, healthcare ethics, pastoral care and more.
The “Aquinas Way” that we profess is one which seeks always to remain in the middle, where virtue is found and from where we can most easily reach out for the purposes of dialogue.
Our student brothers spend at least five years in graduate theological studies preparing for full-time ministry. Even after the end of initial formation and the beginning ministry a friar’s commitment to study and his ongoing formation will continue throughout his Dominican life.