Saint Albert Priory and its sister school provide philosophical and theological education in the teachings of the Catholic Church following in the tradition of Saint Thomas Aquinas, . Long considered the Church’s greatest theologian, Saint Thomas Aquinas was often heralded as a model for priesthood education and an ideal expression of Catholic Faith. Saint Dominic de Guzman founded the Order of Friar Preachers, or the Dominican Order, in the 13th century. This Roman Catholic Order found its way to Spanish-occupied California, ultimately becoming the Western Province of the Dominican Order. Nearly 80 years ago, Saint Albert Priory was created as one of the Western Province’s initial formation communities. Beyond its regular population of friars, Saint Albert Priory often houses 30 to 35 students from countries across the globe. Although they reside at St. Albert Priory, these men and women study at the School of Applied Theology, a part of the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. These handfuls of students bring a global perspective to the populace, providing the community with a deeper motivation to understand the teachings of Jesus Christ. With connections to the University of California, Berkeley, Saint Albert Priory gives students a wide range of classroom and practical education over the course of an eight-year master’s program. Upon acceptance to the Order, students live at St. Albert Priory while they attend classes at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (DSPT) in Berkeley. Upon making simple vows, St. Albert Priory brothers continue their studies at Graduate Theological Union institutions, including DSPT. Often completing a year studying at the House of Studies of the Eastern Dominican Province in Washington, or another Dominican Studium and undertaking a year of pastoral work at one of the Western Province’s other communities, students receive their degrees. Common ministerial paths of graduates include those of parish priest, hospital minister, university chaplain, missionary, or educator in secular or religious institutions of higher education.