Regular Faculty

Fr. Bryan Kromholtz, OP

DSPT Professor - Fr. Bryan Krumholtz, OP

Assistant Professor of Theology

Office Location: East 120
Phone: 510-883-7151
Office Hours: Mondays, 8-10 am, and by appointment



BS in Electrical Engineering, Gonzaga University; BA (Philosophy) and MDiv, Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology; MA, Graduate Theological Union; STD, University of Fribourg, Switzerland.


Every scribe who has been instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old. - Matthew 13:52

Fr. Bryan teaches Catholic theology because he believes the world needs more "scribes" who have been "instructed in the kingdom of heaven" – an "instruction" that takes place in the context of the community of faith (fides quaerens intellectum). He holds that an informed faith is the basis for proclaiming the Word of God and for engaging contemporary scholarship and culture, both in Church and in society.

Fr. Bryan seeks to help his students acquire the habitus of theological study, that they may continue to pursue the truth, whether for its own sake, for further studies, or for other apostolates. In addition to his academic formation, he has had significant experience in parochial and campus ministries, giving him insights that enable him to help students to see the practical applications of theology.

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Research Interests:

Fr. Bryan believes that "both the new and the old" should be brought forth for theology today. Accordingly, his research into "new," contemporary approaches to theological questions is informed by "the old": Sacred Scripture, the teachings of the Church Councils and Fathers and the entire Catholic tradition. In particular, he finds the teachings and the method of St. Thomas Aquinas to be worth appropriating for theology in our time. This conviction led Fr. Bryan to write his doctoral dissertation on St. Thomas's theology of the resurrection of the dead, focusing on the question of when the resurrection occurs. Fr. Bryan has also researched recent proposals concerning this question, namely those of Karl Rahner and of Hans Urs von Balthasar. He plans further research in the area of eschatology.

Selected Publications:


  • On the Last Day: The Time of the Resurrection of the Dead according to Thomas Aquinas. Studia Friburgensia 110. Fribourg, Switzerland: Academic Press Fribourg, 2010.  Summary page; Order page.
Articles and Chapters

Book Reviews

  • Reinhard Hütter and Matthew Levering, eds. Ressourcement Thomism: Sacred Doctrine, the Sacraments, and the Moral Life: Essays in Honor of Romanus Cessario, O.P. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2010. Theologische Revue (forthcoming).
  • Georg Gasser, ed., Personal Identity and Resurrection: How Do We Survive Our Death? Surrey, England: Ashgate, 2010. The Thomist (forthcoming). 
  • Hans Boersma, Nouvelle Théologie and Sacramental Ontology: A Return to Mystery. Oxford University Press, 2009. The Thomist 74, no. 3 (2010): 471-75.
Other Publications and Events
Public Lectures
  • "The Dead in Christ Will Rise: Thomas Aquinas and Current Ideas on the Time of the Resurrection." 2011 Aquinas Lecture, Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology. Video of 2011 Aquinas Lecture
Short Essays and Reflections