Student Life

Spiritual Life

The structure of student life at DSPT also echoes the structure of Dominican life in the Order – the co-responsibility of all for a common project (RFG, n. 20). Undertaken as an act of mercy for the salvation of souls (Acts of the General Chapter 2001, n. 45), study is its own prayer. Mingled with contemplation, our study guides us in bringing their fruits to others, whether within the DSPT community or in the public square. Our goal at DSPT, then, is to help students develop good personal habits for integrating faith and prayer (both private and communal) into study and public discourse.
The regular prayer life of a Dominican community focuses on two hinges: daily Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours. With that in mind, the School offers daily opportunities to participate in these two hinges. Other opportunities also will be made available throughout the semester, e.g. student retreats, regular Eucharistic adoration, etc.
  • Mass:                                       M,T,Th, and F at 5:30 p.m. [to begin Monday, September 15, 2014]
                                                    Wednesday mornings at 7:30 a.m., includes a 30’ period of contemplative prayer
  • Evening Prayer:                       M,T,Th, and F at 5:10 p.m. [beginning the first week of October 2014]
  • Eucharistic adoration:             Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. to noon                                               
We encourage everyone to join us as your own schedule allows. If you are unable to join us at DPST, please consider the following local options:
  • Mass at JST, weekdays at 8:00 a.m. and 5:15 p.m.
  • Mass at St. Mary Magdalen Parish, weekdays at 8:00 a.m.m and 5:30 p.m.
  • Mass at Holy Spirit Newman Center, weekdays at 12:10 p.m.
  • Liturgy of the Hours at St. Mary Magdalen Parish, weekdays:  Morning Prayer at 7:40 a.m.; Evening Prayer at 5:10 p.m.
  • Liturgy of the Hours at St. Albert Priory, weekdays: Office of Readings and Morning Prayer, 6:30 a.m.; Mass and Evening Prayer at 5:00 p.m.

Worship Opportunities at Other GTU Schools

Contact the individual schools for more information.

Bay Are Young Adult Groups

There are numerous churches all over the Bay Area and many opportunities to join a community. In order to make your exploration less daunting, please visit our Young Adults page for some trusted options near by.

Spiritual Direction

At DSPT we are here to help all of our students, lay or religious, discern their vocation and gear their academics toward fulfilling the work that was intended for them. Students who are preparing for ministry work are expected, in keeping with their individual ecclesial traditions, to deepen their life of prayer, justice and charity so that their study and future ministry may be alive with the Spirit. The School is eager to help both lay and religious students in all aspects of their preparation for ministry. Contact Fr. Christopher Renz, OP, Academic Dean, at for help finding a spiritual director so you can make the most of your academic experience.