Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

Santa Fe Institute

In order to communicate the message entrusted to her by Christ, the Church needs art. - Saint John Paul II

Founded in 1970, the Santa Fe Institute contains a significant collection of religious art, music albums, and color slides, along with a library of more than 12,000 volumes dedicated to the study of art and religion. Among its holdings is one of the largest collections worldwide of biblical movie posters.

Mission and History.  As a ministry of the Western Dominican Province and an affiliate of DSPT, the Santa Fe Institute promotes the fine arts in general and sacred arts in particular as tools for the new evangelization. You will find links to the complete mission statement and history at the right.

Public Access.  Students and professors of DSPT and GTU will find the library collection useful for classes and research projects related to religion and the arts. Located just south of the UC Berkeley campus, the library is open on a regular basis each Monday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the academic semester. Other arrangements can be made. Those interested in visiting the library must first contact Michael Morris, OP or Chris Renz, OP.

As an affilitate educational entity, the Santa Fe Institute is open to faculty and students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to any member of DSPT. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its access and use policies.

The Santa Fe Institute is listed as a Catholic Cultural Center through the Pontifical Council for Culture. It is an official ministry of the Western Dominican Province, with asterisked inclusion in the Official Catholic Directory. As a 501(c)(3), non-profit religious organization incorporated in the State of California, the Institute is able to receive tax-deductible donations to support our mission. the Federal EIN numbers is 94-3299183.