Dominican Speaker Series 2017

May They All Be One

The year 2017 is the five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation and is an occasion to refocus our prayers and actions on reunification among Christians into the Universal Church. In John Chapter 17, Jesus prayed to the Father that his disciples “may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you … that the world may believe that you sent me.”

To rekindle this spirit in us, St. Dominic’s will host various inspirational Dominican speakers throughout 2017 who will share their personal journey into the Catholic Church through study, prayer, the Mass and personal encounters with Catholics and the Holy Spirit.

Upcoming Events in the Series:

Monday, August 28th, 2017 Fr. Anselm Ramelow, O.P.

All talks will be held at 7PM in the Parish Hall. Additional speakers are being added to the schedule.


Each speaker will explore their struggles, joys, hindrances, and blessings on their faith journey and share with us what we can do to help others find joy in the fullness of the Church.

These talks are appropriate for non-practicing and practicing Christians, on-the-fencers agnostic or just plain curious who are interested to hear how these brothers found their way into the Church and in a relationship with God.

These talks count towards SDS Stewardship Catechism hours.


A Short Biography of Fr. Anselm

Fr. Anselm Ramelow, O.P. is from Germany. After his conversion to the Catholic Church he learned about the Dominicans through one of the Western Dominican Province friars ministering in Germany. One thing led to another, and this friar invited him to come to the United States and investigate religious life in the Province. He entered the novitiate in California, taking the religious name of “Anselm.” In past times, he sang in the cathedral choir of Munich and plays the organ and the piano.

He finished his Ph.D. in philosophy in 1995 after an M.A. in History. Completing his pastoral residency in Los Angeles, California (2001), he returned to his theological studies, which he finished with a book on the “Linguistic Turn in Theology.”

His first assignment was at Holy Rosary Parish in Antioch, California, after which he resumed his ministry as a professor of philosophy at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, where he is currently the chair of the Philosophy Department. He also taught at the University of San Francisco and the Munich School of Philosophy and is a Senior Fellow at the Berkeley Institute. He has more recently worked on a philosophical approach to miracles and philosophical aesthetics (the philosophy of art and beauty).

He continues to minister to God’s people in various ways, including retreats and marriage preparation weekends.

The Talk

His talk will be about his story of finding his way into the Catholic Church. Since this was also very much part of his intellectual history, it will be an opportunity to reflect on the reasons why we should be Catholic, and how Protestant Christianity – while it retains valuable parts of the faith – is nevertheless a reduction of the full truth.