In the mid-80s, I was studying at Séminaire St-Augustin in Québec City. One day, a Dominican priest came to recruit for Dominican University College and Pastoral Institute.
In his white tunic, he presented the experience as a monastery dedicated to spiritual life. I told myself, “Oh boy! You won’t see me setting foot there!” I wasn’t very religious at the time.
But, surprisingly, while at college, I developed a growing interest in philosophy, and when it came time to make a choice, I sought out information on the College, and I ended up going there. Honestly, my years at the College were extraordinary.
Philosophy provided me with an intellectual rigour that helps me every day.
I don’t come from a highly educated family, and at the College, I discovered the world of culture, politics, sociology and psychology.
It was amazing because classes were small, which allowed us to discuss a lot. And our teachers were all erudite, intellectually remarkable people, with PhDs in every field. Community life was also stimulating and interesting.
My fellow students and I would discuss and debate together and with our teachers. Those years changed my life. Studying how to think gave me an opening onto the world, and philosophy provided me with an intellectual rigour that helps me every day.
As a lawyer, when I analyze a text, when I ask a question or when I interrogate a witness, I always do it with the rigour, accuracy of language and precision I learned at Dominican University College.
I sincerely hope that this institution will continue in its mission to train young people in knowledge that’s essential for all active citizens.
Me Roger Paiement
Graduate of the B.A. in Philosophy program, Dominican University College