Dominican University College, Ottawa
The Dominican University College (DUC) was founded in Ottawa in 1900 by the Canadian Order of Preachers, and it is the second-oldest university in Canada’s capital. Its roots can be found in the studium generale that emerged in 1260, when Europe’s very first universities were founded.The DUC is specialized in philosophy and theology, and offers undergraduate and graduate programs.
The institution devotes itself to provide an environment that fosters critical thinking and friendly dialogue. Part of an 800-year tradition going back to the first European universities, the DUC belongs to a dynamic worldwide community of prestigious Dominican educational institutions that include Blackfriars (Oxford), the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (Berkeley) and the École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem. Our students come from around the world to study with us.
Our graduates go on to work in political offices, to serve as ethicists or chaplains in the military, to teach, or to practice law or medicine.
The Dominican Pastoral Institute, Montréal
The Dominican Pastoral Institute is the DUC’s pastoral department, offering undergraduate and graduate university programs. Since 1960, the Pastoral Institute has embodied the Dominican spiritual and intellectual tradition in the areas of Christian and ecclesial conduct.
The professors and students of the Pastoral Institute form a learning and research community, in the same spirit as the colleges that have been the basic units of universities since their foundation in the Middle Ages. It’s a university on a human scale.
The Pastoral Institute provides a university education to future pastoral workers or those currently working but who don’t have an educational background in this field. It offers anyone who needs it a favourable environment to analyze or deepen their spiritual or pastoral experience.
It also wants to encourage research into pastoral theology and into the ecclesial challenges of the postmodern world.