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Rev. Michael R. Carey, OP

Associate Professor and Chair, Moral & Spiritual Theology Dept.


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(650) 433-9058


B.A. (Education) - Arizona State University

B.A. (Philosophy) - St. Albert's College (Oakland)

M.Div. - Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

M.A. (Theology) - The graduate Theological Union

Thesis: "Forensic Rhetoric in Tertullian's Apologeticum"

J.D. – Boalt Hall School of Law (The University of California, Berkeley)

S.T.L. – The John Paul II Institute for Studies in Marriage and Family Life

Thesis: “A Feminist Anthropology? Woman In the Thought of Edith Stein”

S.T.D. – Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (The Angelicum)

Dissertation: “Freedom and Finality: St. Thomas Aquinas and the Moral Revolution of Germain Grisez”

Academic Interests

Moral Theology, Spirituality

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Father Michael Carey is a native of Chicago, Illinois.  Later, his family moved to Arizona where he graduated from Arizona State University in 1971.  That same year he entered the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) and was ordained a priest in 1977.  Continuing his education, he received a Juris Doctor degree (Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley, 1983) and a Doctor of Sacred Theology degree (Pontifical University of Saint Thomas, The Angelicum, Rome, 1997).

With interests in moral theology and spirituality, Father Michael has concentrated his work in the classic Dominican ministries of preaching and teaching.  For many years he has done specialized, itinerant preaching throughout the United States and was chaplain to the cloistered Dominican Nuns in Hollywood, California.  He has also taught in colleges and seminaries: St. Mary’s College, Moraga, California; St. John Vianney Seminary, Denver, Colorado; Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, Missouri; and now St. Patrick’s Seminary, Menlo Park, California, where he serves as Department Chairman for Moral and Spiritual Theology and assists with the formation of the seminarians.