Fanjeaux Seminar for Dominican Faculty, Staff and Students in France

May 31 - June 16, 2016

This summer join other students, faculty, staff, and administrators who study and work at Dominican colleges and universities in the United States for two weeks of study in a small village in southwestern France-actually about 13 days in Fanjeaux and Bed and Breakfast in Paris. The mornings are spent in study and the afternoons on field trips. Knowledge of the French language is not necessary. The cost includes room, board, tuition and transportation (once in Fanjeaux). Roundtrip transportation and meals in Paris are the other expenses. The seminar is organized by Caldwell College in Caldwell, New Jersey. 

Why Fanjeaux?

Dominic Guzman (1170-1221), a Spaniard, traveled in the Languedoc region of southern France in the early thirteenth century. He settled for a few years in Fanjeaux where he successfully converted some women and established the first Dominican monastery at Prouille.

In 1216, the Dominican Order was approved by the Pope and was granted the right to preach. Followers had already begun to join him in his home base of Toulouse, not far from Fanjeaux. He dispersed the brethren two by two to different educational centers in Europe to increase their knowledge and multiply their numbers. His idea was: "Seed which is hoarded becomes rotten, but when scattered it germinates." These early Dominicans became very successful at the universities teaching students.

What is the connection with Dominican University of California?

Six centuries after its foundation, the Dominican Order-including sisters and priests-continued to preach and teach through out the world. In 1850, a Spanish Dominican, Joseph Alemany who had been working in Kentucky and Ohio was appointed bishop for California. At the time he was in Europe to attend a meeting of the order-The meeting was never held, but that is another story. As he was returning to his new post, he stopped in Paris at the Dominican Monastery of the Cross and expressed his desire to have some Dominicans come to California to teach the children of the forty-niners. Mary Goemaere, a novice, volunteered to accompany the new bishop and to begin a school in his faraway diocese. She and the bishop landed in San Francisco in December 1850.

In March 1851, Mother Mary moved to Monterey and set up a school which opened with eight students on April 28, 1851 and was named Santa Catalina after Catherine of Siena. In fact, Mother Mary put the newly formed women’s congregation under the patronage of this great Dominican saint, one of the three women doctors of the Catholic Church. In 1854, they moved to Benicia, and in 1889 they moved from Benicia to San Rafael and opened a new school. The original name of this new school was the College of the Holy Rosary; it soon became Dominican College of San Rafael. In 2000 we became Dominican University of California.

Program Costs

Cost (without airfare) includes full room and board in Fanjeaux, partial board in Paris.

Students: $2,800.00  which includes the cost of the 3 unit course.   Course credit is given by Caldwell College in New Jersey which is easily transferred to Dominican.

Faculty/Staff: $2,500.00



For more information contact:

Trudi Goggin
Dominican University
7900 W. Division
River Forest, IL 60305

[email protected]