Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology
Bryan Kromholtz, OP
Phone: 510-883-7151
Office Hours: Monday, 8-10 am, and by appointment
Office Location: East 120

Curriculum vitae



STD/PhD, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
 - Dogmatic Theology

MA, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
 - Systematic Theology

MDiv, BA, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

BSEE, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington

Bryan Kromholtz, OP

Associate Professor of Theology

What I most enjoy about what I do is helping students with their own projects – what excites them. To help a student to see the implications of their questions, to introduce them to elements of the tradition and to current debates related to their interests, and to guide them toward resources so that eventually they can contribute to a theological conversation through their own study and work – these are the parts of my role at DSPT that excite me the most.

I am a student, first and last, of St. Thomas Aquinas. Every time I have gone searching within the various nooks and crannies of his work, I have emerged with treasured insights that are worth bringing out into the light of day. This is true as much for preaching as for questions of more speculative theology.

I have tried to emulate the work of my Dominican brothers Fr. Richard Schenk, OP and Fr. Gilles Emery, OP. Fr. Richard modeled for me a way to make use of insights from various sources, to appreciate their contributions without overlooking potential problems, and to take historical contexts seriously. Fr. Gilles taught me the importance of the patient and painstaking study of texts, particularly those of St. Thomas Aquinas. 

I am a member of the Core Doctoral Faculty of the GTUAcademy of Catholic Theology, The Society for Catholic Liturgy, and Catholic Theological Society of America.

Current DSPT course information and syllabi
Course descriptions and information for all GTU member schools

Past courses taught by Bryan Kromholtz, OP:

Theology of Angels & Demons (STHS-4830)
Special Topics in Sacraments (ST-3069)
Celebration of the Sacraments (LSFT-2404)
Theology: Nature & Method (ST-1091)
Theology of Sacraments (ST-3067)
Theological Anthropology (ST-3128)
Nouvelle Theologie (STHS-4375)    
Eschatology (ST-4075)
Aesthetics & Theology (STRA-2080)


On the Last Day: The Time of the Resurrection of the Dead according to Thomas Aquinas. Studia Friburgensia 110. Fribourg, Switzerland: Academic Press Fribourg, 2010. [reviewed by Simon Francis Gaine in The Thomist 77.1 (2013): 168-71, and by Carlo Leget in Archa Verbi 9 (2012): 207-9.]


“Eschatology and the Doctrine of God in St. Thomas Aquinas.” In Nova et Vetera [forthcoming].

“La résurrection au dernier jour selon saint Thomas d’Aquin.” In Revue Thomiste 109 (2009): 55-78. 

Book reviews

Résurrection de Jésus et résurrection des morts: Foi, histoire et théologie. Jean-Pierre Torrell, Paris: Cerf, 2012. In Freiburger Zeitschrift für Philosophie und Theologie 60.2 (2013): 487-89.

Personal Identity and Resurrection: How Do We Survive Our Death? Georg Gasser, ed., Farnham, Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2010. In The Thomist 76.4 (2012): 661-65.

Ressourcement Thomism: Sacred Doctrine, the Sacraments, and the Moral Life: Essays in Honor of Romanus Cessario, O.P. Reinhard Hütter and Matthew Levering, eds., Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2010. In Theologische Revue 108.4 (2012): 316-18.

Nouvelle Théologie and Sacramental Ontology: A Return to Mystery. Hans Boersma, In The Thomist 74.3 (2010): 471-75.

Research interests

  • the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas on the resurrection of the dead
  • the reception of St. Thomas Aquinas’s eschatology in the Commentator tradition
  • the implications of eschatological beliefs for pastoral practice
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