Rev. Basil Cole, O.P.

Professor Emeritus

B.S., University of San Francisco
B.Ph., St. Albert’s College, Oakland
S.T.L., S.T.Lr., Le Saulchoir, France
S.T.D., Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum)


Joining the Dominicans of the Western Province in 1960, Fr. Cole was ordained to the priesthood in 1966. He finished his theological studies at Le Saulchoir in Etiolles, France earning the lectorate and licentiate degrees in 1968. He later received the doctorate in sacred theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome (the Angelicum). After teaching theology and philosophy at Pilarica College for the Notre Dame Sisters (1968-69), Fr. Cole was elected prior of St. Dominic’s in San Francisco, where he also served as parish priest, a member of the provincial council and lecturer at various institutions (1970-1975). Elected prior of Daniel Murphy High School community in Los Angeles he became a member of the Western Dominican preaching band and preached throughout the American West. Fr. Cole was an invited professor at the Angelicum from 1985-97, and has taught moral, spiritual and dogmatic theology at the Dominican House of Studies since 1997.

Fr. Cole has authored: Music and Morals, Alba House, Staten Island, New York, 1993; co-authored with Paul Connor, O.P.; Christian Totality: Theology of Consecrated Life, published by St. Paul’s editions in Bombay, India 1990, revised in 1997 Alba House, Staten Island, New York. He has written for The PriestHomiletic and Pastoral ReviewFaith and Reason, and Angelicum. He has also been a long time collaborator for Germain Grisez’s four volume series of moral theology, The Way of the Lord Jesus.


Select Publications


Priestly Pastoral Ministry, (St. Paul’s: Mumbai: India) to be published in 2022.

The Road to Bliss or Damnation through the Lens of St. Thomas Aquinas (St. Augustin Press: Charlotte, NC), in preparation.

A Sense of Humor and Virtue: A Thomistic Theological Perspective, (Mumbai, India: St. Paul Publications, 2011.

The Hidden Enemies of the Priesthood: The Contribution of St. Thomas Aquinas, (Staten Island: Alba House, 2007); also published by St. Paul’s, Makati City, Philippines, 2007, and St. Paul’s Publications, Mumbai, India. Also, to be published in Portuguese for a Brazilian publisher.

Consecrated Life: Contributions of Vatican II, Dominic Hoffman, O.P. (+) with Basil Cole, O.P. (ed.) (Bombay, India: St. Paul’s Publications, 2005).

A New Catechism of the Consecrated Life: Help for Perplexed Postulants and Novices of the Third Millennium, Paul Conner, O.P., Revised impression, Asia Trading Corporation, Bangalore, India 1999.

Christian Totality: Theology of Consecrated Life, Paul Conner, O.P. and Basil Cole, O.P., third impression, St. Paul Editions, Bombay, India 1992; revised 1997 and published by Alba House, Staten Island, New York; published in Polish as Plenia Chrzescijanstwa, Anna Maria Nowak and Danuta Dowjat (trs.), (W Drodze, Poznan, Poland 1997); published in French as La Plenitude de la Vie, Wilfred-Marie Hueto,(tr.), Editions Edilivre, St. Denis, France 2012; also published in Hungarian, Teljes kereszténység – A megszenteletélet teológiája, (Budapest: Kairosz Konyvkiado Kft, 2017).

Music and Morals: A Theological Appraisal Of The Moral And Psychological Effects Of Music, Alba House, Staten Island, NY 1993.

Dissertation: The Moral and Psychological Effects of Music: A Theological Appraisal, The Angelicum, Rome. Italy 1992.


Accompanying, Discerning, And Integrating Weakness in Marriage, HPR, February, 2020.

Heresy Secundum Quid in the Light of St. Thomas Aquinas, Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly, Vol. 43. (3-4), (2020),  281-292.

Ten Commandments That Should Shape Palliative Care, HPR, January, 2021.

Some Reflections on the Spiritual Life For the Lockdown, HPR, May, 2021.

The Good News of Punishment in the Light of St. Thomas Aquinas, Nova et Vetera, English Edition, Vol. 20, (1)  (2022) 11-34 .

Year of St. Joseph, Spiritual Father: Some Meditations, Nova et Vetera, English Edition, Vol. 20 (1) (2022) 51-60.

Another Minor Ministry?, accepted for publication,  HPR, 2022.


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