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Questions for...Nicholas Crowe OP

Thursday, November 26, 2015

couple of months ago, Brother Nicholas Crowe OP started in his role as Vocations Promoter for the English Province. In this online interview we find out about Brother Nick's current apostolate and the inspiration behind his work. Read more

Gospel Reading of the Day Reflection

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

What is it that Jesus preaches that would turn family, friend and neighbour against his followers? Christians are being taken to civil and religious courts all because of following the name of Jesus, who preached truth, love, freedom, peace and justice. As we approach the end of the Church’s liturgical year, the warnings of Jesus in Luke 21 are as relevant today as they were in the earliest days of Christianity.  Read more

Dominican Martyrs of Vietnam

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Martyrdom is a strangely familiar thing. As the act of dying in witness to, and fellowship with, Christ it sits at the pinnacle of Christian experience. We talk about it a lot and yet do we expect to experience it? Read more

Event: Great Blackfriars Bake-Off

Sunday, November 22, 2015
What a wonderful occasion: to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Dominican Order by eating cakes! On Saturday 21st November, Oxford Priory hosted the the first ever Great Blackfriars Bake-off!
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Questions for... Fr David Sanders OP

Saturday, November 21, 2015

As I settle into the comfy chair in the Student Master’s bedroom, with the buses rumbling outside along St Giles, it occurs to me that for the next half hour the roles will be reversed: I will be the one asking him about how he’s getting on in the Dominican life. He is the first to be interviewed in our new Godzdogz series on the life and work of the brethren today. Read more

Great Dominicans: Thomas Aquinas

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

What can we say about a brother who is as famous as St. Thomas Aquinas (1125-1274)?  Read more

Gospel reading of the Day Reflection: Go and Preach

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
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Great Dominicans: Albertus Magnus

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

St Albert is said to have been one of the last people to have known everything that was known in his day. That might be an exaggeration, but it’s certain that his interests and publications spanned every discipline of his time: from a best-selling work on rocks (de mineralibus), through to geometry, astronomy, friendship, law, love, language, not to mention extensive commentaries on the scriptures, it’s certainly fair to say Albert was universally learned.  Read more

Great Dominicans: Blessed Humbert of Romans

Sunday, November 15, 2015

In the Fundamental Constitutions of the Friars of the Order of Preachers, we read that “the Order of Friars Preachers founded by St. Dominic ‘is known from the beginning to have been instituted especially for preaching and the salvation of souls.’” (LCO II)  Today, we have precious few documents from St. Dominic himself that would help us better understand in what this preaching consists and how the Sons of St. Dominic are to undertake this task.  However, we do have the work of Blessed Humbert of Romans, the fifth Master of the Order, with which to understand how the earliest friars viewed the preaching mission.   Read more

Laudato Si: Ecological Conversion

Saturday, November 14, 2015

This post builds on many of the themes highlighted by Br Luke in his post on ‘Education’ and looks through Dominican eyes at how ‘the rich heritage of Christian spirituality, the fruit of twenty centuries of personal and communal experience, has a precious contribution to make to the renewal of humanity’ (LS 216). What I take to be the Pope’s key point in this section of his encyclical is that such an ‘ecological conversion’ has to be a conversion of the entire person. It cannot be just an idea or a concept that we hold, it has to be a complete way of living. Read more

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