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The God of Particulars Who seeks to dwell with us

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

"Our God is not an abstract, remote God who cares little about the world, or who takes a back-seat approach. Far from it. He is intimately involved." Read more

Diaconal Ordinations

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

On Saturday 11th July--the feast of St Benedict--Brs Oliver Keenan, O.P., and Matthew Jarvis, O.P., were ordained to the diaconate by Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham, William Kenney.  Read more

Book Review: Radical Discipleship by Francis Cardinal Arinze

Monday, July 13, 2015
In our Consecrated Life series we have been looking at numerous aspects of this way of life through a Dominican lens. It is always helpful, however, to have another perspective and in his excellent book, Radical Discipleship – Consecrated Life and the Call to Holiness, Francis Cardinal Arinze distils the fruits of decades of experience as Bishop, Archbishop and Cardinal, in which time he has visited and encountered countless religious and their communities from a multitude of congregations and orders. Drawing upon this experience he seeks to give us something of what is fundamental to all modes of the life and thus to examine the very heart of what it means to live the consecrated life. Read more

Saint John of Cologne and Companions

Thursday, July 09, 2015

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Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

Saturday, July 04, 2015

The lives of saints can seem remote from our own. When I was becoming more interested in my faith from the age of 16, I found it difficult
 to cultivate devotion to a particular saint.
 That changed in my late teens when, at a
 Catholic youth gathering, I heard a talk
 about Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, who died in 1925 at just 24. After hearing only a few remarks about his life, for the first time I found a saint to whom I could relate.  Read more

Consecrated Life: Vocations

Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Last year I gave a presentation on vocations to a group of teenagers in a Catholic school. At the ‘Q&A’ session one of the pupils asked me, why can’t you just have a job as well as do what you do? I didn’t really have an answer for him, apart from “we’re not allowed to”. The fact is, he did have a point. What is it that Dominicans do all day? Or generally speaking, what is it that consecrated religious actually do? Although that seemed to be a basic question, I did not have much of an answer other than we could not be consecrated religious, if we also had full time jobs, our own homes and personal property.
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Consecrated Life: Mission

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Is mission for consecrated religious or for everyone?

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St. Thomas More and the Dominicans

Monday, June 22, 2015

More at BlackfriarsToday we commemorate the Feast of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, two heroic men who made the ultimate sacrifice for the faith in the tumultuous court of Henry VIII. I’ve been asked to write something about St. Thomas More. With some regret, therefore, I shall leave St. John Fisher for another day but before doing so, might I recommend Cardinal Vincent Nichols’ excellent book. Read more

Consecrated LIfe: asceticism

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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Interview with ultra-marathon runner - Fr Bruno Clifton OP

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Bruno Clifton OPAs the Dominican Friars Training Fund helps pay for the cost of our training, the Student Brothers are grateful for any contributions made towards it. When a Dominican friar said he was going to run an ultra-marathon for this cause, wanted to learn more about his challenge. With just a week and a half until the big day, we asked our brother Bruno Clifton OP the following questions about his ultra-marathon fundraising efforts. Read more

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