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The blog of the Dominican student brothers at Blackfriars, Oxford.

Built on the four pillars of our Dominican life – preaching, prayer, study, and community – Godzdogz offers many resources for exploring the Catholic Faith today.
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Godzdogz in November

Sunday, October 31, 2010

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Homily for All Saints

Sunday, October 31, 2010

10th Anniversary of the Dominican Volunteers International (DVI)

Saturday, October 30, 2010
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English Dominicans in Santa Sabina, Rome

Thursday, October 28, 2010
fr. Lawrence Lew was in Rome recently for the 10th Anniversary celebrations of the Dominican Volunteers International program, which was inaugurated by fr. Timothy Radcliffe in 2000. There will be a report about this on Godzdogz in a few days time. The DVI meeting took place in Santa Sabina, which includes the 5th-century basilica given to St Dominic in 1219. The priory, which has a 13th-century cloister and a wing built by Pope St Pius V, is home to the Master of the Order and his Curia. Many great saints of the Order, including St Dominic, St Albert the Great, St Thomas Aquinas, and St Hyacinth have lived at Santa Sabina. At the moment, four brothers of the English Province live and work there. It is unprecedented for so many English Dominicans to be living concurrently in this historic priory of the Order. Read more

Testerian Catechism

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Tradition attributes St. Francis of Assisi with the powerful quote: "Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary!" This statement is very Franciscan in its spirit and has certainly been lived by the members of the Franciscan orders. One Brother, Jacobo de Testera, certainly provided a very literal example of this adage. He was one of the first missionaries in Mexico, well before the languages of the indigenous peoples had been learned. Jacobo pioneered a technique that used pictorial stories to describe basic teachings and spread the Gospel. These catechisms were therefore called Testerians. One of these Testerian Catechisms, from 1524, has been added to the World Digital Library; an internet project to make significant primary materials from across the world available to as many people as possible.
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Frying for Friars: Coconut Fish Curry for a Friday

Monday, October 25, 2010
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I Will Sing a New Song...

Saturday, October 23, 2010
During a late night essay writing session I was burning away the midnight oil with Radio 2 as a faithful companion. I was humming along to Turn! Turn! Turn by The Byrds when suddenly I was struck by the fact that the lyrics are adapted entirely from the Book of Ecclesiastes. The popular 1965 version sang by The Byrds was actually a cover. The original version was put to music by Peter Seeger in 1962. He donated 45% of the royalties to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions but the song did not become a hit until it was covered by pre-psychedelic Byrds.

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Restored Church of Our Lady of the Rosary

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
The Dominican and parish communities of Rosary Priory in Grenada were filled with joy as they celebrated the opening of their restored Church. The formal re-dedication of the Church will take place later but the hope of celebrating Mass there for the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary this year was realised. Below are some photographs of the condition of the church after Hurricane Ivan had passed through Grenada in 2004 and some photographs of the restored church today. Thank you to all who have contributed to the restoration of this church. Your continuing support for the work of the English Dominicans and their Brothers in Grenada and Barbados is very much appreciated.
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Godzdogz Team 2010-11

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
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From The Ashes...

Sunday, October 17, 2010
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