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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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Great Dominicans: Pope St Pius V

Sunday, April 30, 2017

St Pius V reigned from the Chair of St Peter for six years (1566-1572) during a period of remarkable social, political and religious upheaval, both for the Church itself and the wider world. The impact of the Protestant Reformation was still being felt, the reforms of the Council of Trent had to be enacted and war in Europe was made all the more perilous by the expansion of the Islamic Caliphate to the east. Read more

Great Dominicans: Blessed Adrian Fortescue

Saturday, August 27, 2016

After a remarkable life, Bl. Adrian Fortescue died a martyr at the strike of an executioner's blade at Tower Hill in 1539. A husband and father, a Justice of the Peace, a Knight of the Realm, a Knight of Malta, and a Dominican Tertiary (Lay Dominican); he was at once a loyal servant of the Crown so far as he could be, but still more, he was a man of unshakeable faith.  Read more

St Dominic

Sunday, August 07, 2016
This year, the 800th of the Dominican Order, our governing body, the General Chapter, met in Bologna to discuss and plan the future of Dominicans throughout the world. As you might expect this involves hours and hours of talking and debate and so it must have come as some relief to the brethren when they were given a few hours respite from discussion in order to listen to a Jesuit named after a Franciscan tell them about that first Dominican, St Dominic. 
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Great Dominicans: Cardinal Cajetan

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Great Dominicans: Bl. John Liccio

Saturday, June 18, 2016
Bl John Liccio was born in Sicily in about 1430. We are told that he was a great preacher and a fervent propagator of the Rosary. He built a priory in his birthplace, Caccamo, and carried out the duty of prior for many years. He had a great influence on his fellow citizens and died on November 14th 1511 of natural causes. Read more

Great Dominicans: Savonarola

Monday, June 06, 2016
Savonarola was a Dominican friar who lived at a time when the Church had a great power and influence in the city states of Italy. The Papacy, as well as the clergy, often furthered their own personal interests and those of the ruling families in Europe, such as the Borgia Popes. Read more

Great Dominicans: St. Antoninus

Thursday, May 19, 2016

St. Antoninus Pierozzi was called Antonino – little Anthony – by his contemporaries because of his diminutive stature. He may have been physically small, but he was a spiritual giant. Read more

Great Dominicans: Blessed Mary Mancini of Pisa

Friday, May 13, 2016

If you were told of someone, aged twenty-five, twice-widowed, who had lost all seven of her children before their teenage years, you wouldn’t begrudge them seeking to hold on to what little they still had left. But holiness often confounds our expectations, and Blessed Mary Mancini’s life (1355-1431) is a case in point.

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St Catherine of Siena and the Future of Europe

Friday, April 29, 2016

I was recently invited to contribute an article to the online journal of the Jesuits, Thinking Faith, on the topic of St Catherine of Siena and the future of Europe. You can access the article here Read more

Great Dominicans: Bl. Peter Ruffia

Friday, March 18, 2016

Peter Cambiano was born in Chieri, in Piedmont, in 1320. He was drawn to the Dominicans by his devotion to the rosary. Our Lady of the Rosary was the special patroness of the region where he lived. He joined the Dominican Order at an early age. Among his talents, it is said that he had a loud clear voice, which was very useful at that time when he had to preach in the open air. He received an appropriate formation that allowed him to be prepared for controversy with the Waldensians, a heretic sect spread in northern Italy. Read more

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