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Godzdogz

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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Saint Edmund Gennings

Thursday, December 10, 2015
St Edmund Gennings is a martyr of the Catholic faith in England. He has one of the most remarkable stories of the English martyrs. Saint Edmund ministered to the persecuted Catholics of England in the 1590’s and is particularly noted for his love of the Mass and the English people. 
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Advent: St Birinus

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Sometimes you come across the name of a saint and think, “Who?!” St Birinus is probably one of those saints, at least if you’re not from the Oxford area (and even then!). 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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Teresa of Avila - Doctor, Contemplative and Reformer

Thursday, October 15, 2015

St Teresa was born in Avila, in 1515. The 16th century was a time of turmoil in many areas of life, not least in the Church, but also, thanks to women like Teresa, a time of reform and renewal. Her mother died when she was 13, and despite her father’s protestations, she entered the Carmelites, aged 20. However, she soon became very ill and had to be sent home to recover at home for a number of years. Undeterred, when well enough, she returned to the Carmel and through a life of continual striving to love God more and more, she received extraordinary spiritual experiences and wonderful insights into the life of prayer. These insights are still a great gift to the Church thanks to her engaging writings.

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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

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

St Peter Martyr

Thursday, June 04, 2015
St Peter Martyr was a thirteenth-century Dominican inquisitor in northern Italy who through his life and martyrdom in 1252 achieved such renown and veneration among Christians that he was canonized less than one year after his death, the fastest canonisation in the history of the Church. Indeed so celebrated was St Peter that Dominican houses were mandated by the General Chapter of the Order to display his image alongside that of St Dominic in their churches and chapels.
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St Matthias

Thursday, May 14, 2015

We don't know many things about Matthias. The only thing that Luke says about him in the Acts of the Apostles is that he is one of the men who have accompanied the Apostles during the life of Jesus from his baptism until the ascension and that he is a witness of his resurrection (Acts 1:21-22). In fact, Luke, thanks to the person of Matthias, says more about what it is to be an Apostle. Because Matthias is indeed an apostle, added to the eleven others after the death of Judas. Read more

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