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Our Mission


'The Order of Friars Preachers, founded by St Dominic, ‘is known to have been established, from the beginning for preaching and the salvation of souls, specifically’ (The Fundamental Constitution II).


Dominican friars are called to be Preachers of Grace, preaching the love and mercy of God and recognising that to be called to preach is itself a gift. Preaching can be understood in the standard sense of preaching sermons, but can also be understood in the wider sense of communicating to others the riches of God’s love in whatever way we can and in whatever way is needed: ‘I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings’ (1Cor 9.22b-23).

Preaching can of course be through words, but can also be through actions, building up and supporting Christian communities, helping those who are disadvantaged and reaching out to the needs of our society, a society that thirsts for the Good News.

Blackfriars, Oxford, is a Priory of the Dominican Province of England, which means that the mission of the Dominican friars in Oxford is part of the mission of the Province.

To find out about the work of the Dominican friars in Oxford and in the Province of England, please use the menu on the left hand side.

News & Events

17th Oct
Register now for the 7th Anscombe Memorial Lecture

Cardinal Willem Jacobus Eijk, Archbishop of Utrecht
'Is Medicine Losing its Way? A firm foundation for medicine as a real therapeia'

15th Oct
Matriculation Michaelmas Term 2016

Congratulations to our new students who matriculated on Saturday.

10th Oct
Honorary Fellow of Blackfriars appointed as a Cardinal

On Sunday 9th October, Pope Francis appointed His Excellency The Most Reverend Joseph Tobin CSsR, Archbishop of Indianapolis, as one of seventeen new...

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