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Teaching Staff

Fr Simon Francis Gaine OP - Regent of Studies

Fr Simon is the Regent of Blackfriars Studium. He teaches a wide range of courses in dogmatic and fundamental theology.  He studied theology at Oxford, and completed his doctorate in modern Catholic theology before joining the Dominican Order in 1995. He is the author of Will There Be Free Will in Heaven? (2003).

Fr David Goodill OP - Vice Regent

Fr David Goodill is Vice-Regent of Blackfriars Studium. He studied Philosophy in Cambridge and Manchester before joining the Dominican Order in 1997. He has a license in theology from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and teaches moral theology and philosophy in the Studium.

Fr Robert Gay OP - Studium Bursar

Fr Robert joined the Dominicans in 2004 after completing his PhD in cell signalling and physiology at the University of Glasgow. He is responsible for the financial administration of the Studium, and teaches bioethics. He is currently writing a thesis on the ethics of tube feeding of patients in a persistent vegetative state.

Fr John O'Connor OP - Secretary of Studies

Fr John O'Connor completed his DPhil in material science at Oxford before joining the Dominicans in 1997. He is currently Prior of Blackfriars, and is carrying out research in moral philosophy. He teaches pastoral theology in the Studium.

Fr Richard J Ounsworth OP

Fr Richard teaches scirpture and  New Testament Greek at Blackfriars Studium. He studied theology at Oxford at both undergraduate and graduate level. His book, Joshua Typology in the New Testament, (2012), is the fruit of his doctoral research.

Fr Richard Conrad OP

Fr Richard teaches dogmatic and sacramental theology in the Studium. Before joining the Dominicans in 1979, he completed a PhD in chemistry at the University of Cambridge. He holds a licence in dogmatic theology from the Angelicum in Rome, and is the author of The Catholic Faith.

Fr Peter Hunter OP

Fr Peter teaches philosophy in the Studium. He studied mathematics in Cambridge, and philosophy and theology at Oxford, before obtaining a doctrorate in philosophy from King's College, London. His current interests include the relationship between science and religion. Fr Peter is also Chaplain of the Studium. 

Fr Richard Finn OP

Fr Richard is a member of the Theology Faculty and the Classics Faculty of Oxford University and teaches Augustine, patristics and church history. He was formerly Regent of Blackfriars Studium, and is now Novice Master for the English Dominicans.He is the author of Almsgiving in the Later Roman Empire, (2006), and of Asceticism in the Greco-Roman World (2009).

Sr Ann Catherine Swailes OP

Sr Ann Catherine teaches ecclesiology at the Studium. She is currently Chaplaincy Assistant at Fisher House, Cambridge.

Fr Martin Ganeri OP

Fr Martin is Prior of Blackfriars, Cambridge. As well as teaching world religions in the Studium, he is lecturer in theology at Heythrop College, University of London and Director of the Centre for Christianity and Interreligious Dialogue, Heythrop College. His main areas of teaching and research are Catholic approaches to other religions, world Christianity and Asian religions.

Fr Carsten Barwasser OP

Fr. Carsten Barwasser teaches dogmatic and fundamental theology in the studium. He is a member of the German province of the Dominican Order and he obtained a doctorate in theology at the University of Münster, Germany. His main interests in theology include the work of Edward Schillebeeckx OP, the question of theology as a science, and the history of secularization. 


Fr David Sanders OP

Fr David  was for many years a member of the Divinity Faculty of Cambridge University. He teaches New Testament in the Studium. His interests include adult education, liberation theology, and religious formation. He is currently Master of Students of the English Province.

Stephen Priest

Stephen Priest teaches Philosophy in the Studium. Stephen Priest is Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy at Blackfriars Hall. He is a member of the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Oxford and a member of Wolfson College, Oxford and Hughes Hall, Cambridge. He is the author of The British Empiricists (2007), Theories of the Mind (1991), Merleau-Ponty (2003) and The Subject in Question (2000). He is editor of Hegel's Critique of Kant (1987), Jean-Paul Sartre: Basic Writings (2001) and co-editor (with Antony Flew) of A Dictionary of Philosophy (2002). He has also authored a number of ebooks. Stephen Priest has lectured widely in universities in Britain, the United States and Europe and his writing has been translated into Spanish, Russian, Macedonian, Dutch, Japanese and Korean. 

Fr Bob Ombres OP

Fr Bob teaches canon law and moral theology in the Studium. He is a canon lawyer with wide academic and practical experience, who currently also teaches in the faculty of canon law of the Pontifical University of St Thomas in Rome.

Fr Aidan Nichols OP

Fr Aidan is well known as the author of many books, covering a wide range of theological topics. He teaches dogmatic theology at the Studium. In 2003, the Master of the Order conferred on him the degree of Sacrae Theologiae Magister, in recognition of his contribution to theology. 

Fr Dominic Ryan OP

Fr Dominic teaches a range of theological and phiosophical topics at the Studium. He is currently completing his PhD at the University of Cambridge, and is chaplain to the Royal Free Hospital, London. 

Fr Neil Ferguson OP

Fr Neil teaches Church history and New Testament at Blackfriars Studium. He has on two acassions been visiting lecturer in New Testament at the Centro de Estudios de Teología y Filosofía de la Orden de Predicadores (CEOP) in Buenos Aires, and taught at Allen Hall seminary, London.  

Alison Samuels

Alison Samuels teaches Plato and Ancient Philosophy at the Studium. She previously taught classics at various schools, and now also teaches Latin at the Department for Continuing Education at Oxford University and the Open University. 

Abbot Geoffrey Scott OSB

Abbot Geoffery Scott is Abbot of Douai Abbery, Berkshire. He teaches Church history at Blackfriars Studium and St John's Seminary, Wonersh. 

Cyril Chilson

Cyril Chilson teaches Hebrew and patristics in the Studium. He has a wide range of interests in early Church history, dogmatic and mystical theology. He is currently completing his DPhil at Oxford University.

Peter Róna

Peter Róna was born in Hungary, moved to America in 1956, and obtained an Honours degree from the University of Pennsylvania berfore further studies with a First Class Honours degree at University College, Oxford. After a distinguished career in America, where he became the President of Schroders, he returned to Hungary and served as the CEO of the First Hungary Fund, from which he retired in 2003. Between 2003 and 2010 he taught at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest. In 2010 he was appointed to the Supervisory Board of the Central Bank of Hungary.

News & Events

28th Jul
Appeal for Blackfriars Fabric Fund: Emergency Repairs to Our Church

An appeal for the Blackfriars Fabric Fund has been launched because of the need for emergency repairs to the priory church at Blackfriars.

28th Jul
Graduations 27th July 2015

On Monday 27th July nine students, from seven different countries graduated.

14th Jul
Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law - Summer School 2015

Blackfriars Hall been hosting our IHRL students for their annual Summer School.

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