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Solferino 21

This year is the 160th anniversary of the publication of Henri Dunant’s seminal humanitarian text A Memory of Solferino in 1862. Dunant’s powerful book famously inspired the launch the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and the First Geneva Convention of 1864. To mark the anniversary, Hugo Slim, our Senior Research Fellow at the...

Emerging Scholars’ Workshop

Applications are open for the Aquinas Institute's Inaugural Workshop for Emerging Scholars in Spring 2022.

Christmas Mass Times

The prior and community of Blackfriars wish you and your loved ones a very happy and blessed Christmas. Christmas Eve – 24 December 7.05am – Lauds; 7.30am – Mass; 1.05pm Office of Readings and Sext; 3pm Crib Service. 6pm – First Vespers of Christmas Day. Note that there is no Vigil Mass. 9pm – Office...

2021 Appeal – Target achieved!

We are delighted to announce that our goal of £31,250 has been reached, doubled by our benefactor’s matched funding to £62,500! On behalf of the scholars who will benefit from your generosity, thanks so much to all who donated! While the matched funding has now been used up, we welcome any further donations for scholarships...

A Visit to the Top of the Tower

Richard Brown, the Development Director, reports on the progress of the current works on the priory. Thanks to an invitation from the Prior, today I made a fascinating visit to the restoration works at Blackfriars, guided by the site manager Neil. In bright sunshine, he led me up many ladders and along wooden walkways covered...

Jubilee Appeal: Support Our Scholars!

Blackfriars Hall attracts many outstanding students who want to pursue studies here – studies that can unlock their potential to do good in the world! Yet there are many who have to abandon their studies at Blackfriars – or can never begin them – as they struggle to find funding. In this new video, current...

Revised Church Opening Times

As we move further out of lockdown, the community are gradually opening the priory church for public worship. Since we moved out of lockdown earlier in the summer, the community have been working on plans to gradually open up the priory and church to the public. This has been done slowly to ensure that we...

New Blackfriars – Special Jubilee Issue

To mark the 800th anniversary of the arrival of Dominican friars in England, the September 2021 issue of New Blackfriars will be a special one dealing with various aspects of the life, history, and thought of English Dominicans. The contents of the issue are as follows. Brian Davies OP – Introduction Timothy Radcliffe OP –...

Blackfriars’ 800th Birthday

On 15th August, we will be celebrating exactly 800 years since the foundation of the first Oxford priory in 1221, and 100 years since the foundation of the current priory! As a central focus for the various events happening around our Province to celebrate this Jubilee Year (running till summer 2022), we have set up...

Moving out of Lockdown

At the Chapter meeting the community discussed the implementation of the latest guidelines from the bishops about Liturgy during this phase of the pandemic. We have decided to move fairly cautiously because of requests to maintain some social distancing and mask wearing, and also because of the size of the church. The first thing you...