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Attending Mass at Blackfriars

It’s been a real joy for us to welcome members of our congregation back to the public celebration of Holy Mass. But as things become more routine, it’s important that we continue to observe the precautions and systems that have been put in place. Please bear in mind the following when coming to Mass at...

Solemn Profession of Br Thomas Mannion, OP

On Saturday 22 August, the feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Br Thomas Mannion, OP will make Solemn Profession in the Order of Preachers. The Mass of Profession will happen with a few guests joining the community. You can follow the Mass online. Please note, the church will not be open between...

Resuming Public Mass

Dear Friends I hope you all continue to be safe and well. All of us at the Priory are fine, thank God. Survey Results Thank you to those who completed the survey about the reopening of public Masses. Over 100 responses were received. The survey indicated that almost 80% are ready to return to Mass...

Br Joseph’s Ordination

On Saturday 4 July, the feast of Bl Pier Giorgio Frassati, Br Joseph Bailham, OP was ordained to the diaconate at the hands of Philip Egan, the Bishop of Portsmouth. We are very thankful, both to Bishop Philip for agreeing to come and ordain Br Joseph, and also to His Grace Bernard Longley, the Archbishop...

Preparing for Public Masses

Dear Friends, I hope things continue well for you all. I’m writing to let you know about a few things. Opening for Private Prayer We are now open for private prayer on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays each week between 10-12 am. This is a great opportunity to be still before the Lord, and to prepare...

Aquinas on Christ – Online Conference

The English Dominican Congregation of St Catherine of Siena, a religious community of apostolic Dominican Sisters have an online course featuring Fr Simon Gaine, OP, on Christ’s beatific vision, and Fr John Emery, a great friend of our community in Oxford, on Christ’s charity in his passion. Find out more in the poster below.

Church Closed Saturday 4 July

A reminder that this coming Saturday (4 July) the church will not open for private prayer owing to the ordination of Br Joseph at 12noon. Please pray for Br Joseph as he prepares for his ordination. Almighty ever-living God, by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church is sanctified and governed, hear our humble...

Reopening of the Priory Church

Private Prayer The priory church will be open on Saturdays between 10am and 12noon. This change is to better facilitate the public celebration of Holy Mass. This has been made possible by the generous help of our congregation, who will be marshalling and stewarding the church while it is open. There are a number of procedures...

New Regent Announced

Following the Provincial Chapter of the English Province back in March, the provincial has now confirmed the appointment of the Very Revd Dr John O’Connor, OP as the Regent of the Hall and Studium. Fr John O’Connor grew up in Co Galway in Ireland and studied studied Electronic Engineering at NUIG, and completed a doctorate...

New Vice-Regent Announced

The provincial has confirmed the appointment of Rev Dr Bruno Clifton OP as Vice-Regent of Blackfriars Hall and Studium. Fr Bruno entered the Order in 2002 and was ordained to the priesthood in 2008 serving in our House in Edinburgh. In 2010, Fr Bruno moved to Rome to complete a Licence in Sacred Scripture at...