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Warm Welcome to Our New Students!

 This year Blackfriars welcomes 19 new students, from 13 different countries, to study for Oxford University degrees. Our Dean of Degrees, Fr. Richard Ounsworth OP (pictured), was delighted to present our new students at matriculation, the ceremony that formally admits students to the university. Blackfriars wishes them every success in their studies.   Picture Credit: Fr....

Alumni Profile – Thomas Reilly (2008-2012)

How did you come to study at Blackfriars, Oxford? I first encountered Blackfriars when I took part in the Visiting Student Program for my Junior Year at Providence College, Rhode Island, USA.  I studied Classics, and there really was no better place to be than Blackfriars, particularly considering its close proximity to the Sackler Library!...

Alumni Weekend Report

Our alumni weekend this year welcomed the distinguished Theologian of the Papal Household, Rev Dr Wojciech Giertych OP, who gave a lecture in the afternoon and an after-dinner speech for Blackfriars alumni in the evening. The Humility of Faith and the Dignity of Reason The afternoon lecture was Blackfriars’ contribution to the wider Oxford Alumni...

New Study Guide on Catholic Liturgy

SCM are publishing a Study Guide on Catholic Liturgy: https://scmpress.hymnsam.co.uk/books/9780334056621/scm-studyguide-catholic-liturgy . This contains two chapters by the Director of the Aquinas Institute, on Catholic Sacramental Theology and on the Theology of the Eucharist. Both draw heavily on Aquinas’ teaching.

Freedom of Conscience

The Aquinas Institute and Las Casas Institute have been collaborating on questions of Human Dignity. One strand of research concerns the nature, rights and responsibilities of conscience. A workshop on “Promoting a Responsible and Free Conscience in Today’s Society”, also sponsored by the Anscombe Centre, Oxford, and the Eleanor H McCullen Centre for Law, Religion and...

Thomistic Evolution

A team of Dominican scholars in the USA has established the Thomistic Evolution Project: https://www.thomisticevolution.org/. The Theory of Evolution raises important questions about the relationship between religion and science. The Aquinas Institute shares the conviction of the members of the Project that Aquinas’ account of human nature can be brought into fruitful conversation with recent...

Thomas Aquinas in China

Following a successful Workshop on Thomas Aquinas and Medieval Philosophy at Wuhan University in November 2016, Dr William Carroll, a member of the Institute, and Prof Tianyue Wu are organising a Workshop on Medieval Philosophy and the Modern World to be held at Peking University from 12-14 April 2019. This will be jointly sponsored by...

New Postgraduate Scholarship in Theology and Art

Thanks to the generosity of a benefactor, Blackfriars Hall is pleased to offer, in partnership with the Oxford University Faculty of Theology and Religion, a new three-year scholarship for postgraduate preparing a doctoral dissertation in the field of Theology and Art. Full Details

Anscombe Memorial Lecture 2018

The Anscombe Memorial Lecture is an annual lecture held in honour of the philosopher G.E.M. Anscombe. It is co-sponsored by the Anscombe Bioethics Centre and Blackfriars Hall. This year’s lecture will be delivered by Prof. Patricia Casey, Professor of Psychiatry at University College Dublin, on ‘Ethical Issues in Psychiatric Diagnosis‘. Date & Time: Friday, 6...

New Liturgy Timetable

New Timetable from Monday 4th September 2017 The Chapter of the Dominican Community of Blackfriars Oxford has voted to adopt a new horary (timetable) from 4th September 2017:   Monday to Friday  7:05am Lauds 7:30am Conventual Mass 1:05pm Office of Readings and Midday Prayer 6:15pm Mass 6:45pm Vespers Saturday 8:05am Lauds 8:30am Conventual Mass 1:05pm Office...