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Requiem for Fr David Sanders OP

Of your charity, please pray for the soul of our brother, David Sanders, who departed this life on Monday 30 March in the eighty-first year of his age, the fifty-third year of his Religious Profession, and the forty-eighth year of his priesthood. On the morning of 30 March, learning that his condition was deteriorating, the...

Spiritual Resources for the Time of Isolation

O God, who willed that our infirmities be borne by your Only Begotten Son to show the value of human suffering, listen in kindness to our prayers for our brothers and sisters who are sick; grant that all who are oppressed by pain, distress or other afflictions may know that they are chosen among those...

Online Streaming of Mass

The Sunday Mass at Blackfriars will be live-streamed at 9.30 am from Sunday 29 March onwards until further notice. Weekday Masses will be broadcast at 7.30 am (Monday to Friday) and 8.30 am (Saturday). Please pray for each other and for the friars at this difficult time. Go to YouTube for streaming. Go to our...

Coronavirus: All Public Worship Suspended

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has announced today, 18 March 2020, that all public liturgies (including Mass) will cease from Friday evening, 20th March 2020 . The obligation for the faithful to attend Holy Mass on a Sunday or Holy day of Obligation is also removed, until further notice. We will publish...

Photo Competition – all invited to take part

Blackfriars now has a shiny new annexe building, but lots of blank walls, so we are planning to fill some of the common areas with photos showing the life of Blackfriars. Among these we want to include some photos taken by our friends, past and present, so enter our simple competition and your photo could...

Coronavirus Precautions

For Members of our Congregation On 9 March the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales implemented stage 2 of its advice for parishes on managing Coronavirus. Although Blackfriars is not a parish we have decided to implement this advice at Blackfriars. Essentially this advice requires four main changes to current liturgical practice at Blackfriars.  We...

Alumni Profile – Alex Norman (2005-2009)

Following the recent launch of his new biography of the Dalai Lama at Blackfriars, we caught up with alumnus Alexander Norman and asked him about his fascinating life and his time studying with us. How did you come to study at Blackfriars, Oxford? I suppose it could be said to have begun with the Dalai...

Profession of Br Gabriel Theis, OP

At the Conventual Mass on the Second Sunday of Lent, Fr Robert Gay, OP, prior of our community, received the renewal of Simple Profession of Br Gabriel Theis, OP. Br Gabriel is a student brother of the province of Southern Germany and Austria, who is studying in the Studium for a year to begin his...

Aquinas Colloquium

On Saturday the Aquinas Institute hosted its annual Aquinas Colloquium, this year entitled From Aristotle & Aquinas to Evolution, Quantum Mechanics and Neuroscience. Participants from a range of backgrounds came to hear papers from Prof William Carroll; Dr Stephen Boulter; Prof Robert Koons; and Dr Daniel De Haan. Recordings of the lectures are available on...

Blackfriars Alumnus Launches Acclaimed Dalai Lama Biography

Alexander Norman (2005–09) has written the first authoritative biography of the Dalai Lama, one of the most influential religious figures of the last fifty years. His biography is based on a long-standing collaboration with the Dalai Lama since he first interviewed him for the Spectator in 1993, prior to his first visit to England. Since...