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Aquinas and Evolution – and Other Exciting Research

Fr Richard Conrad OP, Director of the Aquinas Institute, explains some of the research it currently promotes – aiming to contribute to the conversation between Faith and Science, and commend the Christian concept of human dignity. Some Christians are anxious that the Theory of Evolution offers an alternative to God’s providential design. But Aquinas helps...

Christmas Mass and Office Schedule

The prior and community at Blackfriars wish you all a Merry Christmas. All are most welcome to join us for Holy Mass and the Divine Office over these special days, but please be aware that our service times are not always at the usual times. Fourth Sunday of Advent, Sunday 23 December Low Mass, 8am;...

Ordinations in the Netherlands

  Student brothers from the priory travelled to Rotterdam for the ordination of Fr Richard Steenvoorde, OP and Br Stefan Mangnus, OP. Both Fr Richard and Br Stefan completed some of their formation in the priory. Fr Richard completed his STB in the Studium before embarking on an MPhil as a student of the Hall....

Congratulations to our new Graduates

Many congratulations to our students who graduated on a very rainy Saturday. The Regent and fellows wish them all the very best for the future. Ms Paulina Lenik MSt Diplomatic Studies      currently a researcher on the Fatigue Project at UCL Br Isaac Wharton OP MSt Theology   in formation at the Dominican Priory in Oxford Mr Paul...

Blackfriars Hall to Accept Students for Graduate English Degrees

Blackfriars Hall is delighted to announce that it will admit students reading English from 2019–20 entry (i.e. the current admissions cycle). The English Faculty at the University of Oxford is one of the best in the world, and the Regent and fellows of Blackfriars are very much looking forward to welcoming English students into the...

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....

New Blackfriars Website Launched Ready for 800th Anniversary

In 2021, the Dominican Friars at Blackfriars, Oxford, will be celebrating 800 years since their first arrival in Oxford. This significant anniversary reminds of the great influence the friars had on the early development of Oxford University, and it will be an occasion to publicise their current wide-ranging mission. This month, Blackfriars launched a new website to...

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.