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New Director for Aquinas Institute

After seven years as Director of the Aquinas Institute, Fr Richard Conrad, OP, has retired to allow more time for research and teaching. During Fr Richard’s tenure as Director, and building on the work of the previous Directors, the Institute has grown in prominence and importance as an internationally-renowned centre for research in Thomistic philosophy...

‘New Blackfriars’ Scholarship Winner Announced

Many congratulations to April Wu, winner of the New Blackfriars Scholarship for 2020. April joins Blackfriars as a MSc student in Social Anthropology. She holds a first-class BA in Music from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and her undergraduate dissertation explores the music of late Schubert in light of Husserlian phenomenology, temporality, and early 19th-century aesthetics. April’s...

New Academic Year

Arrivals and Farewells As well as the new arrivals for this coming academic year, a number of the brethren have left the community for other assignations. Fr John Farrell, OP has been reassigned to Leicester having completed a four year term as Master of Students. Fr Richard Ounsworth, OP having ended his work as Provincial...

Blackfriars photo competition winners

We are pleased to announce the winners whose photos will be displayed in Blackfriars’ new annexe building. The judges greatly enjoyed looking at the entries, and chose three fresh images of Blackfriars by two entrants from Poland and Brazil, Ewa Szczepaniak and Rodrigo Gastalho Moreira. The winners’ photos will be printed on canvas blocks and...

Christian Shakespeare: Question Mark – in Lockdown

It seems a life-time away, but in a pre-social-distancing-era we held our last talk of Hilary Term 2020, which included a round-table discussion and a lecture by the Right Revd Dr Rowan Williams (Magdalene College, Cambridge). As such, we’re delighted to share with you the videos from that event. Round-table discussion video with speakers from...

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...

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...

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...

Blackfriars Fundraising Reaches £1/4 million

A significant legacy, a grant from a local trust, and very generous individual giving have allowed Blackfriars to make good progress in the first three months of its fundraising campaign. The campaign, which is seeking funds to invest in the future of Blackfriars, is off to a healthy start according to Development Director, Richard Brown:...

Christian Shakespeare: Question Mark – the story so far!

For this academic year (2019-20), the Las Casas Institute for Social Justice, in collaboration with Georgetown University, has been holding a series of talks on ‘Christian Shakespeare: Question Mark’ as part of The Future of the Humanities Project and The Humanities Initiative. The Senior Dean of Blackfriars Professor Michael Scott is the convenor of the series together with...