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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...

Thank you! The 2018 Hardship Fund Appeal Results are in

A huge thank-you to all those who contributed generously to our first ever annual appeal! It means we can offer a greater level of support to Blackfriars students who are experiencing financial pressures. Pictured above are members of the Blackfriars JCR/MCR expressing their thanks for your support. £ 1,718 raised this year  Around half of...

Alumni Profile – Brenden Thompson (2014-2016)

Recent Blackfriars alumnus Brenden Thompson talks of his time at Blackfriars and how it has been (and continues to be) a profound influence on his life. 1. How did you come to study at Blackfriars, Oxford? I love studying theology. My background was originally in youth ministry and began my life of study by completing...

Alumni Weekend in Rome – March 2018

Booking for the upcoming Alumni Weekend in Rome is now open. Events include numerous options of city tours. Saturday will begin with the Vice-Chancellor’s Address and Q&A and ends with Gala Dinner and Reception in the evening. Brunch at the Ambassador’s Residence on Sunday Full programme available on Oxford Alumni website. To book your place,...

Alumni Event 2017 Report with Pictures

A packed lecture on the Second Coming, and a delightful alumni dinner. Blackfriars participated once again in the Oxford University alumni weekend, a packed three days of varied and intriguing talks and cultural activities for former Oxford students. On Saturday afternoon, Fr Richard Ounsworth OP delivered an entertaining and thought-provoking explanation, to alumni from across...

Goodies for the Leavers

We sadly bid farewell to our 2017 leavers, but send them on their way with a little gift. For the first time ever, Oxford University alumni cards were given out within each college or hall, so we in the Alumni and Development Office used the opportunity to say a proper farewell to each leaver and...

2017 Oxford in North America Events

Good news for any of our alumni who matriculated through Oxford University: there will be three alumni events organised by the University this April in Los Angeles, Palo Alto (Silicon Valley) and New York. Some invitations have already been sent out directly from the University. Tuesday 4 April, Los Angeles, CA Drinks reception for all...

Blackfriars Honorary Fellow Appointed Cardinal

On Sunday 9th October, Pope Francis appointed His Excellency The Most Reverend Joseph Tobin CSsR, Archbishop of Indianapolis, as one of seventeen new Cardinals. Archbishop Joseph, who was born in Detroit, was ordained Priest in 1978. Following parish ministry, he was elected General Consultor of the Redemptorist Fathers in 1991, becoming Superior General six years...

Blackfriars Alumni Event 2016 – a joyful gathering

Blackfriars alumni and their guests assembled on Saturday 17 September for a very enjoyable dinner in the Refectory of the priory. Most of the Oxford-based friars joined our guests, and included the present and two former Regents of Blackfriars Hall (the latter being Frs Richard Finn and Simon Tugwell, both newly returned to Oxford). We...