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Aquinas on Christ – Online Conference

The English Dominican Congregation of St Catherine of Siena, a religious community of apostolic Dominican Sisters have an online course featuring Fr Simon Gaine, OP, on Christ’s beatific vision, and Fr John Emery, a great friend of our community in Oxford, on Christ’s charity in his passion. Find out more in the poster below.

Church Closed Saturday 4 July

A reminder that this coming Saturday (4 July) the church will not open for private prayer owing to the ordination of Br Joseph at 12noon. Please pray for Br Joseph as he prepares for his ordination. Almighty ever-living God, by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church is sanctified and governed, hear our humble...

Reopening of the Priory Church

Private Prayer The priory church will be open on Saturdays between 10am and 12noon. This change is to better facilitate the public celebration of Holy Mass. This has been made possible by the generous help of our congregation, who will be marshalling and stewarding the church while it is open. There are a number of procedures...

New Regent Announced

Following the Provincial Chapter of the English Province back in March, the provincial has now confirmed the appointment of the Very Revd Dr John O’Connor, OP as the Regent of the Hall and Studium. Fr John O’Connor grew up in Co Galway in Ireland and studied studied Electronic Engineering at NUIG, and completed a doctorate...

New Vice-Regent Announced

The provincial has confirmed the appointment of Rev Dr Bruno Clifton OP as Vice-Regent of Blackfriars Hall and Studium. Fr Bruno entered the Order in 2002 and was ordained to the priesthood in 2008 serving in our House in Edinburgh. In 2010, Fr Bruno moved to Rome to complete a Licence in Sacred Scripture at...

The Bede Jarrett Scholarship for Women in Theology

Blackfriars Hall is offering a one-year scholarship of £15,000 per annum towards fees and maintenance, to a doctoral student in the Faculty of Theology and Religion. This award has been created through generous donations to the campaign that commemorates the 800th Anniversary of the founding of Blackfriars in Oxford, and aims to support and encourage...

Happy Pentecost!

Dear Friends, I hope that you are all still safe and well, and that the confinement is a time not only of trial, but also of blessing and graces from God. Good News I’d like to start by sharing the very good news that Fr Richard Finn has now tested negative for Coronavirus, and has...

Aquinas Institute Collaboration

The director of the Aquinas Institute, Fr Richard Conrad, OP, has, along with some of the other brethren based in Oxford, worked on a collaboration with iAquinas to produce some introductory videos on St Thomas. The first ten of these have now been released focusing on the Prima Secundae, on questions of habit and virtues....

New Podcasts & Online Lectures

With the start of Trinity Term, not only was our Liturgy online, but the Hall and Studium had to move to online teaching. As with so many others around the world, this has been something of a headache, getting used to online teaching and online learning. But the silver lining to this cloud has been...

Anniversary of the Dedication of the Priory Church

On Wednesday 20 May, the Dominican community will celebrate the anniversary of the Dedication of the Priory Church. Fr Richard Finn, OP, who is writing a history of the province, tells us about the day of the consecration in 1929. The Arrival of the New Community On Friday May 17th 1929 a party of seventeen Dominican...