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News from the SCR – Michaelmas 2016

Among the Regent’s numerous academic activities during Michaelmas Term was his attendance at the Sapientia Day: The Heart of Revelation, A Dominican Perspective, which took place in Budapest and was part of the Order’s 800th Jubilee celebrations. Fr Simon delivered a paper entitled: ‘How could the earthly Jesus have taught divine truth?’ To view more...

Students Enjoy Halloween Formal Hall

Blackfriars Hall – Halloween Formal Hall at St. Cross College Mehmet Ciftci, JCR President, writes: Continuing Blackfriars’ newly-begun tradition, some 26 JCR members donned their gowns on Thursday, 3 November, and went next door to St. Cross College for their first Formal Hall of the term. The evening began with a drinks reception at 7:30pm...

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...

The Humane Philosophy Project at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford

Dr Mikolaj Slawkowski-Rode tells us of an important new initiative which he co-founded. Main image: Ralph Weir and Mikolaj Slawkowski-Rode, HPP founders. The Humane Philosophy Project (HPP) is an international initiative which aims to revitalise the connection between contemporary philosophy, the arts and humanities, and our wider intellectual and cultural heritage. It was founded by...

Blackfriars’ Senior Research Fellow Prof Roger Scruton awarded Knighthood

Congratulations to Prof Roger Scruton on his Knighthood. A Senior Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall, Professor Roger Scruton was awarded his Knighthood in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours 2016. He said: ‘I feel grateful and encouraged to receive this honour for work that has in any case always been for me a reward in itself.’...

Alumni Profile – Delia Gallagher (1989-1996)

Blackfriars Hall graduate Delia Gallagher is CNN’s Vatican Correspondent in Rome. She reflects on her time in Oxford. I believe ours was the first class to graduate from Blackfriars Permanent Private Hall, way back in 1996. It was my second time at Blackfriars however – I had been an exchange student there in 1989 through a...

News from the JCR/MCR – Edward David, Junior Dean

Edward A. David (pictured at left) is a DPhil Candidate (Christian Ethics) and Junior Dean at Blackfriars Hall, with a role at the Saïd Business School. He fills us in on his interesting background and current research interests. 1. How did you come to study at Blackfriars? I took a winding road to Blackfriars. I...

News from the SCR – Trinity 2016

Some news from our SCR members of their recent publications and activities. Prof Sir Roger Scruton Awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours. Read more… Clare Broome Saunders Dr Broome Saunders works mainly on nineteenth-century poetry, especially women writers whose work spans the boundaries of Romanticism and Victorianism, such as Felicia Hemans, Letitia...

Blackfriars JCR and MCR news – Hilary Term 2016

Here is an update from some of the current JCR/MCR members. Helping the homeless and refugees Blackfriars’ JCR & MCR have forged links with the Companions of Malta – a student charity for the marginalised within the community which works together with various local Catholic and Anglican churches. As part of this relationship Blackfriars’ students have taken...