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Br John Bernard, raised a Catholic by an English father and Dutch mother, first encountered the Dominicans at Blackfriars while studying Classics at the University of Oxford, and entered the noviciate in 2018. An attraction to religious life initially grew out of time spent working with the Missionaries of Charity, which then crystallised into a Dominican vocation through a desire to integrate the contemplative life with preaching and study. Based on his recent reading, he looks forward to delving further into St John of the Cross and the Carmelite mystics, as well as combining his preaching vocation with a love of the outdoors.
john.church@english.op.org

Book Review | Fr Lawrence Lew OP has recently published a book of photos and meditations on the rosary, entitled

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P. | In our Gospel today we hear Jesus the lawgiver of the New Covenant deepening

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P. | This Lent, the student brothers invite you to discover those places that have

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P | The Merode Altarpiece has a curious depiction of St Joseph, the carpenter working

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P | Jesus' words in today's Gospel may appear harsh, but they elicit from the

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P | Fr Dominic White OP, resident in our Cambridge community, recently published a book

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P | What do we do when we hear the word of God? The image

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P | Are indulgences just a relic of the medieval imagination? Two articles of the Apostle's

The Beatitudes | The second of our summer series on The Beatitudes from St Matthew's Gospel. Why should mourning bring

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P | In this episode of Not Just Theologians we speak with Fr Richard Conrad OP,

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P | Talking about racism is difficult, because it is unavoidably personal and quickly creates charged conversations.

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P | A Rosary Vigil on the eve of Pentecost in the presence of the

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