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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.

St Athanasius was an impassioned theologian of the Incarnation of the divine Logos. How does his theology illumine Our Lord's

As he is on the road to Damascus, God intervenes dramatically in St Paul's life. It might make one wonder:

About the retreat Advent is a time of waiting for the Lord. St Bernard taught that we ought not to think

Jesus rebukes the lawyers for taking away the 'key of knowledge'. How might this rebuke help students, particularly Dominican ones,

The martyrs teach us to fix our gaze on the cross, for it is there that we learn how to

St Timothy was one of the first to hear the Gospel preached by St Paul, and went on to become

In today's Gospel, Jesus laments over the city of Jerusalem, with words that are striking for their maternal imagery. The

Christ's knowing and loving is key to how we understand his act of washing the disciples' feet. In today's Gospel

Christ poses a demanding question to his disciples in today's Gospel, the answer to which defines the identity of every

We know very little about Sts Simon and Jude, despite their significance as apostles of the Church chosen by Christ.

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

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