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Cakes, Candles, and Christian Art

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P | In this episode of Not Just Theologians we speak with Fr Richard Conrad OP, a dogmatic and sacramental theologian, about his interest in art - both how the preacher can use art and when the preacher becomes an artist. 

Dominican life has always encouraged a healthy eclecticism and a zeal for the peculiar; a living out of St Paul’s maxim to “take every thought captive” for Christ. Not just Theologians is a new series in which we will explore some of these peculiar pursuits and passions of the friars, to see where a mind in pursuit of truth might be led. 

In this episode, we speak with Fr Richard Conrad OP, the Director of the Aquinas Institute and a dogmatic and sacramental theologian, about his interest in art of various kinds, both how the preacher can use art and when the preacher becomes an artist. The latter section features some spectacular baking…



There is also some bonus material, in which Fr Richard talks us through one of his favourite paintings:


Br John Bernard Church O.P.

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



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