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Godzdogz

The blog of the Dominican student brothers at Blackfriars, Oxford.

Built on the four pillars of our Dominican life – preaching, prayer, study, and community – Godzdogz offers many resources for exploring the Catholic Faith today.
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Book launch

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Yesterday, Blackfriars Hall hosted the book launch of two publications by Dominican friars of the Province of England.  Read more

The beginning of a new academic year

Friday, October 09, 2015

On Thursday 8th October the Dominican brethren and students of Blackfriars Hall and Studium celebrated a votive Mass of the Holy Spirit with Vespers to mark the beginning of the new academic year.  Read more

Academic Mass 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

Ordination of Fr Nicholas Crowe, O.P.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

After seven years of education and life in the Dominican Order, our Brother Nicholas Crowe was ordained Priest last Saturday July 5th  Read more

Blackfriars Overseas Aid Trust (BOAT) – AGM 2014

Wednesday, May 07, 2014
The Christian gospel is not just something which affects our personal and family lives. It also sends us out into the world to bring healing and hope. Charitable giving should be a central plank in our spiritual lives as a 'corporal work of mercy' (along with prayer and fasting). As Pope Francis never ceases to remind us, we are in solidarity with the poor; we cannot stand aloof and think that another person's suffering is not our problem. Of course, we cannot help everyone all the time, but we must do what we can. Read more

Easter Services 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014

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End of year events at Blackfriars

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
The end of the academic year is always greeted with a panoply of parties at Blackfriars. Here are some of the highlights. Read more

Aquinas Lecture, 2013: Matthew Levering - 'Aquinas & the Gospel'

Thursday, January 31, 2013
On 30th January Blackfriars held its annual Aquinas Lecture. This year the speaker was Matthew Levering, Professor of Religious Studies at Dayton University, USA. He spoke to a packed hall on the subject of ‘Aquinas and the Gospel’, specifically ‘The Pauline Gospel According to Aquinas’. His major source was the commentary by St Thomas on the letter to the Romans, and he focused on the detailed commentary made by Aquinas on the first three verses of the letter. Read more

God Matters?

Monday, January 14, 2013
Readers in striking distance of Oxford are warmly invited to join us for a series of talks exploring some of the challenging questions that non-believers sometimes put to people of faith. The talks - which will be given by a number of Dominicans, including Godzdogz's own Br Andrew Brookes - are free, and will take place on six consecutive Tuesdays at 8pm, starting on February 5th. The evenings will include an opportunity for open discussion and questions (as well as some refreshments: Dominicans believe in feeding mind and body!). Read more

Blackfriars, Canterbury

Sunday, January 13, 2013
Canterbury is in some ways the religious heart of England. That was certainly the case when the first Dominican friars arrived on these shores in 1221, the year of St Dominic's death. Yet they did not stay to found their first priory in the city of Augustine, Anselm and Thomas à Becket. They preached before Archbishop Stephen Langton, then made haste to London, the political capital. Again they moved on and did not stop until they came to Oxford, the (then) intellectual capital. Right from the start, we Dominicans have always been attracted to university centres, where our commitment to study and preaching can bear great fruit. Read more
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