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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Br Joseph's Solemn Vows

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Please pray for our brother, Joseph Bailham, OP, who made Solemn Profession last Friday here in Oxford. He made profession directly to the Master of the Order who was here on visitation. Pray for him, that God who has begun this good work may bring it to perfection; and please continue to pray for those in formation, and for vocations to our province. Read more

New Term, New Series

Monday, January 15, 2018

Our Christmas break is over now, and so we start a new series for the coming term on the eight traditional Doctors of the Church: four from the West (Gregory, Ambrose, Augustine, and Jerome) and four from the East (John Chrysostom, Basil the Great, Gregory Nazianzen, and Athanasius). Each week the student brothers will give a short biography of the saint, as well as hopefully giving some kind of idea about their theology. 2018 also marks the sixtieth anniversary of the death of Pope Pius XII, and so throughout the year we’ll be producing a more informal series looking at the teaching documents of Pius XII. His encyclical letters tend to be quite short and he wrote on almost everything from ecclesiology to marriage. Read more

The 2016-2017 Godzdogz team

Monday, October 10, 2016

A new academic year dawns, which also means new additions to the Godzdogz team.   Read more

Golden Jubilee celebrations in Oxford

Friday, September 30, 2016

On Thursday evening, the brethren of the priory in Oxford celebrated the golden jubilee of profession of brothers David Sanders (until very recently, the Student Master), Simon Tugwell, and Timothy Radcliffe. Read more

Solemn Professions 2016

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Yesterday in Oxford the English Province witnessed and celebrated the solemn professions of four of our brothers (and all contributors to Godzdogz): Toby Lees, Luke Doherty, Samuel Burke, and Jordan Scott. Read more

First Profession 2016

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Yesterday the English Province of the Order of Preachers celebrated the first profession of our brother, Albert Robertson, who has now completed his noviciate, and will move to Oxford imminently to settle in before the full swing of academic studies begins. Please keep brother Albert in your prayers, and for the six men who intend to begin the noviciate in early September. Read more

6th Anscombe Memorial Lecture - Joseph Boyle

Friday, October 16, 2015

On 11 September, MPs in Westminster voted to reject the Assisted Dying (No.2) Bill by a majority of 330 votes to 118. 

The legislation was criticised for failing to safeguard vulnerable people, who might feel pressured to end their life, and evidence was heard from states that have already allowed physician-assisted suicide or euthanasia.

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New Godzdogz Team

Monday, October 12, 2015

At the beginning of a new Academic term, Godzdogz is proud to announce a new team! Blackfriars, Oxford welcomes two new members to the Studentate both of whom will contribute to our blog: Br. Christopher Wetzel from the Province of Most Holy Name of Jesus (Western Province of the US), and Br. Stefan Mangnus who joins us from the Dutch province. Read more

Walsingham Pilgrimage 2015

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Each year the Dominican brethren, sisters, laity, and faithful, who are associated with our communities, make pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. This year was no exception. Events like this annual pilgrimage are a wonderful opportunity for the Dominican family from across the country to meet together in prayer and fellowship. Read more

The Lost Knowledge of Christ – new book by Dominic White OP

Monday, May 11, 2015

Congratulations to our brother, Fr Dominic White OP, who has just published The Lost Knowledge of Christ: Contemporary Spiritualities, Christian Cosmology and the Arts (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2015) Read more

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