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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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Newman and the New Evangelisation: a lecture by Bishop Robert Barron

Friday, October 18, 2019

By Br John Bernard Church | Bishop Robert Barron, auxiliary Bishop in Los Angeles and founder of Word on Fire, spoke in Newman’s old parish, the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, on 16th October, a few days after Newman's canonisation. Taking as his focus The Grammar of Assent, Bishop Barron presented Newman’s understanding of the conscience and the illative sense as vital to the work of evangelisation today. Read more

Bella Italia

Saturday, October 12, 2019

By Br Joseph Bailham, O.P. | From the summer of 2018 to the summer of 2019, Br Joseph Bailham, O.P., spent one year away from Oxford studying and living in the Italian city of Bologna, home to the relics of our Holy Father, St Dominic. He reflects on what turned out to be a year full of blessings. Read more

Saints and Study

Thursday, June 27, 2019

By Br Vincent Antony Löning | As the academic year comes to a close for the student brothers, here are a few thoughts that have come to me throughout the course of this year. Study is an essential part of our Dominican life—and this is particularly obvious for those of us currently being formed for the priesthood. But that study can never be disconnected from our prayer. Read more

What we've been reading

Sunday, June 16, 2019
As the end of term approaches, the student brothers comment on their latest literary pursuits.

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What is the significant life of a Dominican House of Studies?

Sunday, June 09, 2019
By Br Albert Elias Robertson What is the significant life of a Dominican House of Studies? This is the question asked by our brother Fr Cornelius Ernst, OP in his inaugural lecture as Regent of Studies in October 1966. He was speaking at a turbulent time, with the Second Vatican Council just ended, the older structures of the life had broken apart. Read more

Dominican Life: Study

Monday, May 27, 2019
By Br Albert Robertson | "So, I guess you study a lot…” is one of the more common responses when people find out I’m a Dominican. It has the advantage of being one of the more accurate ideas that people have of the life of a Dominican; I study for my formation as a priest, but also as part of the spiritual discipline of the life I’ve undertaken. Read more

The annunciation and the act of study

Friday, February 05, 2016
To study is itself an act of hope, since it expresses our confidence that there is a meaning to our lives. And this meaning comes to us as a gift, a Word of Hope promising life. There is one moment in the story of our redemption which sums up powerfully what it means to receive that gift of the good news, the Annunciation to Mary. Mary, in that meeting, that conversation with the angel, is a powerful example of what is meant by being a student.  Read more

Questions for...Nicholas Crowe OP

Thursday, November 26, 2015

couple of months ago, Brother Nicholas Crowe OP started in his role as Vocations Promoter for the English Province. In this online interview we find out about Brother Nick's current apostolate and the inspiration behind his work. Read more

Dominican Study Week: "A Vision for Life", 6-10th July

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Young adult readers of this blog are invited to attend this Summer's study week, "A Vision for Life", which will take place from 6th until 10th July 2015 at Buckfast Abbey.  Read more

Catholic Voices Training Day

Wednesday, June 04, 2014
On Saturday the Oxford community were joined by the Novices from Cambridge for a "Catholic Voices" media training day. The event was a great success! Valuable skills of effective communication were enhanced through the insights and practical exercises offered to us by the founders of Catholic Voices, Austen Ivereigh and Jack Valero.  Read more
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