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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - Christian Unity in the First Millennium

Friday, January 20, 2012
When we talk about divisions among Christians, it’s all too easy to suggest that everything was just great until 1054, when there was the schism with the Eastern Orthodox Churches, and then there was a further split in the West at the Reformation, and all our problems stem from those two events. Leaving aside the question of whether 1054 is really the date when East and West definitively split, this schema overlooks the struggles to maintain the unity of the Church, some more successful than others, that went on throughout the first millennium. Read more

Fruits of Study 2: Why Do We Have a Clergy?

Thursday, September 01, 2011
The presence of clerics within the Catholic Church is, to many critics, inside and outside the Church, a problem and stumbling block. From the outside the Roman Catholic Church can seem like a “notoriously clerical affair”. It is often perceived that having a ‘clerical class’ amongst the people of God, acting as “rulers of God’s people”, is in direct opposition to Christ’s call for his followers to be characterized by profound humility. However to understand the need for bishops, priests and deacons within the Church, one must start by showing that the clergy was divinely established by Christ and present within the Apostolic Church. Read more

Fruits of Study: Introduction

Friday, August 26, 2011
Study plays a central part in Dominican life, and informs all our writing and preaching, so that it could all be called the fruit of our study. Read more

Thinking Faith and the Grand Design

Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Last week Brother Robert Verrill attended the Thinking Faith week at Boarbank Hall and he gave a talk about Stephen Hawking’s latest book ‘the Grand Design.’ Here is a summary of his talk. Read more

Aquinas Colloquium, Blackfriars, Oxford

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Artefacts from the Provincial Archives

Thursday, February 03, 2011
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If Love it is ... Aquinas Lecture 2011

Sunday, January 30, 2011
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St Thomas Tweets

Saturday, July 17, 2010
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Dominican Family Day 2010

Friday, July 02, 2010

A-Z of the Mass - He Placed Himself in the Order of Signs

Thursday, July 01, 2010
During the summer months we will be offering an A-Z of the Mass, a series of reflections on different aspects and moments of the Mass. Here we give a general introduction to the sacramental system which is at the heart of the Catholic faith. Read more
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