New Blackfriars Website Launched Ready for 800th Anniversary

New Blackfriars Website Launched Ready for 800th Anniversary

In 2021, the Dominican Friars at Blackfriars, Oxford, will be celebrating 800 years since their first arrival in Oxford.

This significant anniversary reminds of the great influence the friars had on the early development of Oxford University, and it will be an occasion to publicise their current wide-ranging mission.

This month, Blackfriars launched a new website to showcase this mission, displaying its identity as a religious house, an Oxford University private hall, a centre for training clergy, and a popular place of worship.

The website’s new features include a visual tour and an online resource section with an extensive selection of videos.

The Prior, Fr Robert Gay OP, said,

“This new website helps introduce our life and our mission in Oxford in a way which is both attractive and sensitive to the needs of the user. It is an ideal way to showcase the life of the Priory, Hall and Studium as we work towards celebrating the 800th anniversary of our arrival in the city.”


The Regent, Fr Simon Francis Gaine OP, said,

“Our new website gives us the opportunity to display to full effect the intellectual mission and work of Blackfriars, as well as the contribution made by our Institutes, including to matters of public debate. Users can also benefit from the many talks and lectures on the website’s online resources library.”

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