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Dominican forum

Free lunchtime discussions on Christianity.

Season Ten – Spring 2021

We were delighted to offer 3 online sessions, hosted by CCLA Investment Management.

Webinar 1: Fr Richard Ounsworth OP –
‘Hope in the Resurrection’

‘What do we understand by the Resurrection?’

Thursday, 18 March 2021, 12.30pm (UK time)

Christianity is a fundamentally optimistic religion, with the righteous promised a ‘happy ending’ that not even death can defeat.

The resurrection of the body is a fit subject for us to consider right now, as we begin our post-lockdown return to physical interaction, having been separated from so many of the bodily things that make us human. Journey with us as we discover just what our risen bodies will be like when they rise again from the dead and what this reveals to us about the essential role that our bodies play in our identity as humans.

Webinar 2: Fr John O’Connor OP –
‘Thoughts on Human Freedom’

Thursday, 22 April 2021, 12.30pm (UK time)

The question of personal liberty has occupied many minds in recent months, when faced with lockdowns and other restrictions. As we now debate the morality of compelling vaccinations or of introducing ‘health passports’, what does the Catholic tradition have to say on such matters?

Fr John led our discussion on the nature of human freedom – and how this interacts with restrictions on freedom by the public authorities for the common good.

Fr John O’Connor is Regent of Blackfriars, Oxford.

Webinar 3: Br Albert Robertson OP –
‘Vocation – Hope in the Future’

Wednesday, 12 May 2021, 12.30pm (UK time) 

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).

St John Paul II described the seminary as a bishop’s hope for the future, and as we begin to think of the future of the Church after lockdown, Br Albert will talk about his own path to the Order, about what makes him hopeful about the future as he prepares to undertake ordained ministry, and how our vocations hold out to each of us the promise of hope for the future.

Br Albert Robertson is a Dominican student brother currently studying in the Studium at Blackfriars, Oxford.

Recordings of previous webinars are available on Facebook.

Our usual format

Forum table
  • Designed for Busy Professionals – All Welcome (no charge)
  • Meeting in the City of London
  • Free Lunch provided by our hosts
  • Talk by a Dominican friar + round-table discussion
  • Opportunities to meet with other like-minded people

This forum is an opportunity for busy professionals to deepen their understanding of how to live out the Christian faith in their day-to-day lives, considering the challenges they encounter in work, in home life, and in a society that often holds to different values.

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About the Dominican Friars

* The Dominican Friars are a religious order in the Catholic church. They specialise in the intellectual apostolate, and their high level of training allows them to engage and debate with a wide range of viewpoints and at many levels. As the ‘Order of Preachers’ they have a strong tradition of engaging preaching and are much sought-after as speakers. Also known as the ‘Blackfriars’, the area of the same name in London is called after the great Dominican priory which once stood there.