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Join us on our Jubilee Pilgrimage!

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

NewsIn 1221 the first Dominican Friars arrived in Britain - this summer, a group of friars will make this journey again, following in their footsteps. Join us on our journey! Read more

Homily at the First Mass of Thanksgiving of Fr Joseph | Timothy Radcliffe OP

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

News | This is the text of the homily preached by Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP at the First Mass of Thanksgiving of Fr Joseph Bailham OP, at The Rosary Shrine in London on Monday 5th July. Read more

Diaconal and Priestly Ordinations

Tuesday, July 06, 2021

News | We recently celebrated two ordinations, at our priories in London and Oxford. On Saturday 3rd July Archbishop Malcolm MacMahon OP ordained Albert Robertson OP to the diaconate at Blackfriars, Oxford, and on Sunday 4th July the Archbishop ordained Joseph Bailham OP to the priesthood at the Rosary Shine, St Dominic's London. There are photos of both these joyful celebrations below, and please keep the two men in your prayers as they begin their new ministries. Read more

Visit to Gloucester Blackfriars

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

NewsLast week a group of friars were very warmly welcomed to Gloucester to visit the medieval Dominican priory, the most complete that has survived from the Middle Ages in England. We enjoyed the immense hospitality of the local community, and the visit even managed to prompt some media interest from the BBC and ITV. Read more

Dominican... but not as you know it

Monday, June 21, 2021

By Br Thomas-Thérèse Mannion, O.P | In the latest episode of his podcast, Light from Light, Br. Thomas asks Dr. Marystella about what a Lay Dominican is, what led her to consider becoming a Lay Dominican, what the discernment process looks like for Lay Dominicans in the modern age, and asks for some tips for discerning vocation. Read more

A radical call to conversion

Thursday, June 10, 2021

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P | In our Gospel today we hear Jesus the lawgiver of the New Covenant deepening and perfecting the Mosaic law. But the challenge he sets his followers is difficult, one that ultimately calls us to the very highest dignity, to imitate the perfection of the Father.

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Not far from the Kingdom

Thursday, June 03, 2021
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Radiating Christ | Tintoretto's Last Supper

Thursday, May 27, 2021

By Br Bede Mullens, O.P | Tintoretto's Last Supper hangs in the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, and at its centre stands Christ, bathed in light. On this Feast of Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest we have in it a reminder of the heavenly glory in which we share. Read more

Fr Robert Gay, O.P re-elected and installed as Prior

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

News | The Solemnly Professed brothers in the community at Blackfriars met last week to elect a Prior, and re-elected Fr Robert Gay, O.P for another three year term. Here are some photos of his installation as Prior. Read more

The mosaic in St Peter's Square | Mary, Mother of the Church

Monday, May 24, 2021

By Br Francesco Lorenzon, O.P. | In the top right hand corner of St Peter's Square, almost higher than the basilica and keeping careful watch over the visiting pilgrims, is a mosaic of Our Lady, the 'Mater Ecclesiae'. The story behind the mosaic is a beautiful testimony to the feast we celebrate today. Read more

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