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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Roy Campbell, Scourge of Hypocrisy

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Br Bede reflects on the literary honesty of Roy Campbell's works. Read more

A friar's summer

Friday, August 23, 2019

It all began in Llandudno. As a matter of fact we stopped off at Shrewsbury on the way, which is pretty (it has walls and a cathedral), but Llandudno was where it really began. The summer, that is. Read more

Why Sacramental Confession?

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Br Isaac reflects on the importance of the sacrament of Reconciliation. Read more

Saints and Study

Thursday, June 27, 2019

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. This is for two reasons.  Read more

John the Baptist

Monday, June 24, 2019
John the Baptist is one of the most important saints of the Church—and in some ways, today one of her most underrated ones, too! But as Jesus himself reminds us, “of all the children born to women, there has never been anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he” (Mt 11.11).  Read more

Why Catholics leave, What they miss and How they might return

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Why Catholics leave, What they miss and How they might return – 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
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

The Reconversion of England

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Last week we celebrated the feast of St Augustine of Canterbury; and that first apostle of the Angles perhaps raised in the minds of some Catholics the thought of England’s reconversion. 

You may know the first story already. St Gregory the Great, out for a potter in the forum, was struck by the bright blond features of two fair Saxon striplings. “What are they?” he asked.
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Blessing of the Luminous Mysteries Garden

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Last Friday brothers Albert, Isaac, Vincent and Bede travelled to the parish of our Lady of the Rosary and St Dominic, London, to witness the blessing of a garden dedicated to the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary.  Read more
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