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Remembering… Kenelm Foster OP

Saturday, November 30, 2013
Described as “every inch a Dominican”, Fr Francis Stephen Kenelm Foster OP was a noted scholar, outstanding preacher and beloved as both brother and pastor.  He was born on 26th December, 1910 in colonial India, where his father, a Catholic convert, served as a High Court judge.  It was in Florence, however, that the young Kenelm was brought up by his maternal grandmother.

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Popular Piety in Advent: facts, threats and opportunities.

Friday, November 29, 2013
Advent is the opening liturgical season of the Church’s year. It has its own distinct character and popular piety should be informed by it, and lead towards it. In some ways popular piety can be seen as a bridge between the things of God and the things of the world, suffusing the world with Christian truth and values, and lifting the world to God, in praise, offering and an exchange of blessing. As a specific liturgical time, there are forms of popular piety that are specific to Advent, and others that take on a particular hue and mood in Advent. It is a time of waiting, conversion and hope. We wait to celebrate Christmas, the first coming of the Lord in human flesh, while assessing the way in which we wait for his return in glory at the end of time. The former leads us to focus on the past and the memory of salvation history, the latter leads us to focus on hope, if also vigilance and generosity, aware of a coming so glorious it can scarcely be imagined. Conversion, including almsgiving and penance and a focus on simplicity, is how we prepare for the coming of the Lord, be it now or in the future. Read more

Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 28, 2013
In our Oxford priory we celebrate Thanksgiving Day with a big dinner with all the students of Blackfriars Hall, many of whom come from the USA. We provide the turkeys and the students bring lots of side dishes and accompaniments. For many of them it might be the first Thanksgiving away from their family, so we make an effort to create a festive atmosphere here while keeping the families in our prayers. Read more

Credo exhibition in Paderborn

Sunday, November 24, 2013
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Credo: The Christianisation of Medieval Europe

Popular Piety: Icons and Images

Friday, November 22, 2013
Liturgical icons can be found not only in Catholic Churches; in our homes also we can find a lot of images depicting the saints, the Mother of God or Jesus Christ. We might ask why and for what purpose we need them? What is their role in our faith? Probably many of us keep photos of our families member in our wallet or have a family album at home. We do this, because we love these people and we would like to have something to remind us of them especially if they are far away. Read more

Councils of Faith: Vatican II (1962-65)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Remembering...Aylwin Tyndal-Atkinson OP

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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Councils of Faith: Vatican I (1869-1870)

Saturday, November 16, 2013
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Popular Piety: Relics

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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Councils of Faith: Trent (1545-63)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
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