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Final Week of Term at Oxford

Monday, June 16, 2008
Eighth week of Trinity term in Oxford is normally very busy. Some of us have finished gruelling exams at the University Schools, others are preparing for oral exams in Blackfriars, or have final essays and tutorials to complete, and of course there are friends to say good bye to as the academic year draws to a close and people disperse for the summer. Many of the Dominican students will spend time away from the Oxford priory this summer doing pastoral work in various parishes and priories in England and Scotland.

Godzdogz will begin the summer with a series of posts to mark the inauguration of the Year of St Paul (28 June 2008 - 29 June 2009). We also hope to bring you reports from our parish assignments and from the annual Dominican pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Below are photos from some final week events that took place in the Oxford priory. On 11 June we had a dinner for those students who have completed their course of studies at Blackfriars. The Leavers' Dinner was a chance for the community to congratulate them and wish them well for the future.


Above, the Regent of Studies, fr Richard Finn OP with this year's Leavers: Mr Sean Hilscher, Mrs Katie Richardson, Mr Alexander Norman and fr Didier Croonenberghs OP.

Information about courses at Blackfriars Hall is available online.

Another annual event took place on 13 June: the Hall & Studium Garden Party. This is always a convivial and relaxed occasion which even the overcast British weather could not dampen. Students and tutors mingle and socialise together over a glass of wine and some strawberries, and they recollect the events of the past year.

Blackfriars Garden Party 2008

Garden Party conversation



Finally, on 14 June, the children of the 9.30am Mass congregation put on a fantastic performance of 'Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat'. This was their contribution to our on-going attempts to raise money for the Priory Renewal Fund.



Above, fr David Rocks OP and fr Thomas Skeats OP lent their musical talents to the band who performed Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical.

Lawrence Lew OP


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