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Godzdogz

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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Not Just Apostles?

Saturday, June 27, 2020

By Br Bede Mullens, O.PHistory does not relate whacky interests or peculiar pursuits of the apostles, but we do know a bit about their pre-apostolic careers. Read more

St Bede and the Eagerness of Study

Monday, May 25, 2020

By Br Pablo Rodríguez Jordá, O.P. | One of the most learned men of his time, the Venerable Bede can be for us not only a model of scholarship, but of simplicity and holiness: in his life, the prayerfulness of study and the intellectual eagerness of faith cannot be separated. Mind and heart were united in a single pursuit of Truth, which was only possible because the Word of God was at the centre of all his endeavours. Read more

A Holy Narcissa: St Catherine of Siena

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

By Br Bede Mullens, O.P. | Narcissism can be one of the pitfalls of a false self-knowledge. St Catherine of Siena suggests a way by which a true knowledge of self can lead us to love of God. Read more

A Saint and Sardines

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

By Br Bede Mullens, O.P. | St Thomas Aquinas was an intellectual giant with a wide heart and a wide girth. What can we learn from his life and teaching on his feast day? Read more

St Cecilia

Friday, November 22, 2019

By Br Gabriel Theis, O.P. | Today we celebrate the feast of St Cecilia, a Roman martyr and patron saint of musicians. Read more

Happy All Saints' Day!

Friday, November 01, 2019

To wish you a happy solemnity of All Saints’, the student brothers have compiled a small 'catena' or collection of quotations from saints and spiritual writers for the occasion. Read more

The Hidden Sanctity of John Henry Newman

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

By Br Bede Mullens, O.P.“The Christian has a deep, silent, hidden peace, which the world sees not... The Christian is cheerful, easy, kind, gentle, courteous, candid, unassuming; has no pretence... with so little that is unusual or striking in his bearing, that he may easily be taken at first sight for an ordinary man.” Br Bede reflects on Newman's more personal side. Read more

The Canonisation of St John Henry Newman

Monday, October 14, 2019

News On Sunday 13th October, St John Henry Newman was canonised by Pope Francis. Brothers Pablo and Bede flew to Rome to attend the ceremony, where they were present with Dominican brothers and priests both of the English province and from around the world, and many others besides. Read more

Our Seraphic Father St Francis

Sunday, October 06, 2019

By Br John Bernard Church | As tradition dictates, several Dominican friars attended the celebration of the feast of St Francis on 4th of October at the local Franciscan church of St Edmund and St Frideswide (Greyfriars). Read more

Saints and Study

Thursday, June 27, 2019

By Br Vincent Antony Löning | 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. Read more

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