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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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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

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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Dominican Life: Study

Monday, May 27, 2019
 "So, I guess you study a lot…” is one of the more common responses when people find out I’m a Dominican. It has the advantage of being one of the more accurate ideas that people have of the life of a Dominican; I study for my formation as a priest, but also as part of the spiritual discipline of the life I’ve undertaken. The Constitutions of the Order tell us that we should be zealous in our study (LCO, 77, §1), but this shouldn’t be to get top marks in an essay, as nice as it is when this happens, nor should it just be to make us effective for the doctrinal service of the Church, but should be directed to enabling us to ponder in our hearts the manifold wisdom of God (LCO, 77, §2).  Read more

The annunciation and the act of study

Friday, February 05, 2016
To study is itself an act of hope, since it expresses our confidence that there is a meaning to our lives. And this meaning comes to us as a gift, a Word of Hope promising life. There is one moment in the story of our redemption which sums up powerfully what it means to receive that gift of the good news, the Annunciation to Mary. Mary, in that meeting, that conversation with the angel, is a powerful example of what is meant by being a student.  Read more

Questions for...Nicholas Crowe OP

Thursday, November 26, 2015

couple of months ago, Brother Nicholas Crowe OP started in his role as Vocations Promoter for the English Province. In this online interview we find out about Brother Nick's current apostolate and the inspiration behind his work. Read more

Dominican Study Week: "A Vision for Life", 6-10th July

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Young adult readers of this blog are invited to attend this Summer's study week, "A Vision for Life", which will take place from 6th until 10th July 2015 at Buckfast Abbey.  Read more

Catholic Voices Training Day

Wednesday, June 04, 2014
On Saturday the Oxford community were joined by the Novices from Cambridge for a "Catholic Voices" media training day. The event was a great success! Valuable skills of effective communication were enhanced through the insights and practical exercises offered to us by the founders of Catholic Voices, Austen Ivereigh and Jack Valero.  Read more

Dominican Study Week: 7th-11th July 2014, Buckfast Abbey

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Credo exhibition in Paderborn

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

Aquinas Lecture, 2013: Matthew Levering - 'Aquinas & the Gospel'

Thursday, January 31, 2013
On 30th January Blackfriars held its annual Aquinas Lecture. This year the speaker was Matthew Levering, Professor of Religious Studies at Dayton University, USA. He spoke to a packed hall on the subject of ‘Aquinas and the Gospel’, specifically ‘The Pauline Gospel According to Aquinas’. His major source was the commentary by St Thomas on the letter to the Romans, and he focused on the detailed commentary made by Aquinas on the first three verses of the letter. Read more
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