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Dominican priories: Zwolle, The Netherlands

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Dominicans arrived in Zwolle in 1465 as part of the newly established 'Congregatio Hollandiae' (1464-1517). The 'Congregatio Hollandiae' was a reform movement, started in 1515 at the priory of Rotterdam, aiming at a more strict observance. One can imagine how the arrival of the brethren must have struck a chord with the already large presence of communities of another reform movement in Zwolle: the Devotio Moderna. The first priory church was built between 1466 and 1480. Read more

Was Frère Jacques a lazy Dominican?

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Councils of Faith: Lateran IV (1215)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The Fourth Lateran Council (November 1215) represents a high-point in ecclesiastical governance in the Middle Ages. It is also of special interest to us here as it formed the backdrop to the establishment of the Order of Preachers in 1216.  Read more

Blackfriars, Canterbury

Sunday, January 13, 2013
Canterbury is in some ways the religious heart of England. That was certainly the case when the first Dominican friars arrived on these shores in 1221, the year of St Dominic's death. Yet they did not stay to found their first priory in the city of Augustine, Anselm and Thomas à Becket. They preached before Archbishop Stephen Langton, then made haste to London, the political capital. Again they moved on and did not stop until they came to Oxford, the (then) intellectual capital. Right from the start, we Dominicans have always been attracted to university centres, where our commitment to study and preaching can bear great fruit. Read more

'Great houses make not men holy'

Monday, May 09, 2011
See here for an interesting account of the pre-Reformation foundations of Dominicans and Franciscans at Oxford. Read more
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