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Obedience, Patience, Joy - Funeral of Brother Vincent Cook OP

Friday, March 18, 2011
Fr Denis Geraghty OP preached the following homily at the funeral of Brother Vincent which took place at Blackfriars, Oxford on Thursday 17th March 2011: Read more

Vincent Cook OP RIP

Sunday, March 06, 2011
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John Orme Mills OP RIP (1930-2010)

Monday, December 06, 2010
Please pray for our brother John Orme Mills OP of the Cambridge community who died this afternoon. He was born on 25th September 1930. He worked for some years as a journalist before joining the Order and made his profession on 2nd April 1971. He was ordained to the priesthood on 26th June 1976. He lived in the communities at Oxford, London, Newcastle and Cambridge as well as serving for some years as an assistant to the Master of the Order at Santa Sabina, Rome. He was editor of New Blackfriars for many years, was the 'London correspondent' of Doctrine & Life, and was involved in editing a number of books on faith and social justice. He was an active member of the Eckhart Society, and once again placed his editorial skills at its disposal, as editor of The Eckhart Review. We ask you to join us in praying for the happy repose of his soul. Read more

Austin Milner OP RIP (1935-2010)

Monday, November 29, 2010
Please pray for our brother Austin Milner of the Oxford community who died peacefully at Blackfriars this morning. He was born on 9th August 1935 and made his profession in the Order on 27th September 1954. He was ordained to the priesthood on 30th April 1960. He spent much of his life in the Caribbean, working in Grenada, Jamaica, and Trinidad. For the past few years he was a member of the Oxford community, lecturing and tutoring in sacramental theology and liturgy. The photograph below was taken during the celebrations to mark the golden jubilee of his ordination earlier this year. A full obituary of fr Austin will appear in due course. Read more

Fr. Donald Proudman OP (1913-1970)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Born in Shropshire on 10th August 1913, Fr. Donald grew up in Preston where he was educated by the Jesuits. He joined the Dominicans aged 18 in 1931, was professed a year later and ordained a priest in 1937.

After the completion of his studies Fr Donald was assigned to St Dominic's Priory in London which would be his home for the greater part of his life. Fr Donald became well known during this period for his preaching and would join the famous Vincent McNabb OP in his discourses and debates at Hyde Park and on Hampstead Heath. On a brief spell away from London he was involved in the foundation of Spode House, the Dominican conference and retreat centre that would play such an influential role in English Catholic life in the middle of the twentieth century. Later he spent one year in Barbados helping with the refurbishment of the Cathedral.

Fr Donald found the changes to Dominican life and liturgy after the Second Vatican Council difficult to stomach, but did nothing to obstruct them. He was respected and admired by his younger, more radical, brethren for his compassion and kindness. He died after a short illness in April 1970 aged 56, twenty four hours after returning from a pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Eternal rest grant to him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. 
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

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Edmund Hill OP (23 July 1923 - 11 November 2010)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010
The following obituary is by fr Emil Blaser OP, of the Order's general vicariate in South Africa Read more

Wilfrid Ardagh O.P. (1896-1980)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
William Ardagh, who was born in Birmingham on 7 December 1896, entered the Dominican novitiate in Woodchester at the age of sixteen, receiving as his religious name Wilfrid: he made his profession a year later on 21 September 1913. Such was his youth that he had to wait seven years (rather than the usual  five) after profession before being ordained to the priesthoood soon after his 24th birthday (the earliest someone can be ordained priest) on 18 December 1920. Read more

Cyril Hilary Anderson O.P.(1920-1990)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Born on the 3rd December 1920 in Peckham Rye, Cyril Anderson felt called to the religious life from an early age. He was a postulant with the Carthusians at Parkminster but felt that his vocation was not within the monastery. He trained as an electrical engineer but still felt called to the religious life.

In 1939 he received the Dominican habit at Hawkesyard and made profession the following September. He would spend seven years at Hawkesyard during which he re-wired nearly the whole priory. His skills as an electrician would be displayed throughout his life and he would also re-wire the whole of Blackfriars Hall in London.

He moved to Woodchester in 1947 where he acted as school manager for ten years. He also taught music briefly at Llanarth but he returned to Hawkesyard in 1969 where he remain for another nine years. He had suffered from ill-health throughout his life due to a heart problem but his health deteriorated rapidly after he moved to Leicester in 1988 and he died in 1990, aged 69, with 49 years of profession.

Cyril was a quiet and self-effacing brother who was known for his gentleness, kindness and helpfulness. His life demonstrates the full and fruitful ministry of a co-operator brother. His skill as an electrician and his talent as an educator were great gifts to the province. He was also an accomplished musician and played the organ at both Hawkesyard and Woodchester.

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God,
rest in peace,

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Francis Xavier Corr O.P. (1912-2000)

Wednesday, November 03, 2010
I first visited Grenada in April 1982 along with another Irish Dominican. We were both stationed in Trinidad & Tobago at the time and took a post-Easter break with the brethren of the English province. Fr Francis Xavier Corr was then living at the Cathedral in St George's and took care of us with a kindness and generosity that I have never forgotten. Grenada was a Marxist country at the time, governed by Maurice Bishop. People joked that there were three Bishops on the island: the prime minister, the actual Bishop,  Sydney Charles, and a formidable Irish nun whose nickname was 'the Bishop'! Read more

Remembering ... Bishop Justin Field OP (1899-1969)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

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