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Br Joseph Bailham O.P.

Br Joseph Bailham O.P.

Br Joseph Bailham, a brother in solemn vows, volunteered at the Brentwood Diocesan youth centre immediately after school, and then studied Theology at St Mary's, Twickenham and then his Master's degree at the University of Oxford. From September 2018-2019 he pursued theological studies in Bologna.  He is involved in Jewish-Catholic dialogue through the Holy See's Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews. He enjoys running, the gym, and travelling. He greatly admires the figure of Jean Vanier, and has also been inspired for many years by Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, whose life and example he promotes by organising pilgrimages in his honour. | joseph.bailham@english.op.org


Br Albert Elias Robertson O.P.

Br Albert Elias was born in Surrey and went to university at the London School of Economics, where he read Social Anthropology before going to Oxford, where he read for an MPhil in Material Anthropology. After studies, he had a propaedeutic year in three Anglican parishes in north London. He became a Catholic in 2013 and worked for a short time in London living at St Patrick’s Soho before entering the noviciate in 2015. Br Albert helps to run the Thomistic Institute and so has an interest in promoting the theology of St Thomas as well as Patristics. In his spare time he likes to read novels [lots]. | albert.robertson@english.op.org

Br Isaac Maria Wharton O.P.

Br Isaac Maria Wharton O.P.

Br Isaac Maria became a Catholic after reading the anthropology of Pope Saint John Paul II and beginning to go to daily Mass.  After studying as a diocesan seminarian, he entered in the Order of Preachers in 2016.  His particular interest is in moral theology; particularly how a Thomistic understanding of virtue can speak to the theory and practice of psychotherapy. He is also interested in spiritual theology, especially the work of Saint John Cassian and the 20th century mystic, Caryll Houselander. He loves 19th and 20th century Russian literature, and the literature of Cormac Mccarthy. | isaac.wharton@english.op.org

Br Thomas Thérèse Mannion O.P.

Br Thomas Thérèse Mannion O.P.

Br Thomas Thérèse is a student brother in simple vows, born on the Wirral. He felt called to the priesthood at an early age. Before joining the Order, he was employed in the Archdiocese of Westminster as a Catechetical and Youth Coordinator. Whilst studying Theology at Heythrop College, University of London, he stumbled across the Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist which lead him to discover the Friars of the English Province on YouTube. He entered the noviciate in 2016. He enjoys Ice Skating, History of the Papacy and the writings of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. | thomas.mannion@english.op.org

Br Vincent Antony Löning O.P.

Br Vincent Antony Löning O.P.

Br Vincent Antony is a student brother and was born and grew up in Paris. Having moved to England to study Mathematics & Philosophy, he felt called to the Dominicans whom he met while studying and joined the English Province of the Order in 2016. He enjoys reading tales and Ancient History. One of his favourite books of the Bible (perhaps because of this?) is the Book of Tobit. | vincentantony.loning@english.op.org

Br Pablo Rodríguez-Jordá O.P.

Br Pablo was born and grew up in Alicante, Spain. He first lived in the UK as a student of History and English at the University of Southampton, and after graduating worked for as a language teacher in Oxford, where he first met the Dominicans. He entered the noviciate in 2017. Reading the works of Thomas Merton was a particular catalyst for his calling to the religious life. Similarly, reading G. K. Chesterton, J. R. R. Tolkien and J. H. Newman led him to the practice of the faith earlier during his university years. He is interested in languages, 19th century literature and the history of English Catholicism. | pablo.rodriguez@english.op.org

Br Bede Mullens O.P.

Br Bede was born in Enfield and grew up in Essex. He read Literae Humaniores at St Hugh’s College in the University of Oxford. It was in Oxford that he first met the Dominicans, and he joined the Order in 2017 after completing his degree. The writings of Pope Benedict XVI/Joseph Ratzinger greatly influenced his development in the Faith. He retains a wide interest in literature; among religious authors, he particularly admires St Augustine and St John Henry Newman. | bede.mullens@english.op.org

Br Daniel Benedict Rowlands O.P.

Born in Berkshire, Br Daniel was raised in the Faith in a Benedictine parish. Before entering the novitiate in 2018, he read Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge where he remained to complete a doctorate in Theoretical Physics. His years of study confirmed a love for the contemplative life, but also theological debate with those of different world views. C. S. Lewis, St Augustine, and Pope Benedict XVI were formative influences as an undergraduate, whilst more recently he has enjoyed exploring Dante, the twelfth-century Cistercians, and Eastern spiritual theology.

Br John Bernard Church O.P.

Br John Bernard, raised a Catholic by an English father and Dutch mother, first encountered the Dominicans at Blackfriars while studying Classics at the University of Oxford, and entered the noviciate in 2018. An attraction to religious life initially grew out of time spent working with the Missionaries of Charity, which then crystallised into a Dominican vocation through a desire to integrate the contemplative life with preaching and study. Based on his recent reading, he looks forward to delving further into St John of the Cross and the Carmelite mystics, as well as combining his preaching vocation with a love of the outdoors.

Br Gabriel Theis O.P.


Born in a Catholic family in North Western Germany, Br Gabriel first encountered religious life in Jerusalem (Israel), where he spent a year as a volunteer after Secondary School. He went on to study Theology and Philosophy at the University of Vienna. There he also met the Dominicans for the first time. After three years of studies, he joined the Order in 2015 and made simple vows in March 2017. After finishing his theological studies in May 2019, he is now spending a year at Blackfriars Oxford to begin his doctorate. Outside theology, Br Gabriel is interested in classical music, cinema and the arts.


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