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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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Dominican Life: The Founding of the Order

Monday, February 04, 2019

By Br Marc PitsonThe Order of Preachers, more commonly known as the Dominicans, was founded in 1221 by Dominic de Guzman. St Dominic was born c. 1170 in Caleruega, Spain. St Dominic was born into a humble family of farmers and at the age of 25 joined the Canons Regular under the rule of St Augustine at the Cathedral of Osma. Read more

Praying with Savonarola in Lent

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

People are often quite surprised to discover that when Bl Pier Giorgio Frassati became a Dominican tertiary he took the name Girolamo Savonarola. On the face of it, their personalities and character are quite different, and while Bl Pier Giorgio could certainly be boisterous, he certainly does not seem to have the kind of temperament that one would associate with Savonarola. Read more

Praying with Blessed Henry Suso in Lent

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

I know of few people who have loved Christ so much as to take a blade to their heart and inscribe the Holy Name of Jesus in their blood upon their breast. Blessed Henry Suso is one of them.  Read more

St Albert the Great

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
‘Today, perhaps more than ever before, the world is eager to make a clean sweep of its past… In such [a world], what use to celebrate the praises of St Albert? The very name sounds worse than medieval; it sounds Victorian.’ So said the famous Fr Ronald Knox in the sermon he preached at our priory here in Oxford on 16 May 1932 at the opening of a solemn triduum in honour of the newly canonised St Albert the Great.  Read more

St Dominic

Sunday, August 07, 2016
This year, the 800th of the Dominican Order, our governing body, the General Chapter, met in Bologna to discuss and plan the future of Dominicans throughout the world. As you might expect this involves hours and hours of talking and debate and so it must have come as some relief to the brethren when they were given a few hours respite from discussion in order to listen to a Jesuit named after a Franciscan tell them about that first Dominican, St Dominic. 
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Jubilee Vespers at Westminster Cathedral

Saturday, April 30, 2016

News Yesterday the Dominican family celebrated Solemn Vespers with His Eminence Vincent Cardinal Nichols, and in the presence of the Most Reverend Bruno Cadoré, Master of the Order of Preachers, at Westminster Cathedral. Read more

Great dominicans: John Tauler

Thursday, March 10, 2016

It is not surprising that the Order of Preachers has historically been the home to men renowned and remembered for the power of their preaching.

Due to the diligent archival and transcription work of unsung scribes of ages past, some of the sermons of these great preachers have been preserved and can give us a unique way to encounter historical figures who otherwise might be reduced to a list of biographical data. In the case of the 14th century Dominican John Tauler, we have the great fortune to have a collection of eighty or so sermons on a variety of topics that are still worth reading today.  Read more

Great Dominicans: Six Stories, Six Martyrs

Friday, January 15, 2016
Today is the day of six stories. Stories of the lives of six men who had a lot in common. They were all Spanish. They were all Dominicans. They all lived in the 17th and 18th centuries. They were all missionaries to China, and they were all killed there between 1648 and 1748. Today is the day that we remember these six Dominican martyrs of China.  Read more

Great Dominicans: St Peter Martyr

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Preaching is in fact a dangerous activity. The life of Peter of Verona, often called Peter Martyr, illustrates one dimension of this danger.  Read more

Great Dominicans: Bl. Manes de Guzmán, Brother of St. Dominic

Monday, October 19, 2015

Brothers can be a mixed bunch. In the Bible, alas, it starts badly for brothers... Read more

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