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A reflection from the Student Master | Solemnity of the Dedication of the Priory Church

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

News | This evening we begin our celebrations of the Dedication of the Priory Church, the anniversary of the moment the bishop set aside and consecrated our Church for Christian Worship. In this reflection for the Solemnity, Fr Oliver Keenan OP, our student master, reflects on one part of the church that holds a special place in the lives of Dominicans. Read more

Ordinations in Oxford

Monday, July 11, 2016

News On Sunday 10th July 2016, brothers Oliver Keenan and Matthew Jarvis were ordained to the priesthood, along with brother Jean-Baptiste Regis, who was ordained to the diaconate. Read more

Year of Mercy: Psalm 102(103)

Monday, March 14, 2016

“In the Psalms, we drink divine praise at its pure and stainless source, in all its primitive sincerity and perfection,” teaches Thomas Merton. I must confess that, whilst I’m sure Thomas Merton is right, I have had to learn to to love the Psalms. It certainly did not come automatically to me, although singing them together with the brothers helped me find a ‘technique’ for making their prayer my own. Over the years the Psalms collected in the Divine Office have become like old friends, ever fresh and ever new as they recur in their comforting cyclical regularity. In their familiarity—and despite their cyclical recurrence—they continue to surprise, comfort, console, and confront. It has been a gift and a delight to receive the obligation of praying them. 

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The Conversion of St Paul the Apostle

Monday, January 25, 2016
Tertullian, no stranger to being victimised by his interpreters, called St Paul the “heretics’ apostle”, indicating the amenability of Paul’s writings to being turned against his own intentions.  Read more

St John of the Cross

Monday, December 14, 2015

Taking up the example of collaborative preaching offered by Br Joseph yesterday, for today's feast of St John of the Cross, Br Oliver has contributed a reflection to the Order's Jubillee Lectio project, which you can read hereRead more

Great Dominicans: Albertus Magnus

Sunday, November 15, 2015

St Albert is said to have been one of the last people to have known everything that was known in his day. That might be an exaggeration, but it’s certain that his interests and publications spanned every discipline of his time: from a best-selling work on rocks (De Mineralibus), through to geometry, astronomy, friendship, law, love, language, not to mention extensive commentaries on the Scriptures, it’s certainly fair to say Albert was universally learned.  Read more

Beatitude and Warning

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Beatitude and Warning Today’s gospel opens with a beatitude and ends with a warning: but which one is addressed to us?  Read more

Laudato Si': "Global Inequality"

Sunday, October 18, 2015
We live in a world marked by gross inequality. 
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Diaconal Ordinations

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

News On Saturday 11th July--the feast of St Benedict--Brs Oliver Keenan, O.P., and Matthew Jarvis, O.P., were ordained to the diaconate by Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham, William Kenney. Read more

Remembering fr Cornelius Ernst OP

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Fr Cornelius Ernst’s early death in 1977, aged just fifty-three, cut short a theological career of great promise and significant accomplishment. As the English Dominican Province’s obituarist observes, “[Ernst] was a theologian of rare capacity who never managed to write the books that were in him”.  Read more

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