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Godzdogz

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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Great Dominicans: Savonarola

Monday, June 06, 2016
Savonarola was a Dominican friar who lived at a time when the Church had a great power and influence in the city states of Italy. The Papacy, as well as the clergy, often furthered their own personal interests and those of the ruling families in Europe, such as the Borgia Popes. 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

Questions for... Fr. Richard Ounsworth OP

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

“God is there and I talk to Him a lot!” Fr. Richard Ounsworth OP confessed to me. For a while, therefore, I interrupted this mystical dialogue, in order to interview Fr. Richard and garner an account of his vocation and his life in the Dominican Order. For that interruption, I should make confession later! But in a sense, this mystical dialogue with God has been going on, as step by step during the conversation, God's presence in his life has been made manifest. 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: Bl. Jane of Orvieto

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Blessed Jane of Orvieto was born in Italy in 1264. Jane was a lay Dominican, visionary and prophet, known for her life of deep prayer. Read more

Great Dominicans: Robert of Uzes

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

A native from Provence in the South of France, Robert d'Uzes was probably born in 1263. He joined the Dominican Order thirty years later in Avignon and travelled in France, Germany and Italy. But he died suddenly in 1296 in Metz in Lorraine. From 1293 until his death, he was granted revelatory graces and had visions, which he put in writing in two books, the Book of Visions and the Book of WordRead more

Dominican Martyrs of Vietnam

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Martyrdom is a strangely familiar thing. As the act of dying in witness to, and fellowship with, Christ it sits at the pinnacle of Christian experience. We talk about it a lot and yet do we expect to experience it? Read more

Event: Great Blackfriars Bake-Off

Sunday, November 22, 2015
What a wonderful occasion: to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Dominican Order by eating cakes! On Saturday 21st November, Oxford Priory hosted the the first ever Great Blackfriars Bake-off!
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Questions for... Fr David Sanders OP

Saturday, November 21, 2015

As I settle into the comfy chair in the Student Master’s bedroom, with the buses rumbling outside along St Giles, it occurs to me that for the next half hour the roles will be reversed: I will be the one asking him about how he’s getting on in the Dominican life. He is the first to be interviewed in our new Godzdogz series on the life and work of the brethren today. Read more

Great Dominicans: Albertus Magnus

Tuesday, November 17, 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

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