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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Friars' Walk: Coast-to-Coast Pilgrimage update

Sunday, August 03, 2014

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Could you sponsor the Friars to help train new priests?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Today, four Dominican Friars will take the first steps on a 190-mile trek across England. This is a final plea for sponsors – many men are currently joining our Order, and we urgently need to raise money to fill a gap we have in our funds for training them. Read more

Thank you for your generosity!

Friday, June 27, 2014

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The Rosary: Introduction

Monday, June 16, 2014
Do you ever struggle to find the right words to pray to God? We very often "do not know how to pray as we ought" (Rom 8:26) and then we need to turn to God and say, "Lord, teach us to pray" (Lk 11:1).  In response, Jesus offers us his own words, the Lord's Prayer, to address our Father in heaven with confidence. The Church, too, has given Christians many powerful prayers to give voice to our deepest longings, to praise and thank God, and to ask him to meet our daily needs. We can make these 'formal' prayers our own by using them frequently as we lift our hearts to God. Through the habit of prayer, we become caught up in the divine dialogue of love. Read more

"Go to Oxford"

Saturday, May 24, 2014

May 2014: Walsingham, Nightfever, New Acolytes

Thursday, May 22, 2014
We would like to share some pictures and news from events so far this May: Walsingham, Nightfever, and the institution of new Acolytes. Read more

Vocations Sunday: Testimony from Br Nicholas Crowe OP

Sunday, May 11, 2014
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Installation of Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP as Archbishop of Liverpool

Friday, May 02, 2014
Yesterday, on the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, Dominican Friars from across the Province flocked to Liverpool to join our brother, +Malcolm McMahon OP, for his installation as the ninth Archbishop of Liverpool. It was a very happy occasion for the Dominican family to celebrate his appointment and offer prayers for him and the Archdiocese of Liverpool as they embark upon a new mission. Read more

Catherine of Siena

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
"Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire." So was today's Dominican Saint, Catherine of Siena, quoted by the Anglican Bishop of London at a recent wedding. That the words of an illiterate Italian mystic of the fourteenth century, recorded by amanuenses, should be quoted at the wedding of the future King and Queen of an apparently post-Christian country is remarkable. Still more remarkable, however, is the influence that Catherine had in her own lifetime. Befriending popes and politicians through correspondence from the seclusion of her austere cell and through her adventurous travels, Catherine decisively engaged the political landscape of her day, playing an important role in resolving the Avignon schism. Catherine, then, had surely taken her own advice and discovered the gift and mystery of herself: daring to be a Daniel, speaking the truth to the powerful and mighty on behalf of the poor and marginalised, she was as concerned by the rights of political prisoners as she was by the unity of Christendom, and all this before her early death aged thirty-three.   Read more

Dominican Spirituality talks at St Giles' church

Wednesday, April 02, 2014
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