In response to the urgent social, political and economic challenges facing the global community, the Las Casas Institute at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford, is launching a series of major initiatives over the next five years. Read more
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On entering the Order, Dominican friars give up all personal property, committing themselves to poverty through religious vows.
The generous support we receive from many lay people is then essential to enable us to sustain and develop our mission. Here are the details of our most important needs at this time.
The friars have always sought to respond to pastoral needs rather than looking to maximise their income.
As a result, the financial situation of our various priories is often precarious.
Gifts given for general support can be directed by us to the areas of greatest need.
Supporting Blackfriars, Oxford
Blackfriars is a unique institution, combining
- an Oxford University Hall - for study and research
- a centre for clergy training - for several religious orders
- a vibrant congregation of Mass-goers
- a religious community of Dominican friars
The work we do here is essential for allowing the Catholic faith to engage intellectually in the increasingly secular world of Higher Education.
However, Blackfriars Hall is run on a lot of goodwill and needs a boost of funding to put it on a firmer footing for the future.
Training new friars
We have seen a surge in vocations to the friars in recent years. Our fundraising campaign (2014-2016) successfully raised £1 million, but further gifts are welcome to support the costs of delivering training.
Supporting the churches in our care
To ensure the public can benefit fully from the buildings in our care, we need to raise funds for projects such as these:
London (St Dominic's, the Rosary Shrine church)
To ensure this historic church can fulfil its new role as the diocesan Shrine of the Holy Rosary, we are undertaking extensive renovation and development of facilities.
Cambridge (Blackfriars Priory)
Our disabled access lift and facilities are nearly complete; support us as we improve the chapel.
Considerable ongoing maintenance and repair costs in this important centre of study and religious life.
Leicester (Holy Cross)
Current needs include overhauling the parish centre to make it a more attractive venue for hire, able to generate new income, as well as serve the parish's needs.
Helping university students
The Dominican Friars act as chaplains in nine British universities, however little if any funding is provided, and to support it we have to draw on the limited funds and resources of the Dominican houses where our chaplains live. We also want to find funding so that students, who are typically heavily in debt, can take full advantage of the excellent faith formation opportunities we provide, such as pilgrimages and retreats, through the provision of subsidies to them.
To safeguard and develop this important work, we are seeking to raise additional funding.
Serving the people of the Caribbean
For over a century, the Dominicans of the English Province have been serving the Church in the Caribbean, in parishes, schools, chaplaincies, seminaries, and caring for the poor and oppressed.
Our friars in Grenada and Barbados could not survive without the contributions made from generous individuals in the UK. This was especially important when we were forced to rebuild our church and priory, following their total destruction by Hurricane Ivan in September 2004.
To secure our future service to the people of the Caribbean, we need to continue to raise funds.