Events North East

North East Study Day: Thomas Aquinas, the Eucharist and Salvation

On Saturday 25th June, the North East group held a study day in Durham, and invited people from across the Diocese to join us, as part of the Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle’s Year of the Eucharist.

During the morning session, Andy Doyle spoke about ‘The Institution of Corpus Christi – The Dominican Connections’. The story started with Juliana of Liege, a Norbertine nun, who worked for the introduction of the feast, wrote the first liturgy, and gained the help and support of her bishop (later Cardinal) Hugh de St Cher OP. In 1264 Urban IV established the Feast of Corpus Christi, and St. Thomas Aquinas was commissioned to write a new Office and Mass for the Feast, and is widely believed to have at least partly drafted the papal bull Transiturus de hoc mundo. St. Thomas was a man of great bodily, spiritual and intellectual integrity, a poet and a man of prayer.

Our keynote speaker was Dr Rik van Nieuwenhove of Durham University, who spoke on ‘St. Thomas Aquinas on the Eucharist and Charity’. He drew on the Summa Theologica iii, q73 and the Commentary on John to encourage us to reflect on St. Thomas’ thinking on the threefold significance of the Eucharist:

  • Sacrifice (the past)
  • Communion (the present)
  • Viaticum (the future)

Dr. Rik’s presentation was followed by some lively questions and conversations leading the participants deeper into the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas.

During the day we also spent time before the Blessed Sacrament, with hymns and readings reflecting St. Thomas’ poetry and prayers, and the service sheet is available here.

Events Jubilee 800

Lay Dominicans meeting with the Master

On Monday 23rd May, the Lay Dominicans of our province met the Master of the Order, fr. Gerard Timoner OP, at Blackfriars in Oxford. Fr. Gerard was in England to celebrate the Jubilee of the 800th anniversary of the arrival of the Dominicans in England, and he spent 2 hours with representatives from fraternities across the province.

Events North East

Thomas Aquinas, The Eucharist and Salvation

Lay Dominicans North East invite you to a day of study, prayer and reflection on Saturday 25th June, 10:45am to 3:30pm, at St Cuthbert’s church in Durham.

The day keys in to the Hexham & Newcastle Diocesan Year of the Eucharist and is on the theme of ‘Thomas Aquinas, The Eucharist and Salvation’. Our main speaker will be Dr Rik van Nieuwenhove of Durham University and the day will include talks, Mass, prayer before the Blessed Sacrament and a buffet lunch.

There is no charge for the day but, to monitor numbers for catering purposes, please book by contacting Andy Doyle at or 0798 543 4185.

Events London

Civil Communication

On Sunday 12th June, the London fraternity will host a workshop by Catholic Voices on reframing and the principles of civil communication: about how we can best share the good news of our Catholic faith with family and friends (or even in the public sphere), and how to handle difficult conversations about faith and the Church.

We would like to extend the invitation to any Lay Dominicans (admitted or professed) from other fraternities who want to join us for the afternoon. Contact Catherine, fraternity president, for details.

Please note that, owing to space restrictions, this event is open to Lay Dominicans only .


Dominican Day in Lincolnshire

Fr Richard Ounsworth OP will lead a discussion on the theme of ‘The Call to Discipleship in Mark’s Gospel’ on  Wednesday 25th May from 10am to 1pm.  The venue is Swaby nr Alford, Lincs.

For further information please contact Janet & Patrick Doyle on  01507 481072 or


The Dominican Family Seminar 2022

The 2022 seminar took place from 20 – 22 March, at Hinsley Hall in Leeds. After the cancellation of the 2021 seminar it was wonderful for all the different branches of the family to be together again, and to spend time in prayer and socialising, and hearing updates about the challenges of the last few years.

Events North East

Day of Reflection for Lent: North East

On Saturday 19 March, the North East Fraternal Group held a Day of Reflection, on the theme ‘St. Dominic and the Cross’. 17 people met in Durham (with a few more joining by Zoom), and many more joined us for Mass in the middle of the day.

Cambridge Events

Bridging the Gap

C.atherine Wallis-Hughes of the London Fraternity will be joining a panel at an event on Vocations at Fisher House in Cambridge. The Vocations Panel takes place on Thursday 10 March at 8.00pm. and will also be live-streamed on the website at

Edinburgh Events

Ukraine: Peacemaking When it Hurts

The Albertus Institute in Edinburgh (jointly with the School of Divinity’s Centre for Theology and Public Issues) are running a colloquium on peacekeeping in Ukraine on Friday 11th March from 4.30-6pm, on Zoom and in person at New College, Mound Place.

Here is the link to register, which has details of speakers:

Events London News

Litany of the Dominican Saints for Peace

“Even now,” declares the Lord,  “return to me with all your heart,

    with fasting and weeping and mourning.…

sound the trumpet, declare a holy fast… gather the people”

Joel 2:12, 15

The Master of the Order has published a letter for Ash Wednesday, asking us to pray the Litany for Peace during Lent.

A group of Lay Dominicans will join together online to pray this Litany at 1pm on Fridays of Lent. If you are interested in taking part in this, please email Catherine Wallis-Hughes: to receive the Zoom link.