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.

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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.

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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.

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Newcastle / Durham Study Day and Lay Professions

On 16 October, the Newcastle / Durham fraternal group met in person for the first time in over 18 months. At our study day, which we opened up to people from across the North East, we heard talks on:

  • the image of St. Dominic, looking at how he has been depicted since his death 800 years ago
  • the (sometimes contested) history of the Lay Dominicans
  • the whole Dominican family.

At our Mass, Andy and Margaret Doyle made their final profession as Lay Dominicans.

They are pictured here with David Crookes, and fr. Samuel Burke OP, the religious assistant of the fraternal group, and the Mass with Professions is available on YouTube at