The first Dominican priory in London, at Holborn, was established in 1223. To mark this milestone we have planned three special events:
On Saturday 15 July, join us for a special pilgrimage walk to Blackfriars! We begin with 10am Mass in our church, followed by a walk to Blackfriars in central London. We will have a lunch and drink break in Blackfriars pub, followed by prayer around the vicinity of Apothecaries’ Hall (site of the 2nd Dominican priory in London). We will then go to St Bartholomew the Great (Smithfield) for a tour, a short talk by the Provincial Archivist, Fr Richard Finn OP, and then we will sing Vespers at 4pm in St Bartholomew the Great, which was the 3rd Dominican priory in London.
We conclude our 800th anniversary celebrations with a Solemn Mass at 10am with the Dominican Family on Saturday 7 October, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. After Mass there will be a reception in the Priory, and that weekend there will be a special exhibition in the church of the historic vestments and banners from the convent of the Dominican Sisters of Stone, Staffordshire.