On Saturday 29th August 2020, the Dominican community elected Fr Lawrence Lew OP as their new Prior. Please pray for him, and for the community of St Dominic’s Priory.
The role of Prior is distinct from that of the Parish Priest. The Prior is the religious superior of the Dominican friars based here who serve in the parish and the Shrine, but who also have a diverse mission serving in local schools, universities, hospitals, and a prison, as well as giving preached retreats and talks internationally, and teaching at Blackfriars Hall in Oxford.
The Parish Priest of St Dominic’s church is assisted by other friars in the community, and he oversees the mission of the parish and has charge of the pastoral care and sacramental life of the Catholic community who worship here.
In addition to being Prior, Fr Lawrence continues to serve as Promoter General for the Holy Rosary in the General Curia of the Order, and as Rector of the Rosary Shrine, working alongside our parishioners in welcoming pilgrims and visitors and guests to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary.