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Fr Timothy Radcliffe (CNS/Lola Gomez)

Sydney Archdiocese’s “Scholarship at the Cathedral” series will host two Dominican speakers in back-to-back sessions in March. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

Parish priest of St James Forest Lodge and St Bede’s Pyrmont, Fr James Baxter OP, will launch the 2024 series of speakers with a lecture on Thomas Aquinas, at the Chapter Hall of St Mary’s Cathedral on March 7.

On March 12, the cathedral will host British Dominican Fr Timothy Radcliffe for a lecture on the Eucharist as a Sacrament of Hope.

Ordained in 1971, Fr Radcliffe was the master of the Order of Preachers from 1992-2001, and has held a range of prestigious academic positions, including ex-officio grand chancellor of the Angelicum in Rome and director of the Las Casas institute at Blackfriars, Oxford.

He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Oxford University in 2003, and in 2007 was awarded the Michael Ramsey Prize for theological writing for his book What is the Point of Being a Christian?

He was named by Pope Francis to be the spiritual advisor to the Synod on Synodality last year, where he preached on the need to overcome differences and factionalism.

Sydney Auxiliary Bishop Richard Umbers said Sydneysiders were fortunate to have Fr Radcliffe appear at Scholarship at the Cathedral.

“He is a well-known name and when people hear it their ears pick up,” he said.

“He will no doubt be very engaging and practical and will look to share in and answer people’s hopes and frustrations.”

Fr Baxter’s lecture on St Thomas takes place during the 750th anniversary of the saint’s death, although time has hardly diminished the Angelic Doctor’s relevance to the Church and world.

The archdiocese’s Scholarship at the Cathedral program aims to deliver public lectures by Australian and international intellectuals to help guide young adults in Sydney.

Details: Scholarship at the Cathedral website.


Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP and Fr James Baxter OP begin 2024 Scholarship at the Cathedral series (By George Al-Akiki, The Catholic Weekly)