Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP is a Dominican friar of the English
Province, and former Master of the Order of Preachers from 1992-2001. He is the
only member of the English Province of the Dominicans to have held this office
since the Order’s foundation in 1216.
Timothy Radcliffe entered the Dominican Order in 1965 and
was ordained a priest in 1971. During the mid-1970s Fr Timothy was based at the
West London Catholic Chaplaincy at More House, Cromwell Road, London. Fr
Timothy taught Holy Scripture at Oxford University at Blackfriars, and was
elected provincial of England in 1988. In 1992 he was elected Master of the
Dominican Order and held that office until 2001. During his tenure as Master,
he was ex officio Grand Chancellor of the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas
Aquinas, Angelicum in Rome.
After the expiration of his nine-year mandate as Master of
the Dominican order, Fr Timothy continued as a member of the Dominican
community of Oxford. He is now a highly sought after speaker, teaching and
preaching in many countries. Fr Timothy occasionally presided at the Mass for
gay people at Our Lady of the Assumption, Warwick Street, which Cardinal Murphy
O’Connor, the Archbishop of Westminster, recognized as part of the
Archdiocese’s mission to gay people. Fr Timothy has also worked in the ministry
to people with AIDS and in the peace movement.
In 2003, Fr Timothy was made an honorary Doctor of Divinity
in the University of Oxford, the University’s highest honorary degree. He was
the 2007 winner of the Michael Ramsey Prize for theological writing for his
book What Is the Point of Being A Christian? In 2015 Fr Timothy was named a
consultor to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.
Fr Timothy is Patron of the International Young Leaders
Network and helped launch Las Casas Institute, dealing with issues of ethics,
governance and social justice. These are both projects of Blackfriars, Oxford.