Media and Communications Office
This week Media and Communications Director Shane Healy sat down for a lively and inspiring conversation with the effervescent and ever positive Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP.
He is visiting Melbourne to speak at ‘Spirit of Adventure - Parish Life Re-imagined’ colloquium, as well as at a retreat day for priests, pastoral associates and lay chaplains entitled, ‘At Home in the Church?’ Fr Radcliffe comes to Australia as a guest of the Principal’s Association of Victorian Catholic Secondary Schools (PAVCSS).
‘Turn yourself outward, and don’t focus on the me, me, me’
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. He is also the author of a variety of successful books such as Sing a New Song, The Christian Vocation, Why Go to Church? The Drama of the Eucharist, and Take the Plunge: Living Baptism and Confirmation.
‘If you are going to live your life with Christ, one of the great challenges is to forget yourself’, explains Fr Timothy ‘And to really turn outwards and concern yourself with other people. We live in a very introverted little society, which is always focussing on me, me, me, me’.
‘I think the great challenge, if you are going to be alive, is sometimes the great liberation of forgetting yourself when you discover in other people their need for your love, and their need for your trust’, Fr Timothy points out.
Timothy Radcliffe entered the Dominican Order in 1965 and was ordained a priest in 1971. 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.
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.