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Timothy Radcliffe OP

Timothy Radcliffe, OP (1945, London–) is a Catholic priest and 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 the office since the Order's foundation in 1216. He entered the Dominican order in 1965, was ordained priest in 1971, and taught Holy Scripture at Oxford University, in the Dominican centre there known as Blackfriars. He was elected provincial of England in 1988,[1] then Master of the Dominican Order in 1992. From there he gained an international reputation thanks to his analyses of contemporary society, Christian life, religious life, and the situation of the Catholic Church. Several of his books became best-sellers. The subtlety of his thinking, together with the simplicity and depth of his language, and his strong sense of humor, made him a force to be reckoned with in the Catholic Church. In 2001, after the expiration of his nine-year mandate as master of the Dominican order, Timothy Radcliffe took a sabbatical year. Starting in 2002 he became again a simple member of the Dominican community of Oxford, and he is now highly sought after speaker, teaching and preaching in many countries. In 2003, Radcliffe was made an honorary Doctor of Divinity in the University of Oxford, the University's highest honorary degree.

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