The Margaret F. Grace Annual Lecture 2011
October 6, 2011
Free and Open to All
Dolan Science Center
Father Timothy Radcliffe, O.P. was born in London and was educated by the Benedictines before entering the Dominican Order in 1965. He was ordained a priest in 1971. After biblical studies he taught Scripture at Blackfriars Hall, the Dominican center at Oxford University. He was elected head of the English province of the Dominicans in 1987, then master of the Dominican Order in 1992, a position he held for nine years. 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 also served as head of the Angelicum, the Dominican theologate in Rome.
He has gained an international reputation as a lecturer because of his analyses of contemporary society, Christian life, religious life, and the situation of the Catholic Church with a gift for simplicity and depth of language, and a disarming sense of humor. He was the 2007 winner of the The Michael Ramsey Prize for his book What Is the Point of Being A Christian? an examination of the ultimate goal and purpose of our lives in the modern world. “The point of any religion is to point us to God who is the point of everything,” he writes.