Renowned British author and theologian Father Timothy Radcliffe op will arrive in Adelaide tomorrow (April 10) for a three-week tour of South Australia’s Catholic community.
Highly sought after as a lecturer and preacher, the former master-general of the Dominican Order was invited to Adelaide by Archbishop Philip Wilson to talk about his book, Take the Plunge: Living baptism and confirmation, which follows a string of best-sellers including "What is the point of being a Christian and Why go to church".
Fr Radcliffe argues that Catholic tradition still has answers for the questions of the contemporary world and that we need to rediscover the “great adventure” of Christianity.
Born in London in 1945, he joined the English Province of the Dominican Order in 1965 and was ordained a priest in 1971. He studied at Blackfriars and at St John’s College in Oxford, and in Paris.
He taught scripture and doctrine at Oxford for 12 years, during which time he was involved in the peace movement and in ministry to people with AIDS.
He was Prior of Oxford from 1982 until 1988 when he was elected Provincial of the English Province. In 1992 he was elected Master of the Order, finishing his term in 2001.
Now an itinerant lecturer and preacher, he is based at Blackfriars, Oxford, but spends two thirds of the year travelling. He has honorary doctorates at universities in the UK, France and the United States. His books have been translated into 22 languages and he was awarded the Michael Ramsay Prize for theological writing in 2007.
During his visit to Adelaide, he will meet with various Archdiocesan groups including the clergy, Religious, parish baptismal teams, teachers, Ministry Formation Team, RCIA, Office for Worship and the Dominican community as well as groups in the Diocese of Port Pirie.
Vicar General Father Philip Marshall said it was a great coup for Adelaide to have Fr Radcliffe here and his visit was an important part of the Archbishop’s commitment to strengthening the pastoral life of the diocese.