It is with great pleasure that Rupert Orchard (R74), President of St Gregory’s Society, announces that the Old Gregorian Medal has been awarded to Fr Timothy Radcliffe (S63).

Ordained in 1971, Fr Timothy is a well-known and distinguished preacher and writer. From 1992 to 2001, he was the first Englishman to serve as Master of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans). In that role, he travelled to every continent, founded Dominican Volunteers International and played a key part in helping to establish the Franciscan-Dominican representative offices at the United Nations.

In 2003, Fr Timothy was made an honorary Doctor of Divinity at Oxford University, the University’s highest honorary degree. In his citation for that award, the Chancellor of Oxford University described Fr Timothy as “a man distinguished both for eloquence and for wit, a master theologian who has never disregarded ordinary people, a practical man who believes that religion and the teachings of theology must be constantly applied to the conduct of public life”. Fr Timothy also has honorary doctorates from eleven other universities, including Fribourg and the Angelicum (in Rome).

Fr Timothy’s many books have been translated into 24 languages. In 2007, he was awarded the Michael Ramsey Prize for theological writing, for his book “What Is the Point of Being A Christian?”.

From 2014 to 2016, Fr Timothy was the Director of the Las Casas Institute which focuses on the promotion of social justice and human rights. Based at Blackfriars, Oxford, he continues to be a member of the Institute’s Advisory Board and is also a Consulter for the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace. 

Congratulations, Fr Timothy, a very worthy winner!