The Order of Dominican Friars

The namesake of the Blackfriars Precinct, The Order of the Dominican Friars, or the Black Friars (named for their customary black mantle and hood), were an order of mendicant friars founded by Saint Dominic in France in 1216 (Dominican Order). Intent on spreading Catholicism, Saint Dominic sent members of his order to England, where no later than 1247, the order had bases in Oxford and London (Jarrett 2-3). In the wake of the Reformation, members of the order fled the country or remained in England and either drifted into poverty, or else entered the ranks of the secular clergy (Jarrett 169).