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Rev. Lawrence Lew, OP

Retreat Master

Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, into an evangelical Protestant family. Formed by the brothers of the De La Salle Christian Schools in their oldest missionary school in Singapore, Fr. Lawrence became a Catholic, which was at the origin of his passion for theology, apologetics, Catholic culture, music and the sacred arts.

Fr. Lawrence holds a degree in English civil law from the University of Leeds. Upon entering the English Province of the Order of Preachers in 2005, Fr. Lawrence was trained at Cambridge, Blackfriars at Oxford, and at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington DC, He was ordained a priest in 2011.

He is General Promoter of the Dominican Order of the Holy Rosary, Prior of St. Dominic’s Priory in London, as well as rector of the Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary in Haverstock Hill, London. He teaches apologetics, digital media and Mariology at Blackfriars Hall in Oxford.

Fr. Lawrence loves to photograph churches and sacred art, and his photos have been used online by major Catholic sites, and can be seen in newspapers, magazines, books and CD covers. He has been called a “media missionary” and has led workshops and retreats in photography, evangelism and digital media, and the theology of beauty.