Entries by Luuk Dominiek Jansen OP

The Dominican Brother

Some men join the Order without feeling called to the ministerial priesthood. These brothers continue to live their Dominican vocation in the service of the Order and the church. They are often called co-operator brothers, but traditionally they have been known as lay brothers. Down through the years the Irish province has been blessed by […]

The Vowed Life

As Dominicans, we live a vowed life. On the day when a Dominican friar makes his first profession (at the end of the novitiate year) he promises obedience to God. Although only one vow is made, that of obedience, the obligation to observe poverty and chastity are implied by the vow of obedience. Often, these […]

The studentate

A novice, on successful completion of the novitiate, makes simple profession – normally for three years. He takes just one vow, that of obedience, but that includes the obligations of poverty and chastity. He promises to be faithful to living the Dominican life, entrusting himself to the care and protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary […]


When men are accepted into the Dominican Order, they begin a process of initial formation that normally lasts about seven years. Formation begins in the novitiate community. The novitiate year is a time of probation during which the novice has the opportunity to reflect on his vocation, experience the Dominican way of life, be formed […]

Jesus taking a firm stand

This weeks Gospel is from Mark 10:2-16. On reading it, it seems a difficult gospel to comment on, and as I don’t have time to write a reflection tomorrow I will leave it short.   As so often, the “Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, “Is it lawful for a man […]

The life of virtue

This Sundays Gospel reading is from Mark 9:38-43,45,47-48. What jumped out at me straight away when reading this Gospel this morning was the the beginning of the passage: John said to him, “Teacher, we saw a man casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he was not following us.” (Mar 9:38 […]