Interprovincial Formator Gathering

Last week the four American Dominican Provinces, the English Province and the Irish Province meet for the annual formatters gathering. This year it was organised in Washington DC.

It was a very informative week with lots of possibilities to talk with the other vocations directors, novices masters and student masters. During the various meetings there was a chance to discuss some new ideas, look at the strengths but also the challenges which Dominican formation faces today. It was a very blessed and enjoyable time.

S.T.B. Degree Conferrals

On the 28th January 2017, the Feast of St. Thomas, Frs. Damian Polly OP, Ronan Connelly OP  and Eoin Casey OP received their Bachelor of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.) degrees. This is a graduate-level academic degree in theology awarded after four years of theological studies at the Dominican Studium in Dublin. The degree was awarded by the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, the Angelicum, in Rome to which the Dominican Studium in Dublin is affiliated. They were presented with their parchments by Fr. Joseph Dineen OP, the Regent of Studies for the Province of Ireland.

Mass with Pope Francis at the conclusion of the 800th Jubilee

Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the Cathedral Archbasilica of St John Lateran for the conclusion of the Jubilee for the 800th anniversary of the papal confirmation of the Order of Preachers – the Dominicans. Some brothers of the Irish Province participated in the Mass, most notably bro. Philip Mulryne OP who assisted pope Francis as deacon and bro. Jesse Maingot OP who helped serving. Please find below some photo’s of the event with thanks to Fr. Ciaran Dougherty OP for providing them:

Fr. Lambert @ 100

Fr. Lambert (Larry) Greenan OP  (1917-2017)

Recently the oldest member of the Province celebrated his 100th birthday. Fr. Lambert was born in Newry in what is now Northern Ireland on 11th January 1917. Together with his brothers he served as an altar boy in the local Dominican church of St. Catherine’s. He joined the Order in in 1933 taking first profession a year later. Soon after in 1937, his brother, the recently deceased Fr. Clement, joined him in the Order. Fr. Lambert was ordained a priest on 29th September 1940. After World War II he was sent to San Clemente in Rome where he studied for his doctorate in Canon Law. Returning  to Tallaght he taught for many years in the Studium. His next appointment was as Prior to Dundalk. As the Second Vatican Council was ending the Provincial was asked to provide an English speaking friar to establish and edit the proposed English weekly edition of L’Osservatore Romano. Fr. Lamber was assigned this task and thus became the first editor of the English language edition of the Vatican newspaper. He continued this pioneering work until the early 1990s.  In his final years in Rome he became friendly with Mother Angelica and her EWTN mission. On her invitation he travelled to the USA for the first time and while there he began working with the Sister Servants of the Eternal Word. This community has proven to be a welcoming home to Fr. Lambert and to the visiting Irish brethren.

Frs. Gregory Carroll (Prior Provincial) and Thomas McCarthy (Prior of San Clemente) both travelled to Alabama to celebrate his 100th birthday with Fr. Lambert and the Sisters. ~All the members of the Province send their best wishes and greetings to Fr. Lambert. Ad multos annos.

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Holy Hour in St. Saviour’s

On Thursday 22nd, to mark the actual 800th anniversary of the day when Pope Honorius III confirmed the Order to St. Dominic as an Order of the universal Church, we have a Holy Hour in St. Saviour’s from 8.00 to 9.00, including Rosary, Benediction, and silent adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by Compline with procession to the altar of St. Dominic and blessing with the relic of St. Dominic.

Celebrate the Jubilee of the Order in the Monastery of St. Catherine of Siena

On Sunday 6th November the community of the Monastery of St. Catherine of Siena invited the members of the Province to join them to celebrate the Jubilee of the Order.

Over 30 of the brethren attended vespers and night prayer which was followed by a festive supper together in the common room of the monastery. After the supper some of the community and the brethren provided entertainment. It was a joyful and prayerful celebration of our common calling in the Order and a fitting way to celebrate the Jubilee.

The brethren thank the sisters for their generous hospitality.

Reception of ministries

On Saturday November 5th Brs. Matthew Farrell and Jesse Maingot received the ministry of lector while Br. Gaweł Włodarczyk of the Province of Poland received the ministry of acolyte.

Fr. Gregory Carroll reminded those receiving the ministry of lector that as readers and hearers of God’s word, they had the responsibility of proclaiming the word of God in the liturgical assembly, as well as instructing children and adults in the faith and preparing them to receive the sacraments worthily.

Fr. Gregory reminded all the brothers that in proclaiming God’s Word to others, that they should accept it themselves in obedience to the Holy Spirit.  He encouraged all the brethren attending that they should meditate on the Word of God constantly, so that each day they would have a deeper love of the scriptures and in all we as Dominicans say and do show forth to the world our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

When speaking to Bro. Gaweł, Fr. Gregory reminded him as a man chosen for the ministry of acolyte he would have a special role in the Church’s ministry.  It was now his responsibility to assist priests and deacons in carrying out their ministry, and as a special minister to give Holy Communion to the faithful at the liturgy and to the sick.  By receiving this ministry Br. Gaweł should endeavour to understand the deep spiritual meaning of what he was undertaking and to offer himself daily to God as a spiritual sacrifice acceptable to him through Jesus Christ.

Again meditating on this ministry Fr, Provincial reminded all the brethren that in performing our various ministries we should show a sincere love for Christ’s Mystical Body, God’s holy people, and especially for the weak and the sick.

Bro. Aaron Zahra OP of the Province of Malta assisted Fr. Gregory and Fr. Terence Crotty OP, student master.

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Video of bro. Philip Mulryne OP’s diaconate ordination

Bro. Philip Mulryne OP was ordained deacon in St. Saviour’s Dublin on Saturday the 29th of October.

Bro. Philip was ordained by the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, during a Mass celebrated at 2:30 pm in St. Saviour’s. Bro. Philip was joined by his family, friends and many Dominican brothers on this joyous occasion.

Bro. Philip will with the help of God be ordained to the priesthood sometime during the coming year, so please keep him in your prayers as he continues his studies.


Diaconate of bro Philip Mulryne

Find below some pictures of the Diaconate ordination of bro. Philip Mulryne OP in St. Saviour’s Dublin, which took place on Saturday the 29th of October.

Br Philip was ordained by the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, during a Mass celebrated at 2 pm in St. Saviour’s. Bro. Philip was joined by his family, friends and many Dominican brothers on this joyous occasion.

Bro. Philip will with the help of God be ordained to the priesthood sometime during the coming year, so please keep him in your prayers as he continues his studies.

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Dominican Parish Mission Derry

The Dominican brethren were invited to preach a Parish Mission in Derry City from the 15th to the 23rd of October during the Year of Mercy. The Mission took place in the parish of the Three Patron’s: St. Patrick’s Church, Pennyburn, St. Brigid’s Church Cairnhill, St. Joseph’s Church, Gallaigh.

Dominicans are not new to this northern city, as the first Friars arrived in 1279 and founded a sizeable convent and public chapel dedicated to St. Dominic, commonly called St. Dominic’s Abbey. Tradition has it that St.Vincent Ferrer, O.P., visited the Derry Dominicans and stayed for some time with his Irish brothers in the 15th Century.

The Abbey was sacked in the 1600’s and in 1601, 32 friars were martyred. They gave their lives for the Catholic faith and shed their blood in an area known as the Diamond close to the city walls. All 32 brothers were put to death in one night shedding their blood in the public square witnessed by many onlookers. The brothers finally left the city in the 1700s after many years of ministering in hiding.

The Parish Mission was preached by Frs. John Harris, John Walsh, Ciaran Dougherty, Luuk Jansen and Eoin Casey.

Each day the brothers celebrated  and preached Holy Mass at 6.30 am,10.00am and a Holy Hour at 7.30 pm in each church of the Parish. Three whole days were given to all day confessions and the sacrament was offered after each daily session.  Many people waited for long periods in the churches to avail of the sacrament in this Year of Mercy.

Topics covered by the brethren in their preaching, were Holy Eucharist, Reconciliation and Mercy, Family, Healing, Prayer and the Holy Rosary.

It was a blessed time and wonderful to see hundreds of faithful Derry Catholics attending daily, even at the early hour of 6.30 am. The faith is strong in Derry, a city which experienced much tragedy and sorrow from the 1960s  until the Northern Ireland Peace Agreement.

The brethren have been blessed by receiving such a wonderful welcome and being able to experience the faith and devotion of the Derry faithful. May Our Lady of Derry and the Dominican Martyrs intercede for her faithful people.