The political background to the proposed amendment to the Irish Constitution

On Wednesday 7th February the Commission for Studies organised a study day for the Irish Province of the Dominican Order on the issue of the referendum to amend the Irish Constitution which proposes to remove the right to life of the unborn.

Five speakers addressed the study day:

  • Fr. John Harris OP of the Studium presented the Thomistic understanding of human law.
  • Prof. Gerry Whyte of Trinity College Dublin presented the profound legal ramifications of the proposed amendment.
  • Ms. Maria Steen, a barrister at law and an accomplished journalist and social commentator presented the political background to the amendment and its disturbing effects on culture politically, socially and medically.
  • Finally two brave mothers from Every Life Counts, Tracy and Vicky, shared their own personal stories as parents of children who were diagnosed with a terminal condition.  They put a very human face on the issues that we will have to preach about and give guidance on.

We invite you to listen to the talks and to reflect seriously on the issues involved and support the campaign to save the lives of babies by helping to defeat the referendum to repeal Article 4.3.3. of the Irish Constitution.

The second talk is by Ms Maria Steen, presenting the political background to the amendment and its disturbing effects on culture politically, socially and medically.

 

An examination of the proposals to amend Art.40.3.3

On Wednesday 7th February the Commission for Studies organised a study day for the Irish Province of the Dominican Order on the issue of the referendum to amend the Irish Constitution which proposes to remove the right to life of the unborn.

Five speakers addressed the study day:

  • Fr. John Harris OP of the Studium presented the Thomistic understanding of human law.
  • Prof. Gerry Whyte of Trinity College Dublin presented the profound legal ramifications of the proposed amendment.
  • Ms. Maria Steen, a barrister at law and an accomplished journalist and social commentator presented the political background to the amendment and its disturbing effects on culture politically, socially and medically.
  • Finally two brave mothers from Every Life Counts, Tracy and Vicky, shared their own personal stories as parents of children who were diagnosed with a terminal condition. They put a very human face on the issues that we will have to preach about and give guidance on.

We invite you to listen to the talks and to reflect seriously on the issues involved and support the campaign to save the lives of babies by helping to defeat the referendum to repeal Article 4.3.3. of the Irish Constitution.

The first talk is by Prof. Gerry Whyte: “An examination of the proposals to amend Art.40.3.3”

Solemn Profession of Sr Cathy O.P.

Below are some photos of the Solemn Profession of sister Cathy, which took place on the 2nd of February 2018, the Feast of the Presentation. Sister Cathy made her Solemn vows as a Dominican Contemplative Nun in the Siena Monestry in Drogheda.

Vocations Icon – Galway

The latest stop of the Vocations Icon, an Icon of St. Dominic, is in Galway. After Newbridge College, Dundalk, Newry and Sligo the Icon moved this last weekend to our priory and church in the Claddagh in Galway.

The main aim of bringing the icon around the Irish Province is to encourage the congregation to pray for vocations. Prayer is the most important aspect of vocations promotion which is very clear from the “Year of Praying for Vocations”. A few years ago the Church celebrated a year of praying for vocations and the great response which came as a result proves that the Lord is always listening to our prayers.

Please join us in prayer for vocations.


Lord Jesus,
as once you called Saint Dominic to preach the Gospel,
so now, through the intercession of Our Blessed Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and patroness of the Order,
we ask you to send new preachers into your harvest.

Give them the graces necessary to preach with wisdom and courage.
May they be witnesses to your life, death and resurrection, bringing the light of the true faith into the darkness of people’s lives.
You who live and reign for ever and ever.

Amen


 

Empire of the Cross (Documentary)

In this 30-minute documentary, Fr. Allan White, O.P., braves the scorching heat of July in the city of Rome and delivers an on-site historical exploration of the Basilica of San Clemente located at its heart. Citing the discoveries of Father Joseph Mullooly, O.P., in the mid-19th Century, he explains how the basilica, built upon the ruins of a Roman nobleman’s home, is a living example of Catholic tradition.

This documentary is produced by Blackfriars Media.

The Dominicans on RTÉ Nationwide

Tomorrow Monday the 15th at 7pm on RTÉ Nationwide:

From professional footballer to priesthood, we meet a man who swapped his high flying career to join the Dominicans on Mon 15th Jan 7pm

The broadcast can be seen on the RTÉ Player.

Fr. Fergus Ryan successfully defended his doctoral thesis in Rome

Irish friar Fergus Ryan successfully defended his doctoral thesis in Rome in June 2016.
The thesis examined how experimental practices, called “Dialogue Mass”, used in parishes, schools, chaplaincies and World War II prisoner-of-war camps influenced the changes in the celebration of Mass introduced after the Second Vatican Council. The practices were novel in that they comprised communal recitation of prayers and responses by the people rather than the more traditional communal singing; the novelty had been controversial in the first decade of the 20th century.
Maximum marks were awarded by the examining board for the thesis and its defence, leading to the highest grade for the degree – summa cum laude. 
 
The head of the Pontifical Liturgical Institute which granted the degree requested the Irish provincial free the new Doctor of Sacred Liturgy to work at the institute as a lecturer.
The Dominicans are now the best represented Order at the institute, after the Benedictines who have run it on behalf of the Holy Father since its foundation in 1960, with a friar from the Polish province and our own Irish friar teaching there at present.
Fr Fergus is the first Irish Dominican friar to gain a doctoral degree in Rome at an institution other than the Dominican University, the Angelicum. 
 
A celebration is planned for June 2018 at the Irish friars’ community in Rome, San Clemente. 

Vocation Icon – Sligo

The Vocations Icon, an Icon of St. Dominic, is on a tour of the Irish Province. From Newbridge College in Newbridge the icon spend some time in Dundalk. The next stop was Newry and last weekend the Icon moved to Sligo.

Fr. Luuk OP, the Vocation Director, preached at the Sunday Masses to encourage the congregation to pray for vocations. Prayer is the most important aspect of vocations promotion. This is very clear from the “Year of Praying for Vocations” which the Church celebrated a few years ago and the great response which came as a result; both for the Dominicans as for the Diocese.

The Icon travels around the province to encourage prayer for vocations to the Dominican Order, and specifically the Irish Province. Please join us in prayer for vocations.


Lord Jesus,
as once you called Saint Dominic to preach the Gospel,
so now, through the intercession of Our Blessed Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and patroness of the Order,
we ask you to send new preachers into your harvest.

Give them the graces necessary to preach with wisdom and courage.
May they be witnesses to your life, death and resurrection, bringing the light of the true faith into the darkness of people’s lives.
You who live and reign for ever and ever.

Amen


 

Sligo Orpheus Choir sang in Holy Cross Friary, Sligo

The Sligo Orpheus Choir performed last Sunday the 10th of December in Holy Cross Friary in Sligo. The choir sang in support of the Simon Community Sligo Branch.

Please find some photos of the event below:

Vocations Icon – Newry

The Vocations Icon, an Icon of St. Dominic, started its tour of the Irish Province in October. The first church to visit was Newbridge College in Newbridge and subsequently the icon went to Dundalk where it remained for five weeks. Last weekend the Icon moved to Newry and Fr. Luuk OP, the Vocation Director of the Irish Province, preached at all the Masses to encourage the congregation to pray for vocations. There was a very warm welcome received from all who visited our church in Newry. The Icon will remain in Newry into the new year.

The Icon travels around the province to encourage prayer for vocations to the Dominican Order, and specifically the Irish Province. Please join us in prayer for vocations.


Lord Jesus,
as once you called Saint Dominic to preach the Gospel,
so now, through the intercession of Our Blessed Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and patroness of the Order,
we ask you to send new preachers into your harvest.

Give them the graces necessary to preach with wisdom and courage.
May they be witnesses to your life, death and resurrection, bringing the light of the true faith into the darkness of people’s lives.
You who live and reign for ever and ever.

Amen