Mission in the Parish of Glenravel

As part of the ongoing preaching mission of the Irish Dominican Province, Dominican friars, Fr Luuk Jansen, of Newbridge Priory, Kildare and Fr. Brian Doyle, of St Saviour’s Priory Dublin, recently undertook a preaching mission to the Parish of Glenravel, just outside the town of Ballymena, in Co. Antrim. Glenravel is a beautiful country Parish situated in the heart of the Glens of Antrim, and administered by Parish priest Fr. Gabriel Lyons. The mission in Glenravel consisted of a preached Novena from the Saturday the 29th of April to Sunday the 7th of May. The two Dominican friars preached at all of the weekend masses and at the two daily masses (11.00am 7.30pm) on alternate days and heard confessions after each mass. The daily themes for the weekend included preaching on the theme of forgiveness, on the Eucharist, on prayer, and on healing, including administering the sacrament of the sick on one of the particular days. Each day, the friars also undertook house visitation to sick members of the parish who were unable to come to St Mary, Queen of Peace Church for the Novena, chatted to them and promised to pray for their intentions.

During their stay, the friars were also fortunate enough to be invited to speak to the students at both St. Patricks Secondary school in Ballymena, and St. Killian’s in Glenarm. There the brothers celebrated mass for more than 200 students, spoke to the students about their own journey to the priesthood and tried to answer all of the student’s questions. At St. Killian’s they also met the teaching staff and had lunch with them. The friars also had the opportunity to speak to all of the classes in Our Lady Queen of Peace Primary school in Glenravel Parish and to take questions from the young children there – all of the strange and wonderful questions that only children think of! They gave out miraculous medals to the children who were delighted to receive them.

Overall, the mission was an extremely blessed experience and a wonderful success. The people of Glenravel and Fr. Gabriel were extremely hospitable and warmly welcomed and the friars would gladly visit the beautiful Glens of Antrim again at any time.


Parish Mission in the Parish of Drumbo and Carryduff

Our brothers have recently returned from preaching a Parish Mission in the Parish of Drumbo and Carryduff in East Belfast. Fr’s John Walsh, Maurice Colgan and Terence Crotty preach the mission dedicated to the Centenary of Fatima. The Parish Church was the first church to be dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Ireland, so it was fitting to preach on the message of Fatima for nine days.

Preaching topics covered by the friars included, Prayer, Reconciliation, Healing, the Holy Eucharist, the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Rosary. Three liturgies were celebrated daily, Morning Mass with preaching at 7.00am, again at 9.30 am and an evening liturgy of Rosary, Sermon and Solemn Benediction. Many hours of confessions were heard over the nine days, including one whole day of confessions. The mission concluded with the blessing of Roses and Rosaries on the final weekend when the statue of Our Lady of Fatima was crowned and vested with a special rosary beads from the shrine at Fatima.

The brethren were very grateful to the people of Carryduff for the kindness and welcome shown to them over the mission days and especially grateful to Fr. Michael Sheenan, PP and Fr. Conor McGrath, CC for their kind invitation to preach in their parish.

Dominican Parish Mission 6-14th of May 2017.

Fatima Procession in Dundalk

There is a great relationship between the Dominicans and Fatima.  For instance, in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary in Fatima on the left of the main altar there stands a statue of St. Dominic, Founder of the Order of Preachers. Over the main entrance to this same Basilica and welcoming every pilgrim to Fatima, is the great marble statue of the Immaculate Heart of Mary sculpted by Fr. Thomas McGlynn, OP. Also the strong relationship between Fatima and the Order of Preachers comes from Mary’s appeals for the prayer of the Holy Rosary, the Rosary being the prayer most strongly linked with the Order.

The Dominican Friary in Dundalk has always had a special devotion to Our Lady of Fatima, clearly visible in its nearly unbroken commitment to the first five Saturday devotions, since the 1930’s. This commitment continues with our recent public Fatima Procession through the streets of Dundalk and our current Novena, being preached this year by Fr Eoin Casey OP.

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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