Dominican Pilgrimage to Knock

The year the National Dominican Pilgrimage to Knock took place on Sunday the 8th of October. Each year on the second Sunday of October all branches of the Dominican Family travel to the Shrine and lead the liturgical celebrations. As always pilgrims travelled from all the various Dominicans foundations throughout the island of Ireland. Especially noted were the youth coming from the Friary Youth Club in Dundalk and the prefects from Newbridge College.

The official program began at 14:30 with the Anointing of the Sick, followed by Mass at 15:00. After the Mass there was Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and the blessing of the sick followed by the Rosary. Knock is the National Marian Shrine of Ireland. On the 21st August, 1879, fifteen people from the village of Knock witnessed an Apparition of Our Lady, St. Joseph, St. John the Evangelist, a Lamb and cross on an altar at the gable wall of the Parish Church. The witnesses while reciting the Rosary, watched the Apparition in the pouring rain for two hours. Although they themselves were saturated not a single drop of rain fell on the gable or the apparition.

Please find below a few pictures.

Praying for Vocations with the Vocations Icon

Ultimately the call to religious life is a call by God. In order to hear this call an attentive openness to the presence of God and his direction in ones life is fundamental. The call to prayer and communion is universal. Subsequent it is only within the close relationship with God that can develop through prayer and communion that a call to give oneself in the way of the religious life is normally perceived.

But while the openness and dedication to prayer of the individual is important, it is crucial to pray for vocations too. Jesus himself said “to pray to the Lord of the harvest to send labourers into his harvest” (cf. Mat 9:38/Luke 10:2). That prayer for vocations has a profound effect is clear from the extraordinary amount of vocations after the year dedicated to prayer for vocations. The Irish Province of the Dominicans itself had thirteen novices that year, something that hadn’t been seen for decades. There should be no doubt about the value of prayer in general, and prayer for vocations in particular!

In order to foster more prayer for vocations an Icon of St. Dominic,specially commissioned to promote prayer for vocations, has travelled around the country to encourage and promote prayer in years past. We have resumed this practice and have started with the display of the icon in the Dominican Church in Newbridge College. The icon will remain here until it will be brought next to St. Malachy’s in Dundalk on the weekend of the 22nd of October.

Please support us and keep praying 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.



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Credo Weekend

This past weekend the Dominicans organised a Credo Retreat Weekend. The retreat is called “Credo”because it is the Latin for “I believe”. The week-end is aimed at helping young Catholics unlock the treasures of the Church’s catechism and rediscover the beauty of being Catholic. In the last weekend about 20 people gathered together to learn about their faith, discuss various topics and to share it with each other. The retreat weekend had a good balance of prayer, study and socialising.

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Opening of the new Academic Year 2017-2018

On Monday evening 18th September the new academic year 2017-18 opened with the Mass of the Holy Spirit presided over by the Regent of Studies, Fr. Joseph Dineen OP.

After the Mass Fr. Philip Mulryne OP was awarded his  STB (Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology) parchment by the Provincial, Fr. Gregory Carroll OP.  Fr. Philip completed his four years of theological studies in the Studium in Dublin which  is affiliated to the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (The Angelicum) in Rome.

Solemn profession of Sr. Rose Miriam Collins OP

On Saturday  September 16th there was a special celebration in the Limerick Dominican Church to mark the solemn profession of Sr. Rose Miriam Collins OP. Sr. Rose Miriam took her perpetual vows on July 25 with 12 others of her  class in the mother house of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville.

Bishop Leahy of Limerick was the main celebrant of the Holy Mass. He was joined by a number of local Limerick diocesan priests together with a number of priests and brothers of the Irish Dominican Province. After the Mass the congregation were invited to join the sisters for tea and sandwiches.

Simple Professions

Today four of our novices made their First Profession into the Dominican Order. Yesterday, on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross the Irish Province received five new novices. The Novices who have spend the last year in our Noviciate in Cork have now made their First Profession. The next step in their life as a Dominican is to go to our Studium, which is St. Saviour’s priory in Dublin. There they will study philosophy and theology in the coming years.

We congratulate brothers Gary Toman O.P., Ruaidhri Grieve O.P., Peter O’Kane O.P. and Ciaran Egan O.P. on their commitment as they continue their formation within the Dominican Order in the coming years.

Please continue to keep all our brothers in your prayers.

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Reception of the Habit

The Feast of the Exultation of the Cross is the Feast of the Irish Province of the Dominican Order. This is traditionally the day that postulant coming to join the Order receive the habit. This year, the noviciate, is a time of deeper discernment in which the novice comes to  appreciate  the calling that God is offering to follow the way St. Dominic on the way of holiness.

This year the Irish Province is blessed with five new novices. The new novices were clothed in the Habit of the Dominican Order “for a trail period” in which they are living the life as a Dominican more fully and both the Order and the Novices can further discern from God their path. After a the year’s noviciate profession is made, on the 15th of September, the Feast of the Our Lady of Sorrows.

During the Mass the new novices pray:

We are brought here by the mercy of God and we have come to undertake  your way of life.
By this following of Christ, may we grow in love of God and neighbour as men who desire to obtain their own salvation and the salvation of others. May we be men of the Gospel, following in the footsteps of our Saviour.

Please join the Dominican Order, and the Irish Province, in praying for out new Novices, for a fruitful noviciate in the year to come.

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Solemn Profession of bro. Matthew Farrell O.P.

Congratulations to bro. Matthew Farrell O.P. on the occasion of his Solemn Profession. The Provincial, Fr. Gregory Carroll OP, received the profession of brother Matthew during the 11.30 am Mass in St. Saviour’s Church, Dominick Street. The Province extends its congratulations and best wishes bro Matthew as well as our prayers.

By profession, a Dominican dedicates himself to God, following Christ by leading an evangelical life in the Order. In this way his baptismal consecration becomes more filly effective. By the profession of obedience he binds himself to live the evangelical counsels, renouncing certain things of undoubted value without detriment to true human development. He embraces Christ’s self-emptying while sharing in his life in the Spirit. So, by being faithful, he gives a clearer witness in the Church to the values of the kingdom of heaven. A Dominican also promises to obey the Virgin Mary in filial devotion. By profession a Dominican promises to be obedient to St. Dominic and be faithful to his spirit and project.

Visit of the pilgrim statue of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima to Newbridge College

A statue of Our Lady of Fatima, blessed by Pope Francis, has begun a tour of Ireland. In a celebration of 100 years since the Virgin Mary appeared to three children in the Portugese village, the three-foot-high statue started its journey in Armagh and a series of services will take place across Ireland to mark the jubilee year of the apparitions.

The pilgrim statue will be in the Newbridge College Church from Friday the 1st of September till Sunday the 4rd of September, with the following program:
Friday:  8 pm: Welcoming ceremony with Holy Mass

10 am: Holy Mass with special homily
5pm: Cenacle of prayer for priests

5.30 pm: Holy Mass and farewell Ceremony