Dominican Pilgrimage to Knock

This year the National Dominican Pilgrimage to Knock took place last Sunday the 14th of October. Each year on the second Sunday of October all branches of the Dominican Family travel to the Knock Shrine and lead the liturgical celebrations. As always pilgrims travelled from all the various Dominicans foundations throughout the island of Ireland. This year Fr. Ben Moran OP was the principle celebrant and Fr. Joe Dineen OP the preacher.

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.

Rosary Rally and Fatima Novena

The start of the Fatima Novena in St. Mary’s Church, Popes Quay in Cork, was marked with a Rosary Rally last Saturday. There was a great turnout and all processed from the Grand Parade to St Mary’s church with the statue of Our Lady. Bro Jesse Maingot OP preached at the Mass which followed to open the Novena.

The Fatima Novena runs daily in St Mary’s until coming Sunday the 7th if October.

Please find some picture of the event below.

Simple Professions

Today our three novices made their First Profession into the Dominican Order. The Novices who have spend the last year in our Noviciate in Cork have now made their First Profession to continue with the next step in their life as a Dominican. In our Studium, which is St. Saviour’s priory in Dublin, they will study philosophy and theology in the coming years to, with the help of God, be ordained priest in years to come.

We congratulate brothers Benedict M.D. McGlinchey O.P., Christopher Vincent D. Gault O.P. and Blazej Martin J. Bialek 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 as well as those who God calls to respond to His call.

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Attribution to Fr. Hugh Fenning

Fr. Hugh Fenning OP passed away on Wednesday the 25th of July 2018. Colmán Ó Clabaigh OSB kindly sent the following message to the province which we share to recognistion the attribution of all the work Fr Hugh has done over the years.

Dear Father Provincial and Dominican Brethren
I’have just now learned of Dr Hugh Fenning’s death. As I am unable to get to the funeral I wanted to let you know, as his confreres, that I am praying for him and that he was remembered at the Conventual Mass in Glenstal today. He was a larger than life character and one who was enormously supportive of my research for The Friaris in Ireland 1224-1540. I greatly valued his combination of erudition, criticism, kindness and occasionally acerbic wit. He made many contributions to the history of Irish Catholicism and of the Order of Preachers. I think particularly of his edition of Benedict O’Sullivan’s Medieval Irish Dominican Studies for which he painstakingly tracked down every source and reference that O’Sullivan used but never cited. This was very much labour of love for him and along with his own publications will long be the standard reference works for Irish Dominican history.
Dr Bernadette Williams has also asked me to convey her sympathies to you. She too corresponded with Fr Hugh in preparing her edition of the chronicle of the 14th-century Dublin Dominican, Friar John Pembridge.
Like you I feel his loss keenly and pray that he now joins the chorus of those who he researched so diligently in singing the Salve Regina and O Lumen Ecclesiae at the Wedding Banquet of the Lamb.
In Dno
Colmán Ó Clabaigh OSB

What happened in 1968? – Ratzinger Symposium

“What happened in 1968?”, a talk of the Ratzinger Symposium given by Prof.  Tracey Rowland member of the International Theological Commission.
The  Ratzinger Symposium met on Saturday 9th of June 2018 in Saint Saviours Priory in Dublin from 11am to 1pm.

Credo Weekend – this weekend

This weekend there is another “Credo Weekend” calling young Catholics (18-35 yrs) to join us for a weekend of Catholic Doctrine, Discussion, Prayer & Community.

This time the theme for the weekend in ‘Creation’ and a variety of talks will be given connected to this subject.

The weekend will be the 15th to the 17th of June in Glencomeragh Retreat House, Co. Waterford (The Holy Family mission). The cost of the weekend is 80 euro.

Contact Fr. Brian Doyle O.P. to book a place or to get more information. The phone number is 01 889 7610 or use the contact form to send an email:

“Always be prepared to make a defence to any one who calls yo to account fir the hope that is in you” – 1 Peter 3:15.

The Visitation of Our Blessed Lady to Elizabeth

Today, the last day of Mary’s month, we celebrate the Visitation of Our Blessed Lady to St Elizabeth. On the occasion of this meeting between the two cousins, both women were with child. Our Holy Mother carried the Divine Lord within her womb and St Elizabeth was pregnant with St John the Baptist.

The famous meeting is depicted in this stained glass window at St Saviour’s on Dominick Street. As it is the last day of May, today presents a fine opportunity to greet Our Blessed Lady by making a visit to a grotto or any of her shrines in a church near you. She is always eager to hear our prayers. Given that today’s feast also celebrates the meeting of Our Lord and St John the Baptist, both of whom were in their mother’s wombs, let us pray especially that with Holy Mary’s maternal protection we will continue to defend the life of unborn children until we have gained final victory over the forces of evil.

(From the St. Saviour’s Facebook Page)

Diaconate Ordinations 2018

Brother Matthew Farrell and Br Jesse Maingot, members of the Irish Dominican Province, were ordained deacons in St Saviour’s church, Dublin, yesterday, 2 April, by Bishop Denis Nulty.

Matthew Farrell is a native of Daingean, Co. Offaly. Jesse Maingot is a native of Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies. Bro. Jesse does his formation as a Dominican in Ireland as the Dominican Priories in Trinidad and Tobago are part of the Irish Province.

Both men joined the Order in 2012, making profession of solemn vows (lifelong commitment) in 2017. Brother Matthew and Brother Jesse will continue their studies in theology as part of the journey towards being ordained priests in the summer of 2019.

Video of the Solemn Profession of Sr. Cathy OP

On the 2nd of February 2018, the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord, sister Mary Cathy Howard O.P made her Solemn vows as a Dominican Contemplative Nun in the Siena Monestry in Drogheda. Please find a short video encapsulating this event below.

Master of the Order Opens New Classroom Block at Newbridge College

On Friday, 23 March 2018, Fr Bruno Cadore, Master of the Order, blessed and opened a new class-room block, at Newbridge College, in the town of Newbridge, Co. Kildare, 49 km south-west of Dublin city centre. The school founded, with 50 pupils, as a boarding school for boys in 1852, is now a co-educational, secondary day-school with 884 students and a teaching staff of 73. Despite falling numbers, Dominican friars remain active in the College as chaplains and as teachers of religious knowledge, as well as serving on the Board of Governors.

The new block, of 17 additional rooms, is named the Walker Building, after Fr Dominic Walker who, with Fr Nicholas Freyne, founded the college in response to the educational needs arising after Catholics in Ireland and Britain were granted emancipation from the Penal Laws.

Speaking to the assembly of teachers, students and guests, Fr Bruno reflected on the values described in the College’s statement of its vision and its educational philosophy. The College is ‘dedicated to promoting, in co-operation with parents and guardians, the religious, spiritual, moral, academic, aesthetic, cultural, physical, emotional, and social development of all the students committed to its care.’ Further, the College seeks to impart ‘values for living in a way that shows respect for all that is noble and true. It acknowledges that each of its students is uniquely gifted and it seeks to provide each one of them with curricular and extra-curricular opportunities that are suited to his/her aptitudes and aspirations.’ Fr Bruno saw in this commitment to cooperative action and to being actively respectful of the unique gifts of each individual an ongoing expression of the Dominican ethos. And he wished parents, students and staff continuing success.