Habit Receptions 2015

We are delighted to welcome our four new novices to the Province. During the 11am mass in St. Mary’s, Cork, the Provincial, Fr. Gregory Carroll OP, clothed the new novices in the habit of the Dominican Order.

The new novices were joined by their family and friends as well as many of the brethren from around the country. The Novice Master, Fr. Stephen Hutchinson OP, now takes charge of the novices for the coming year. The novices begin to live the life of a Dominican, praying with the community, having classes in the history and traditions of the Order, studying the Constitutions and spending time in personal prayer before the Lord.

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Solemn Professions in Dublin

Congratulations to Br’s Patrick Desmond and Kevin O’Reilly on the occasion of their Solemn Profession. The Provincial, Fr. Gregory Carroll OP, received the profession of the two brothers during the 11.30 am Mass in St. Saviour’s Church, Dominick Street. Many family and friends of the brothers were present along with a large number of the brethren. The Province extends its congratulations and best wishes to Pat and Kevin, as well as prayers for their future.

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.

(Adapted from the Constitutions and Ordinations of the Brothers of the Order of Preachers.)

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Mass for Closing of Academic Year 2015: Video

This video is a recording of the homily given by Fr. John Harris OP, the Regent of Studies for the Irish province, at the Mass for the closing of the Academic Year 2015. The Mass was celebtrated in our Studium in Dublin by Fr. Harris who was joined by the community and the teaching staff of the Studium.

Diaconate Ordinations 2015

The Irish Province of the Dominicans rejoiced at the ordination to the Diaconate of six of its student brothers. Br’s David McGovern, Damian Polly, Ronan Connolly, Daragh McNally, Conor McDonough and Eoin Casey were ordained this afternoon by His Grace, Diarmuid Martin, the Archbishop of Dublin. Many of the brothers from the wider province were present to witness the largest ordination in the province since the early 1970’s.

The six brothers ordained have been studying philosophy and theology at St. Saviours for the past six years and will continue their studies until their ordination to the priesthood next year, coinciding with the celebrations of the Order for the 800th anniversary of its foundation.

The newly ordained will begin their ministry of service in St. Saviours before venturing out into the wider province to preach and gain experience of different communities and pastoral situations. Please keep these newly ordained deacons in your prayers as they enter their final year of studies and preparation for priesthood.

The video of the Mass can be found here:



Two Brothers Conferred in Maynooth

Two brothers conferred in Maynbooth

Two brothers were conferred yesterday with their degrees at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Bro. Pat Desmond OP in Philosophy and Sociology and Bro. Conor McDonagh OP in Philosophy and Latin.

iDoms Portal now also on Android

After we have had the iDoms Portal for iPhones and iPads for over 2 years, we finally finished up the first release of the Android version. The portal currently provides access to articles, audio files and videos aggregated from the various websites of the Dominican Order.  We have been working very hard behind the scenes in creating this new App which is available for free from the Google Play Store. The free App for iPhone and iPad is still available from the App Store.

We have also created an App which can be used as a Vocabulary/Flashcard training tool for Greek, Latin and Hebrew, the iDoms Vocab. You can read more about it here: the iTunes store.If you have any ideas/suggestions/comments or questions regarding our Apps, please go to the Contact section on the website to email us!

There are some significant costs involved in the development and running of this project, so please consider supporting it by making a donation.


Mass to celebrate the memory of Fr Thaddeus Moriarty OP

On Sunday 20th October members of the Dominican family gathered to celebrate the memory of Father Thaddeus (Tadhg) Moriarty OP
Nearly two hundred people gathered with the local Dominican brethren and the local chapters of the Dominican laity at a Mass celebrated by the Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, Dr. Charles Brown to commemorate the Irish martyr Fr. Thaddeus Moriarty OP. At the Mass rock where he was captured they gathered to celebrate Mass and to pray for his beatification.

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Busy Weekend!

Mid-September is a very happy time for the Irish Dominican Province. The Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross (14 September), is traditionally the day when the Dominican habit is received by incoming novices, and is remembered by all the brothers as the anniversary of their entry into the Order. This year, the Order is delighted to welcome Brs Greg and Neil, who will spend their novitiate year in St Mary’s Priory, Pope’s Quay, Cork. They are pictured below with their new novice master.

The following day, the Memoria of Our Lady of Sorrows (not celebrated this year), is our traditional day for first professions. Four brothers – Philip Pius, Michael, Matthew Gerard, and Jesse Antoninus Mary – took simple vows, and will make their way shortly to the studentate in Dublin, where they are eagerly awaited! They are pictured below as their scapulars are being blessed. Pray for these new Dominicans!

 Finally, here’s a shot of (nearly) all the Dominican brothers in formation. We’re all at different stages, some studying philosophy at NUIM, others studying theology in St Saviour’s, and some just beginning their journey in the Order.

 All pictures are taken from the blog of our vocations director, Irish Dominican Vocations.

Address from Archbishop Eamon Martin

Not long before he died, Pope John Paul told the young people in Rome, ‘There is no authentic celebration or adoration of the Eucharist that does not lead to mission’. In a world where human life itself is under attack, we have a particular and critical mission. The other day a member of the Apostolate of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration told me – I am offering up my holy hour each week before the Blessed Sacrament so that, even at this late stage, the government may have a change of heart and not introduce legislation for abortion into our country. The organisation ‘Precious Life’ is calling on all of us to offer forty days of prayer and fasting from the 12 May for the protection of unborn children in this country. I support these initiatives, because if we are in ‘communion’ with Christ, the Bread of Life, at Mass or during adoration, then we are also ‘commissioned’ to bring the Good News about Life out there into our community. How can we be in communion with the Bread of Life at Mass or here tonight and not speak the ‘Gospel of Life’ in our daily lives, especially these days when unborn human life is under such a direct threat in our country?

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Pro Life Holy Hour