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


 

Rosary on the Coast

Three Dominican Churches in Ireland will take part in the Rosary for Life and Faith on the Coast on November 26th, Solemnity of Christ the Universal King. Over 270 groups are meeting around the coast of our nation to pray the Rosary for the protection of life from conception to natural death and for an increase in faith in the Irish nation.

For those who cannot attend a group on the coastline, the rosary will be recited at 2.30pm in the following Dominican Churches.

Dominican College Chapel, Newbridge, Co. Kildare
Dominican Black Abbey, Kilkenny City.
Monastery Chapel of Siena Convent. The Twenties. Drogheda Co. Louth.

For more information see www.coastalrosaryireland.ie

Celtic Connections: Fr. John Walsh on the Rosary

EWTN’s Celtic Connections host Kathy Sinnott had Fr John Walsh O.P. as guest on the radio program last summer.

Fr John Walsh O.P. of the Irish Dominicans shares an encouraging message on the Holy Rosary. Inspired by generations of Irish who have prayed the rosary for centuries, Fr John encourages us to renew our commitment to praying the rosary for our conversion, our loved ones and for the world. Fr John Walsh is the promoter of the Rosary Apostolate and Confraternity in Ireland.

This message was given in Ballinasloe, Galway, Ireland at a conference hosted by The Institute of Marian Studies with the World Apostolate of Fatima Ireland.

To listen to the recording, please visit the EWTN website.