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

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

Sunday:
5.30 pm: Holy Mass and farewell Ceremony

Dominican Centenary Pilgrimage to Fatima (updated)

This week marks the Centenary Pilgrimage of the Irish Province of the Dominicans to Fatima. As it is a hundred year this year that the apparitions in Fatima happened the province organised a pilgrimage to pray and reflect on the events that happened in Portugal about a hundred years ago. On the pilgrimage are 87 pilgrims including eleven Dominicans of which four students. Some of the photos of the pilgrimage will be shared in this post.

Please pray for the pilgrimage while it is taken place!

It is Right and Just

In addition to the Irish and the USA editions, and It is Right and Just! has now been published in an Australian edition.

Solemn Profession of bro. Jesse Maingot O.P.

On the Feast of the Queenship of Mary, the 22nd of August, bro. Jesse Maingot O.P. made his Solemn Profession in the Order of Friars Preachers.

When a young man joins the Dominican Order he starts with a Noviciate year to discern if God is calling him to join the Order. After the first year simple profession is made which vows the candidate for a limited amount of time to further discern the call. Usually this period is the start of formation as a Dominican brother and the study of philosophy and theology and last for about three or four years. After this period under simple or temporary vows the time comes to make profession for the rest of ones life, until death, which is called solemn vows. This is the step bro. Jesse has just made, to vow his life to God through his vocation to the Dominican Order and to serve God in this way the rest of his life.

Some photos of the Mass during which bro Jesse made his vows can be found below. Bro Jesse made his profession in his home country of Trinidad and Tobago into the hand of the provincial of the Irish Provence Fr. Gregory Carroll O.P.

Please keep bro. Jesse in your prayers as he continues his theological studies in St. Saviour’s in Dublin and journeys towards his priestly ordination.