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.

Activities in Dundalk

El clasico, Dundalk style, a charity football event was held in the Friary field on Sat 4th November. The Dominican select XI, captained by former Man Utd and Norwich player Fr Philip Mulryne OP, took on the local team St Dominic’s and their select XI, captained by Liam Burns. Afterwards it was off to the Friary Church for the opening of the Novena, preached by Fr Philip who was accompanied at Mass by the new Friary choir made up of, mostly, members of the Friary Youth Club.

Twenty-four hours later people came together in the Dominican hall – next to the Church – to hear a number of speakers including Fr Philip, to launch a new course to be run by the Friary Introduction to Christianity.

All in all it was a busy, but fun week-end, in the Friary.

St. Martin de Porres Novenas

St. Martin de Porres is one of those Dominican Saints who enjoys a great popularity in Ireland. The Feast Day of St. Martin is the 3rd of November, and in honour of St. Martin many of our Dominican Priories have Novenas, Weeks of Prayer or Triduums in the coming two weeks. Please check our event calendar or with your local Dominican Church to join in prayer in honour of St. Martin and ask him to intercede for our needs.

St. Martin, please pray for us!

Vocations Icon

Last month the Vocations Icon, an Icon of St. Dominic, started a new tour of the Irish Province in Newbridge College in Newbridge to encourage prayer for vocations to the Dominican Order, and specifically the Irish Province. The Icon moved to St. Malachy’s in Dundalk last weekend, the 21st and 22nd and of October. The icon will remain in Dundalk for about four weeks before it will continue its journey to the next priory.

Please keep supporting us and pray 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