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

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

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.


Ambassador Extraordinaire: Daniel O’Daly

Ambassador Extraordinaire: Daniel O’Daly, 1595-1662
(Dublin: Arlen House, 2017)
Margaret MacCurtain, O.P.

This fascinating study explores the career of Ireland’s first modern diplomat, Daniel O’Daly. Born in Kilsarkan, County Kerry, in 1595, he became a significant figure in seventeenth century ecclesiastical and political life at a time when Ireland’s relationship with Europe was both considerable and subtle. He was an historian, founder of an Irish college and a convent in Portugal, confessor and adviser to kings and queens, a prime mover in both the Stuart Restoration of Charles II and the Portuguese Restoration; and shortly before he died in 1662 he was nominated as bishop-elect of Coimbra, Portugal.

The research for this book was conducted by Sr Margaret MacCurtain, O.P., between 1956 and 1963 in archives in Ireland, Portugal, Italy, Spain, France, and England, consulting original sources in Irish, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, Latin and Tudor and Stuart English. The manuscript, missing for almost fifty years, was recently rediscovered and is prepared for publication by the author, one of Ireland’s most distinguished historians.


Interview with Fr. Philip Mulryne O.P

True Light Catholic Media did an interview with Fr. Philip Mulryne O.P, who was a professional football player before becoming a Dominican Friar.
Fr. Philip was ordained to the priesthood as part of the Dominican Order in early July. Additional videos and photos of this joyful celebration are available.

True Light Catholic Media is based in Malta, you can visit their website and they have a Youtube channel.

First Mass Fr. Philip Mulryne OP

On Monday the 10th of July 2017 newly Ordained Fr. Philip Mulryne OP celebrated his First Mass in his home parish in St Oliver Plunkett Church in Belfast.

It was a great occasion and many family, friends and neighbours joined for the occasion and filled the church to the brim. Please find some photo’s of this great celebration below.

Photo’s can be used for publication once the Irish Province of the Dominican Order and this website are credited.

Homily of Archbishop Joseph Augustine Di Noia OP 

Homily given by Archbishop Joseph Augustine Di Noia OP during the Ordination of Fr. Philip Mulryne OP.

“You did not choose me, but I chose you.”  These words express our faith, dear brothers and sisters: that this friar – our brother, and your beloved son and friend – has been chosen by Jesus Christ, the great High Priest, to carry out publicly in His name, and on behalf of the human race, a priestly office in the Church.  No one takes this upon himself but only when called by God.  “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power.”  Just as Christ was sent by the Father, he in turn sent the Apostles into the world, so that through them and their successors, the Bishops, he might continue without interruption to exercise his office of Teacher, Priest, and Shepherd.  Indeed, priests are established co-workers of the Order of Bishops, with whom they are joined in the priestly office and with whom they are called to the service of the people of God. 

This Holy Priesthood is an extension of the mystery of the Incarnation itself.  The only begotten Son of God, who came to us in human flesh as our Savior, did not leave us as orphans after His passion, death and resurrection.

After He had ascended to the right hand of the Father, He willed to remain with us always, first of all by his presence in the Holy Eucharist, where He shares with us His body and blood, and remains present for our loving adoration.  Christ ensured this by giving to His disciples, and through them, to their successors, the power of the priesthood to commemorate, in persona Christi, in his Person, this very sacrifice of His love and His friendship for us as if we had been present at the Lord’s Supper on that Thursday evening centuries ago.  Of this sacrifice,  Saint Justin Martyr wrote: “For not as common bread and common drink do we receive these; but in like manner as Jesus Christ our Savior, having been made flesh by the Word of God, had both flesh and blood for our salvation, so likewise have we been taught that the food which is blessed by the prayer of His word, and from which our blood and flesh by transmutation are nourished, is the flesh and blood of that Jesus who was made flesh” (First Apology, 66).  Priests are the instruments of this Eucharistic mystery.  Through them God wills to pour out His grace – His friendship and love – on us in the Church through the preaching of the Word and the celebration of the Sacraments. 

In this way, the Son of God continues to be in our midst in a manner adapted to our human nature – by sending His only Son who in turn commissioned the Apostles and their successors – so that we might receive His word and His grace from other human beings.  The hand of another human being blesses us, pours the water of Baptism on our heads, offers the body and blood of Christ to us in the Eucharist, and is raised in absolution unto the forgiveness of sins.  Through these visible and tangible sacramental actions,  God bestows His invisible grace on us, drawing us into a participation in the communion of love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  These are the fruits of the Paschal Mystery for whose service you have been chosen.  “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide.”

After mature deliberation, dear Brother Philip, you have shown your readiness to embrace the service to which you have been called.  Whatever gain you had, you have counted as loss.  In a real sense, your experience as an athlete has helped to prepare you for this moment: you have known the meaning of working hard to attain a goal, and now the goal is Christ.  You are to be ordained to the priesthood so as to serve him – Teacher, Priest, and Shepherd – by whose ministry his body the Church grows into the people of God.  In being configured to Christ the eternal High Priest and joined to the priesthood of the Bishops, you will be consecrated as a true priest of the New Testament, to preach the Gospel, to shepherd God’s people, and to celebrate the sacred Liturgy, especially the Lord’s sacrifice.

This configuration to Christ is an interior transformation of your very being.  When, during His first appearance to the disciples, Our Lord breathed upon them, it was to show, according to Saint Cyril of Alexandria:

“that the gift of the Holy Spirit necessarily attends those who are ordained by him to be apostles of God….Transforming them into something other than they were before, Jesus consecrates them by actual sanctification, making them partakers in his nature, through participation in the Spirit and in a sort of strengthening of the nature of humanity into a power and glory that is superhuman” (Commentary on the Gospel of John 12, 1). 

You are to be raised to the Order of the Priesthood.  For your part you will exercise the sacred duty of teaching in the name of Christ the Teacher, and in imitation of our blessed founder, Saint Dominic.  Impart to everyone the word of God which you have received with joy.  Meditating on the law of the Lord, see that you believe what you read, that you teach what you believe, and that you practice what you teach.  

What is more, you will exercise in Christ the office of sanctifying.  By your ministry the spiritual sacrifice of the faithful will be made perfect, being united to the sacrifice of Christ, which will be offered through your hands in an unbloody way on the altar, in union with the faithful, in the celebration of the sacraments.  Understand, therefore, what you do and imitate what you celebrate.  As celebrants of the mystery of the Lord’s death and resurrection, strive to put to death whatever in your members is sinful and to walk in newness of life.

When you gather others into the people of God through Baptism, when you forgive sins in the name of Christ and the Church in the sacrament of Penance, when you comfort the sick with holy oil and celebrate the sacred rites, when you offer prayers of praise and thanks to God throughout the hours of the day, not only for the people of God but for the world – remember that you have been taken from among men and appointed on their behalf for those things that pertain to God.  Therefore, carry out the ministry of Christ the Priest with constant joy and genuine love, attending not to your own concerns but to those of Jesus Christ. 

As you receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders today, recall that the priesthood is at the heart of your Dominican vocation:

“Made cooperators of the episcopal order by priestly ordination, we have as our special function the prophetic office by which the Gospel of Jesus Christ is proclaimed everywhere both by word and example, with due consideration for the conditions of persons, times, and places so that faith is awakened or penetrates more deeply all life in the building up of the body of Christ, which is perfected by the sacraments of faith” (LCO 1.v). 

Saint Dominic was a priest himself who had exercised his priestly ministry as a canon of the Cathedral of Osma where he also lived in community under a religious rule.  This model of the religious priest or the priestly religious was at least in part the inspiration for his new foundation: “The Order’s nature as a religious society derives from its mission and its fraternal communion.  Since the ministry of the word and of the sacraments of faith is a priestly function, ours is a clerical order, in whose mission the co-operator brothers too share in many ways, exercising the common priesthood in a manner specific to them” (LCO

Dear brother, your years of priestly formation unfolded in the setting of the fraternal communion of the Dominican Order.  In effect, you were preparing for the priesthood at the same time you were learning to be Dominicans.  This twofold formation intertwined at every point until today when, by the laying of hands, you will be made sharers in Christ’s work of mediation through which, as Saint Thomas says, you will, with Christ, both communicate “divine things to the people” and offer to God the prayers of the people and to some degree “make reparation to God for their sins” (Summa theol. 3a, 22,1).  The abundance of divine grace you have received in your Dominican and priestly formation has brought you to this wonderful moment.

Finally, dear brother, exercising for your part the office of Christ, Head and Shepherd, while united with the Bishop and subject to him, strive to bring the faithful together into one family, so that you may lead them to God the Father through Christ in the Holy Spirit.  Keep always before your eyes the example of the Good Shepherd who came not to be served but to serve, and who came to seek out and save what was lost.  May your life be marked especially by the same fervent zeal for souls that was manifest in our Holy Father Saint Dominic and in countless other holy priests and bishops of the Order of Preachers.  Make your own the stirring words of Saint Paul: “Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Amen.


For some photos and a short video of the occasion please click here. More will follow soon.

Ordination to the Priesthood of Fr. Philip Mulryne OP

Today in Dublin Reverend Brother Philip Mulryne OP was ordained a priest for the Dominican Order (Order of Preachers) by His Grace Archbishop Joseph Augustine Di Noia OP during the 11.00am celebration of Mass in Saint Saviour’s Church, Dominican Street.  Archbishop Augustine Di Noia is Assistant Secretary at the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith and he travelled from Rome for today’s special ceremony.

Philip Mulryne was born in Belfast and whilst playing for his parish soccer team: Saint Oliver Plunkett, Philip was spotted by a scout for Manchester United Football Club and invited as a 14 year old to go to Manchester for a trial.  Philip impressed and then signed a schoolboy contract for 2 years.  In 1994 Philip finished secondary school and went to Manchester United full time as a professional on a four-year contract.  Making his debut in 1997 against Ipswich Town Football Club, Philip played five times in total for the first team before being transferred to Norwich City Football Club in 1999, playing 135 times for Norwich City during a period of six years.  Philip made his debut for the Northern Ireland Football Team in 1997 against Belgium and went on to play 27 times for Northern Ireland, scoring three goals.

After short spells at Cardiff City and Leyton Orient, Philip retired officially from football in 2009 and entered the Diocesan Seminary of Saint Malachy’s Belfast, spending two years studying philosophy at Queens University Belfast and at the Maryvale Institute.  Philip completed his studies in philosophy and went to the Pontifical Irish College, Rome, to study theology for one year at the Gregorian University before discerning a call to religious life.  Philip entered the Dominican Novitiate House in Cork in 2012.

We rejoice with Fr. Philip and his family on this beautiful day. Please keep Fr. Philip OP in your prayers as he starts the next step of his life as a Dominican in his priestly vocation!

Please see blow some pictures of the events, and a short video. A more extended video can be viewed here.

The photos and the video are free to be used for publication once the Irish Province of the Dominican Order and this website are credited. The full size of the uploaded pictures can be downloaded when clicking on the picture and using the link at the right bottom. The video file can be downloaded here.