Reception of ministries

On Saturday November 5th Brs. Matthew Farrell and Jesse Maingot received the ministry of lector while Br. Gaweł Włodarczyk of the Province of Poland received the ministry of acolyte.

Fr. Gregory Carroll reminded those receiving the ministry of lector that as readers and hearers of God’s word, they had the responsibility of proclaiming the word of God in the liturgical assembly, as well as instructing children and adults in the faith and preparing them to receive the sacraments worthily.

Fr. Gregory reminded all the brothers that in proclaiming God’s Word to others, that they should accept it themselves in obedience to the Holy Spirit.  He encouraged all the brethren attending that they should meditate on the Word of God constantly, so that each day they would have a deeper love of the scriptures and in all we as Dominicans say and do show forth to the world our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

When speaking to Bro. Gaweł, Fr. Gregory reminded him as a man chosen for the ministry of acolyte he would have a special role in the Church’s ministry.  It was now his responsibility to assist priests and deacons in carrying out their ministry, and as a special minister to give Holy Communion to the faithful at the liturgy and to the sick.  By receiving this ministry Br. Gaweł should endeavour to understand the deep spiritual meaning of what he was undertaking and to offer himself daily to God as a spiritual sacrifice acceptable to him through Jesus Christ.

Again meditating on this ministry Fr, Provincial reminded all the brethren that in performing our various ministries we should show a sincere love for Christ’s Mystical Body, God’s holy people, and especially for the weak and the sick.

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Bro. Aaron Zahra OP of the Province of Malta assisted Fr. Gregory and Fr. Terence Crotty OP, student master.

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Diaconate of bro Philip Mulryne

Find below some pictures of the Diaconate ordination of bro. Philip Mulryne OP in St. Saviour’s Dublin, which took place on Saturday the 29th of October.

Br Philip was ordained by the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, during a Mass celebrated at 2 pm in St. Saviour’s. Bro. Philip was joined by his family, friends and many Dominican brothers on this joyous occasion.

Bro. Philip will with the help of God be ordained to the priesthood sometime during the coming year, so please keep him in your prayers as he continues his studies.

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National Pilgrimage to Knock

On Sunday the 9th of October the National Dominican Pilgrimage to Knock took place.

Knock is the National Marian Shrine of Ireland. On the 21st August, 1879, fifteen people from the village of Knock witnessed an Apparition of Our Lady, St. Joseph, St. John the Evangelist, a Lamb and cross on an altar at the gable wall of the Parish Church. The witnesses while reciting the Rosary, watched the Apparition in the pouring rain for two hours. Although they themselves were saturated not a single drop of rain fell on the gable or the apparition.

Each year on the second Sunday of October all branches of the Dominican Family travel to the Shrine and lead the liturgical celebrations. This year was the 62nd National Dominican Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine. As always pilgrims travelled from all the various Dominicans foundations throughout the island of Ireland. This is always a great occasion to meet Dominican friends from all over the country. The official program began at 14:30 with the Anointing of the Sick, followed by Mass at 15:00. After the Mass there was Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and the blessing of the sick followed by the Rosary procession around the grounds of the Shrine.

It was a tremendous day and it was great to see so many people gather together celebrating this special year of jubilee, the 800th anniversary of the Dominican Order.

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Habit Reception and Simple Professions 2016

This video shows a brief account of the Mass during which the new novices of the Irish Province of the Dominican Order receive their habit. The reception of the habit, on the feast day of the Exaltation of the Cross which is the Feast of the Province, marks the start of their noviciate. In the noviciate the new novices continue to discern their vocation to the Dominicans in the coming year.

In the second part the outgoing novices make their Simple Profession. They promise obedience to the Master of the Order for three years and Fr. Gregory Carroll OP, prior provincial, takes the vows representing the Master of the Order. The newly professed brothers will now start their formal studies in our studium in St. Saviour’s, Dublin.

Simple Professions

The Irish Province of the Dominicans celebrated today as four novices made their First Profession into the Dominican Order. Ordinarily brothers take three years of Simple Profession after they finish their noviciate year and will start their studies in the Student House in Dublin.

We congratulate brothers Kevin Leavy O.P., Maurice White O.P., Anthony Kavanagh O.P. and Kellan Scott O.P. on making their commitment to the Order for the next three years as they continue to discern their vocation.

Please continue to keep all our brothers in your prayers.

Five new novices

The Irish Dominican Province is dedicated to the Exaltation of the Cross. Traditionally on this feast day the new novices receive their habits and enter into the Order. This year, the Jubilee of the Order, five new brothers, Gary Toman, Ruaidhri Grieve, Peter O’Kane, Pasi Kukkanan and Ciaran Egan received the habit from Fr. Gregory Carroll OP. We ask you to pray for these new brothers as they begin their journey in the Dominican Order.

 

 

Renewal of Simple Professions

While bro. Philip Mulryan O.P. made his Solemn Profession during the 11 am Mass on Sunday the 11th of September, bros Matthew Farrell O.P. and Jesse Maingot O.P. renewed their Simple Profession during morning prayer in St. Saviour’s Dublin.

Ordinarily brothers take three years of Simple Profession after they finish their noviciate and renew it then for one year before making their Solemn Profession. We congratulate Matthew and Jesse and pray for a fruitful year of studies before they make their Solemn Profession next year.

Later this week, on Wednesday the 14th, five men are to receive the Dominican Habit in St. Mary’s Pope’s Quay during the 11 am Mass and start their noviciate. The next day, the four current novices finishing their noviciate with their First Profession also in St. Mary’s, Pope’s Quay in Cork, during the 11 am Mass.

Please keep them in your prayers as they prepare for their own commitment and continuation of their journey into the Dominican way of life.

Solemn Profession bro. Philip Mulryne OP

The Irish Province celebrates the Solemn Profession of Br. Philip Mulryne OP. Solemn profession is  the final step in becoming fully a Dominican. The vow of obedience is made until death, unlike the vow of simple profession which is made for a specific period of time.

Br. Philip will continue his studies leading to his ordination to the diaconate and eventually, with the help of God and his brothers, to his ordination as a priest. Please pray for Br. Philip and Brs Jesse and Matthew who renewed their simple vows today.

Jubilee Pilgrimage

As part of the Province’s celebration of the 800th Jubilee of the Order a number of the younger friars organised a pilgrimage to various places connected to the Order in Italy.

The group of 51, which included six of the brethren headed first to Rome. Rome itself of course is an incredible city and many of the group had never visited before. On the first day we visited Saint Paul Outside-the-Walls to go through the Jubilee Door of Mercy. Our next stop was to Santa Sabina for our first Mass together.  After Mass Fr Vivian Boland gave us a most interesting tour of the basilica and convent. Santa Sabina was given to St. Dominic shortly after the Order was established. A special moment was the opportunity to pray in St. Dominic’s cell.

On the second day we visited the Vatican where Sr Emmanuela from the Missionaries of Divine Revelation gave us a tour of the Basilica.  The Missionaries of Divine Revelation, wearing a distinctive green habit, were specifically founded to give guided tours of the Vatican and Rome. So many tours only focus on the historical detail the sisters feel called to give a more comprehensive spiritual input in addition to the normal historical tours of the various Holy Places.  During the pilgrimage lunch times were generally free to explore more of the city and to get something to eat. In the afternoon we celebrated Mass in Santa Maria-Sopra-Minerva and visited Saint Catherine of Siena’s tomb.

The third day we started with Mass in San Clemente, the home of the Irish Dominicans’ in Rome. San Clemente is also a historical gem.  Excavations under the 12th century basilica have revealed a 4th century basilica as well as first century Roman houses and a Mithraic temple. Fr. Thomas Mc Carthy, prior of the community,  opened for us the amazing story of the excavations.  On leaving San Clemnente we visited the basilicas of  Santa Maria Magggiora and St. John Latern, taking in on the way a visit to the Holy Stairs. The rest of the afternoon was free to explore the city at our leisure and pace.

The fourth day we started to travel north towards Siena with a stop in Orvieto to see the Cathedral and have lunch. We then made our way to Montepulciano where we celebrated Mass  in the church of St. Agnes and visited her tomb. Late in the evening we finally arrived in the beautiful city of Siena.

Early on the fifth day we began with a visit to the Dominican Church for Mass. This church was the place where St. Catherine came to pray and in which she became familiar with the Order. The relic of St. Catherine’s head is kept in this church. Later that morning we visited her family house. In the afternoon we continued our merry to Florence.

Our  sixth day of pilgrimage was spent in Florence where we visited the convent of San Marco, which houses the iconic frescos of  Fra. Angelico. The experience of visiting the cloister (now a museum) in a prayerful way shows how the spiritual is connected to the natural beauty of this world. It brought tears to many eyes to spend time contemplating the various depictions of Gospel events painted in the numerous cells. After lunch we celebrated Mass in the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella and in the evening we celebrated the birthdays of some of groups’ members.

Our pilgrimage reached its culmination when on the last day we visited Bologna and celebrated Mass at St. Dominic’s tomb. The General Chapter of the Order had concluded two days previously and our provincial, Fr. Gregory Carroll OP,  had remained in Bolgna so that he could be with the group and travel with them back to Dublin.  Fr. Gregory celebrated Mass at the tomb bringing this wonderful experience to a fitting conclusion.

As we left the final resting place of our Holy Father, all of the brethren realised that they must return home confident of spreading the Gospel faithful to the vision of St. Dominic.

Eight Priest Ordained for the Irish Province

The Irish Dominican friars rejoiced as eight of their brothers were ordained to the priesthood in Saint Saviour’s Dominican church, Dominick Street in Dublin. The ordaining prelate was Archbishop Robert Rivas OP of the Diocese of Castries in the Caribbean. Archbishop Rivas is part of the Irish Dominican province and came specially over to ordain our eight brothers in this special year of the 800th Jubilee of the Dominican Order.

The brothers ordained to the priesthood are brs David McGovern OP, Damian Polly OP, Ronan Connolly OP, Pat Desmond OP, Daragh McNally OP, Connor McDonagh OP, Eoin Casey OP and Kevin O’Reilly OP.

Our brothers were joined by many friars of the province, families and friends to witness the joyful liturgy of ordination. Please find some photo’s below. More photo’s and a video account of this tremendous occasion will follow after.