Ordination of Fr. Matthew Farrell OP

Matthew Farrell, a native of Daingean, Co. Offaly, was ordained priest on Saturday, 6 July, in St Saviour’s church, Dublin, by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, of Dublin. Present at the ceremony were his three sisters, Lorraine, Michelle and Natalie, with their families, and his brother David and his family.

Father Matthew, aged 44, had a varied career before joining the Dominican Order in 2012. Immediately after secondary school he worked in the bar trade in Tullamore and in his native Daingean. Attending Athlone Institute of Technology as a mature student, he gained a degree in applied chemistry, working for seven years as a laboratory analyst. After the death of his father, he returned to Daingean to work in the family business with his brother. As a Dominican he spent a year in the noviciate in Cork before moving to the house of studies at St Saviour’s, Dublin, to study philosophy, Scripture and theology, in preparation for ministry as a priest. He made solemn vows (lifelong commitment) as a Dominican in September 2017.

Later this summer, he will move to Co. Kerry, to join the Dominican community at Holy Cross church, Tralee, and to begin his ministry as a priest there.

Father Matthew explains that by the end of secondary school he had ceased going to Mass and practising the faith in which he had been brought up. He continues: ‘When I was 24, my auntie brought me to a retreat which was ran by a lay association called Youth 2000. This sparked within me an interest in religion in general, but it was not until I was 28 that I made a decision to re-commit myself to the practice of the Catholic faith. I started to go to Mass every Sunday, went to regular monthly confessions and got involved with a Youth 2000 prayer meeting which had started in Tullamore in the parochial house.’ The outcome was, he explains: ‘I started to grow in my faith in the love and mercy of Jesus Christ and faith in the power of prayer and the sacraments to help me grow closer to God.’

At the age of 37, after considering the possibility that he was being called to religious life, he entered the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), founded 803 years ago.

Dominican Pilgrimage to Knock

This year the National Dominican Pilgrimage to Knock took place last Sunday the 14th of October. Each year on the second Sunday of October all branches of the Dominican Family travel to the Knock Shrine and lead the liturgical celebrations. As always pilgrims travelled from all the various Dominicans foundations throughout the island of Ireland. This year Fr. Ben Moran OP was the principle celebrant and Fr. Joe Dineen OP the preacher.

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. 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.

Please find below a few pictures.

Simple Professions

Today our three novices made their First Profession into the Dominican Order. The Novices who have spend the last year in our Noviciate in Cork have now made their First Profession to continue with the next step in their life as a Dominican. In our Studium, which is St. Saviour’s priory in Dublin, they will study philosophy and theology in the coming years to, with the help of God, be ordained priest in years to come.

We congratulate brothers Benedict M.D. McGlinchey O.P., Christopher Vincent D. Gault O.P. and Blazej Martin J. Bialek 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 as well as those who God calls to respond to His call.

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Diaconate Ordinations 2018

Brother Matthew Farrell and Br Jesse Maingot, members of the Irish Dominican Province, were ordained deacons in St Saviour’s church, Dublin, yesterday, 2 April, by Bishop Denis Nulty.

Matthew Farrell is a native of Daingean, Co. Offaly. Jesse Maingot is a native of Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies. Bro. Jesse does his formation as a Dominican in Ireland as the Dominican Priories in Trinidad and Tobago are part of the Irish Province.

Both men joined the Order in 2012, making profession of solemn vows (lifelong commitment) in 2017. Brother Matthew and Brother Jesse will continue their studies in theology as part of the journey towards being ordained priests in the summer of 2019.

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.

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:

Dominican Pilgrimage to Knock

The

isyear the National Dominican Pilgrimage to Knock took place on Sunday the 8th of October. Each year on the second Sunday of October all branches of the Dominican Family travel to the Shrine and lead the liturgical celebrations. As always pilgrims travelled from all the various Dominicans foundations throughout the island of Ireland. Especially noted were the youth coming from the Friary Youth Club in Dundalk and the prefects from Newbridge College.

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. 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.

Please find below a few pictures.

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.