Frassati Experience #2

Last weekend saw the second ‘Frassati Experience’, an opportunity for young men to stay overnight in our priory, join in our prayer, hear about Bl Pier Giorgio Frassati, and go for a hike in the beautiful Irish countryside.

We were joined this time by four men – our maximum capacity – and had a wonderful time of fellowship and prayer. We went to Glendalough (again!) and had to be well wrapped up against the bitterly cold wind. We even had a beautiful snowstorm at the end of our trip, with sheets of snow whipping down the holy valley.

The cold weather seemed also to have made the local bird population particularly friendly, and we had some close encounters with robins and chaffinches, as you can see below. We couldn’t help but be reminded of the story of St Kevin (of Glendalough) and the blackbird who laid eggs in his outstretched hands as he was lost in prayer…

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Visit to Siena Monastery

On Monday last, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, and World Day for Consecrated Life, we paid a visit to our sisters in Siena Monastery, Drogheda. They are contemplative Dominican nuns, following St Dominic above all in their sustained openness to the Word of God, in Scripture and the Eucharist. Their main work is Eucharistic adoration and the praying of the Divine Office, and their prayer is the engine that keeps their brothers going!

It’s always a joy to be with our sisters – they are an example to us of the priority of prayer in the Dominican way of life. We Dominicans are called to be preachers, but we can only preach Christ if we come to know him intimately in prayer. And because the Dominican nuns are so radically focussed on the Lord, their wordless preaching is more powerful than any homily.

The sisters are playing a big part in the fascinating new project, ‘The Rise of the Roses’. This is a project led by Catholic lay women (married and single), who want to shine a light on female religious life, to show the beauty of a life promised to God. There’ll be a summer tour as part of this project, visiting ten convents and monasteries around Ireland. The Dominican nuns in Drogheda will be acting as hosts on 4 July. Have a look at their website for more information – and if you’re a woman, why not come along and find out more about these daughters of St Dominic?

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Frassati Experience

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati was a mountaineer, a great friend, a charitable volunteer, a political activist, a man of deep prayer, and… a third-Order Dominican. Inspired by his example, the Dominican student brothers have inaugurated ‘the Frassati Experience’, a 24-hour retreat for young men, involving prayer, fellowship, outdoor activity and concrete works of charity. Here are some pics from our first outing, to Glendalough. To find out more about Bl Pier Giorgio, click here.

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Solemn Professions 2014: photos

On the 7th of September six Dominican brothers made their solemn vows to the Dominican Order. The Solemn Vows are their profession to be part of the order until death.

Brothers David McGovern OP, Damian Polly OP, Ronan Connolly OP, Daragh McNally OP, Conor McDonough OP and Eoin Casey OP made their profession in the hands of Fr Gregory Carroll OP, prior provincial of the Irish Province, in St Saviour’s Church, Dublin.

Please find some photos below:

Ordination of Fr. Matthew Martinez OP

On the 2nd of August another brother of the Irish Province was ordained to the priesthood. The ordination took place in St. Finbar’s Church, Port of Spain, Trinidad. The ordaining prelate was Fr Joseph Harris CSSp, archbishop of Port of Spain. Also present were Robert Rivas OP, archbishop of St Lucia and a  member of the Irish Dominican Province, Jason Gordon, bishop of Barbados, and Malcolm Gault, bishop emeritus of Barbados.

The church was filled with family and friends to attend the very solemn and prayerful ceremony. See some pictures of the ordination below:

 

Priestly Ordinations July 2014

The Irish Dominican friars rejoiced as two of their brothers were ordained to the priesthood in Saint Saviour’s Dominican church, Dominick Street in Dublin. The ordaining prelate was Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin.

Our brothers were joined by many friars of the province, families and friends to witness the joyful liturgy of ordination. The two brothers Colm Mannion OP, Luuk Jansen OP joined the Order together in 2007 with and Matthew Martinez OP, who will be ordained priest in Trinidad on the 2nd of August. See some pictures of the ordination below:

 

Mass to celebrate the memory of Fr Thaddeus Moriarty OP

On Sunday 20th October members of the Dominican family gathered to celebrate the memory of Father Thaddeus (Tadhg) Moriarty OP
Nearly two hundred people gathered with the local Dominican brethren and the local chapters of the Dominican laity at a Mass celebrated by the Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, Dr. Charles Brown to commemorate the Irish martyr Fr. Thaddeus Moriarty OP. At the Mass rock where he was captured they gathered to celebrate Mass and to pray for his beatification.

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Renewal of Simple Professions

Today eight of our student brothers renewed their profession. Seven of them for one year, leading them into the last year before they can make solemn profession, and one for two years. This is always are blessed time for the Irish Province of the Dominicans, as tomorrow our new novices will receive their habit as their noviciate starts and Sunday our current novices makes their simple professions having completed their year of noviciate.

Diaconate Ordinations 2013

The Irish Dominican friars rejoiced today as three of their brothers were ordained to the diaconate in Saint Saviour’s Dominican church, Dominick Street in Dublin. The ordaining prelate was Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin. Our brothers were joined by many friars of the province, families and friends, representatives of the Dominican family in Ireland and local parishioners from the Dominick Street area to witness the joyful liturgy of ordination.

The three brothers Colm Mannion OP, Luuk Jansen OP and Matthew Martinez OP joined the Order together in 2007. The ordination ceremony to the diaconate today is another step on the road to priesthood.

Thanks to Fr. Gerard Dunne OP for providing the photos on the Irish Dominican Vocations blog.

World Youth Day Madrid 2011

Pictures of our pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2011.