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.

Priestly Ordinations in St. Saviour’s

The archbishop of Dublin, Most Rev Diarmuid Martin, ordained Fr Denis Murphy OP and Fr Maurice Colgan OP during the celebration of Mass which was attended by many Dominican friars, family and friends of the two brothers and parishioners of Dominick Street parish.

Below are some images of the ordination ceremony, a video account will follow soon!

With thanks to Fr. Gerard Dunne OP for providing the pictures!

Solemn Professions of Brs Luuk and Colm

Yesterday (Sunday) was a day of great celebration for the Irish Province of Dominicans, as it was the occasion for the solemn profession (taking vows for life) of Br Luuk Jansen OP and Br Colm Mannion OP. The ceremony of profession is simple and powerful: it includes a full prostration, when those to be professed ask for ‘God’s mercy and yours’.

The moment of profession itself involves a centuries-old ritual of swearing obedience: the brother kneels before the Prior Provincial, and places his hands in those of the Provincial. The book of the Constitutions (which governs our life together as brothers) is placed in the hands of the one to be professed, and he pronounces the following formula of profession: ‘I, brother N.N., make profession and promise obedience to God, to blessed Mary, and to blessed Dominic, and to you, brother Patrick Lucey, prior provincial of the province of Ireland in place of brother Bruno Cadore, Master of the Order of Friars Preachers and his successors, according to the rule of blessed Augustine and the institutions of the Friars Preachers, that I will be obedient to you and your successors until death’.

A solemn profession is an emotional event, tying, as it does, the life of an individual man to the greater life and mission of the Order of Preachers. We ask your prayers for Br Luuk and Br Colm, and for Br Matthew Martinez, who made solemn profession in Trinidad several weeks ago. May their life in the vows be long, happy and fruitful!

(For more pictures of the event, please visit Irish Dominican Vocations).

Ordination of Fr Brian Doyle OP

Yesterday Fr. Brian Doyle OP was ordained to the priesthood in the church of Saint Catherine, Murrintown, Co. Wexford. The bishop of Ferns, Dr Denis Brennan ordained Fr Brian. This is the first of three priestly ordinations for the Irish Dominicans during the month of September as our brothers Maurice Colgan OP and Denis Murphy OP will also be ordained priests in two weeks time.

Thanks to Fr. Gerard OP for providing the pictures: http://www.irishdominicanvocations.blogspot.com/

Sr Teresa’s Solemn Profession

On the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, there was great joy for the enclosed Dominican nuns who are based in Drogheda, Co. Louth, and for the wider Dominican family in Ireland, as Sr Mary Teresa Dunphy OP made her solemn profession.

Final profession, called “solemn profession” among Dominicans, is the final commitment a man or woman makes to remaining a Dominican brother or sister for life.

Originally from County Laois, Sr M.Teresa entered the Dominican monastery in 2005 at the age of 26, after having qualified and worked as a chartered accountant.

She and the Dominican community of nuns in Drogheda, Co Louth were joined by family, friends and members of the Dominican Order for 12.30 p.m.  Mass during which the profession ceremony took place.

Sister M.Teresa is the second Dominican nun to make solemn profession in her monastery in 13 months, Sr Niamh Muireann Galvin having made solemn profession in 2010. The monastery currently has one sister in formation as a novice.

We thank Irish Dominican Vocations for providing the photos.

To see a video recording of Sr Teresa’s solemn profession click here.