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:

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.

Corpus Christi Procession Tallaght 2011

On Sunday, the 26th of June, several of the parishes in Tallaght took part in the Corpus Christi Procession at St. Mary’s Dominican Priory.

Recording the Credo series

Last weekend we continued with the recording of our series on the Creed.

We got another 5 recordings finished, so we are half way. Hopefully we will be able to finish all the recordings of this first series in June, and subsequent start publishing them towards the end of the summer after all the editing work is done.

The series, called ‘Credo’ goes through the Creed, line by line, explaining some important aspects of our Catholic Faith.

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Diaconate Ordinations 2011

On the 2nd of January, three young brothers were ordained deacons by the Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin.

Brothers Denis Murphy OP, Maurice Colgan OP and Brian Doyle OP were ordained as deacons in preparation for priestly ordination in the near future. Between them, they have been studying for the priesthood in the Dominican Order in Dublin, Maynooth, Oxford and Fribourg (Switzerland) for several years.

Below are some of the pictures taken during the celebration, a video account of the event will follow soon:

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

Dominicans Interactive on location

This gallery shows some of the pictures made during video recordings of Dominicans Interactive.

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Ordination Fr. David Barrins OP

Find below some pictures of the priestly ordination of our brother David Barrins OP which took place in the priory church of Saint Mary’s, Pope’s Quay, Cork on the feast of our Lord Jesus Christ Universal King. The bishop of Cork and Ross, Dr John Buckey DD was the principal celebrant and ordaining prelate. The homily was preached by Fr Ciaran Dougherty OP. Father David was joined by his family, friends and his Domincan brethren at the ordination ceremony. Below are some images of the day.

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

The Ministry of Acolyte

This weekend three of the brothers were instituted into the Ministry of Acolyte, here in the Priory Church of St. Saviour’s in Dublin.

The Ministry of Acolyte was reconstituted after Vatican II in its present form in 1972. There are different ministries in the Church entrusted to the faithful. Some of these functions, more closely connected to liturgical celebrations, were considered as preparatory institutions for the reception of Holy Orders. Before Vatican II there were Minor Orders and Major Orders. The Minor Orders were Porter, Reader, Exorcist and Acolyte. The Major Orders were Sub-deacon, Deacon and Priest. Today there are the Ministries of Lector and Acolyte –Acolyte having its original functions as well as that of Sub-deaconate.

The functions of the Acolyte are mainly, but not exclusively, connected with the celebration of the Eucharist. It is his duty “to attend to the service of the altar and to assist the deacon and the priest in liturgical celebrations, especially in the celebration of Mass“. The Acolyte is an auxiliary Eucharistic minister, which means that he can assist in the distribution of Holy Communion if there are for some reason not enough priests or deacons available. The Acolyte can also, under the same extraordinary circumstances, publicly expose the Blessed Sacrament for adoration by the faithful, and afterwards replace it in the tabernacle without blessing the people.

Pilgrimage to Lorrha

Just last weekend, the Roscrea Conference on Irish Medieval Studies was held at Mount St Joseph Cistercian Monastery. The topic for this year was ‘The Dominicans in Medieval Ireland’, and expert speakers from all over Ireland gave lectures on aspects of Dominican medieval history. Some of us Dominicans (friars and sisters) were lucky enough to be present for the conference, and came away feeling grateful for our wonderful Dominican heritage. We include some pictures here from our trip to Lorrha Dominican Priory in Co Tipperary, founded in 1269. There was a continuous Dominican presence in Lorrha right up to the eighteenth century, and in 2010, we returned to sing the Salve Regina once again!