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!

Pilgrimage to St Dominic’s Country

Below are some photos of the Pilgrimage to St Dominic’s Country by the novices of 2009/2010. We travelled to Toulouse (where the first brothers lived with Dominic), Prouilhe (where the first Dominican nuns were founded), Fanjeaux (where Dominic lived among the Albigensians, preaching the true faith), Caleruega (where Dominic was born) and finally Lourdes!

 

Ordination Fr. David Rocks OP

Father David Rocks OP was ordained priest by Bishop George Stack, auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Westminster, on Saturday the 4th of July 2010. The ordination took place at the priory church of Our Lady of the Rosary and Saint Dominic, Southampton Road in London. Below are some images of the presbyteral ordination today.

Solemn Profession sister Niamh

Below are some photos of the Solemn Profession of sister Niamh, which took place on 31yh of April 2010 on the feast of the Visitation. Sister Niamh made her Solemn vows as a Dominican Contempaltive Nun in the Siena Monestry in Drogheda.