Reception of ministries

On Saturday November 5th Brs. Matthew Farrell and Jesse Maingot received the ministry of lector while Br. Gaweł Włodarczyk of the Province of Poland received the ministry of acolyte.

Fr. Gregory Carroll reminded those receiving the ministry of lector that as readers and hearers of God’s word, they had the responsibility of proclaiming the word of God in the liturgical assembly, as well as instructing children and adults in the faith and preparing them to receive the sacraments worthily.

Fr. Gregory reminded all the brothers that in proclaiming God’s Word to others, that they should accept it themselves in obedience to the Holy Spirit.  He encouraged all the brethren attending that they should meditate on the Word of God constantly, so that each day they would have a deeper love of the scriptures and in all we as Dominicans say and do show forth to the world our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

When speaking to Bro. Gaweł, Fr. Gregory reminded him as a man chosen for the ministry of acolyte he would have a special role in the Church’s ministry.  It was now his responsibility to assist priests and deacons in carrying out their ministry, and as a special minister to give Holy Communion to the faithful at the liturgy and to the sick.  By receiving this ministry Br. Gaweł should endeavour to understand the deep spiritual meaning of what he was undertaking and to offer himself daily to God as a spiritual sacrifice acceptable to him through Jesus Christ.

Again meditating on this ministry Fr, Provincial reminded all the brethren that in performing our various ministries we should show a sincere love for Christ’s Mystical Body, God’s holy people, and especially for the weak and the sick.

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Bro. Aaron Zahra OP of the Province of Malta assisted Fr. Gregory and Fr. Terence Crotty OP, student master.

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Celebration of the Jubilee 800 in Newbridge College

On the Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas, the 28th of January, the students and staff of Newbridge College came together for a Mass in the College Church to celebrate the 800th Jubilee of the Dominican Order.

Bishop Denis Nulty DD, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, celebrated the Mass on the occasion, and Fr. Gregory Carroll OP, the Provincial of the Irish Province,  Fr. Paul Dempsey, the parish priest of Newbridge, and members of the Dominican community also concelebrated.

Please find below some pictures taken during the Mass.

Photo’s of the Aquinas Lecture 2016 in St. Saviour’s

The Irish Studium, St. Saviour’s in Dublin, hosted and Aquinas Lecture on the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas.

The lecture was delivered by Dr. Rik Van Nieuwenove, Lecturer in Theology at the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. The lecture, entitled “Contemplation, Learning and the University in Aquinas”, was followed by the celebration of Solemn Vespers in the church with the community of St. Saviour’s. An audio recording of the lecture is available.

Please find some photo’s of the event below:

Religious Formation Ministry Program Award

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During this academic year Fr. Dwight Black OP from Trinidad and Tobago has been living in St. Saviour’s Priory in Dublin while studying for the ‘Loreto House Religious Formation Ministry’ program run by the Irish Missionary Union. At the end of the academic year the brothers in Dominick St. joined together to congratulate Fr. Dwight and to acknowledge the completion of his course and to thank him for his presence in the community for the last year.

S.T.B. Degree Conferrals

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On the 6th June 2015 Fr. Luuk Jansen OP and Fr. Matthew Martinez OP both received their Bachelor of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.) degrees. This is a graduate-level academic degree in theology awarded after four years of theological studies at the Dominican Studium in Dublin. The degree was awarded by the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, the Angelicum, in Rome to which the Dominican Studium in Dublin is affiliated. They were presented with their parchments by Fr. John Harris OP, the Regent of Studies for the Province of Ireland and Fr. Seamus Tuohy OP, secretary of studies.

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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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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Dominicans Interactive on location

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

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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.