Dominican events and occasions

New Novices and First Professions

This week on Wednesday, September 14th – the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross – the Irish Dominican friars received five novices during the conventual Mass in Saint Mary’s Dominican church, Pope’s Quay, Cork.

The five novices received are Gerard Flynn, Kevin O’ Reilly, Fr Murchadh O Madagain, Christophe Cole and Sean Crepin. 


 On the same day (September 14th), in the evening, during solemn vespers in Saint Mary’s Dominican church in Cork, Brother Alan Hopkins made first profession. On the following day, September 15th, during the conventual Mass, Brother Paul Hughes made his first profession in the hands of the prior provincial Fr Pat Lucey OP.


These are indeed very joyful days for the Irish Dominican Province and we ask you to keep all our brothers in your prayers. 


(For more details and photos, please visit Irish Dominican Vocations).

Upcoming events…

For the Friars of the Irish Dominican Province, the month of September is bringing with it a series of joyful events:

On the first Saturday of the month, September 3rd, our brother Brian Doyle OP will be ordained to the priesthood in his native Co. Wexford.

On September 11th, following the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady, two of our brothers, Luuk Dominiek Jansen OP and Colm Mannion OP, will make their solemn profession in the Dominican Priory church of Saint Saviour (Dominick Street, Dublin 1), during the 11:30 am Mass.

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Solemn Profession of Br Matthew Martinez OP

There was great joy in Port-of-Spain,Trinidad, on the 29th of August, as our brother Matthew Martinez OP made Solemn Profession as a Dominican. The profession took place during the celebration of the Eucharist at St. Finbar’s church in Diego Martin.

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Priestly Ordination of Fr. David Barrins OP

Fr. David Barrins OP was ordained to the priesthood on the Feast of Christ the King, 2010. This short video below gives a summary of the Mass:

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Solemn Profession Sr Mary Teresa Dunphy OP

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.

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.

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Diaconate Ordinations 2011

Above is a short video showing the diaconate ordinations of brothers Denis Murphy OP, Maurice Colgan OP and Brian Doyle OP on the 2nd of January 2011. The ordinations took place in St. Saviour’s Priory, Dublin, the ordaining prelate was Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin of the Dublin Archdiocese.

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Simple Professions 2010

The Irish Dominicans joyfully celebrated the first profession of eleven brothers of the province who have just completed their novitiate year. The event took place during the celebration of the Eucharist at Saint Mary’s priory church at Pope’s Quay in Cork. The video below shows the highlights of this great event:

Reception of the Habits 2010

The Irish Dominican friars received two novices into the Order on Tuesday, the 14th of September, the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross which is the traditional day for the Irish Province to receive new novices. During the celebration of the Mass at Saint Mary’s Priory church, Pope’s Quay, Cork, brothers Paul Mary Hughes and Conal Mary O’ Callaghan were clothed in the Dominican habit by the prior of the novitiate house of the Irish province, Fr. Edward Conway OP. Our new novices were joined by many of the Dominican brethren from around the Irish Province along with their friends and families in a simple ceremony. Below is a short video with the highlights of the day.

Diaconate Ordination David Barrins OP

Brother David Barrins OP was ordained as Deacon on Sunday the 11th of April. Please see below a few images from the ceremony:

Ordination Fr. Fergus Ryan OP

A recording of the “Recordare Virgo” with images from St. Mary’s, the Dominican Church in Galway: