Left to right: Geraldine Flanagan (president of lay Dominicans in Ireland), Sheena Darcy,
Monica Rapeanu and Jacinta O’ Donnell (president of lay Dominican chapter, Athy)
Sheena Darcy and Monica Rapeanu were officially received as new members of the Lay Dominicans in Ireland during the celebration of the Eucharist at Saint Saviour’s priory, Dublin on the feast of the conversion of Saint Paul (January 25th). Sheena and Monica were joined by friends, colleagues, members of the lay Dominicans and a number of the friars of the community for the celebration.
Both women have completed a period of preparation before being received as Lay Dominicans. A further time of discernment and probation will follow before they make formal promises as members of the Dominican laity in Ireland. The lay Dominican vocation is an integral part of the vocation of the whole Dominican family. As lay men and women they are not living a form of consecrated life but form communities who live by the spirit and charism of Saint Dominic, and are incorporated into the Order by a special commitment according to statutes and laws of their own.
The reception and admission of both Sheena and Monica is a very important moment and witness for all Dominicans in Ireland – and is testament to the renewal of interest in the Dominican charism during the past few years. Irish Dominican Vocations wishes Sheena and Monica every blessing as they set out in the Dominican way of life. For more information have a look at the (developing) website of the Lay Dominicans in Ireland.
Left to right: Sheena Darcy, Fr Gregory Carroll OP and Monica Rapeanu
With thanks to Irish Dominican Vocations for providing the pictures