On Friday 19th August our Dominican sisters of Saint Cecilia were welcomed at Shannon airport by Sister Eileen Lenihan R.S.J., vicar for religious for the diocese of Limerick and Fr Frank Downes O.P. On arrival at the priory of Saint Saviour’s, Glentworth Street they were welcomed by Bishop Brendan Leahy D.D., bishop of Limerick.
We gathered in the community oratory to give thanks for the safe arrival of the sisters and then proceeded to the icon of Saint Dominic in the main hallway where we had a service of prayer beginning with the Regina Coeli followed Isaiah 43:1- 7. Bishop Brendan blessed the keys of the priory and in his presence and that of Sister Eileen and the sisters Fr Frank presented the keys to Sister Mara Grace Gore O.P. (mission superior). We prayed the Lord’s prayer and concluded with the O Lumen.
We gathered in the community refectory for a light breakfast filled with good humour and fun despite over two hours delay at Boston airport before departure for Shannon.
Fr Frank showed the sisters around the priory. He celebrated the 1pm Mass in the church at which the sisters were graciously welcomed by Fr Richard Keane (administrator pro tem) and the congregation.
Frank Downes O.P.
Photograph L to R:
Sister Eileen Lenihan R.S.J., ( vicar for religious for the diocese of Limerick); Fr Francis Downes O.P., (Prior); Sister Mara Grace Gore O.P., (mission superior); Sister Beatrice O.P., Bishop Brendan Leahy D.D., Sister Rose Miriam O.P., Sister Caitriona O.P.