Entries by John Harris OP

Fr. Lambert @ 100

Fr. Lambert (Larry) Greenan OP  (1917-2017) Recently the oldest member of the Province celebrated his 100th birthday. Fr. Lambert was born in Newry in what is now Northern Ireland on 11th January 1917. Together with his brothers he served as an altar boy in the local Dominican church of St. Catherine’s. He joined the Order […]

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 […]

To Praise, to Bless, to Preach

800 years ago this year St. Dominic received the Pope’s permission to found an Order of Preachers in the Church whose mission is summed up in the motto of the Dominican Order, to praise, to bless, to preach. Each time I come to the shrine of Knock I am reminded of the motto for in […]

Jubilee Concert

On Thursday September 28th the Irish Dominican Province together with the renowned Irish born composer of great distinction and reputation Patrick Cassidy co-sponsored a concert in the National Concert Hall of Ireland to celebrate the Jubilee of the Order. The guest of honor at the concert was the President of Ireland, Dr. Michael D. Higgins, also […]

Easter 1916 we prayed the Rosary

“After 11 pm we began the Rosary. Jack knelt at the end of the table facing the door. When we had said the ten decades, Fr. Michael asked jack if that were enough. ‘Oh no, no, no, go on’, he said, and we finished it and then the litany. During the Rosary, the soldier left […]

Mary stands by the cross

Close by the Cross of Jesus was his mother Mary. But she was not simply there as the other by-standers, she wasn’t simply looking on. She was suffering with him. Here at the Cross she was living out the prophecy of Simeon. Years earlier when she brought her little boy to the Temple in Jerusalem […]

Mary, Model of consecrated life

At the Annunciation when the Angel Gabriel told Our Blessed Lady that she had been chosen to become the mother of the Messiah Mary asked how this could come about since she was a virgin. We have become so familiar with the account of the Annunciation that we have stopped being puzzled by the Blessed […]

The Grotto of Lourdes is a school of prayer

St. Bernadette tells us that on first seeing the young Lady in the Grotto she immediately took out her rosary beads. She attempted to make the sign of the Cross but her hand would not move. The Lady blessed herself and then Bernadette was able to copy her. From then on in her life people […]

The Virgin Mary compared to the air we breathe

Why would Our Blessed Lady have given the task of preaching the Rosary to St. Dominic and the Order he founded 800 years ago? We can get all caught up in the veracity of the ancient tradition which tells us that Our Blessed Lady appeared to St. Dominic and gave him the mission of preaching […]