Entries by John Walsh OP

Rosary Letter Winter 2016/2017

The New Year of 2017 brings the 800th Jubilee of the Dominican Order to a close. It has been a year of many graces and blessings for us here in Ireland with many celebrations and pilgrimages nationwide. It was a year to look back with thanksgiving in our hearts for 800 years of our family’s […]

Jubilee celebration in Belfast

On the 1st of May the Dominican Family of Belfast celebrated with great joy the 800th Jubilee of the Order. Dominican Friars first arrived in the Diocese of Down and Connor in 1244 founding a convent at Newtownards, north of Belfast City. The Priory was destroyed during the persecutions of the 1600s and the friars […]

St. Catherine of Siena, O.P.

‘O Mary peaceful sea ! Mary giver of peace! Mary fertile soil You Mary are the new sprung plant from whom we have the fragrant blossom, the word, God’s only begotten son, for in you, fertile soil was this word sown! Mary my tenderest love, in you is written the word, from whom we have […]

The Marian Foundation of the Order of Preachers.

“The brothers ought to cherish the Orders traditional devotion to the Virgin Mother of God, Queen of Apostles. She is the example of meditation on the words of Christ and of acceptance of one’s mission.” (Constitutions of the Order of Preachers) In our formulae of profession, Dominicans unlike other religious communities promise obedience to Mary. […]

Memores Domini

Two unnamed disciples leave the tragedy of Jerusalem, bewildered, bereaved, frightened, confused and abandoned. They walk along the road the dusty road to Emmaus, with heads probably lowered in great moments of silence and they are facing the sun setting over Jerusalem. They are walking into the darkness of evening. They are witnesses to human […]

Blessed Peter O’ Higgins OP

Today Irish Dominicans keep the memory of one of their own brothers, Blessed Peter O’ Higgins, OP, Prior and refounder of the Post Reformation Dominican Priory at Naas Co. Kildare, who was martyred for his faith on this day the 23rd March 1642 at St. Stephens Green, Dublin. The soldiers hacked his body to pieces […]

Dominican Mission of Mercy, Belfast 2016

The Dominican Friars were delighted to be invited to preach the annual Parish Mission at St. Patricks Parish, Donegal Street in Belfast recently. In the season of Lent 1866, eight Dominican friars were invited by Bishop Patrick Dorrian, D.D. Bishop of Down and Connor to preach in the City churches of Belfast. One Hundred and […]

Mystery in Sacred Glass

Kilkenny City in the southeast of Ireland is full of antiquities and the Dominican Order has been present in the city since 1225. One of the greatest treasures of Kilkenny is the great Rosary window of the Dominican Black Abbey which boasts to be the largest stained glass window in Ireland. The window was created […]