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Beginning, Middle, & End: C.S. Lewis and the Christian Art of Storytelling

This lecture was given at Trinity College Dublin on 21 November 2019.

The hand out for this lecture is available here:

Fr. Conor McDonough, O.P. teaches theology at the Dominican House of Studies, Dublin. He studied science and theology at Cambridge University, and recently completed postgraduate studies in theology at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland).

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Rosary Pilgrimage to Knock

The annual Rosary Pilgrimage to Knock takes place this year on the 13th of October.

The ceremonies begin at 2:30pm in the basilica. The preacher this year is Fr. Paul Murray OP.

Many Dominican Priory’s around the country organise busses to take part in the pilgrimage.

Paul Brendan Murray was born on 26 November 1947 and grew up in County Down. He joined the Irish Province of the Friars of the Order of Preachers in 1966 and took profession in 1967. Already a notable and promising poet, his first volume of poetry, Ritual Poems, was published in the early 1970s. Paul was ordained priest in 1973, one of a group of eight Dominicans ordained priest that day. (The group included Fr Gregory Carroll, current Provincial of Ireland, and Fr Mark O’Brien, who has served as Provincial of the Australian Province of the Order.)

After further post-graduate studies, notably on the poetic work of T. S. Eliot, Paul began teaching in the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas, Rome, the ‘Angelicum’, and after living in the Priory of San Clemente he transferred residence to the Convitto, a community located nearer the university campus. Paul’s life is one of preaching, teaching, as well as travelling to give lectures and retreats all over the globe. He works also in a consultative role for a Vatican department, and is visiting professor at Notre Dame University in Sydney, Australia.

He would have known Mother Teresa of Calcutta quite well, and personally, and has been called upon to offer counselling and support to many who are major international figures (not only in the Church). He has written extensively on the spiritual teaching of St Catherine of Siena, who has inspired many writers and teachers even in our own day, including Paul himself. His latest book, God’s Spies, was published by T&T Clark, and deals with a number of internationally renowned authors and their search for the true meaning of life. These ‘spies’ include Dante, Michelangelo and Shakespeare, among other poets. In a lengthy review of Murray’s new book, in Spirituality, Thomas McCarthy described it as ‘a gem’, and spoke of how highly he valued the insights described between its covers.

Video of the Diaconate Ordinations in the Irish Province of the Dominican Order

The Irish Province of the Dominicans rejoiced at the ordination to the Diaconate of six of its student brothers. Br’s David McGovern, Damian Polly, Ronan Connolly, Daragh McNally, Conor McDonough and Eoin Casey were ordained this afternoon by His Grace, Diarmuid Martin, the Archbishop of Dublin. Many of the brothers from the wider province were present to witness the largest ordination in the province since the early 1970’s.

The six brothers ordained have been studying philosophy and theology at St. Saviours for the past six years and will continue their studies until their ordination to the priesthood next year, coinciding with the celebrations of the Order for the 800th anniversary of its foundation.

The newly ordained will begin their ministry of service in St. Saviours before venturing out into the wider province to preach and gain experience of different communities and pastoral situations. Please keep these newly ordained deacons in your prayers as they enter their final year of studies and preparation for priesthood.

The photos of the Mass can be found here. This is a video with an impression of the Ordination Mass:

Priestly Ordinations 2014: Video

On the 5th of July brothers Colm Mannion OP and Luuk Dominiek Jansen OP were ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Dairmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland.

It was a very prayer and joyful day, of which this short video of the ordination only gives an impression.

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Solemn Professions 2014: video

On the 7th of September six Dominican brothers made their solemn vows to the Dominican Order. The Solemn Vows are their profession to be part of the order until death.

Brothers David McGovern OP, Damian Polly OP, Ronan Connolly OP, Daragh McNally OP, Conor McDonough OP and Eoin Casey OP made their profession in the hands of Fr Gregory Carroll OP, prior provincial of the Irish Province, in St Saviour’s Church, Dublin.

Please have a look at the video below to get an impression of the celebration.


Priestly Ordinations July 2014

The Irish Dominican friars rejoiced as two of their brothers were ordained to the priesthood in Saint Saviour’s Dominican church, Dominick Street in Dublin. The ordaining prelate was Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin.

Our brothers were joined by many friars of the province, families and friends to witness the joyful liturgy of ordination. The two brothers Colm Mannion OP, Luuk Jansen OP joined the Order together in 2007 with and Matthew Martinez OP, who will be ordained priest in Trinidad on the 2nd of August. See some pictures of the ordination below:


iDoms Portal now also on Android

After we have had the iDoms Portal for iPhones and iPads for over 2 years, we finally finished up the first release of the Android version. The portal currently provides access to articles, audio files and videos aggregated from the various websites of the Dominican Order.  We have been working very hard behind the scenes in creating this new App which is available for free from the Google Play Store. The free App for iPhone and iPad is still available from the App Store.

We have also created an App which can be used as a Vocabulary/Flashcard training tool for Greek, Latin and Hebrew, the iDoms Vocab. You can read more about it here: the iTunes store.If you have any ideas/suggestions/comments or questions regarding our Apps, please go to the Contact section on the website to email us!

There are some significant costs involved in the development and running of this project, so please consider supporting it by making a donation.

John Paul II: World Youth Day

This is the third episode of this three episode series on some of the themes in the pontificate of Blessed John Paul II.

This episode focusses on the ‘World Youth Days’.

The first episode looked at the ‘New Evangelisation‘ and the second on the ‘Culture of Life‘.


John Paul II: The culture of life

This is the second episode of this three episode series on some of the themes in the pontificate of Blessed John Paul II.

This episode focusses on the ‘Culture of Life’.

The first episode looked at the ‘New Evangelisation‘ and the third on the ‘World Youth Days‘.

The New Evangelisation

This first episode is part of a three episode series on some of the themes in the pontificate of Blessed John Paul II.

This first episode focusses on the ‘New Evengalisation’.

The second episode will be on the ‘Culture of Life‘ and the third on the ‘World Youth Days‘.