Visit of the Master

We were delighted to welcome Fr Bruno Cadoré OP, the 87th Master of the Order of Preachers, to St Saviour’s Priory yesterday. He was here for an informal visit, as part of his initial attempts to ‘learn the Order’. He met with the students for nearly two hours, and listened intently to our stories, to our assessment of the situation of the Church in Ireland, and to our hopes and desires for the future. He spoke to us about his understanding of the Dominican vocation: ‘We should be like John the Baptist’, he said, ‘we must decrease and Christ must increase’. He said that we Dominicans must not seek to make ourselves visible, but that we should seek to make Christ visible and tangible for others. In short, the Dominican vocation means simply ‘introducing people to your best friend’. Photos inside!

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Irish Lay Dominicans receive new members

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.

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Upcoming Vocation Weekends


The Irish Dominican friars are arranging some vocation weekends in the new year. Usually, these weekends are by invitation to those who are being accompanied by the vocations director for a period of time. However, since the proposed weekends are some time away, there is an opportunity to claim a place on some of these weekends if you are interested in our way of life by making contact with the vocations director soon. The dates for these ‘live-in‘ or ‘come and see‘ weekends are as follows:

21st to 23rd January 2011

25th to 27th February 2011

18th to 20th March 2011

Vocation weekends are designed to give participants an opportunity to live for a weekend with one of our communities in Ireland, to take a full and active part in the prayer and communal events of the friars, to meet many of the brothers (especially those in formation), to ask as many questions as you have about Dominican life and to experience the work and ministry of Dominican friars in Ireland. There will also be some input on our life by some of the brethren. Many of our younger brothers now in formation have found these weekends to be of great help in their discernment. For more information, please contact me (vocations director) by email

An Article about Fr. David Barrins ordination in the Irish Examiner

There was also an article about Fr. David Barrins’ ordination in the Irish Examiner.

Please click here to read it.

Fr. David Barrins on RTE Radio 1

Father David Barrins OP featured on the John Murray show. Father David was ordained priest last Sunday, and explained in the interview why he moved from working int he banking sector to become a religious in the Dominican Order:


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Dominicans of the St. Joseph Province on EWTN

Find below a video of Frs. Benedict Croell, O.P., and Nicanor Austriaco, O.P. on EWTN Live with Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ.

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Videos of the Province of St. Joseph

Find below a great video created by the Dominican Province of St. Joseph (Eastern province of the USA).

In the video 21 new novices are vested with the habit of our Holy Father, Saint Dominic. In addition, you can see the 8 outgoing novices make their first simple profession of vows:

Leaving All Things Behind from Province of Saint Joseph on Vimeo.


Dominican students speak about their vocation on RNN

Two of our student brothers, Ronan Bernard OP and Damian Polly OP recently gave a brief interview to RNN about their vocation stories and a reflection on how their lives are as brothers in formation for the Order. Wendy Grace spoke to them to find out how their first year in the Dominican Order went and what the next year has in store for them. She began by asking Damian Polly OP about the age profile:


Dominicans again on the radio

The Dominican Pilgrimage to Knock featured again on the radio, this time by Gay Byrne.

Please listen to the recording


My Dominican Vocation

Dominican Bishop Anthony Fisher Answers Questions on Vocation, Faith, and More.

Bishop Anthony Fisher is the Bishop of Parramatta, NSW Australia.  Before being consecrated a Bishop, he was a member of the Australian Province of the Order of Preachers.  In this video, Bishop Fisher answers questions at a local Theology on Tap at P.J. Gallagher’s Irish Pub near the University of Western Sydney in Parramatta on September 6, 2010.

Bishop Fisher gave a talk on “the Priesthood in the Dominican Order” to the Irish Province in June 2010. Please click here to follow the link.

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