Solemn Profession bro. Philip Mulryne OP

The Irish Province celebrates the Solemn Profession of Br. Philip Mulryne OP. Solemn profession is  the final step in becoming fully a Dominican. The vow of obedience is made until death, unlike the vow of simple profession which is made for a specific period of time.

Br. Philip will continue his studies leading to his ordination to the diaconate and eventually, with the help of God and his brothers, to his ordination as a priest. Please pray for Br. Philip and Brs Jesse and Matthew who renewed their simple vows today.

Solemn Professions 2014: photos

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 find some photos below:

Renewal of Simple Professions

Today eight of our student brothers renewed their profession. Seven of them for one year, leading them into the last year before they can make solemn profession, and one for two years. This is always are blessed time for the Irish Province of the Dominicans, as tomorrow our new novices will receive their habit as their noviciate starts and Sunday our current novices makes their simple professions having completed their year of noviciate.

Solemn Professions of Brs Luuk and Colm

Yesterday (Sunday) was a day of great celebration for the Irish Province of Dominicans, as it was the occasion for the solemn profession (taking vows for life) of Br Luuk Jansen OP and Br Colm Mannion OP. The ceremony of profession is simple and powerful: it includes a full prostration, when those to be professed ask for ‘God’s mercy and yours’.

The moment of profession itself involves a centuries-old ritual of swearing obedience: the brother kneels before the Prior Provincial, and places his hands in those of the Provincial. The book of the Constitutions (which governs our life together as brothers) is placed in the hands of the one to be professed, and he pronounces the following formula of profession: ‘I, brother N.N., make profession and promise obedience to God, to blessed Mary, and to blessed Dominic, and to you, brother Patrick Lucey, prior provincial of the province of Ireland in place of brother Bruno Cadore, Master of the Order of Friars Preachers and his successors, according to the rule of blessed Augustine and the institutions of the Friars Preachers, that I will be obedient to you and your successors until death’.

A solemn profession is an emotional event, tying, as it does, the life of an individual man to the greater life and mission of the Order of Preachers. We ask your prayers for Br Luuk and Br Colm, and for Br Matthew Martinez, who made solemn profession in Trinidad several weeks ago. May their life in the vows be long, happy and fruitful!

(For more pictures of the event, please visit Irish Dominican Vocations).