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Reception of Novices at Saint Mary’s Priory, Cork

Brother Conall O Callaghan, Fr Eddie Conway (prior), Fr Philip McShane (novice master) and Brother Paul Hughes after the reception of novices today.

The Irish Dominican friars received two novices into the Order today at a ceremony during the celebration of Mass at Saint Mary’s Priory church, Pope’s Quay Cork. Brothers Paul Mary Hughes (Westmeath and St. Helen’s, Liverpool) and Conall Mary O’ Callaghan (Donegal) were clothed in the Dominican habit by the prior of the novitiate house of the Irish province, Fr. Edward Conway OP. Our new novices were joined by many of the Dominican brethren from around the Irish province along with their friends and families in a simple ceremony. Below are some images from the clothing ceremony.


Asking for God’s mercy and that of the Order, the two postulants prostrate themselves.

The Gospel is proclaimed by the deacon, David Barrins OP



Brother Paul Hughes is clothed in the habit of theDominican Order by the prior, Fr Edward Conway OP


Brother Conall O Callaghan is clothed in the habit of the Dominican Order by the prior, Fr Eddie Conway OP

The newly clothed novices with their novice master, Fr Philip McShane OP

The Irish Dominican friars have further cause for joy today as Brother Alan Hopkins has rejoined the Order and will live with the novitiate community in Saint Mary’s, Cork in the year ahead. He is pictured below with our new novices. Please keep our brothers Alan, Paul and Conall in your prayers as they embark on their journey into the Dominican way of life.

Brother Conall O’ Callaghan, Brother Alan Hopkins and Brother Paul Hughes

Thanks to Father Gerard Dunne, our Vocation Director for providing the pictures on his blog.


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