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Three Men Enter the Dominican Novitiate

On Wednesday 14 September, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, three young men were clothed in the Dominican habit in St Mary’s Church, Pope’s Quay, Cork. The three men – David O’Donnell (Cork), Aidan O’Connor (Tipperary), and John Melvin (Donegal) – received the habit from the Prior Provincial, Fr John Harris OP, thus beginning their novitiate. This year-long period of probation, under the guidance of the Novice Master, Fr Philip Mulryne OP, is focussed on prayer, community life, and becoming familiar with the customs, traditions, and saints of the Dominican Order.

As these brothers were being clothed in the habit, the ‘Veni Creator Spiritus’ was sung, calling down the Spirit on them as they begin this year of walking in the footsteps of St Dominic. Please continue to call on the aid of the Holy Spirit for these novices, as they grow in the life of grace.

Two Irish Dominican Friars Ordained to the Priesthood

Sunday last, September 4, saw the ordination to the priesthood of Dominican friars, Anthony Kavanagh and Kellan Scott. A very large number gathered in St Saviour’s, Dublin, for the joyful occasion, with the crowd spilling out into the street. Dominican friars from across Ireland – and beyond – concelebrated the Mass of Ordination, along with priests from the dioceses of Dublin and Meath.

Bishop Tom Deenihan of Meath the ordaining prelate, preached a homily on the importance of generosity, determination, and sacrifice in the life of a priest today. Drawing on the Gospel of the day (Luke 14:25-33), Bishop Deenihan reminded the ordinands that they were called by Christ to take up their crosses, and to willingly and lovingly make sacrifices each day of their priestly lives.

The newly-ordained priests have received their first assignations from the Prior Provincial, Fr John Harris. Fr Kellan will be going to San Clemente, Rome, to complete his studies, and Fr Anthony will begin work as chaplain at Newbridge College.

We ask your prayers for these brothers of ours as they begin their priestly ministry.

Two Dominican Friars Ordained as Deacons in St Saviour’s, Dublin

On Saturday 5 March in St Saviour’s Church, Dublin, Archbishop Dermot Farrell ordained two Dominican friars, Br Anthony Kavanagh OP and Br Kellan Scott OP, to the order of diaconate.

A large congregation was present to participate in this celebration, along with Dominican friars, sisters, and laity from throughout Ireland. In a sermon rich in references to Dominican authors, the Archbishop outlined the ministry of deacons: they are ‘heralds of the Gospel of Jesus Christ’, their preaching ought to draw on profound prayer, and in carrying out their ministry of service they should ‘live life in response to the needs of others’.

Quoting Pope Francis, Archbishop Farrell called on Brs Anthony and Kellan to be ‘contemplatives, whose closeness to people enables them to proclaim before the wounds of our world the power of the Resurrection at work even now’.

As these brothers advance towards priestly ordination, we invite you to pray for them, that they might live out their diaconal ministry in imitation of ‘the Son of Man, [who] came not to be served but to serve’ (Mt 20:8).

We invite you too to continue to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life, especially to the Dominican Order. Our vocations director, Fr Colm Mannion OP, can be contacted at colm.mannion@dominicans.ie and 086-0864420.

(Photos courtesy of Br Sean Blackwell OP).

A Life of Love: The Dominican Vocation

Three friars of the Irish Province of Dominicans, Finian Lynch OP, Jesse Maingot OP, and Conor McDonough OP, reflect on the Dominican mission. Filmed and edited by Andrew Ascough. To explore a vocation with the Irish Dominicans, contact Colm Mannion OP, colm.mannion@dominicans.ie, and visit irishdominicanvocations.com.

BLOC | An Sagart Óg

Michael Carey from the Irish–language television station, TG4, recently met up with one of our brothers in St Saviour’s Priory, Dublin, to ask about his vocation.

Click play to find out!

Vocation Icon – Sligo

The Vocations Icon, an Icon of St. Dominic, is on a tour of the Irish Province. From Newbridge College in Newbridge the icon spend some time in Dundalk. The next stop was Newry and last weekend the Icon moved to Sligo.

Fr. Luuk OP, the Vocation Director, preached at the Sunday Masses to encourage the congregation to pray for vocations. Prayer is the most important aspect of vocations promotion. This is very clear from the “Year of Praying for Vocations” which the Church celebrated a few years ago and the great response which came as a result; both for the Dominicans as for the Diocese.

The Icon travels around the province to encourage prayer for vocations to the Dominican Order, and specifically the Irish Province. Please join us in prayer for vocations.


Lord Jesus,
as once you called Saint Dominic to preach the Gospel,
so now, through the intercession of Our Blessed Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and patroness of the Order,
we ask you to send new preachers into your harvest.

Give them the graces necessary to preach with wisdom and courage.
May they be witnesses to your life, death and resurrection, bringing the light of the true faith into the darkness of people’s lives.
You who live and reign for ever and ever.

Amen


 

A day in the life of the Dominican Studium

When talking about the vocation to religious life, and specifically the Dominican way of Religious Life, one of the recurring questions is what a day in the life of a Dominican Brother is like. So we took a camera into our Studium in Dublin to give a taste of what the day in the life of a student brother of the Dominican Order typically looks like.

Naturally the daily routine for the brothers who have completed their studies is slightly different as they go about their own ministries. But the general structure, where communal prayers form the hinges of the day, would be what constitutes the fundamental aspect of a day as a Dominican brother.

Our Studium, the place where we do our theological formation, is located in St. Saviour’s Priory, Dublin 1, Ireland.

If you would like to know more about the vocation as a Dominican, contact the Vocation Director on vocations@dominicans.ie.

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Praying for Vocations with the Vocations Icon

Ultimately the call to religious life is a call by God. In order to hear this call an attentive openness to the presence of God and his direction in ones life is fundamental. The call to prayer and communion is universal. Subsequent it is only within the close relationship with God that can develop through prayer and communion that a call to give oneself in the way of the religious life is normally perceived.

But while the openness and dedication to prayer of the individual is important, it is crucial to pray for vocations too. Jesus himself said “to pray to the Lord of the harvest to send labourers into his harvest” (cf. Mat 9:38/Luke 10:2). That prayer for vocations has a profound effect is clear from the extraordinary amount of vocations after the year dedicated to prayer for vocations. The Irish Province of the Dominicans itself had thirteen novices that year, something that hadn’t been seen for decades. There should be no doubt about the value of prayer in general, and prayer for vocations in particular!

In order to foster more prayer for vocations an Icon of St. Dominic,specially commissioned to promote prayer for vocations, has travelled around the country to encourage and promote prayer in years past. We have resumed this practice and have started with the display of the icon in the Dominican Church in Newbridge College. The icon will remain here until it will be brought next to St. Malachy’s in Dundalk on the weekend of the 22nd of October.

Please support us and keep praying for vocations.


Lord Jesus,
as once you called Saint Dominic to preach the Gospel,
so now, through the intercession of Our Blessed Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and patroness of the Order,
we ask you to send new preachers into your harvest.

Give them the graces necessary to preach with wisdom and courage.
May they be witnesses to your life, death and resurrection, bringing the light of the true faith into the darkness of people’s lives.
You who live and reign for ever and ever.

Amen


 

Interview with Fr. Philip Mulryne O.P

True Light Catholic Media did an interview with Fr. Philip Mulryne O.P, who was a professional football player before becoming a Dominican Friar.
Fr. Philip was ordained to the priesthood as part of the Dominican Order in early July. Additional videos and photos of this joyful celebration are available.

True Light Catholic Media is based in Malta, you can visit their website and they have a Youtube channel.

Video of the Priestly Ordination of Fr. Philip Mulryne OP

This is a short video about the ordination to the priesthood of Father Philip Mulryne OP by His Grace Archbishop Joseph Augustine Di Noia OP during the 11.00am celebration of Mass in Saint Saviour’s Church, Dominican Street, on the 8th of July 2017.  Archbishop Augustine Di Noia is Assistant Secretary at the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith and he travelled from Rome for today’s special ceremony. Fr. Philip OP is ordained a priest for the Dominican Order (Order of Preachers).

Philip Mulryne was born in Belfast, and whilst playing for his parish soccer team: Saint Oliver Plunkett, Philip was spotted by a scout for Manchester United Football Club and invited as a 14 year old to go to Manchester for a trial.  Philip impressed and then signed a schoolboy contract for 2 years.  In 1994 Philip finished secondary school and went to Manchester United full time as a professional on a four-year contract.  Making his debut in 1997 against Ipswich Town Football Club, Philip played five times in total for the first team before being transferred to Norwich City Football Club in 1999, playing 135 times for Norwich City during a period of six years.  Philip made his debut for the Northern Ireland Football Team in 1997 against Belgium and went on to play 27 times for Northern Ireland, scoring three goals.

After short spells at Cardiff City and Leyton Orient, Philip retired officially from football in 2009 and entered the Diocesan Seminary of Saint Malachy’s Belfast, spending two years studying philosophy at Queens University Belfast and at the Maryvale Institute.  Philip completed his studies in philosophy and went to the Pontifical Irish College, Rome, to study theology for one year at the Gregorian University before discerning a call to religious life.  Philip entered the Dominican Novitiate House in Cork in 2012.

Please keep Fr. Philip OP in your prayers as he starts the next step of his life as a Dominican in his priestly vocation!

Some photo’s of the event and a shorter video can be found here.

The video is free to be used for publication once the Irish Province of the Dominican Order and this website www.dominicans.ie are credited. The original video file can be downloaded here.

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