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Fr's Ciaran Dougherty OP and John Walsh OP preached a parish mission in Ardfinnan, Co. Tipperary from the 2nd until the 7th of May. Fr. Bobby Power invited the promoters of Vocations and the Rosary to carry out the mission on behalf of the Parish Council. The intrepid Dominicans preached at two sessions every day, encouraging the parishioners to follow Christ more closely. Below is a selection of photographs of the various activities which occurred during the mission.
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.
Below is a short video capturing some of the Ordination Mass. Some photos of the event can be found here.
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.
Six Dominican brothers made their definitive commitment to living as
Dominican friars - "solemn profession" - in Dublin on 7th September.
Brothers Conor McDonough OP, Damian Polly OP, Daragh McNally OP, (back row, left to right) Eoin Casey OP, Ronan Connolly OP and David McGovern OP (front row, left to right) made their profession in the hands of Fr Gregory Carroll OP, prior provincial.
The celebration took place during
conventual Mass on Sunday 7th September in St Saviour's Church, Dublin,
with the local Dominican community, parishioners of Dominick Street
parish, visiting Dominican friars, family and friends of the six
brothers who travelled from far and wide.
The six brothers joined the Order
in Cork in 2009 as part of a group of thirteen. They are the first to make
solemn profession from the eight of the original group who are still in
The large group of brothers making
solemn profession should not be considered an exceptional increase in
the vocations statistics for the Irish Dominicans.
The average annual intake of the province remains less than three and
the average number of priestly ordinations for the same period remains
slightly more than one per year.
Please pray for all our brothers in formation and for further vocations to the Order - Lord Jesus, as you once called Saint Dominic to preach the Gospel, so now send new preachers into your harvest. Give them courage, wisdom and grace to make them witnesses of your death, resurrection and return in glory. Through the intercession of Mary, patroness of the Order, may they bring true faith and light to brighten the darkness. You who live forever. Amen.