The 15th of September each year is an important date for Irish Dominican friars. Apart from it being the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, it is also the date when traditionally Dominicans of the province make profession.
In keeping with that tradition, six brothers of our province made profession on the 15th in St. Mary's Dominican Priory church, Tallaght, Dublin 24. Brothers Colm Mannion, Luuk Jansen and Matthew Martinez made simple profession (temporary vows for a defined period of time) while Brothers Dennis Murphy, Maurice Colgan and Brian Doyle made solemn profession (vows for the rest of their lives, until death).
Friends and families of our brothers were in attendance, along with over 50 Dominican friars of the province. It was a jouyous day for all Irish Dominicans.
As vocations director, I wish our student brothers who have just made profession every blessing in the time ahead. Days like this make it all worthwhile!
(The picture above is of the brothers who made profession on September 15th, 2008). For more, see the website of the Irish Dominicans.