As mentioned in an earlier posting, interviews for admission to our novitiate took place in St Mary's Priory, Tallaght, Dublin 24, from June 12th to 18th. A special commission of the brothers of our province carried out the interviews. Thorough psychological assessments also formed part of the process.
The week of interviews marks, in a significant way, the end of the year for this vocations director. However, that is not to say that there is nothing to do until September! There are many men who continue to discern their vocation with a keen eye on us Dominicans, along with a number of new enquirers every month. This will keep me busy for the summer.
I would like to thank all those people who prayed for the successful outcome of the admissions process for this year. Secondly, I am indebted to the many people involved in the week of interviews and beyond. Finally, I would like to wish all who were interviewed last week every blessing for the future.
The novitiate year 2009-2010 begins on the feast of the Irish Dominican province, the Triumph of the Cross, Monday 14th September.
PRAYER FOR DOMINICAN VOCATIONS
Lord Jesus, as once you 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 for ever. Amen.