Friday, November 6, 2009

Continuing Good News on Vocations in Ireland

Brother Kevin Mascarenhas makes final profession in Waterford

There is continuing good news on the vocations front in Ireland. Elsewhere on this blog you will have read of the 38 seminarians who began their studies for priesthood in seminaries in Ireland and abroad. 13 men also joined our novitiate in Cork in September.

Five men, one of them from Ireland, began their novitiate with the Capuchins in Oxford in England recently. A brief report on this happy event can be seen on the International Capuchin website here. The Irish Dominican friars rejoice in this good news.

I am also aware that two men began their postulancy year with the Pallotine congregation in the past number of weeks. The vocations page of their website can be seen here.

I note too that there have been final professions of some sisters of apostolic congregations in the recent past. Congratulations from Irish Dominican Vocations to Sr Siobhan O Keeffe of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary who made final profession in Cork in September. A report on this event can be seen on the website of Vocations Ireland. The Dominican sisters of the Cabra congregation recently celebrated the final profession of Sr Suzie O Rawe OP at a ceremony in Cabra in Dublin. Our best wishes and prayers to Sr Suzie. A report with some photographs of the event can be seen on the website of the Cabra Dominican sisters.

Finally, there was immense joy at the solemn profession of Presentation Brother Kevin Mascarenhas (pictured above) in Waterford recently. The Presentation Brothers in Ireland have been leading the way in vocations promotion in this country for the past few years and this event will no doubt be the springboard for better things to come.

All of this good news will hopefully inspire those involved in vocations ministry in Ireland in the months ahead.
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