Saint Mary's Priory in Tallaght was the location for the Irish Dominican friars celebration of the conclusion of the Year for Priests. Yesterday, Monday June 14th over seventy brothers from around the province attended the day-long event. The friars were delighted to be joined by our Dominican brother bishop Anthony Fisher OP from Australia and by Paul Murray OP, of the Irish province based in Rome. Both Bishop Anthony and fr Paul delivered two excellent papers on the Dominican priesthood along with refelections on the Dominican vocation. Both contributions were warmly received by all present. (This blog hopes to have abridged versions of both talks avavilable soon). Four of our brothers also spoke of their experiences of being Dominicans and priests - frs Edward Foley, Brian McKevitt, Michael Dunleavy and John Harris.
Central to the reflective day marking the conclusion of the Year for Priests were Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and the celebration of the Eucharist. Bishop Anthony presided. The event was organised by the Provincial Council of Formation of the Irish Dominican province - a body that advises the Provincial on all matters pertaining to formation.
Below are some images from the event:
Bishop Anthony Fisher OP delivers his talk
fr Paul Murray OP