Some of the student brothers of the Irish Dominican province based at Saint Saviour's, Dublin discuss the recent letter of Pope Benedict to seminarians with the Regent of Studies fr John Harris OP. To follow this discussion and some upcoming events log on to http://www.dominicansinteractive.com/
Thursday, October 28, 2010
- The fostering of vocations strengthens our general pastoral work with youth, encourages young friars to join in vocation promotion activities, involves the collaboration of the Dominican Family and in particular the prayers of our nuns. It also encourages our communities to live visibly the rich dimensions of Dominican life (LCO 165 § I). ACTA CAPITULI GENERALIS ELECTIVI – ROMÆ 2010 74
- [Ordinatio] Based on the positive experience of several entities of the Order, we ordain that a promoter of vocations should be appointed in each Province, Vice-Province, and Vicariate (ACG 2004 Krakow, n. 265). If possible, the promotion and direction of vocations should be his primary task.
- [Exhortatio] Granted the diversity of candidates entering the Order to-day, in terms of age, theological, and cultural background, we exhort promoters of vocations and Admissions Boards to scrutinise the suit-ability of candidates adequately before accepting them for our specifi-cally Dominican form of consecrated life. We cannot ask candidates “to be perfectly motivated, rather they should have the capacity to gradually mature and joyfully integrate themselves into our professed way of life” (ACG 2004 Krakow, n. 263).
I am particularly delighted that the Chapter acknowledges that the vocation promotion of the friars has a Dominican family dimension - with a specific role for the nuns (contemplative) in this regard. I am glad to say that in the Irish context that there is a strong collaborative dimension to the promotion of the Dominican vocation. It is also highly significant that the General chapter ordains that where possible, vocations directors for the Order should have this ministry as a 'primary task'. It has been shown that where full-time vocations directors have been appointed that there has been a stabilisation in the numbers joining provinces and in some cases, an increase in the number joining. Finally, the General Chapter exhorts the friars of the Order to acknowledge the diversity of backgrounds that candidates come from and to take all the relevant and necessary steps in discernment so that those wishing to join us can integrate themselves into our form of life.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Bishop Anthony Fisher OP of Parramata, Australia was a recent visitor to Ireland. Earlier this year he participated in the conclusion of the 'Year for Priests' organised by the friars of the Irish Dominican province held in Tallaght. In the video above, Bishop Anthony is speaking about his Dominican vocation (and many other topics) at a 'Theology on Tap' event in Parramata - in PJ Gallagher's Irish Pub! Incidentally, the 'Theology on Tap' initiative in Gallagher's is a direct result of the success of World Youth Day in Sydney a couple of years ago. Great to see Bishop Anthony in the pub......could we do or see the same in Ireland?
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
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Saturday, October 9, 2010
The annual Dominican pilgrimage to the Marian shrine at Knock, Co Mayo takes place tomorrow Sunday, October 10th. Considered by the shrine authorities as the last 'big' pilgrimage of the season, the Dominican pilgrimage each year consistently attracts very large numbers - with all of the Dominican presences in Ireland represented. So, several thousand people will congregate at Knock tomorrow for the event. The day's pilgrimage will include the opportunity for availing of the sacrament of reconciliation, the celebration of the sacrament of the sick, the celebration of the eucharist along with the rosary procession. Each year one of the friars of the province is asked to preach the homily during the Mass. This year the preacher is Fr Anthony Morris OP of the Sligo community.
Be assured that I will remember, in a special way, all those who help with the promotion of vocations to the Dominican Order at Our Lady's shrine tomorrow.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
For Dominicans worldwide, today's feast, Our Lady of the Rosary is very important - because of our association with the rosary and the special task that we have both of praying the rosary as part of our daily prayer and of promoting the rosary as a means of preaching. For many decades, Irish Dominican Fr Gabriel Harty OP has been promoting the rosary in Ireland and around the world. In the video below Fr Gabriel is in full flight as he speaks about the rosary as part of a contribution for the Year for Priest on the world priest website http://www.worldpriest.com/ To many generations of Irish Dominican friars, Fr Gabriel has been an inspiration because of his dedication to the rosary and to his Dominican vocation. I hope that readers will enjoy Fr Gabriel on the rosary as we celebrate this great feast- and you might also take a look at his blog http://www.blogrosary.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
In July of this year I posted a video of the Polish Dominicans on this blog. I described it as atmospheric and moody - and it really was quite good. The video below - also by the Polish Dominicans depicts life in the studentate of the province in Krakow - and it is well worth a look. See what you think!