Thursday, September 30, 2010
The Hail Mary also has a radiance and depth of theological truth. Door Into The Sacred leads into a world in which the strenuous task of thinking and the easeful grace of feeling can both be considered sacred, and where wisdom and enchantment, theology and devotion, are found, at core, to be one and the same thing. The book is published by Novalis.
Continuum. Both new titles are widely available internationally and also in Ireland in religious bookshops.
Irish Dominican Vocations congratulates our brother Paul on these two fine new publications to add to his ever-growing output.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Below are videos of two recent Dominican vocation events. The top one is of the first profession of eleven of our novices on 15th September last. The second and lower video is of the reception of two men into the novitiate in Cork on 14th September. Thanks to Br Luuk Jansen for his video work.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Back left to right: Brothers Damian Polly OP, Patrick Desmond OP, Ronan Connolly OP, Gary Burns OP, Daragh McNally OP, James Cassidy OP.
Front left to right: Brothers Stephen Hackett OP, Eoin Casey OP, David McGovern OP, Stephen Jones OP, Conor McDonough OP
The Irish Dominicans joyfully celebrated the first profession of eleven brothers of the province who have just completed their novitiate year. The event took place during the celebration of the Eucharist at Saint Mary's priory church at Pope's Quay in Cork. The eleven brothers made profession in the hands of the prior of the novitiate community, Fr Edward Conway OP. A large number of Dominican friars gathered to celebrate the event along with the families and friends of the newly professed brethren. Having completed the novitiate and made profession, these eleven brothers will now move to the student house of the Irish Dominican province at Saint Saviour's, Dublin. Please keep these young Dominican friars in your prayers and those who will accompany them through their formation. Below is a selection of images from the memorable and historic event for the Irish Dominican friars.
Gary Burns OP makes profession in the hands of the prior, fr Edward Conway OP
David McGovern OP makes profession in the hands of the prior, fr Edward Conway OP
Damian Polly OP makes profession in the hands of the prior, fr Edward Conway OP
Ronan Connolly OP makes profession in the hands of the prior, fr Edward Conway OP
James Cassidy OP makes profession in the hands of the prior, fr Edward Conway OP
Patrick Desmond OP makes profession in the hands of the prior, fr Edward Conway OP
Daragh McNally OP makes profession in the hands of the prior, fr Edward Conway OP
Stephen Hackett OP makes profession in the hands of the prior, fr Edward Conway OP
Conor McDonough OP makes profession in the hands of the prior, fr Edward Conway OP
Stephen Jones OP makes profession in the hands of the prior, fr Edward Conway OP
Eoin Casey OP makes profession in the hands of the prior, fr Edward Conway OP
The brothers seeking the mercy of God and the Order prior to making profession
The traditional blessing of the scapulars after the rite of profession
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Brother Conall O Callaghan, Fr Eddie Conway (prior), Fr Philip McShane (novice master) and Brother Paul Hughes after the reception of novices today.
The Irish Dominican friars received two novices into the Order today at a ceremony during the celebration of Mass at Saint Mary's Priory church, Pope's Quay Cork. Brothers Paul Mary Hughes (Westmeath and St. Helen's, Liverpool) and Conall Mary O' Callaghan (Donegal) were clothed in the Dominican habit by the prior of the novitiate house of the Irish province, Fr. Edward Conway OP. Our new novices were joined by many of the Dominican brethren from around the Irish province along with their friends and families in a simple ceremony. Below are some images from the clothing ceremony.
Asking for God's mercy and that of the Order, the two postulants prostrate themselves.
The Gospel is proclaimed by the deacon, David Barrins OP
Brother Paul Hughes is clothed in the habit of theDominican Order by the prior, Fr Edward Conway OP
Brother Conall O Callaghan is clothed in the habit of the Dominican Order by the prior, Fr Eddie Conway OP
The newly clothed novices with their novice master, Fr Philip McShane OP
The Irish Dominican friars have further cause for joy today as Brother Alan Hopkins has rejoined the Order and will live with the novitiate community in Saint Mary's, Cork in the year ahead. He is pictured below with our new novices. Please keep our brothers Alan, Paul and Conall in your prayers as they embark on their journey into the Dominican way of life.
Brother Conall O' Callaghan, Brother Alan Hopkins and Brother Paul Hughes
Monday, September 13, 2010
Saint Mary's Priory church, Pope's Quay, Cork
The friars of the Irish Dominican province are preparing to accept new novices in a ceremony during Mass at Saint Mary's Priory church in Cork tomorrow September 14th (feast of the Triumph of the Cross and the feast day of the Irish Dominican Province) at 11.00 am. On the following day, September 15th (feast of Our Lady of Sorrows), our current novices will make profession also during Mass at 11.00 am in Saint Mary's, Pope's Quay, Cork. Photographs and a report on these two joyful events will appear in this blog over the next couple of days. Please keep these young Dominican friars in your prayers please.
Prayer for Dominican Vocations:
Lord Jesus, as you once 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 forever. AMEN
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
The scenes in the video include the announcement of the new Master of the Order, along with fr Bruno prostrating himself before the brethren and making the profession of faith. Keep up to date with the General Chapter of the Dominican Order by visiting their website www.curia.op.org/roma2010/
Monday, September 6, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
The brothers of the Province of Ireland wish the new Master every blessing as he takes up the challenge of leading the Order.
Friday, September 3, 2010
The General Chapter of the Order has begun in Rome. The dedicated website of the chapter is full of interesting information, images and video and is well worth visiting http://www.curia.op.org/roma2010/
The following video and pictures give a flavour of the chapter. Please keep the work of the brethren at chapter in your prayers.
fr Carlos - outgoing Master of the Order makes the 'venia' before the brethren
A view of the 'capitulars' - the brethren assembled at the Chapter