Saturday, April 16, 2011

First Profession of Fr Stephen Cummins

It was a historic day for the Irish Dominican province as Fr Stephen Cummins made first profession - the first time in 61 years since a diocesan priest has made simple profession in the Order in Ireland. Fr Stephen, a native of Cork city and a priest of the diocese of Cloyne, made profession during the community Mass today April 16th at Saint Mary's Dominican church, Pope's Quay, Cork. The chief celebrant of the Mass was Fr Finian Lynch OP, the subprior of the community. Fr Stephen was joined by family members, visiting Dominican friars and friends for the occasion.

Irish Dominican Vocations wishes our brother Stephen every blessing as he continues his Dominican formation. Please continue to pray for vocations to the friars of the Irish Dominican province. Below are some images from the joyful occasion.

Fr Stephen prostrates himself prior to making profession asking for God's mercy and that of the Order
The candiadate is examined before making profession.
'I, Brother Stephen Cummins, make profession........'
The traditional blessing of the scapular.
Fr Philip McShane OP, novice master, Fr Stephen Cummins (newly professed) and Fr Finian Lynch OP, subprior, Saint Mary's Cork after the profession ceremony.

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