Bro Matthew Martinez OPThere was great joy in Port-of-Spain in Trinidad today as our brother Matthew Martinez OP made solemn profession as a Dominican. The profession took place during the celebration of the Eucharist at St. Finbar's church in Diego Martin. Bro Matthew was joined by his family, relatives and friends, many members of religious congregations in Trinidad and Tobago and by a large representation of Dominican friars, sisters and Dominican laity. Bro Matthew made profession in the hands of the regional prior of the vicariate of Trinidad and Tobago - Fr Michael Hayden OP. Bro Matthew returns to Ireland in the week ahead to continue his theological studies. On behalf of all the friars of the Irish Dominican province, I wish Matthew every grace and blessing as he continues to the next phase of his Dominican life. May the Lord bring to completion the good work that he has begun. Our best wishes to the friars of the vicariate also who have witnessed an increase in vocations in the past few years. Below are some images of the profession ceremony today.
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The entrance procession
Fr Michael Hayden OP preaches the homily
Bro Matthew makes a prostration before making solemn professiom
Matthew Martinez OP makes solemn profession in the hands of the Regional Prior
The video above of highlights of the profession ceremony was taken by the vocations director of the vicariate, fr Dwight Black OP - please note that there is significant sound distortion so please adjust your volume control when viewing.