Sr Maura Walsh OSsR pictured with Gerard Dunne OP after her solemn profession ceremony.
Today, I attended a historic and joyful event. The Redemptoristine nuns in Drumcondra, Dublin 9 celebrated the solemn (or final) profession of Sr Maura Walsh OSsR - the first solemn profession for the Redemptoristines in almost 40 years. To be accurate it's 39 years - the last time there was such an event was the final profession of the current prioress of the community Sr Gabrielle Fox OSsR in 1972.
Regular readers of this blog will know that I have a long-standing admiration for the work and ministry of this community - and a particular appreciation for their work in vocations ministry. They are a model for any monastic/contemplative community, and indeed other religious orders and dioceses in how to go about the task of promoting vocations.
However, the day belongs to Sr Maura - a native of Mountbellew, Co Galway. She worked in the health services industry before joining the Redemptoristine monastery five years ago. Irish Dominican Vocations wishes Sr Maura every blessing as a fully professed Redemptoristine nun, congratulates the five sisters in simple profession in the monastery and the community for their dedication and witness. Please add a prayer for those preparing to join the community in the not too distant future.