Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Upcoming events for Irish Dominican friars

Irish Dominican Vocations is on his way to the West Indies and to Trinidad and Tobago for a very important event in the life of the Dominican vicariate there. The vicariate is a missionary outreach of the friars of the Irish Dominican province - and has been for over 100 years. The very important event is the solemn (perpetual) profession of our brother Matthew Martinez OP. The profession ceremony will take place in the Dominican church of Saint Finbar, in Port of Spain, Trinidad on Monday next August 29th. Brother Matthew has been living in Ireland for the past five years for his formation and after his profession will return to Ireland to continue his studies in September. We wish Matthew every blessing as he prepares for this momentous event in his religious life. His profession is the first in a number of joyful events for the friars of the Irish Dominican province in the coming weeks.

On September 3rd next our brother Brian Doyle OP will be ordained to the priesthood in his native County Wexford.

On September 11th, two of our brothers Luuk Dominiek Jansen OP and Colm Mannion OP will also make solemn profession in the Dominican priory church of Saint Saviour, Dominick Street, Dublin 1.

On September 14th, we will be clothing new novices in the habit of the Order in the Dominican church of Saint Mary, Pope's Quay, Cork. This is the feast of the Triumph of the Cross - the feast of the Irish Dominican province.

On September 15th, two of our brothers, Alan Hopkins and Paul Hughes will make first (simple) profession in Saint Mary's priory church, Pope's Quay, Cork.

Finally on September 18th, two of our brothers Denis Murphy OP and Maurice Colgan OP will be ordained to the priesthood in Saint Saviour's Dominican church, Dominick Street, Dublin 1.

We are delighted to announce the news of these joyful events and ask you to remember all our brothers who will be ordained, make simple and solemn profession in the weeks ahead and ask you to continue your prayers for an increase in vocations to the friars of the Irish Dominican province.


Fr Míċeál Beatty said...

Many congratulations on all these joyful events . You are very much in my prayers and at Mass

Brendan Allen said...

Hello Father; are you at liberty to divulge yet how many new novices will be starting with ye this year?

Gerard Dunne OP said...

Hi Brendan, I've had a policy over my years as vocations director and which is also the policy now of the Dominicans not to announce numbers or names of people entering until they begin their novitiate. This is important for those beginning this important process. They have enough pressure without over exposure beforehand. In any case, those accepted for this year's novitiate will receive the habit of the Order on the traditional date for doing so - September 14th - the feast of the Triumph of the Cross.