Fr Gregory Carroll OP (prior provincial), Br Kevin O Reilly OP, Br Murchadh O Madagain OP and Fr Philip McShane OP (outgoing novice master) after the first profession of the two brothers.
The Irish Dominican friars have received the first profession of two brothers on completion of their novitiate year. During the celebration of the conventual Mass in Saint Mary's Priory church in Pope's Quay, Cork today September 15th (the feast of our Lady of Sorrows), Bro Kevin O Reilly and Bro Murchadh O Madagain made profession in the hands of the prior provincial of the Irish Dominican province Fr Gregory Carroll OP.
Bro Kevin comes to the Order with a doctoral degree in philosophy and had taught that subject in various institutes and universities. Bro Murchadh who was ordained a priest for the diocese of Galway and Kikmacduagh also holds a doctoral degree - in spirituality. He has ministered in parishes and hospitals before joining the Order.
We congratulate our brothers on their first profession which aggregates them into the Order and pray that they will flourish in the next phase of their Dominican lives.
Below are some images of the first profession ceremony. Please click the pictures to enlarge them.
The brothers prostrate before the provincial seeking the mercy of God and of the Order
The prior provincial Fr Gregory Carroll OP preaches the homily during the conventual Mass incorporating the rite of profession
Bro Kevin O Reilly makes profession in the hands of the prior provincial
Bro Murchadh O Madagain makes profession
Part of the rite of profession includes the blessing of the scapulars of the newly professed brothers
The prayers of the faithful are read by our student brothers David McGovern and Patrick Desmond
With the first profession of our two brothers today and the reception of our five new novices yesterday, the Irish Dominican friars now have 22 in formation at various stages. Please pray for them and those considering joining the Order and the friars who assist them.
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