People attending Mass in the Dominican church (Holy Cross) Tralee with the icon of Saint Dominic
The ongoing prayer initiative for vocations to the Dominican way of life headed to the south west of Ireland this weekend and arrived at the Dominican church (Holy Cross) in Tralee, County Kerry. For the past year and a half, the prayer campaign has been brought to Dominican churches and centres around the country in a bid to broaden the base of those praying specifically for Dominican vocations. The specially commissioned icon of Saint Dominic that provides a focus for those invited to pray has been remarked on by very many people. It is, of course, the work of the Redemptoristine community in Drumcondra, Dublin under the watchful supervision of renowned iconographer, Mihai Cucu.
In preaching on vocations this weekend in Tralee, I was struck by the response of the people to the invitation to pray. Several people are taking the opportunity to create circles of prayer in the town on a regular basis to pray for the Dominican Order and especially for an increase in vocations to our province and also to the other branches of the Dominican family in Ireland. It is a response like this that makes this prayer initiative more than worthwhile.
The icon remains in Tralee until the end of May before moving on to the next location in the mid-west.