Thursday, May 30, 2013

Good vocation news in Ireland

 Sr Brigid Marie of the Sacred heart is clothed in the habit of the Poor Clares in Galway

Here at Irish Dominican Vocations we are always delighted to hear of good news stories about vocations in Ireland and are only too happy to share that news. Events like, receptions, professions and ordinations in Ireland tend to make the news much more so today than in the past because of the fact that they are so rare. But, we are happy to promote the good news of other orders and dioceses because they are a real source of encouragement to men and women who might be considering a vocation themselves. This good news needs to be highlighted because it gives great encouragement to all involved in vocations ministry in Ireland.

Firstly, the Poor Clare nuns in Galway had reason to celebrate recently as they clothed Sr Brigid Marie of the Sacred Heart in the habit of the Order on the eve of Pentecost. The Poor Clares in Galway have had some media exposure recently - particularly with the success of their best selling book 'Calm the Soul' (available nationwide in Ireland through bookshops and on We send our best wishes to them and to Sr Brigid Marie as she takes on the life of the contemplative community in Galway.
 Image from the diaconate ordiantion ceremony in Maynooth on May 26th

Secondly, six deacons were ordained in the national seminary in Maynooth in Co. Kildare on Sunday last. The six, Sean Flynn from Tuam, Stephen Gorman from Raphoe, Ben Hodnett from Cork & Ross, Seán McGuigan from Armagh, Dominic Meehan from Cashel & Emly and Colm Murphy from Dromore, came to their studies for the priesthood from diverse backgrounds including accountancy, teaching and one was a funeral undertaker. We wish them every blessing as they continue on the path to priestly ordination.

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