Dominicans and the icon of St Dominic - left to right: Fr Albert Leonard OP, Bro Conor McDonough OP and Fr Gerard Dunne OP
Our ongoing prayer initiative for Dominican vocations has reached Galway. Using the specially commissioned icon of Saint Dominic as a foucus of prayer for vocations, the vocations director had the opportunity to preach at all Masses in St. Mary's Dominican church, the Claddagh in Galway city this past weekend.
The initiative has been warmly received throughout the country - and particularly so in Galway. Many people commented on the use of the icon as a means of preaching on vocations, while others were very appreciative of the work of the friars in the Galway area. As always, the purpose of the prayer campaign is to broaden the base of the numbers of people praying for vocations to our Order. The Gospel passage from Saint Luke's gospel for this Sunday was very appropriate: 'Pray the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest.'
The icon will remain in Galway until the end of August and will then move to another Dominican location soon thereafter.