Saint Dominic's church, Athy, Co Kildare
The ongoing prayer initiative for vocations to the Dominican Order in Ireland has reached the midland town of Athy in County Kildare. The vocations director preached at all Masses in the Dominican church dedicated to Saint Dominic over the weekend. The icon of Saint Dominic which is the focus for the prayer campaign was of particular interest to those who worship in the priory church because of the significant devotion to the saint in the town.
The first foundation of Dominicans in the small town date back to the mid thirteenth century and the current community have a busy devotional church along with a thriving lay Dominican presence. The friars act as chaplains to the local hospital and support the work of the local parish.
The vocations prayer initiative will move to Saint Mary's Dominican priory church, Tallaght, County Dublin at the end of November.