Six Dominican brothers made their definitive commitment to living as Dominican friars - "solemn profession" - in Dublin on 7th September.
Brothers Conor McDonough OP, Damian Polly OP, Daragh McNally OP, (back row, left to right) Eoin Casey OP, Ronan Connolly OP and David McGovern OP (front row, left to right) made their profession in the hands of Fr Gregory Carroll OP, prior provincial.
The celebration took place during conventual Mass on Sunday 7th September in St Saviour's Church, Dublin, with the local Dominican community, parishioners of Dominick Street parish, visiting Dominican friars, family and friends of the six brothers who travelled from far and wide.
The six brothers joined the Order in Cork in 2009 as part of a group of thirteen. They are the first to make solemn profession from the eight of the original group who are still in the Order.
The large group of brothers making solemn profession should not be considered an exceptional increase in the vocations statistics for the Irish Dominicans.
The average annual intake of the province remains less than three and the average number of priestly ordinations for the same period remains slightly more than one per year.
Please pray for all our brothers in formation and for further vocations to the Order -
Lord Jesus, as you once called Saint Dominic to preach the Gospel, so now send new preachers into your harvest.
Give them courage, wisdom and grace to make them witnesses of your death, resurrection and return in glory.
Through the intercession of Mary, patroness of the Order, may they bring true faith and light to brighten the darkness.
You who live forever. Amen.
For pictures of the event, follow this link - http://dominicanfriars.ie/gallery/events/professions-07092014.html