Our New Roof

The work on our Chapel roof was completed during the week and the sisters are delighted to be able to resume praying the daily Office and Mass in the Chapel after two and a half weeks of being relegated to our Conference Room, which was a bit on the squashed side.


Our thanks to the workmen for getting the job done so quickly, and to God for the good weather during the last three weeks, which helped a lot.

This was something of a ‘rush job.’ We had quite a few leaks over the last year (which were manageable with cloths and buckets, and ‘patching’ of the roof) and were planning to re-do the roof in the autumn. Then the leaks got much worse, with a number appearing over the altar, which made the need to repair the roof rather urgent. Luckily the roofers were able to start work a few days after that and we now have a leak free roof.
As you can imagine this has been a costly undertaking so we would be grateful for any contribution, however small, to help offset the expense involved.

Sr M Breidge receives the Habit of the Order on the Feast of the Transfiguration

Our joy in celebrating the feast of St Dominic during this Jubilee year was enhanced by the addition of a new Novice to our community.

We share below the homily preached by our Prioress Sr Mairead at the Reception Ceremony.















On this special feast day of the Transfiguration of the Lord, Breidge will receive the habit, adding immensely to the joy of this day.
 I realise that instead of trying to speak about this great and beautiful Mystery of the Transfiguration, one would gain much more by entering into the mystery through prayer, and in silence and solitude, allowing IT, on the contrary, to speak to us in the depths of our hearts.
However, as a few words are probably expected, I will attempt to be brief and focus mainly on the importance of prayer in the life of Jesus and its transformative power in our lives as contemplatives.
Luke says that the aspect of  Jesus’ face changed and his clothing became as brilliant as lightning, while Jesus was at prayer. Prayer– this intimate personal relationship with Jesus leading to union with Him and communion with the Blessed Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is in fact the goal of everyone’s life, though sadly, so few are truly aware of it.
Prayer, communion with the Blessed Trinity is given great emphasis in our own constitutions. As early as number 1 in the Fundamental Constitutions ( 1:IV) of the Nuns, bearing witness as it does to the transforming power of prayer, and reminding us at the same time, of the transfiguration of the Lord, it says:
“ Persevering in prayer with Mary the Mother of Jesus, the nuns ardently long for the fullness of the Holy Spirit, so that with unveiled face […]

Reflections on St Dominic (6) – The Dominican Family

Through the window of our refectory I saw how our youngest Sister has planted a variety of flowers in the shape of 800, and it is exactly what we are as we celebrate our 800 Anniversary as Dominicans. Each Sister and Brother whom God has called to our family has shaped our Order day by day by their lives. Dominic  placed so much trust and confidence in his companions. He was profoundly a man of God, convinced that the hand of God lay upon everything and everyone. His own vocation as a preacher he discovered from being attentive to the needs of others. He was so open to listen to God speaking to him through the lives of others. Dominic knew that those who came to join him were called by the Lord and that the Lord was speaking to them. If others were called to join Dominic in his dream then some system had to be devised which respected both the freedom of God to speak as He wishes and the freedom of each to express their understanding of what God was saying to each personally. Dominic’s vision, his inspiration is communicated to his brethren in such a way that it becomes the creation of all. He inspired others by sharing his vision and allowing it to take root and mature in them in such a manner that it seems to come as much from them as from him. In his family everyone becomes a builder, everyone must share in the task of construction, and is encouraged to offer his/her own personal contribution. Dominic never put himself in the centre, he emptied himself, and that emptiness   invites Christ to be a centre of his own life and the […]

16th April – Day of Prayer and Reflection; UPDATE

The 16th of April is fast approaching and below you can see a poster for the day.Please feel free to download and share this poster. (Download in pdf form, here).

16th April: Day of Prayer and Refection – hosted jointly with the Franciscan sisters of the Renewal

We have another day planned with our Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal, as we have done in the past – for any young women who might be interested in learning a little more about who we and they (the CFRs) are.

We answer all kinds of questions, and you get to spend time in prayer and adoration with Jesus; the day will begin with Holy Mass – celebrated by one of our brothers.

Do get in touch if you think it might be a day for you; tell people you know who might find it helpful; we look forward to seeing everyone who comes; if the last day is anything to go by, it will be one to remember and be grateful for – full of grace!

To book a place please contact us at: siena3@eircom.net or
Franciscan Sisters at 041 – 9830441.
Overnight accommodation available – please complete the contact form on our website, here.

To give you an idea of what these days are like, here are some photos from the past:
Getting Ready
The night before.
A Dominican Talk
A Franciscan Talk
At Prayer
Clean Up
Relaxing at the end of the Day.

Light a “Siena Candle” for your Intentions

 Light a “Siena Candle” for your IntentionsWould you like to have a candle burning before the Blessed Sacrament for a family member or friend doing Examinations at this time? Or for another special Intention for someone?Their names can be printed on one of our handcrafted candles and the candle lit before the Blessed Sacrament during our daily Adoration on the day of their exams (or other important events).  Some of our candles, waiting for their ‘date’There are two types of candles:·       ‘Small’ = This candle costs €4 and burns for 1 daySquare Shape: W 5cm * H 7cm·       ‘Large’ = This candle costs €6 and burns for 2 days            Cylinder Shape: D 6cm * H 11cm The Candles can be ordered by email sienacards@eircom.net , or by phone 041 – 9838524. When ordering please provide the name to be printed on the candle (First Name only) and the date on which you would like the candle to be lit.Some candles burning before the Blessed Sacrament.

Vocation Discernment Weekends

Monastic Contemplative Life “Anyone who has discovered Christ must lead others to Him.  A great joy cannot be kept to oneself.It has to be passed on.” (Pope Benedict XVI – World Youth Day at Cologne, August, 2005)Discernment Weekends:29th – 31st May &19th – 21st June, 2015 Dominican Contemplative Nuns- welcome young women to our retreat house and offer the opportunity to experience our life of Prayer –·        Pray with us as we celebrate the Eucharist & Divine Office ·        In Silence adore the Lord with us in the Blessed Sacrament    Meet and chat with young Sisters who have been where you are      (Early booking important as places are limited)Contact:  Sr Niamh OPMonastery of St Catherine of SienaThe Twenties,  Drogheda,  Co. Louth.Tel: 041 9838524.  Email: siena3@eircom.net www.dominicannuns.ie  Please feel free to download and print our poster, click here.

Light the Fire! St Patrick’s Day 2015

A Candlelight Vigil is being organised on St Patrick’s Day by the the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal. We’ll be with you all in spirit – praying for a dry evening, as well as an outpouring of grace for everyone there, and for the country.

Lenten Retreat Day – Saturday 21st March

We’re having a Retreat Day in March for young women (18+) with the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal. Good preparation for Lent / Holy Week / Easter – or being in the middle of Lent, good motivation maybe to persevere?!A day of stillness and peace – might be just what you need!Re-connect with the infinite love and mercy of God.To book a place please contact Sr Niamh OP atsiena3@eircom.net orFranciscan Sisters at 041 – 9830441.Overnight accommodation available – please contact Sr Niamh OP at siena3@eircom.net

A Reflection on the Sunday Readings

“Come: follow me”, said the LORD.“I will make you fishers of men.”(Benedictus antiphon for the 3rdSunday of the Year)“At once, they left their nets and followed Him.”(Mk 1:18)That was Peter and Andrew.  A little later, He called James and John the sons of Zebedee, “…and leaving their father Zebedee in the boat … they went after Him” (Mk 1:20).Jesus hadn’t worked any miracles when He called these young men – they had been disciples of John the Baptist, at least James, John and Andrew were; and they had heard John say wonderful things about Jesus.“He will baptise with the Holy Spirit and with fire” (Mt 3:11).  So, when He called them, they jumped to answer.  Their time with John the Baptist was a preparation – a Novitiate of sorts – and they were ready.‘Readiness is everything.’Jesus’ call is imperative!  Think of Matthew the tax collector.  He would have heard Jesus preaching to the people on the seashore and seen His miracles.  He must have longed to follow Him, but felt utterly unworthy as a despised tax collector.  Jesus passes by and says, ‘Follow me’ and Matthew straightaway jumps to follow Him.Today we also have the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul.Here was Saul – a highly educated Pharisee, determined to put an end to this movement which seemed to him heretical.  He had encouraged the killers of Stephen and had gone on to imprison men and women “followers of the Way” (cf Acts 9:1-3).  And now he was on the way to Damascusto catch the frightened followers there.Ah!  But wait, Saul!The Church in Jerusalem, gathered around Mary, is praying.  I can imagine the disciples saying, ‘Let’s ask God to remove that […]