After a week of wind, rain and hail stones the sun shone brightly on Saturday morning  and continued to shine all day – symbol of the light and joy we celebrated on this feast of the Presentation of the Lord as Sr Mary Cathy made her Profession – an appropriate way to mark this day dedicated to Consecrated Life.

Fr Gerard Dunne OP, vicar of the Master of the Order for our  monastery, presided and was joined by our brothers from the local community and several others including Fr Gregory Carroll, Provincial and Fr Eamonn McCarthy from Cloyne diocese – a friend of Sr Cathy.
In addition to Sr M Cathy’s family we were very happy to welcome Sr Marie Redmond OP, novice mistress and her two novices, from the Cabra Congregation of Dominican Sisters and all our student brothers from St Saviour’s Priory, Dublin.  Fr John Harris preached the homily – which we hope to share with you later.  We were joined in the chapel by a large number of Lay Dominicans and local friends.

The following photos will convey to you something of the joy which we all experienced.

Sr Mary Cathy makes prostration and asks for God’s mercy and that of the community

The prioress questions Sr Mary Cathy before making her profession

Sr Mary Cathy makes her profession in the hands of the prioress as is customary in our Order:

I, Sr Mary Cathy Howard, make profession, and promise obedience to God and to Blessed Mary and to Blessed Dominic and to the Master of the Order of Friars Preachers, Bro Bruno Cadore, and to you Sister Mary Breda Carroll, Prioress of this Monastery of St Catherine of Siena, Drogheda and to your successors, according to the Rule of the Blessed Augustine and the Constitutions of the Nuns of the Order of Preachers, that I will be obedient to you and to your successors for three years.

The scapular is blessed

Sr Mary Cathy receives the veil:  “receive this sacred veil, by which you will be recognised as a house of prayer to your Lord, and a temple of intercession for all people.”

After the ceremony Sr Mary Cathy with Fr Gerard Dunne OP, vicar of the Master of the Order for our monastery.

With Fr Gregory Carroll OP, Provincial
With Fr John Harris OP who preached the homily

With her Dad

With her Mam

With members of her family
With her friends from the Legion of Mary

With Sr Mairead, novice mistress and Sr M Breda, Prioress

Dominican Sisters and students and our friend Jim Walsh who played the organ

With Srs M Kathleen and Clare Marie of our community