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Farewall to Sr Agata Teresa

On Tuesday last, Sr Agata Teresa flew back to her monastery in Austria early in the morning. We had a ‘goodbye’ recreation the evening before and Sr Agata Teresa produced produced some beautiful surprises for us … have a look at the photos below … and then through the April showers, broke a fascinating rainbow, to the glory of God!Is it a fan?Not a fan at all! A whole lot of little nuns – a community in fact! Wherever did she find the time to do all that?!A close up.Can you guess who is who?Each of us is represented here somehow – the challenge is to try and recognise which one fits our identity … And here we are … trying to figure it out .. makes a change from doing the crossword!Sorted! Everyone had met her match!With St Dominic in our cloister garth .. and a rainbow .. a nice gift from the Lord for Sr Agata just before the sun sets

Family Vocations Day

  5th April 2014 – the day is almost here!  Not to be missed!!!  As you see, we are hosting our 6th Annual Family Vocations Day – in St Saviour’s, Dublin.   It promises to be a great day, with plenty of opportunity to meet with members of the four branches of the Dominican Family – Lay Dominicans; Apostolic Sisters; Friars and Contemplative Nuns. The day will begin with an introductory presentation on Discernment, which always strikes a chord in the hearts of those who attend – even those of us who have already taken that step and embraced the OPs.There follow vocation stories from four people – each representing a different ‘branch’ of the family.  And being hosted so graciously by our beloved brethren, whose home we will be invading for the day – we get to meet some of the community and chat informally with them. Have you ever had questions that you never had the courage to ask religious?Have you ever had ‘niggles’ – maybe your faith is prompting you to explore an alternative expression?What is religious life and what is so special about the Dominicans? TRUTH – VERITAS is a motto of our Order. Why not think again?  Maybe we can help you in your discernment. You may never know unless you take the plunge! Contact Sr Niamh OP for more details.at: opfamily.vocationsday@gmail.com or phone (041) 98-38-524

Discernment Weekend

Below is an attractive (!) poster for our up-coming Discernment Weekend – 14 – 16th March, for anyone who might be wondering about where (or if?) they are being ‘called.’

April 5th is fast approaching!

To anyone interested in exploring the possibility of a Dominican Vocation ..whether to our Brothers, our apostolic Sisters, our Lay Dominican brothers and sisters, or ourselves the nuns …Doesn’t it look interesting?  Who are these people?  What do they do?  What is so attractive about being a Dominican?  And what does OP stand for?  Did you know the Dominican Family is as expansive as it is?Why not consider having your questions answered, by coming along to the day and meeting some of us?Do be sure to get in touch beforehand, as places are limited, and we can get to know you a little before you come.

By |February 18th, 2014|Vocations|0 Comments

Dare to Believe?

Inspiration …Next Sunday’s Gospel from Matthew speaks about ‘your virtue’ going ‘deeper than that of the Scribes and Pharisees.’  This is prompted a very interesting reflection just a while ago, as Sisters in our Community shared a little, the words of this Gospel with which they have been praying during this week.You will remember that in Luke’s Gospel, when the sisters Martha and Mary welcomed the Lord to their home, Mary sat at his feet and listened to Him (cf Lk 10:38-42).Well, the connection in my head and in my reflection was that Jesus is our virtue – God is our virtue.  We believe and we know that the source of all goodness is in God … in fact is God working in us, with our free desire to be and to do good.  We are not by any means puppets or marionettes!  But the thought that came to me was simply that Goodness, and consequently virtue and wisdom, along with all that we associate with God … is a Person: is personified in God Himself.How amazing!  Jesus, then, is telling us that He is our virtue and more .. He who is God wants us to possess this virtue – to possess Him.  Almost as though He would like to be a marionette for us, ‘our puppet.’  He wants to dwell very deeply within us, within YOU … you are as essential as that to Him.   Why?LOVE.  The love of the Lord is utterly mind-boggling, that He would make Himself small enough to fit inside us.  It is a very amazing gift to have been called like Mary, to sit at His feet and listen to Him.  And when we listen, sometimes what we hear […]

By |February 12th, 2014|Liturgy|0 Comments

5th Sunday of the Year

 LIGHT for the World… YOU! This morning in all the readings at Holy Mass, we heard that the effect and the fruit of all our acts of charity is light.And throughout the books of the Bible, we come across this idea or image of light as being always something by which we can see the truth, see in truth.  Light and truth, then, go together … and when we meet Jesus, at last, in the Gospels … and when we are aware of His nearness to us in our own lives – we know that Light and Truth are a Person:the One who is our God. So, God who is Light, is also the Creator of all light, and in this morning’s Gospel, Jesus said to His disciples: “You are the light of the world …No one lights a lampto put it under a tub …” These words are very striking and powerful if we put God in the place of the “one” who “lights a lamp,” because in doing so, you see … YOU are the lamp He has lit – YOU are the light of the world …  God did not ‘light’ you up so as to hide you under a tub!  God created you to shine, and to shine for everyone. So, it seems that in a world where belief in God is not often highly regarded and is at times even scorned – for us who believe, Jesus is setting before us an invitation and a challenge.    We are to believe fearlessly and unashamedly in the Light – Light that is Him, and also Him in us.  We have been so filled with Him that He cannot be contained in us.  He dares us to know, […]

By |February 9th, 2014|Liturgy|0 Comments

A Retreat Day for Young Women (18+)

‘LORD, ARE YOU CALLING ME?’ Witnesses from the SistersTalks on Religious LifeMassEucharistic AdorationPrayer TimeQuestion & AnswerFood & Fellowship  9:30 am – 7:00 pmSaturday 1st March 2014at  SIENA MONASTERYThe Twenties, Drogheda Led by Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal andDominican Nuns of Siena Monastery To book a place on the Retreat, please e-mail Sr Niamh orphone Franciscan Sisters on 041- 98 30 441 Limited overnight accommodation available at Siena Monastery, for Friday and Saturday nights.  To enquire about availability, please e-mail Sr Niamh 

Visit of the Master of the Order

On Thursday morning, 5th December, we had a most delightful visit from the Master of the Order, Frere Bruno Cadore OP  – he was accompanied by Fr Dominic Izzo OP and Fr Gerard Dunne, the vicar of the Master for our Monastery.  Fr Bruno and Fr Dominic are on visitation of the Irish Dominican Province at present.For two hours he answered our questions and provided us with first hand news of the Dominican Order around the world.    Before leaving us we prayed together and Fr Bruno gave us his blessingOur friends Michael and Bernadette (Lay Dominicans) and Mary helped at the reception and at the Eucharistic Adoration so that our community could be undisturbed during the visit – they were happy to have a photo taken with the Master. 

An eventful month

 We would like to share with our readers some of the joyful celebrations of this past month – you will then understand why we have not been attending to our blog! Newly Ordained celebrates Eucharist with us On the 22nd July, feast of St Mary Magdalen, Fr Paul Murphy who was recently ordained our diocese celebrated the Eucharist with us, and gave us his blessing.   Later we met with him and his parents in the parlour.  During the past year Fr Paul  came regularly to pray in our chapel while he was working in our parish as a deacon.   We   continue to support him with our prayer as he  soon begins ministry in Armagh cathedral.  We pray that many more young men may follow Paul’s example and dedicate their lives to the priesthood.   Fr Paul is pictured here with his parentsSilver Jubilee celebration On the 7th August we were happy to have fr John Harris OP with us to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his Ordination.  Fr John had celebrated his first Mass with us in the old monastery on the Chord Road – so it was a great joy to have him with us on this joyful occasion 25 years later.  Sr Paula Mary had devoted many hours in designing and creating the stole which he is wearing in picture.  Being the eve of the feast of our holy Father St Dominic Fr John stayed so that we had solemn Vespers of the feast. Celebrating the Feast of St Dominic on 8th August It was a great joy for us to have our new coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh, Archbishop Eamon Martin  celebrate the feast of St Dominic with us. He arrived in time for first Vespers and met the community later afterwards.  He stayed overnight and  on the feast of St Dominic he celebrated the […]

Summer Nuns

A few sunny photos from the recent spell of good weather: