Today is the anniversary of the death of our first prioress - Mother Catherine Plunkett, a grand-niece of St Oliver Plunkett.
One hundred years ago last week, on the 28th June 1921, St Oliver’s head, which had been entrusted to the nuns of this community, was translated to its new home, the shrine in St Peter’s Church in Drogheda. The nuns were sorry to relinquish this precious relic, especially given the community’s close association with the beloved saint.
In exchange, we received one of St Oliver’s ribs, which you can see here.
So as Adam gave one of his ribs for the creation of Eve, so St Oliver gave one of his for a community of Dominican women.
We pray with all of you today, through the intercession of St Oliver:
Glorious Martyr, St. Oliver,who willingly gave your life for your faith,help us also to be strong in faith.May we be loyal like you to the see of Peter.By your intercession and example, may all hatred and bitternessbe banished from the hearts of Irish men and women.May the peace of Christ reign in our hearts, as it did in your heart,even at the moment of your death.Pray for us and for Ireland. Amen.
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