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Sr Mary Cathy鈥檚 Solemn Profession

On Friday last, 2nd February, although otherwise quite a cold Spring day, the sun shone all day in a beautiful blue sky 鈥 symbol of the Sun which was shining in Sr Mary Cathy鈥檚 heart and which was visible in her eyes and smile as the day of her Solemn Profession had at last dawned.聽 She had prepared and longed for this day for many months and now was the moment to make her final commitment as a Dominican Nun until death.

 

It was a day of joy and thanksgiving for our whole community, Sr M Cathy鈥檚 family and our Dominican Family in Ireland.聽 Fr Gerard Dunne OP, vicar of the Master of the Order for our monastery, officiated and Fr John Harris OP preached the homily, Fr Eamonn McCarthy director of Radio Maria Ireland (a close friend of Sr M Cathy’s) was one of the chief concelebrants at the […]

The great feast of Mary Mother of God -1st January 2018

The great feast of Mary Mother of God, the world day of peace, the first day of a New Year, New year resolutions, all these came together for me this morning when Father began his homily with this Scripture verse鈥擬ary treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart.- I have no idea what he had to say after that. For these words reached me with great force and an immediate question. What things, events, situations, do I treasure and ponder in my heart and why do I do it. ? As I was quietly working in the kitchen I continued to reflect on this Word.聽 鈥淲here your treasure is there also will your heart be.鈥 What my heart has been most focused on during this past year will reveal to me what my treasure really is. What do my inner dialogues reveal? When I ponder the daily […]

Christmas Eve Reflection during Vespers 2017

 

The theme of my reflection, on this Christmas Eve night, is 鈥 Peace鈥. The Order has just established the month of December as the month designated for all its members to pray for world peace and each year the whole Order will focus on praying for peace in a particular area of the world. This year the focus is on Colombia, South America, -that the peace agreement signed in 2016 will become a reality there. Conscious also of the lack of inner peace in ourselves at times 聽and in people in general, I was led to ponder the title given to Jesus before his birth, that of Prince of Peace,聽 in the book of the prophet Isaiah, which will be read tonight at Mass:

For there is a child born for us,

a son given to us

and dominion is laid on his shoulders;

and this is the name they give him:

Wonder 鈥 […]

Rosary on the Coast for Life and Faith

Our Monastery will be joining with the Rosary on the Coast for Life and Faith, Ireland tomorrow (Sunday 26th) at 2.30p.m. (although we aren’t actually on the coast). Check out their website for details of other locations www.coastalrosaryireland.ie

Vocation Discernment Weekend – 17th to 19th November

In November we will be hosting a Vocation Discernment Weekend for young women interested in our life, or who wish to find out more about Monastic Contemplative Life.
(See Poster below)

Please feel free to download this poster and spread it around (pdf file available聽here).

Our New Roof

The work on our Chapel roof was completed during the week and the sisters聽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 鈥榬ush job.鈥 We had quite a few leaks over the last year (which were manageable with cloths and buckets, and 鈥榩atching鈥 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 […]

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.
聽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 […]

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 […]

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 鈥 please complete the contact form on our […]