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 […]

Vocation Discernment Weekend – 17th October 2014

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Novena to St Dominic 2014 – Day 2

 When your words came, I devoured them, your word was my delight and the joy of my heart for I was called by your name, Lord God of hosts. (Jr.15.16)This text of Scripture comes of course from the prophet Jeremiah, but oh, how fittingly it can  be applied to St. Dominic – one can just see him in the mind’s eye, expressing this text with great exultation and joy from the depth of his heart, that heart  always so overwhelmed with love for Holy Scripture. ‘Dominic showed himself to be a man of the Gospel in word and deed’, we are told by those who knew him.With this weapon and his days and nights spent in unceasing prayer, he founded his Order of Preachers, as we know so well, for the salvation of souls; Brother Bonadventure testified at the canonisation process that ‘Dominic was so zealous for souls that he extended his charity and compassion not only to the faithful but also to infidels and gentiles AND to the dammed in hell.  With the Gospel as his weapon, he constantly encouraged his Friars, his Nuns and all those to whom he ministered in all their needs and difficulties.   Among his endless list of virtues spoken of again and again by those who knew him, and by those who bore witness to his life under oath in his canonisation process, his virtue as a man of encouragementshines especially brightly -”Dominic was compassionate and consoled other people, in time of temptation he was a source of strength for all’.In this day and age, I believe that encouragement is more needful than ever before, each one of us needs encouragement from time to time, each […]

Novena to St Dominic 2014

  Novena Prayer to St Dominic O Wonderful Hope which you gave to those who wept for you at the hour of your death, promising that after your decease you would be helpful to your brethren. Fulfil Father what you have said and help us by your prayers. you shone on the bodies of the sick by so many miracles, bring us the help of Christ to heal our sick souls. Fulfil Father what you have said and help us by your prayers.