Vocation Weekends 2013

       Single young women attracted to our Dominican Contemplative way of life are very welcome to attend any of the following vocation weekends in 2103  15 – 17 February8 – 10 March26 – 28 April17 – 19 May13 – 15 September25 – 27 October or at other times by arrangement Please contact Sr Mairead OPMonastery of St Catherine of SienaThe Twenties, Drogheda, Co Louthemail:  

Good News of Profession in New Year

We are very happy to announce that Sr M Cathy will make first Profession early in the New Year.The following is a reflection given at our community meeting at which she was accepted for first Profession.It is a happy co-incidence that we have gathered to vote on accepting you, Sr M Cathy, for profession, on the eve of the beautiful feast of Christ the Universal King during this special Year of Faith as we continue our novena of years to the 800th anniversary of the Order in 1216.  The coming year beginning on the first Sunday of Advent is dedicated to ‘Mary: Contemplation and Preaching the Word’ – ‘Do unto me according to your Word’ – a very fitting theme for the year when you will make your profession.Pope Benedict continually reminds us that faith is neither a philosophy of life, nor a moral code nor a set of dogmas to be believed.  Rather faith is a dynamic and life-giving encounter with the living God – the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit – who invites us into a relationship with Him.  The Son of God, the Word, through Whom we and all creation have come into existence, has come among us in the Person of Jesus Christ – He has revealed the Father to us and continues to walk with us through the wilderness of this life as we journey to our homeland in heaven – ‘Lo, I am with you always’.  “Faith is a personal encounter with Jesus Christ, making oneself his disciple.” Religious Profession is basically an act of radical faith in the One who invites us to intimacy with Himself – it is like signing a blank cheque with all the […]

Meeting of the International Commission of Dominican Nuns

  Our community was privileged to host the annual meeting of the International Commission of Dominican Nuns from the 6th to the 13th October 2012.The International Commission comprises eleven nuns who represent the eleven ‘regions’ into which the Domincan Nuns are divided.  They meet each year with the promoter for the nuns – presently Fr Brian Pierce OP hold this position.  The commission cannot legislate for the nuns but they are an important organ of communication between the Master of the Order and the nuns and also foster communication among the nuns themselves.  It was a great joy for us to welcome these sisters, some of whom came from as far away as the Phillipines, South Africa, Peru, Mexico and USA while others came from countries nearer home – Italy, Czech Republic, Spain and Switzerland.  Fr Pablo Condrac OP joined them for a few days. All the meetings are conducted in English/Spanish – this year a Lay Dominican, Monica Maher who works in South America did the necessary translation from Spanish to English and English to Spanish.  The Eucharist, Lauds and Vespers were celebrated in Spanish on two days during the week.  The members of the commission work very hard during this annual meeting but this did  not prevent them from joining our community on two evenings for the evening meal and recreation in our community room.  Mid week they took a day off and visited Glendalough – a few of our community accompanied them – unfortunately it was the one day that week which rained all day!! Later in the day we visited the Dominican Sisters in Wicklow who warmly welcomed us and told us about their work in the ecology centre. On our return jouney we joined our Domincan brothers in […]

Congratulations to our Dominican Brothers

Our congratulations, prayers and best wishes to the five men who were accepted into the Order yesterday (September 14th is the feast of the Triumph of the Cross and is also the feast day of the Irish Dominican Province). Also to the two Brothers who made First Profession today. May God continue to bless you all in your formation as Friars Preaachers.(Images from Ronan O Dubhghaill, Br Philip Mulryne, Fr Stephen Hutchinson OP (novice master), Br Jesse Maingot, Br Adam Conroy and Br Matthew Farrell – after the five novices were clothed in the habit of the Dominican Order and began their novitiate in Cork Fr Gregory Carroll OP (prior provincial), Br Kevin O Reilly OP, Br Murchadh O Madagain OP and Fr Philip McShane OP (outgoing novice master) after the first profession of the two brothers. With the first profession of our two brothers today and the reception of our five new novices yesterday, the Irish Dominican friars now have 22 in formation at various stages. Please pray for them and those considering joining the Order and the friars who assist them.

By |September 15th, 2012|Vocations|0 Comments

22nd Sunday – Year B

 “In Him we live and move and have our being” – these words spoken by St Paul to the people of Athensin the Acts of the Apostles came to mind as I reflected on today’s Mass readings.In the first reading Moses asks the question: “what great nation has its gods so close as the Lord our God is to us when we call upon him?  and what great nation is there that has laws and customs to match this whole Law that I put before you today?  Moses invites the people to listen and to put this Law into practice and he gives the reason why – so that they may have life! and may enter and take possession of the land which the Lord is giving to them.  For the Israelites we know that this land was Canaan or Palestine but for us Christians its meaning has been expanded beyond all imagining – St James in the second reading gives us a clue as he re-echoes a similar message: “it is all that is good, everything that is perfect which is given us from above; it comes down from the Father of all light.  By his own choice he made us his children by the message of the truth” …. And then he invites us to “listen and submit to the word which is planted in us and can save our souls.” Possession of the land in the Old Testament can now be translated as possession all the graces and blessings which have come to us through Christ – in a word the gift of Salvation – belonging to the family of the Trinity – sharing in the very relationship of the […]

By |September 2nd, 2012|Liturgy|0 Comments

Dominican Family Vocations Day – March 24th 2012

Young women interested in attending this informative event are very welcome to contact me at as soon as possible.Participants will have an opportunity to hear vocation stories from a member of each of the four branches – a friar, lay Dominican, apostolic sister and contemplative nun.As prayer is central to this day, we will pray Lauds/Morning Prayer together shortly after arriving and we will have the celebration of the Eucharist before we leave.More information about this day is available from the Friars Vocations Blog here.To view/download poster in .pdf format, click here.

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord – World Day for Consecrated Life

Just a short reflection on one of the important people associated with today’s very special celebration – and that is the Prophetess, Anna.As we read St. Luke’s account of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple by Mary and Joseph, our attention is drawn very much to holy Simeon – the floodlight is as it were, centred on him. But of no less importance is the Prophetess Anna. All we know of her is told in just three verses – 6 lines in all, and then there is no further mention of her in the Gospels – yet all the essentials of someone living a dedicated contemplative life, are present in these few lines.Indeed, had Anna lived in the time of St. Dominic or thereafter, she would surely have had a kindred spirit with him. I could not help pondering on her embracing our way of life with a holy eagerness. Be that as it may, we do know that from the time of her early widowhood, perhaps when she was in her early to mid-twenties, she gave herself to the service of God in the Temple.Just to reflect on a few vital facts which St. Luke elucidates for us: …..’she never left the Temple serving God night and day with fasting and prayer’ – and then as Mary and Joseph brought in the Child Jesus…’Anna came by just at that moment and began to praise God….and spoke of the Child to all who looked forward to the deliverance of Jerusalem’.As we reflect on our Dominican motto – To Praise, to Bless and to Preach – it is all there in holy Anna’s life in the Temple – the prayer […]

Launch of Prayer intitiative for Vocations

Fr Gerard Dunne OP (vocations promoter for the Irish Dominican Province) celebrated our Sunday Eucharist this morning and launched the prayer initiative for vocations to all branches of the Order i.e. friars, sisters, contemplative nuns and Lay Dominicans. Recently he had an icon of St Dominic commissioned which he will now bring to all the Dominican priories and houses throughout Ireland to encourage the people who attend our churches to join us in praying for vocations. We felt privileged that this initiative was launched here and the icon will remain in our chapel during the coming two weeeks.Second Sunday of the Year – Year B Mass Readings1Samuel 3:3-10, 19Psalm 39: 2-4, 7-10,1Cor 6:13-15;17-20Gospel John 1:35-42“I waited, I waited for the LordAnd he stooped down to me;He heard my cryHe put a new song into my mouthPraise of our God”When I read these words of today’s responsorial psalm as I sat beside Sr Mary Paul’s death bed earlier this week I could not help but relate them to her life and death. Yes she had waited these 91 years and now the Lord was about to “put a new song in her mouth – praise of our God”The palm continues:“You do not ask for sacrifice and offeringsbut an open ear.You do not ask for holocaust and victim.Instead here am I”How true this was now as Sr Mary Paul lay there helpless – all she had to offer was herself and no doubt she had generously offered herself to the Lord throughout her life – her one focus was to delight in His law in the depth of her heart.” Often we forget that what the Lord is seeking is our […]

Hapy New Year

We wish all our readers many graces and blessings during the coming year. May 2012 -the year of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress – be a year of grace for our Irish Church in particular.To highlight our preparation for this great event, our sister artists designed our chapel crib in a Eucharistic setting – photo here.As we assure you of our continued prayer for all your intentions we ask to be remembered in yours. This year, 2012 is the 290th annivarsary of our foundation in Drogheda. As we give thanks for almost three centuries of prayer, we ask you to join us in praying for those young women who are considering vocations to our community and that many more may be inspired to dedicate themselves to our life of prayer and Eucharistic Adoration for the glory of God and for the needs of our Church and world.

By |December 31st, 2011|Catholic|0 Comments

Happy Christmas

We wish all our readers the peace and joy which our Saviour brings during the Christmas season and throughout the coming New Year. We remember all of you and your loved ones in our prayers and ask to be remembered in yours.

By |December 25th, 2011|Catholic|0 Comments