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Vocations

Video: Rosary for Vocations

On the First Friday of every month we have a special Holy Hour (7.30p.m. to 8.30p.m.) for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life. This Hour includes the Rosary. Since October is the month of the Rosary we have decided to share the Reflections that accompanied the Rosary for this month’s Holy Hour.

A Window into Our Life

Welcome to a new 鈥榝eature鈥 on our web-site 鈥

 

We shall call it a 鈥榃indow into the Life of a Dominican Nun,鈥 in a rather loose way.

 

Through this 鈥榳indow,鈥 we hope to give you an idea of what the life of a contemplative nun of the Order of Preachers consists in; to offer some food for thought; maybe also help you to encounter God in a more personal way; and to help any young women who might be discerning a vocation, to understand better who we are and whether how we live, is how they also seek to live, for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.

 

The beginning of our Constitutions shows how we are so closely connected to our brothers and sisters in the Dominican Family:

鈥溾 the first reason for which we are gathered together in community

is to live in harmony, having one mind and heart in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Praying for Vocations to Religious life

The following  homily of Pope Francis from the Vatican News website us very interesting regarding praying for vocations to religious life and priesthood – the Pope says that Jesus continues to call young people but unless we empty our hearts we cannot hear and respond to His call. In his homily on Monday morning, 3 March, Pope Francis reflected on the day’s Gospel from St. Mark (10:17-27), in which the evangelist recounts Jesus’ calling of the rich young man. 鈥淚t is a story we have heard many times鈥, Pope Francis said. The man ran up to Jesus 鈥渁nd knelt before him鈥. And he does so 鈥渂efore a great crowd鈥, because 鈥渉e greatly desired to hear Jesus’ words鈥 and 鈥渟omething in his heart was prompting him鈥. Thus, 鈥渒neeling before him鈥, he asks him what he must do in order to inherit eternal life. 鈥淚t was the Holy Spirit鈥 who was moving the heart […]

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

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锘匡豢 锘

Dominican Calendar for 2014 Published

As part of the ongoing effort of the vocations promoters of the Dominican Family in Ireland (friars, sisters, contemplative nuns and lay) to promote a greater awareness of the Dominican charism, we have published a Dominican Family Calendar for 2014 – which is available in our Monastery and at Dominican priories throughout Ireland. In January 2011 a prayer initiative was launched to encourage prayer for Dominican vocations to all branches of the Order. The focus of this prayer initiative is an icon of Saint Dominic (show above on the front cover of the Calendar) which has been specially commissioned for this purpose. The launch took place in the monastery of the Dominican Nuns, Drogheda and since then this icon has journeyed to various Dominican centres throughout Ireland – each centre takes responsibility for intensive prayer for a period of 4 to 6 weeks. It is hoped that the […]

Congratulations to our Dominican Brothers

Our congratulations, prayers and best wishes to the two men who were accepted into the Order on Saturday (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 four Brothers who made First Profession yesterday and the eight Brothers who renewed their vows on Friday. May God continue to bless you all in your formation as Friars Preachers.(Images from www.irishdominicanvocations.blogspot.ie ; see that site for more images and details from the ceremonies)锘匡豢锘匡豢锘匡豢Br Greg Daly and Br Neil Fox were clothed in the habit of the Dominican Order and began their novitiate in Cork 锘匡豢Br Matthew Farrell, Br Philip Mulryne, Br Jesse Maingot and Br Michael (Ronan) O Dubhghaill making First Profession in Saint Mary’s Dominican priory church in Pope’s Quay, Cork. The eight brothers who renewed their vows on Friday, pictured with the student master:Front row (left to right): Fr Terence Crotty (student […]

By |September 16th, 2013|Vocations|0 Comments