Dec 16

Youth 2000 Christmas Retreat, Newbridge College

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Last weekend saw the Youth 2000 Christmas Retreat in Newbridge College, a secondary school under the care of the Irish Province of Dominicans. We Dominicans are involved in Youth 2000 in all sorts of ways – Fr John Harris is the national spiritual director, many Youth 2000 prayer meetings are held in our priories, some of the student brothers are …

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Dec 07

Frassati Experience

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Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati was a mountaineer, a great friend, a charitable volunteer, a political activist, a man of deep prayer, and… a third-Order Dominican. Inspired by his example, the Dominican student brothers have inaugurated ‘the Frassati Experience’, a 24-hour retreat for young men, involving prayer, fellowship, outdoor activity and concrete works of charity. Here are some pics from our …

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Nov 30

Celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life

The Year of Consecrated Life begins today, November 30. As a way of marking this year, some dedicated Irish laypeople have produced a beautiful video which features the testimonies of five religious, and includes shots of our life here in St Saviour’s. It’s a great way to remind people that consecrated life is not a …

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Nov 24

St Saviour’s Symposium: Renewing Higher Education

On Sunday 16 December, Dr Susan Hegarty, a lecturer in Geography in St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, spoke to the St Saviour’s Symposium about the challenges facing Higher Education in Ireland today, and offered some suggestions as to the creative roles Catholics can play in education.

Oct 30

Book Review: Faith, Reason and the Existence of God

Vatican I decreed it to be a matter of faith that “God, the source and end of all things, can be known with certainty from the consideration of created things, by the natural power of human reason.” Denys Turner, in this very rich treatment of the issue of proving the existence of God takes this …

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Oct 23

It is all the same mystery.

The Irish Dominicans are always fond of recalling memories of past brethren. One particular memory is that of our brother William Barden, Archbishop of Isfahan of the Latins. Archbishop William was noted for his intense spiritual life and his deep insights into the Christian mystery. One day, just before the community processed out for Christmas Mass, …

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Oct 10

The “Good” God

The Ancient Greek philosophers had concepts that Christianity assimilated into its own teaching to help penetrate deeper the mysteries of faith. One such concept is that of the Good. Aristotle said that all our actions aim at some end. The criteria for discerning the Good according to Aristotle is such that it is the final …

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Oct 03

I didn’t expect that!


In the 1990s there was a famous TV ad for an orange soft drink. It showed a man drinking the soft drink and then in a slow motion replay a small man covered in orange paint is seen running up to the man drinking, unbeknownst to him. After the man has taken a drink, the …

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Sep 26

Turning our No into Yes; Grace and Prayer.

This past weekend, a number of brothers were involved in Night Fever, this is a street outreach to people as they pass by a local church. This street evangelization initiative began in London and has spread to other cities across Europe. It is based on a very simple method. Night Fever aims to welcome and …

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Sep 23

Priestly Ordinations 2014: Video

On the 5th of July brothers Colm Mannion OP and Luuk Dominiek Jansen OP were ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Dairmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland. It was a very prayer and joyful day, of which this short video of the ordination only gives an impression.

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