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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Sep 12

Solemn Professions 2014: photos

Opening procession

On the 7th of September six Dominican brothers made their solemn vows to the Dominican Order. The Solemn Vows are their profession to be part of the order until death. Brothers David McGovern OP, Damian Polly OP, Ronan Connolly OP, Daragh McNally OP, Conor McDonough OP and Eoin Casey OP made their profession in the hands of Fr …

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Sep 11

Two Brothers Conferred in Maynooth

Two brothers were conferred yesterday with their degrees at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Bro. Pat Desmond OP in Philosophy and Sociology and Bro. Conor McDonagh OP in Philosophy and Latin.

Sep 11

Solemn Professions 2014: video

On the 7th of September six Dominican brothers made their solemn vows to the Dominican Order. The Solemn Vows are their profession to be part of the order until death. Brothers David McGovern OP, Damian Polly OP, Ronan Connolly OP, Daragh McNally OP, Conor McDonough OP and Eoin Casey OP made their profession in the hands of Fr …

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Sep 10

Who needs to be reminded of that?

A few years ago I went to visit a friend. My friend looked at my crucifix with a certain distaste saying “You Catholics are always promoting that horrific and dark symbol of suffering, who needs to be reminded of that?”It is true that Catholics venerate and exalt the Crucifix to remind themselves of Jesus’s death …

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Sep 05

Love your neighbour as yourself

love your neighbour as yourself

Being in the Church can make life difficult. Having to throw in your lot with such a mixed bag of characters presents us with unpleasant possibilities: difficult fellow pew-dwellers, boring ceremonies, unwelcome teachings, constant demands on our charity… It’s hard not to sympathise with those who choose the more peaceful and exalted path of ‘spirituality’ …

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Aug 29

An Apprenticeship in Love

crucifix-thorns

It is a good thing for us that God’s ways are not man’s ways. God understands our weaknesses and still loves us. This is evidenced by the way Jesus takes Peter under his wing, promising to build His Church on Peter’s confession of faith. Such a turn of events might not have been possible according …

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Aug 25

Keys of the Kingdom

keys

  In recent times Jehovah Witnesses have been standing outside the General Post Office on O’Connell Street, the main street of Dublin, Ireland, holding aloft copies of a book entitled, What does the Bible Really Say? On a number of occasions I have stopped to engage in conversation with them, beginning the conversation a little …

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Aug 16

‘Us’ and ‘Them’

Union in Christ

“The Catholic Church rejects nothing of what is true and holy in these [other] religions” (Nostra Aetate, par. 2). In this document of the Second Vatican Council, the Church commends all those who navigate life’s choppy waters using what is true and what is holy for guides. These are the marks of an authentic search …

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