We are delighted to welcome our four new novices to the Province. During the 11am mass in St. Mary’s, Cork, the Provincial, Fr. Gregory Carroll OP, clothed the new novices in the habit of the Dominican Order.
The new novices were joined by their family and friends as well as many of the brethren from around the country. The Novice Master, Fr. Stephen Hutchinson OP, now takes charge of the novices for the coming year. The novices begin to live the life of a Dominican, praying with the community, having classes in the history and traditions of the Order, studying the Constitutions and spending time in personal prayer before the Lord.
Congratulations to Br’s Patrick Desmond and Kevin O’Reilly on the occasion of their Solemn Profession. The Provincial, Fr. Gregory Carroll OP, received the profession of the two brothers during the 11.30 am Mass in St. Saviour’s Church, Dominick Street. Many family and friends of the brothers were present along with a large number of the brethren. The Province extends its congratulations and best wishes to Pat and Kevin, as well as prayers for their future.
By profession, a Dominican dedicates himself to God, following Christ by leading an evangelical life in the Order. In this way his baptismal consecration becomes more filly effective. By the profession of obedience he binds himself to live the evangelical counsels, renouncing certain things of undoubted value without detriment to true human development. He embraces Christ’s self-emptying while sharing in his life in the Spirit. So, by being faithful, he gives a clearer witness in the Church to the values of the kingdom of heaven. A Dominican also promises to obey the Virgin Mary in filial devotion. By profession a Dominican promises to be obedient to St. Dominic and be faithful to his spirit and project.
(Adapted from the Constitutions and Ordinations of the Brothers of the Order of Preachers.)
This video is a recording of the homily given by Fr. John Harris OP, the Regent of Studies for the Irish province, at the Mass for the closing of the Academic Year 2015. The Mass was celebtrated in our Studium in Dublin by Fr. Harris who was joined by the community and the teaching staff of the Studium.