Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Video of the Reception of Habit

We had three men starting the noviciate with the Irish Dominicans on the 14th of September. On this day they received the habit, and the short video clip below is a summary of this event.

Saturday, 25 October 2008

Out of my diary...

Well not strictly out of my diary, but I found the following notes in an old notepad, and decided to throw them on this blog. Not that there are anything special, but for me it was very touching to again read the notes...

Brian [who joined the Dominicans the September following] gave everybody an invitation at the Legion of Mary meeting on Tuesday to go up to the young people's retreat of the Marian Movement of Priest, held every 2nd weekend in January in Dublin. I was very tired through out the week, as it was very busy at work and with the Legion of Mary, but decided to go to this retreat on the last moment, even though it did go against energy levels, logic and time, and I was wondering why I was so mad...When we arrived in All Hollows, Dublin, I felt however straight away a great peace, and had the sense I was on the right place...

During the weekend I had a talk with Fr. Gerry McClosky and told him about my conversion to Catholicism and my baptism, confirmation and first holy communion during Easter just the past uear. As a result he asked me to give a short testimony during one of the talks given at the retreat, which caught me by surprise, but I tried to do my best to tell mt story

On the Saturday evening there was Eucharistic Adoration, and the thought of a vocation started to be very strongly roused up again in my heart. I decided to go to confession and also to ask for some spiritual direction in this matter. Brian mentioned earlier that some people are too focused on marriage and don't hear the call of God in their lives, and I was wondering if I was becoming one of them. I had a good chat with Fr. Gerry, and he said to me that he would never put somebody off the desernment of a vocation [even as I had a girlfriend at the time] and to pray about it.

So now the next step is that I have to pray and ask what the Lord wants me to do with my life.

This is now almost 5 years ago, and for me personally it was very strinking to read it back. It reminds and confirms that I have felt the call to serve God through the priesthood (and religious life) from the very start of being a Catholic, something I often forget...

I can remember that shortly after this retreat I contacted the Fr. Gerard Dunne OP, our Vocations Director, for the first time to talk about my vocation. After that I put the whole idea on ice for a while, and it would be almost three years before my next contact with him after that...

Friday, 17 October 2008

Dominican nuns on RTÉ

Two nuns from the enclosed Dominican monastery of St Catherine of Siena, near Drogheda town, were interviewed on RTÉ 1 television last Monday.

Srs Niamh and M. Teresa were interviewed by TV presenters Gràinne and Síle Seoige about their lives, families and religious vocations.

The full 40 minute Seoige programme can be viewed until 3rd November 2008 (within the island of Ireland only) at the web address below. The interview runs from 1 min 30 sec to 12 min.

Dominican Pilgrimage to Knock

Last Sunday was as mentioned the National Dominican Pilgramidge to Knock, co. Mayo in Ireland. Please find below some video footage of the day:

Friday, 10 October 2008

Dominican Pilgrimage to Knock

This weekend (12th November) is the national Dominican Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, traditionally the last main pilgrimage of the season.

So I would like to invite everybody to join us during this day of prayer!

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

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Video of the professions

You find below the video summary of the 3 simple and 3 solemn profession which were made on the 15th of September in St. Mary's Priory in Tallaght, Ireland. It was a great day, hopefully the video will give a sense of this occasion:

Short reflection on last Sundays reading

All the readings last Sunday were centered around the idea of the Vintage. This image is often used in connection with the kingdom of God, and the tenants the people who take care of the vintage here on earth, in Jesus His time most often referred to the priest, scribes and Pharisees. In our time this could correspond with the priestly ministry and people in charge of formation etc. Actually, in a way it reveres to all Christians, as we are all apostolic by virtue of our baptism.

It can be very striking, and in a way scary, to read the readings with this kept in mind... and it allows us to look at our own lives and see if we try to life up to the expectations.

I want to make a short comment on the first reading (Isaiah 5:1-7), especially the first two lines:
My beloved had a vineyardon a very fertile hill. He digged it and cleared it of stones,and planted it with choice vines;he built a watchtower in the midst of it,and hewed out a wine vat in it;and he looked for it to yield grapes,but it yielded wild grapes.

I really shows the love God has for us, for each one of us. He chooses a very fertile plot of land, and does everything he can to make the choice vine (us, me) to grow and produce the best fruit. However, the result is not according to the love that went into the vine, and it only produced wild (or sour) grapes.

God does everything He can reasonably while respecting our free will, he makes everything perfect for us to blossom, but we don't live up to the expected result (not the result God expects, but the result you would reasonable expect looking at the virues given). We don't accept the love and care of God... the challenge here, or more the invitation in my eyes, is to embrace God's love. It is to accept and appreciate all the care God has for us, and to embrace Him, growing into the fullness of love with Him.

Coming back then to the responsibility of the tenders, and to reach out to bring others to God, we will not fail to do this with the love which comes from accepting all God's care. This will shine out from us. We are planted on the fertile soil and in this way will at the end produce choice grapes.

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Domain names

Two days ago I discovered that I had two domain names registered to my name which are not in use any more (the original content was stored on a server which has gone offline).

The first domain name is, which I linked to this blog (on top of which will still work as normal!).

The second is, a website I created 5 years ago with articles regards the dialog between science and religion, mainly focusing to show God's existence through science. I just created an empty blog just to point the domain name to, but don't think I have time to build up the blog myself (except maybe putting some draft articles up).

So if there is anybody who by "accident" lands on my blog and would be interested in editing it, please let me know through posting a coment!!!

Friday, 3 October 2008

Video of the Homily of the Mass for the opening of the study year

We recorded the Mass that was said at the opening of the study year, here in our Dominican Priory, St. Saviour's in Dublin. Below is a recording of the homaly Fr. John Harris OP gave during the mass, with some footage on the background of the mass itself.


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