The 14th of September, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, is the traditional day in which new novices in the Irish Province of the Dominicans receive their habit and start their noviciate year. The next day, the 15th of September which is the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, the novices who finished their noviciate year make their simple profession and who will subsequently move to the student house in St. Saviour's, Dublin.
Below is a recording of the event with short testimonies of the brothers who made professions.The video below has been produced by the Dominican student brothers of the Irish province and it features the vestition and profession ceremonies in Cork recently and includes some of the testimonies of the brothers
You can read more about this good news for the Irish Dominicans at Irish Dominican Vocations blog.
The Franciscans in Ireland (OFM) have also had a busy few weeks with some good news on the vocations front.
On 10th September three novices began their novitiate,
|Brothers Damien, Richard and Ronan|
Friar David Collins celebrated his solemn profession as a Franciscan at Adam and Eve's Church, Merchants Quay, Dublin on Sunday 8 September in the presence of many friars, family and friends. You can also read more about it here.
|Sebastian Dery (26), Leonard Derbie (33) and McSimon Azenda (34)|
The Presentation Brothers had three men make first profession in Killarney on September 7th.
On Sunday 15 September, in a ceremony at Holy Cross Church, Ardoyne, Belfast, thirty-one year old Gareth Thomas made his final vows in the Passionist Congregation, promising to live a life dedicated to the service of others in union with his fellow Passionists