Six Dominican brothers made their definitive commitment to living as Dominican friars - "solemn profession" - in Dublin on 7th September.
Brothers Conor McDonough OP, Damian Polly OP, Daragh McNally OP, (back row, left to right) Eoin Casey OP, Ronan Connolly OP and David McGovern OP (front row, left to right) made their profession in the hands of Fr Gregory Carroll OP, prior provincial.
The celebration took place during conventual Mass on Sunday 7th September in St Saviour's Church, Dublin, with the local Dominican community, parishioners of Dominick Street parish, visiting Dominican friars, family and friends of the six brothers who travelled from far and wide.
The six brothers joined the Order in Cork in 2009 as part of a group of twelve. They are the first to make solemn profession from the eight of the original group who are still in the Order.
The large group of brothers making solemn profession should not be considered an exceptional increase in the vocations statistics for the Irish Dominicans.
The average annual intake of the province remains less than three and the average number of priestly ordinations for the same period remains slightly more than one per year.
You can see more pictures of the ceremony from Dominican Interactive HERE.