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8 08, 2023

St Dominic’s Day 2023

2023-08-08T10:23:26+00:00August 8, 2023|Dominican News, News, Poems|

O Wonderful Hope


O Wonderful Hope,

Promising to be helpful even after death,

A promise faithfully fulfilled.

800 years of Wonderful Hope,

Borne out in a way of life

That carries the seedlings of Hope

For our world today.


Prayer enshrines the Hope

that holds a God-view of this universe,

treasures its beauty and the life it breathes

in all its facets,

be it rock, or blade of grass, or human heart,

and lifts it up, in gratitude, as sacred.

Oh, What a Wonderful Hope!


Study holds the hope that we might search together

for new understandings of our differences,

finding in each tradition the gems of truth

that sparkle with the vastness of God’s diversity.

Oh, What a Wonderful Hope!


Community is a shared hope

that we might understand and spread the news

that all the people of this earth

should have its wealth, its splendor, and its opportunities in common,

and when in truth we call another sister, brother,

we know our home is also theirs,

and their life’s portion ours to bear.


Oh, What a Wonderful Hope!

Service is the face and hands of Hope,

The pulsing word of God enfleshed in us.

It offers comfort, works for peace,

Speaks loudly for the world’s enslaved,

The trafficked and the refugee,

And challenges the voice of power,

With Magnificat audacity.


This is the Hope, the Wonderful Hope,

Our preaching life is asked to be,

Throughout the coming centuries.

Oh, What a Wonderful Hope!

Elizabeth Ferguson OP

1 08, 2023

Vessel of Colour used in our recent Congregation Gathering

2023-08-02T17:41:02+00:00August 1, 2023|Dominican News, Events|

The Vessel and its Gift of Colour

Some gatherings are more joyous than others and lately our Dominican gathering was a remarkably hopeful and challenging experience where our hearts expanded, giving us a greater appreciation of who we have become as Dominican Women and calling us deeper into our journey of who we are yet to become.  As part of our sacred time  together we included remembering those who paved the path of our present journey. In so doing we used colour to recall our companions who have faithfully returned to God. This coloured filled vessel and its layers of colour represent what came to our minds as we gave thanks for the stories, hopes, encounters, commitment, dreams and struggles of those who went before us. The colours remind us of all who journeyed the Dominican Way and who now nudge us forward in joy and courage to continue on our mission as Dominican Women in proclaiming and witnessing to the liberating Word of God. May we draw strength from all their colour.
Edel Murphy OP


21 10, 2022

New Courses in the Lumen Dominican Centre

2023-06-27T14:42:14+00:00October 21, 2022|Dominican News|

October 2022 New courses starting
(Just click on the links below to book the modules or simply call us

012882075 / 0858727482)


We  would like to draw your attention to a number of new modules starting next week.

“If you wish to know the divine”Judith Charry, Vicky Holland, Arslaan Khan, Myozan Kodo, Conor McDonagh OP, Veronica Rafferty OP
26 Oct- 7 Dec Wednesdays 10.30am-12 noon  €70 6 Weeks
Module Description
“… feel the wind on your face and the warm sun on your hand”. If this is what the Buddha has to say, how might other religions perceive and relate to nature? This module will open some little windows to offer a glimpse into richer traditions: from the Big Bang to Jewish food blessings, to the Dominican Albert the Great, to the sacred and the worldly in Zen Buddhism, and to knowing yourself in the Muslim tradition.


Let’s Talk Synod 2John Scally
10th Nov- 8 Dec Thursdays 7pm-8.30pm
Module Description

The Irish Church’s new synodal pathway has been running for a year. This series takes stock of progress to date and considers how the Synod might offer new opportunities for transformation and renewal. At the heart of the module are these two central questions: ‘What is God saying to the Irish Church at this time?’ and ‘How are we to journey together as a Church in the present and the future?’ It will feature contributions from Bishop Brendan Leahy and Nathalie Becquart XMCJ (Vatican General Secretariat for the Synod of Bishops).


Joy to the World: Celebrating Christmas with Bach
Kieran O’Mahony OSA
28th Oct – 9th Dec Fridays 10.30am – 12 Noon
Module Description

The Christmas Oratorio of Bach is really six closely connected cantatas, each focussing on a significant moment in the birth stories of Jesus from the Gospels. Our module will devote one day to each component cantata, playing close attention not only to the music but also to the interpretative ‘lens’ of both text and music.


A gentle reminder we are closed for mid term break 31 October – 4 November.

Thank you for your continued support.

The Lumen Team








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