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3 07, 2021


2023-07-12T12:52:09+00:00July 3, 2021|Dominican News, Education, Good News|




Dominic didn’t say, “You’re wrong! You’re wrong!”

Arguing with the innkeeper all night long.

He searched for the truth, engaged in disputation,

showed him the beauty of God’s creation.

He prolonged the discussion, kept up the conversation,

Behind dark utterances lay illumination.

He listened respectfully to what his opponent said,

NEVER DENYING what was in the man’s head.

SELDOM AFFIRMING his spoken thought,

lest it bring emerging truth to nought.

ALWAYS DISTINGUISHING the points essential

from the details inconsequential.

Dominic blazed a path, cleared a forest of confusion.

Defused a Cathar’s wrath whose illusion

of perfection, to the preacher was delusion.

Dominic, the enlightening truth sought to win.

Veritas at dawn, light bursting in,

Stretching forth into fresh skin.

2 07, 2021

Laudare, Benedicere, Praedicare – A New Hymn by Sr. Columbia Fernandez OP

2023-07-12T12:44:45+00:00July 2, 2021|Dominican News, Education, Good News|

We are delighted to share Laudare, Benedicere, Praedicare a new hymn by Sr. Columbia OP (Port Elizabeth SA) to commemorate our Holy Father St. Dominic during this Jubilee Year.

Music & Lyrica available here LAUDARE, BENEDICERE, PRAEDICARE

22 07, 2020

Guided Tour of the Convento Bom Sucesso, Lisbon Aired on RTP2 Monday 20th July 2020

2023-07-13T12:02:14+00:00July 22, 2020|Dominican News, Good News, Highlights|

We are delighted to share the link to a guided tour of the Convent Bom Sucesso, Belém, Lisbon. The program was aired on the Portuguese national TV station RTP2 about Bom Sucesso,  https://www.rtp.pt/play/p7378/e484388/visita-guiada



21 04, 2020

Psalm from our shore-Sr. Matilde Franchino OP

2023-07-13T12:07:23+00:00April 21, 2020|Good News, Latin America, Poems|

Psalm from our shore:

Blessed be the Lord

through Dominic and his family

who keep open their doors, eyes, ears and mind;

Open to divine wisdom and human science

all acquired through study.

Blessed are you, because in Dominic

the alliance between faith and reason was celebrated,

and so, the fire of your Word,

the divine science

embraced with human knowledge

sparked the fire,

in a thousand bright lights of truth,

lighting up reality

Blessed are you Lord, because today the

daughters and sons of Dominic

seek you, in the pages of Scripture,

 which in turn gives light to all their searches,

in their journey towards the complete Truth.

The One who speaks from Scripture, history, creation

and the pages of new discoveries and human experience

is also found in the alley ways of misery,

on the roads and crossroads of the world

where life dreams, enjoys, weeps

achieves, fails, laughs and groans.

Blessed be the Lord

who created us with minds to investigate,

burning hearts to understand,

to accompany and welcome,

and feet daring to walk,

to share and commit to untrodden paths.

Blessed, because Dominic

 prayer and study embrace,

community and dialogue are welcomed,

the sending forth and announcing begins

Lord be blessed in your Word,

 it is fire; fire from an inexhaustible divine source

 nurturing the spark of human knowledge through science

forming an alliance which unites faith and reason in intimate dialogue.

Blessed be God

 in the men and women preachers, dispersed throughout the world,

shouldering the apostle’s luggage,

discovering You in your Word

and in the complexities of human experience.

Blessed are you Lord,

 in those who contribute to love and human knowledge

 for they inflame the human heart

and give wings to the preacher’s feet.

Blessed are you Lord,

because in this historic hour

you see the restlessness burning inside us

moving us to discover  in the heights and in the depths

the project you have in mind for us.

Blessed be this thirst, that launches us

to stubborn searches for the truth

through study, dialogue, plans

dreams and encounters,

while knowing all of the time

that behind our living and our dreaming

is that which is most important,

our waking.

And blessed be this uncertain hope

 keeping us awake

 driving us to face fears and risks.

Blessed above all for your love,

 which pushes us, to confidently, make the leap

 into the looming unknown.

Lord, our wineskins are new

still empty, waiting to be filled

with the water that flows from fountains of love and wisdom.

Water that quenches the thirst which burns within us,

the water of yesterday promised to the Samaritan woman,

that of the jug, taken from the well at Sychar.

Turn this water Lord into the wine of courage

that courage of the race of

explorers, martyrs, adventurers

and the creators of the new.

Shake off our sluggishness, our comfort and our fear.

become flesh in our blood

and incarnate in the meeting of 2020.

Blessed are you, Lord because you gave us an ear

to tilt to the ground

and listen to the cries of the world

and that for which it thirsts,

with the jarring notes

 that don’t have a place in your concert.

Blessed are you, in the eyes you gave us

capable of surveying horizons,

like that of the human soul

with its own misadventures,

and  those of  history in its own times

of yesterday, today and tomorrow,

awaiting new projects, straightening the route

to give way to your Kingdom.


… not theory or eloquent words

destined to be forgotten or to fill fleeting pages

with reports and minutes.

This stage finds us being just a minority

exactly as how you started Master, with only 12,

hoping that someday the whole world would wake up

to your Gospel of life.

We are indeed a minority

Like Abraham who departed from his homeland,

daring to undertake the journey through the desert.

burdened with uncertainties,

but also with faith

in a promise

of reaching the land destined for his people.

Blessed are you Lord,

because here we are

in this land that waits for you

with stubborn hope.

Land of suffering humanity,

 of which the poets sing,

and the poor pray

and ask of the earth

as our race,

 the aboriginal people did  and

as John had already prophesied

“a new heaven and new earth.”

 In your divinity, blessed are you Lord,

who urges us

to put in this last attempt

of all that we are.

It is the challenge of history

to consecrated life,

beyond everyday horizons.

It is the evangelical impulse,

it is the breath of the Spirit

It is  time for incarnation,

above and beyond the limits

imposed by the institution

that sometimes guides,

and other times

chokes or slows and stops.

Blessed are you Lord, you have  shown us

there is no more important rule

than the law of the gospel

we know it, we say it, we write it

Do we live it? …

That is the challenge.

Blessed are you Lord in this

time of bold dreams,

of not being installed

or comfortable

but rather

time to be, to live, to die

just like the One

whom we promised to follow

in the time of our first love,

and in his ranks, he finds us still

and forever

hurt, injured, handicapped

but whole.

Blessed are you Lord, because we are

Abrahamic desert and hope minority

and, as a prophet from my Latin American land said:

the desert awaits us,

it is a fertile desert

it is the desert where Jesus went to meet You,

to be energized

to live out the mission

that brought him into the human way.

Long live Hope.

Sr. Matilde Franchino OP

Victoria, Argentina

4 12, 2019

Sr. Máire Kealy OP – Dominican Education in Ballyfermot 1953-1978 and later.

2023-07-13T14:49:03+00:00December 4, 2019|Dominican News, Education, Good News, Ireland|

I would like to congratulate Sr Máire on her wonderful documentation of the social history of Ballyfermot and the impact that Dominican Education had on the lives of the young women with the provision of educational facilities.

She certainly captures life in the early 1950s vividly and how the opportunities provided by the Dominican sisters and other Religious organisations encouraged the young women to believe that education was crucial in their lives and in their future.

Sr Máire and the other sisters certainly laid strong ‘foundation stones’ for the people of Ballyfermot and for all of us who were lucky to follow in their footsteps in continuing to embed the importance of holistic education in our schools.

The Primary schools grew rapidly and went from strength to strength which resulted in the establishment of St Dominic’s Secondary School in 1956. Now, more than 60 years later, we are proud to continue to provide a strong and vibrant education for our young girls under the Trusteeship of Le Chéile.

Personally, I am honoured to have been lucky to spend 41 years of my teaching career in Ballyfermot, having arrived in St Dominic’s in 19-77!!!!! Naturally, I have experienced many changes and opportunities in the intervening years and I have no doubt that thanks to the Dominican Sisters, local Community organisations, staff and parents, we have certainly ensured that all our young ladies were challenged to be ‘the best that they can be’ and were and are provided with opportunities to take their place in an ever changing world.

Mar focal scoir, I certainly look forward to documenting the many memories from 1978!!!

Thanks to Ken Larkin Ballyfermot Heritage Group who captured the launch through photos and videos which can be viewed by clicking this Flicker Photo Album  https://www.flickr.com/photos/ballyfermot/albums/72157711973462897  enjoy!

 Mary Daly  Former Teacher (September 1977 to 1997, Principal August 1997 -2018)



22 07, 2019

Link to the John Bowman broadcast (Sunday 21st July 2019) archival interviews of our Sister Margaret Mac Curtain OP (Sr Ben)

2023-07-13T14:50:41+00:00July 22, 2019|Dominican News, Events, Good News, Ireland, News, Women Preachers|

Click below to listen to the John Bowman broadcast (Sunday 21st July 2019) archival interviews of our Sister Margaret Mac Curtain OP (Sr Ben)

Congratulations Margaret on your life long commitment as a Dominican and inspiration to many!


21 07, 2019

Convento de Nossa Senhora do Bom Sucesso, Lisbon 1944 – 2016 – Oral History

2023-07-13T12:15:00+00:00July 21, 2019|Dominican News, Good News, News, Portugal, Vocations|

Established in 1639 by the Irish Dominican and diplomat, Fr Dominic O’Daly (1595-1662), the Irish

Dominican convent of Nossa Senhora do Bom Sucesso located in the parish of Belém on the outskirts of Lisbon city, holds an important place in the history of Irish emigration to Europe.

It was the first continental convent founded explicitly for Irish women religious at a time when Catholic practice was proscribed in Ireland.

Since its foundation in the seventeenth century, a steady flow of new postulants joined the convent so that by 1900 almost 200 women had been professed there, the vast majority of them Irish (although there were a small number of Portuguese, Brazilian and Italian members).

The Bom Sucesso community has played a pivotal and longstanding role in sustaining an Irish presence in Lisbon and today their legacy continues through educational and outreach initiatives established by the sisters, including the Colégio do Bom Sucesso, the Casinha de Nossa Senhora and the Centro Sagrada Família in Algés. The church
adjoining the Bom Sucesso convent, construction of which commenced in the mid-seventeenth century, continues to serve the pastoral and spiritual needs of both the local and the Irish diaspora communities living in Lisbon.

The closure of the Bom Sucesso convent in August 2016 and the return to Ireland of its last remaining members, heralded the end of a significant phase in the history of Irish women religious and Irish emigration to Europe and thus prompted the oral history project of which the below recollections are the result.

The aim of the project was to record and document the experiences of those sisters who had spent either part or all of their professed lives at Bom Sucesso. Unfortunately, due to time and funding constraints, it was not possible to carry out interviews with every sister who had spent time at Bom Sucesso, while others elected not to participate. The interviews were conducted between December 2016 and October 2017 and subsequently transcribed. The below recollections are derived from these transcripts which were edited and amended by the interviewees.

The original transcripts and recordings are held by the Congregation of Dominican Sisters of Our Lady of the Rosary and Saint Catherine of Siena, Cabra, who also hold the copyright.

The interviews with Sister Teresa Wade and Sister Alicia Mooney were conducted by the author and Dr Caroline Bowden (Queen Mary, University of London) in September 2015, prior to the closure of Bom Sucesso. I wish to acknowledge my thanks to Dr Bowden for kindly granting permission to include these interviews here and for her encouragement and mentorship. Thanks are also due to Dr Carmen Mangion (Birkbeck, University of London) for support and advice.

I am grateful to William Cunningham (Fundação de Obra Social das Religiosas Dominicanas Irlandesas [FOSDRI]), Sister Elizabeth Smyth and Sister Mary O’Byrne for their help, encouragement and input.

Sincere thanks are also due to the Irish Ambassador, Orla Tunney and the Emigrant Support Programme, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for financial support.

Finally, my thanks to the participants, without whom there would be no interviews and no story to tell.
Bronagh McShane,                                                                                                                                                          National University of Ireland, Galway, May 2018

The oral history by some of our   Sisters who lived and ministered  in our convento de Nossa Senhora do Bom Sucesso in Lisbon (1944 – 2016) can now be accessed by clicking  this link: http://www.fosrdi.pt/news/bom-sucesso-oral-history/

11 05, 2019

Vocation Sunday – Sr. Colette talks about her Vocation Call

2023-07-13T12:16:35+00:00May 11, 2019|Dominican News, Good News|

We invite you to watch this short video https://drive.google.com/…/1Dqi9K2XokinpYYnHrYUzcFHQk…/view… were  Sr. Colette O.P.  shares her Vocation call. Colette is the director of An Tairseach our Dominican Farm and Ecology Centre, in Wicklow,  https://antairseach.ie

We thank Vocations Ireland www.vocationsireland.com for inviting Colette to share her vocation call.

29 10, 2018

Pastoral da Criança Leadership Training – Haiti

2023-07-13T15:11:21+00:00October 29, 2018|Good News, Ireland|

Sr Bridget OP (Mission Area of Ireland) who is ministering in Haiti at present is seen here with volunteers from six local communities who are training as Pastoral da Criança leaders within their communities.




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