September 14th, the feast of the Triumph of the Cross, is also the feast of the Irish Dominican province. It is on this day that traditionally new novices are received into the Order. In keeping with that tradition, today the Irish Dominican friars received five novices in a ceremony of clothing during the conventual Mass in Saint Mary's Dominican church, Pope's Quay Cork.
The five novices received today are Gerard Flynn, Kevin O' Reilly, Fr Murchadh O Madagain, Christophe Cole and Sean Crepin.
Gerard Flynn is originally from Clonmel in Co Tipperary. Before joining the Order he has been lecturing in a teacher training college in Dublin. He has recently completed a doctorate in theology.
Kevin O Reilly from Dublin has been lecturing in philosophy both in Ireland and overseas for some years.
Fr Murchadh O Madagain is a priest of the Galway diocese and has held various positions in that diocese. He holds a doctorate in theology (spirituality) from the Dominican university in Rome - the 'Angelicum'.
Christophe Cole is from Trinidad where the Irish Dominicans have had a presence for over 100 years. He is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and has been working in the communications for the diocese of Port of Spain in recent years.
Sean Crepin, also from Trinidad has attended the University of the West Indies and in recent years has held a teaching post.
The Irish Dominicans anticipate receiving one further novice in the coming weeks bringing to 6 the number of novices for the province in 2011-12.
Irish Dominican Vocations wishes our new brother novices every blessing in the year ahead as they take the first steps in their Dominican formation. Please pray for them and for vocations to the friars of the Irish Dominican province.
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Below are some images from the clothing ceremony today:
The five postulants prostrate themselves prior to receiving the habit of the Order
Gerard Flynn is clothed by the prior provincial
Kevin O Reilly receives the habit of the Order
Fr Murchadh O Madagain is clothed
Christophe Cole receives his habit
The prior provincial clothes Sean Crepin
The rosaries of the five new novices are blessed