Brother Paul is formally welcomed by the the prior of the novitiate community fr Joe Kavanagh OPToday, the Dominican Order throughout the world celebrates the feast of Blessed Jordan of Saxony, successor as Master of the Order to Saint Dominic. Today, the Irish Dominican friars had further cause for celebration as they clothed a novice in the habit of the Order as he began his novitiate. The ceremony of being clothed with the habit of the Order took place during the conventual Mass at Saint Mary's priory church, Pope's Quay in Cork.
Paul Delaney, a native of Cork, has for the past number of years worked in Queens University in Belfast as a lecturer in applied mathematics and theoretical physics. He joins the novitiate, unusually, at the almost mid-way point. This is because of his commitments to teaching and other matters in the university. He joins the five other novices who began their novitiate in September 2011.
Below are some other photographs from the reception of Brother Paul as a novice today:
Brother Paul pictured with the other five novices for 2011-12
Brother Paul with members of his extended family after the clothing ceremony
fr Philip McShane OP, novice master, Bro Paul Delaney and fr Joe Kavanagh, prior
Please pray for our novices and for vocations to the friars of the Irish Dominican province.