The eight brothers (Daragh McNally, Ronan Connolly, Damian Polly, David McGovern, James Cassidy, Patrick Desmond, Conor McDonough and Eoin Casey) will now assist the major ministers in the sacred liturgy.
Traditionally, becoming an acolyte is one of the stages on the path to both diaconal and priestly ordination.
Acolytes assist particularly at the altar and are the first group of extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion which the Church has.
As the prior provincial instituted the brothers as acolytes he placed either the chalice or paten in their hands with these words:
Take this vessel of bread (or wine)
for the celebration of the Eucharist.
Make your life worthy of your service
Please pray for our brothers in formation and for an increase in vocations to the Dominican friars in Ireland.