Dominican Sisters Cabra Dominican Sisters Cabra Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:19:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Changing World Views – Impact on Spirituality & Theology Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:19:56 +0000 On Thursay 23rd April at An Tairseach, Dominican Farm and Ecology Centre, Wicklow

DIARMUID O’MURCHÚ  will give a talk ondiarmuid-omurchu_0


This day will address an evolutionary shift that impacts on every dimension of life and experience


Cost:  €50, Booking Fee €20 – includes teas/coffee/ home-baked snack plus a delicious dinner prepared by qualified chefs who use fresh organic produce from our own certified organic farm.

Time:  9.30 – 4.00 pm

Enquires: Phone 0404 61833


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Vocation Sunday (26 April) Tue, 21 Apr 2015 10:03:21 +0000 VOCATION SUNDAY/ GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY

Reflection by Bernadine Mmadubuko (Novice with Dominican Sisters, Cabra in S. Africa)

You did not choose me I chose you. (John 15:16)

I remember one of our school counsellors asking us one day in class during my secondary school days; “What do you want to do or be when you grow up?” I can still remember many answers spontaneously coming up from my classmates including myself; I want to be this and I want to be that. Some wanted to be doctors, others lawyers, teachers, accountants, engineers, nurses, to name but few. I think the real question should be, “What does God want me to do or be when I grow up?” This is where discernment of vocation becomes very necessary. We want to become what we feel is good for us, but is that really good for us? The proof of the pudding is in the eating of it. We should be careful in choosing what we want to do or be because we did not create ourselves. God made each and every one of us for a purpose.  good shepherd

The book of Jeremiah 1: 5 says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you.” Each person is known by God and has a special purpose here on earth. There never has been a person like you neither will there be another person just like you. Besides, we are not here by accident, we were sent for a purpose and it is this purpose that we are celebrating today, Vocation Sunday.

We can only know the purpose of God for us by developing a genuine intimacy with God. This intimacy will lead us to understand God in a unique way. We can be able to hear God by listening to our hearts; in addition to that, we must be able to spend quality time with God in silence. There has to be time when we need to turn off the television, radio, computer, advice-givers and be alone with Him.

In today’s Gospel, John 10 tells us about the relationship between a Good Shepherd, hired shepherd and the sheep; verse 14 says “I am the Good Shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me.” This is exactly what happens; we know Him who knew us before we were born. It is at such times that we can make informed decisions, not choosing because we want to be like someone or want to be what our parents, siblings and friends want us to be, but what God wants us to be. God definitively will not speak to all of us in the same way. Many people hear their calls as a tiny gentle voice within that refuses to go, others through invitation of others, people saying to us consistently you would make a good religious, a great teacher, a wonderful priest, a doctor and so on. When we hear people saying those things over and over it might be a sign.

Let us not make the mistake of being where we are not meant to be. This breeds lots of problems, frustrations, divorces, unhappiness, committing suicide, restlessness and so on. Some of the signs of knowing our vocations are inner happiness and satisfaction against all odds and challenges wherever we find ourselves. Our brother St. Augustine will say, “… our hearts remain restless until they rest in God.”

As we reflect on the various vocations that God provides for us; the religious life, priesthood, single life and married life, may the Good Shepherd lead, guard, and guide us to what He wants us to be, Amen.

Let us pray fervently for an increase in vocations the religious life and priestly life in our various Dioceses Amen.


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Letter from Sr. Maria Hanna OP with latest news from Iraq Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:02:34 +0000 In the letter below Sr. Maria Hanna OP gives the latest update from Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine Of Siena, Iraq.c1

Sr. Maria Hanna OP letter April 15 (4)



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Stop Trafficking – Anti-human Trafficking Newsletter Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:04:38 +0000 Stop Trafficking is dedicated exclusively to fostering an exchange of information among religious congregations, their friends and collaborating organizations, working to eliminate all forms of trafficking of human beings.  Click below for the latest issue of Stop Trafficking.Capture

April Issue of Stop Trafficking

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Third Sunday of Easter (19 April) Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:55:03 +0000 Reflection by Bernadine Mmadubuko (Novice with Dominican Sisters, Cabra in S. Africa)

The joy of the Lord is our Strength

There was an atmosphere of uncertainty concerning the Resurrection of Jesus Christ among the apostles, disciples and throughout Jerusalem. One thing that was of great importance to Jesus after His resurrection was to re-assure His disciples that He was truly risen from the dead, that He was no longer in the tomb and that He was not stolen away as the paid guard were telling people. We remember from the Gospel of last Sunday that He appeared to the apostles twice to prove that He had risen.

In today’s Gospel Luke narrates the story of what happened to the two disciples on their way to Emmaus. When Jesus opened their spiritual minds two things happened: they were filled with unfathomable joy and they set out that evening back to Jerusalem to witness of the Good News, that Christ had Risen. The constant phrases of Jesus after His resurrection were “Peace be with you” and “Go and tell my disciples…..”   The two disciples in today’s Gospel demonstrated that they were filled with joy and happiness.   This encounter with Jesus encouraged them to fearlessly go back to Jerusalem that night. The saying ‘we cannot give what we do not have’, has something to tell us here. We need to have peace before we can give it to others and we can do this by encountering Christ and promoting peace in our communities.   Real joy comes from the peace of Christ. The joy that we receive from Christ must not remain with us, we must share it with our family members, community and perhaps even with our so called ‘enemies’. It is the joy of this Resurrection that will lead us to the second phrase “Go and tell my disciples…….” Jesus first sent Mary Magdalen to go and tell the apostles.  He sent the apostles to go and preach the Word throughout the whole world and now Jesus is telling us to go and do the same.  This sending is witnessing, missioning and so on. Each one of us is called to witness or mission in various ways.   It is up to us to find out how we are to go for this missioning.19 April

St. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians (4: 11-12) mentioned a variety of ministries.   What is important in this missioning is the assurance that we are sent by God and that He promises to be with us till the end of time. As we set out for our individual missioning, let us take with us the joy of His Resurrection and may the joy of the Lord be our strength, Amen.

Bernadine Mmadubuko

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Dominican Sisters gather in New York to attend UN event Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:04:41 +0000 Below is article by Sr. Margaret Mayce, OP (Amityville), NGO Representative for the Dominican Leadership Conference/Dominican Sisters International.Jpeg Mayce,_Margaret

Dominican Sisters gather in New York to attend UN event

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PRAYER Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:05:03 +0000 Prayer do we need prayer to day?  Why should we pray? Does anyone hear us? Would I get on without prayer?

(Article below  from Lay Dominican Newsletter 2015  – by John O’Brien)

Prayer do we need prayer to day? The world seems to suggest to us that we do not need prayer. We are all self sufficient.  We can procure what we want under our own steam. We don’t want handouts.   My own feeling is we need something to guide us on our day to day living. I feel sometimes I am living or should I say existing. I am running from one set of problems to another.  I get up in the morning breakfast into the car and away to spend some time trying to earn a few extra bob to help provide a few extras to make life more bearable. Lunch time comes eat it up quick I need to be back home to cut the grass or some other job that I think is important. Home and sit in front of the telly dose off. Wake up do the jobs tea time.  More telly and away to bed.

As you can see I am retired.  As a Lay Dominican I decided I would try to add prayer to my life.  So I started to say Morning Prayer at first found it difficult – these psalms did not seem to have any reference to my life.  With constant repetition certain words started to bring thoughts into my mind – Lord come to my aid – yes I did need some one come to my aid.  I needed help to solve a problem.  What was I going to do with  “so and so” who was giving me hassle and my mind would go off trying to find a solution to my problem.  But on reflection “so and so” had a point and maybe I should look at seeing my problem from their point of view.  Maybe I am a bit naive but is this not prayer – I am asking for aid  – The Lord puts into my mind a charitable thought that I should consider the other persons point of view.

I meet “so and so” and instead been full of my own importance in trying to get my point across I encourage “so and so” ‘s  point of view but also point out in love my point of view.  What happens we both reflect and neither of us sticks to our original point of view because we see good and bad points in each others points of view  and we come up with a better solution that we both agree to. But was my “distraction” not really a prayer.

I think I have answered all my above question “Why should we pray?” Yes to get answers to the day to day problems of life.  “Does anyone hear us?” yes the Lord hears us and prompts us to do the right thing.  “Would we get on without prayer?” I don’t think so, prayer can make us look at our lives and review where we are.

John O’Brien St Martin de Porres Chapter

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Next meeting of Alzheimer Cafe – 9th April Wed, 08 Apr 2015 12:12:42 +0000 The next meeting of Alzheimer Cafe is on Thursday 9th AprilAlzheimer Cafe April

Venue: Dominican Sisters, 183 Navan Rd, Santa Sabina House, Cabra, Dublin 7

Time:   7-9pm

Topic: Caring for yourself whilst caring for another

Speaker: Dr Andrea Higgins

This is a friendly and safe space to come and have a cuppa, listen to some input and have a chat.


For more details click here 9 April 2015 Alzheimer Cafe Poster

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Triduum for the Year of Consecrated Life Wed, 08 Apr 2015 12:11:03 +0000 The following notice comes from the newsletter of St. Dominic’s Church, Tallaght, Dublin 24.St. Dominic's Church

Triduum for the Year of Consecrated Life

 Pope Francis has dedicated this year to all those currently living the consecrated life and to pray for more people to answer the call.  Here in St. Dominic’s we will celebrate the year for consecrated life with a very special Triduum of prayer  It will start on Good Shepherd Sunday (Vocations Sunday) April 26th with one of the young Dominican Students Br. Conor McDonagh OP speaking at all Masses, followed by three days of prayer from Monday 27th until Wednesday 29th.  Each evening we will have a speaker, prayer and music much in the style of our recent Mission.  Each session will start at 7.30.  The speakers are from the different branches of the Dominican Family.

 Monday: A Sister from the Enclosed Monastery in Drogheda has been given permission to come and speak to us about her faith Journey.

Tuesday: Br. Philip Mulryne OP a former Manchester United and Norwich City Footballer with a number of International Caps for Northern Ireland will speak about his change from the glamour of the football world to life as a Dominican student.

Wednesday:  We conclude our Triduum on the Feast of St. Catherine of Siena with a Sister coming from the Cabra Congregation of Dominican Sisters who has recently taken First Profession, Sr. Eileen O’Connell.

It promises to be a very interesting and prayerful Triduum and we invite everyone to come along and pray for this special year.

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SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER/ DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY (12th April) Wed, 08 Apr 2015 12:09:22 +0000 Reflection by Bernadine Mmadubuko (Novice with Dominican Sisters, Cabra in S. Africa)

The Apostles locked themselves up in the room because of their fear of the Jews or to save themselves from the embarrassment that their master whom they trusted so much had disappointed and abandoned them. It was in the midst of these anxieties and confusion that Christ appeared to them and gave them peace. He then commissioned them and sent them on a mission, a mission to forgive and to preach the kingdom of God to the ends of the world.Second Sunday of Easter

This forgiveness from God and from one another is what we are also celebrating today, the Divine Mercy Sunday. Sometimes, Christians find themselves in situations similar to those of the apostles, fearing the authorities and what people will say.  When we face difficulties in life, death of a loved one, disappointments, economic meltdown, during the time of war or national calamity, the list is endless, what do we do? Many of us will first withdraw ourselves both from God and from people who might be willing to help. We close the doors of hope and possibilities just as the apostles did in today’s Gospel. Sometimes we can doubt the existence of God just as Thomas did. All these actions and re-actions are all normal because we are human. Jesus and the saints at one time or the other felt abandoned, but the big issue is how we handle these situations when we are faced with them.

Doubt, abandonment, illness, sudden deaths, financial difficulties and so on are all moments of grace. They are moments when we can be true to ourselves and true to God, just like Thomas said “unless I can see the holes that the nails made in His hands and put my finger into the holes they made ……, I refuse to believe.”  At the same time it is the moment that God is true to us. It is in times like these that God works against all odds, breaking all the barriers, even when we have closed the doors of our hearts, to show Himself and His love. He is ready to mend broken relationships. Jesus came back again to the upper room to show Himself to Thomas in order to make him believe again. God is always in search of us when we go astray. Today, we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, a day the church sets apart to remind us of the unconditional love of God, the love of God that made Him send His only Son to redeem us, the love that made Jesus  lay down His life for us. When we are caught up with ups and downs of life, let us remember that God has shown unconditional love and endless mercy to us. There is no need of withdrawing to ourselves because of fears, because we think we cannot be forgiven or because we think God has abandoned us.  Let us rise up beyond our fears, worries and failures and open the doors and windows of our hearts to receive His Divine Love and Mercy as we continue in the joy of His resurrection.

Bernadine Mmadubuko (Novice with the Dominican Sisters, Cabra in S. Africa)

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