Dominican Sisters Cabra Dominican Sisters Cabra Thu, 26 Nov 2015 14:20:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 10th December – Reflection Day will be held to mark the International Day for Human Rights and International Migrants Wed, 25 Nov 2015 10:02:21 +0000 On Thursday 10th December – 10am-4pm

IMU-CORI Justice Desk , will hold a day of Reflection entitled

Room or no Room at the Inn?

(photo: loana Moldovan/Al Jazeera)

(photo: loana Moldovan/Al Jazeera)


Venue: Conference of Religious of Ireland, St. Mary’s, Bloomfield Ave., Donnybrook,

Dublin 4


Speakers: Sr Breege Keenan, Crosscare, Refugee Service, Edel McGinley, Director, Migrant Rights Centre and Sr Sheila Curran, IMU-CORI Justice Coordinator.


A light lunch will be provided.


Please confirm your attendance by 1st December, 2015 by email to Sheila: or by telephoning 01 4923326

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First Sunday of Advent (29 November) Wed, 25 Nov 2015 10:00:07 +0000 (Luke 21:25-28; 34-36)

This Advent we begin the Gospel of Luke, the gospel which emphasises Jesus as saviour, a fitting title for Jesus in this coming year, dedicated as it is by Pope Francis to the Mercy of God.

Today’s gospel might seem, at first glance, to be about anything but mercy, since it is one of the apocalyptic passages of the gospels. When we mention apocalyptic, we think immediately of end of world stuff and, sure enough, there is talk in the passage about “signs in the sun and moon” and “menace” and the “powers of heaven shaken.” But it is important to remember that when apocalyptic language was written, it was not about foretelling the future; it was really about the present for the people who were around at the time. In effect it was saying to them, that no matter how awful things are now – and they were awful for Christians when Luke was writing –they were not to despair, because the “Son of Man,” Jesus the saviour, was right there with them through it all.

First Sunday of LentEvery age has had to face “nations in agony” “people dying of fear,” none more so than our own, with the many wars at the moment, especially in the Middle East, and the consequent flow of refugees and migrants which we are witnessing today. Added to that, talk of the “clamour of the ocean and its waves” alerts us to the signs of global warming in our world, which make us realise our great need of God’s mercy. As we begin this Advent, therefore, let us pray that we will have the true understanding of apocalyptic language: a desire, not for the end of the world, but for an end to the kind of world order which allows the global community to act in a way which continues wars and in the activity which is devastating our world. So we need to “stay awake” as the gospel asks us, so that we can “stand with confidence before the Son of Man.”

Sr. Céline Mangan, O.P.

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The Feast of Christ the King (22nd November) Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:46:09 +0000 John 18: 33b-37

This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King.  Here Jesus is brought before Pilate for questioning. He throws back the question Pilate put to him of whether he is a king and Jesus tells Pilate that he came to bear witness to the truth and this is what he has done. Those who are on the side of truth will listen to the voice of Jesus. This is the role of any leader, be they king, parent, pope, bishop, teacher, principal, president, prime minister, a congregation leader, a captain, school prefect, the list can go on. It is a challenge that wherever, whenever and in whatever role that requires of us to speak as a leader in a moment we are asked to reveal the truth to those to whom we serve. A truth that will free people, take away fear and rash judgements, truth that promotes liberty, peace, social justice and moral values.

At one time I taught senior infants, 6 year olds, in one of our Dominican Primary Schools. As part of the imagesuniform the children would have the Dominican Crest, Veritas (Truth) on their jumpers. This particular day one of my delightful students hadn’t his crest on his new jumper. I asked him something and I knew I wasn’t getting the truth to my question. He then started crying saying that he didn’t have the badge on him that helped him tell the truth and that is why he told me a lie! Telling the truth is not always easy at the time and we all need strength from God to do so.

We are to be witnesses to the Kingdom of God by being faithful to all that is true. As we contemplate the power of God in our lives may we be guided by the truth as God reveals it to us and to clear the paths for dialogue among all peoples.

Sr. Edel Murphy O.P.

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St. John Macias – A Dominican Patron for Migrants Mon, 16 Nov 2015 11:20:53 +0000 A Dominican Patron for MigrantsPicture with Sr. Genevieve article

( and the homeless?)

On a global level, our major concern at present is the plight of migrants; and here at home (at least in Ireland) the plight of the ever-increasing homeless.  Both groups might find a patron and advocate in a neglected Dominican – St. John Macias.  Have we forgotten him?

Juan Macias was born to a very poor family in Spain in 1585.

Orphaned when he was four, he and his younger sister were brought up by an uncle who hired out Juan as a shepherd when he was still a child. In the time spent with his sheep, he developed a love for the rosary. A casual meeting with a Dominican friar sowed a tiny seed of a wild idea that he might one day be a Dominican. A more prosperous farmer for whom he worked must have seen possibilities in the young man because he offered him a ‘pauper’s’ passage to South America. So Juan, aged about 30, set sail as a destitute migrant seeking a new and better life in the ‘New’ World.

The long journey – many weeks, sometimes months – in the ships of those days was tough for everyone, conquistadores, entrepreneurs, missionaries; but it was appalling for the poor migrant, confined to the hold, half-starved and getting the very worst of everything. And when they landed safely, his problems weren’t over. He probably landed on the island of Granada, and then struggled on through present-day Venezuela, Colombia, and Ecuador before finding a place to settle in Lima, Peru.

Here, he encountered the Dominicans again and became a servant at the friary before eventually entering the community and making profession as a lay-brother.  His great desire was to spend time in prayer but obedience meant that he served as porter which kept him busy but meant that he was in contact with the poor who came to the friars for help.  He soon became the ‘Bro. Kevin’ of Lima, providing meals for hundreds of destitute and homeless every day.  In this he was helped by his companion, a donkey, who accompanied him daily on his begging rounds and carried home the donations of food.

At last, perhaps to get some time for prayer, he decided the donkey could carry out this task alone.  So off it went every day doing the rounds with a little sign asking for donations;  if donors were tardy, a few loud ‘hee-haws’ drew attention to the need and brought prompt response. It became a very popular feature of the streets of Lima.  With charming stories like this, it is amazing that Juan’s neighbour and friend, Martin de Porres, has so completely upstaged him!

Juan frequently picked up the sick homeless from the street and brought them back to his room and put them in his own bed.  Some friars objected and he was forbidden to do this.  He then roped in his sister, who had also migrated and settled in Lima; she gave him a room in her house for his sick poor. But, one day he found a man who had been stabbed and was clearly dying so he brought him home to his own room  The prior corrected him for disobedience. Juan responded with ironic ‘humility’: ‘ I beg pardon, Father, but you must instruct me properly because I did not know that the duty of obedience is above the duty of charity!’

Amazingly, at this point in the 16th century three canonised Dominican saints lived in Lima at the same time – Martin, Rose and Juan.  Even in their cults, there are subtle traces of racism. Martin is depicted as black, and I believe this contributed to the kind of affection with which people responded to him.  He was not black.  Rose is depicted as a ‘pretty’ white woman.  She was not white. Both were mixed-race – Spanish/ African/Indigenous. Juan Macias was Spanish.

John Macias has a feast day on September 18th.  Roll on the promised day when we will again become familiar with our saints by celebrating their feasts.


Sr Genevieve Mooney O.P

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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (15 November) Thu, 12 Nov 2015 10:07:41 +0000 In this week’s passage from Mark’s Gospel chapter 13, Jesus uses the image of a fig-tree. He draws 33 sunday in ordinary timeattention to the fact that as soon as its twigs get tender and leaves come out, it is known that summer is here. Here in Ireland the leaves have fallen from the trees and while it is mild for this time of year the trees remind us that it is Autumn/ Winter, the days have shortened and we prepare for a new season.

It seems that Jesus’ teaching highlights the fact that we have the ability to see certain signs but then what of the other signs that we may not take in that we should notice and prepare for.

“Even so when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door”. (verse 29)

I have sometimes heard in a conversation someone say, “I should have seen it coming, when I think back there were signs, why didn’t I act then?” There is a need in all of us to reflect on all around us, on God’s message to us now, on our call to respond to the signs of the times.

Where is God’s voice calling us to be the voice that heals?

–          it is in the plight of the millions of refugees fleeing from persecution?

–          it is in the injustice that we as humans are doing to the universe?

–          it is in our educating ourselves at election times?

–          it is in our dialogue with other faiths?

–          it is in the suffering of elderly and frail who are not receiving proper medical attention?

–          it is in the evilness of the exploitation of women in the sex trade industry?


Lord that we may see the signs of our world today that need to be healed. How can each of us respond, however small we think the response may be, to the signs of our times in our land, in our communities, in our lives?

Sr Edel Murphy O.P

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Ruhama Newsletter – Autumn 2015 Tue, 10 Nov 2015 10:04:52 +0000 RuhamaRuhama is a Dublin-based NGO which works on a national level with women affected by prostitution and other forms of commercial sexual exploitation.

Click below to read their latest newsletter.


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People with dementia and their carers talk about their lives at the Alzheimer’s Café Mon, 09 Nov 2015 15:37:43 +0000 AlzheimerCafeLogo200Read article below in The on the Alzheimer Cafe Cabra, written by Cormac Fitzgerald

“Before this I was a young 69, I was full of life. I’m a world away from that person now”

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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (8 November) Fri, 06 Nov 2015 14:23:41 +0000 Mk 12:38-44

The gospel passage of Mark this week warns against all that may be superficial or pretentious in our living. An image is given of the scribes ‘who like to walk about in long robes, to be greeted respectfully in the market squares, to take the front seats in the synagogues and the places of honour at banquets”. We can all identify with those we regard as false, not ‘walkin’ the talk’, as a phrase goes. And indeed many of us may have been guilty of behaving in such a way.

As the passage progresses Mark then gives the example of a poor widow who gives away all the money she has. This woman had the excuse of strutting around and demanding respect as her pain of loss and her poverty may have justified her behaving in such a manner.   All that she possessed she gave, she was already poor so she could have had the excuse of holding onto that one penny; she was a widow and a woman who was not always treated as equal. But her inner self was far wealthier than those of the scribes referred to in the first part of the passage. Her deep faith was her gift, she was emptied of all that might get in the way of her relationship with God and detached from all unnecessary items or any unreal expectations that demand of others to treat us a certain way.  Her motivation of giving that ‘one penny’, all that she had, was out of her concern for others, her deep sense of community, her trust in God and her desire to live out God’s law of love of others.

This widow in her quiet, gentle manner was strong; Jesus sensed her presence and noticed her in the synagogue that day. She simply was who God was calling her to be and because of that her offering was far more valuable than any other offering in the synagogue on that occasion.


Sr Edel Murphy O.P

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Jubilee Greetings – from Sr. Helen Mary Harmey OP, Congregation Prioress Fri, 06 Nov 2015 12:29:03 +0000  





5 November 2015



Dear Sisters and Brothers,

As we approach the official opening of the 800th anniversary of the Order, we pray that it may be a year of great blessings for the Order.

May the Dominican Family, Friars, Nuns, Sisters, Brothers and Laity, be renewed in mind and spirit so that we may be and proclaim a word of hope and love in a world torn apart by violence and inhumanity, seen in all spheres of life today.

May St Dominic intercede for us as he promised.  As we look to the past with gratitude and humility may we move forward in faith, hope and love.8_8_st-dominic1

On behalf of the sisters,

Yours in St Dominic,


Sister Helen Mary Harmey OP

Congregation Prioress

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THE MYSTICS – Talk by Sr. Mary O’Driscoll OP Wed, 04 Nov 2015 12:08:07 +0000 On Thursday 5th November 2015, Sr. Mary O’Driscoll OP will give a talk on “The Mystics” in An Tairseach, Dominican Farm and Ecology Centre, mary o driscoll

For mystics such as Meister Eckhart, Julian of Norwich and Catherine of Siena the created world was a route to the transcendent. This conference will explore their wisdom.

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


website: An Tairseach  

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