Dominican Sisters Cabra Dominican Sisters Cabra Mon, 05 Oct 2015 13:25:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 My Vocation Story – Sr. Agnes Talty OP Mon, 05 Oct 2015 12:42:46 +0000 Sr Agnes Talty O.P

Sr. Agnes TaltyBorn on the 22nd October 1923, at Kilmacanogue, Co. Wicklow, Ireland. Her Parents were John Talty and Teresa Prosser and baptised on the 26th October 1923, at the Parish Church of Kilmacanogue. Sr Agnes Talty made Simple Profession on 25th September 1945, in the twenty-second year of her age, in the Convento of Bom Sucesso. She made Solemn Profession in the twenty-sixth year of her age, on Saturday 25th September 1948 in a ceremony presided by the Very Reverend Father Enda Mc Veigh OP, Prior of Corpo Santo, Lisbon, and called herself Sister Mary Agnes of the Most Pure Heart of Mary.

Sr Agnes celebrates 70 years of profession this year. At her celebration her Congregation Prioress, Sr Helen Mary Harmey, described her as a ‘true warrior’. All the changes that have occurred and continue to come her way she faces with courage drawing on her faith that brought her to who she is today.

Here we read a journey of faith she made to Lisbon in 1944. The following are the words of Sr Agnes Talty.

Everything contributes to the building of the Kingdom of God. When I look at the beautiful pattern of the Arraiolos Carpets made here in Portugal, I cannot but think of the Great Weaver, and compare my own life to that carpet, woven with such care and skill, by Him who cares for us all.

Away back in 1944, when the horrors of war ravished our land, Sister Teresa Faherty from the Arran Islands and myself set out on the 11th of March from Dublin to Foynes, Co Limerick. We had said our good-byes to two great Dominicans who introduced us to Bom Sucesso, and who have long since gone to God. They were Sister Finbar O’Mahony, Eccles St., and Sister Anna Walsh, Muckross Park. Our leaving Ireland during the war had to be a secret, so on our arrival in Foynes we were put up in an hotel, not knowing when exactly we were destined to leave for Lisbon. Days passed with always the same answer “you will be told later”. As both of us were young and anxious to set out on our journey, and since our money was disappearing, we decided after a week or so of this kind of life, that perhaps after all God did not have Lisbon in view for us. So we decided that if we didn’t manage to set out before Monday, 18th March, it was not God’s will for us, and we would return to Dublin.

On the evening of 17th March, St. Patrick’s Day, a man appeared at the hotel and told us not to go out agnes4anymore and not to give information to anyone; sometime, and someday soon a car would come to take us to the plane. We remained in the hotel like two recluses! Then, late on the evening of the 18th March the car arrived. We got to the sea plane in Foynes. It was a far cry from the Boeings of today! It was a small sea plane with no lights and a black curtain, with seats available for four passengers, placed around a wooden table. There was one other lady and two young children with us on the plane. It was my maiden voyage, and only after 20 odd years did I have another, but this time not in a sea plane during the war! We were both so dazed by the experience and, I suppose, young and foolhardy, that we seemed to have forgotten to feel the danger of our position, and didn’t even feel anxious. Eventually at 2 a.m. we landed on the beautiful Tagus river.

As one sails up the broad and lovely estuary of the Tagus to Lisbon, two landmarks on the nether bank stand out conspicuously – The Tower of Belem on the edge of the river, and nearer the city, the Church and Monastery of Jeronimos. For hundreds of years these two master-pieces of Portuguese architecture have commanded the attention and admiration of all. Between them, now partly hidden by buildings, is another landmark – not so splendid architecturally, yet very dear to many an Irish exile seeking peace and prayer in a foreign land, the Convent of Bom Sucesso. It was to this Convent that we made our way on the Feast of St. Joseph 1944.

We hailed a taxi and the lady who was with us in the plane explained to the man where we wanted to go. Many a story could be told of the speed of the Taxis in Lisbon” but we will not go into that here. We just hit the road in spots and eventually arrived at the Big Gate. It was closed, we were not expected. I said to Sister Teresa, “It looks as if we are kidnapped.” After much ringing of the bell two quaint, kind, old ladies appeared. They spoke Portuguese to us and brought us into the parlour, where we saw the grill. Then, with the appearance of two sisters, in the Dominican habit, we knew we were at home.

The following day we visited Lisbon with a past pupil as our guide. Then we entered the enclosure. The pupils were enclosed with us. The atmosphere was one of peace and joy, and great simplicity. The Divine Office was the important prayer of our day, and Sister Imelda Warner, who was the chantress and outstanding for her humility and prayerfulness, took me in hand and tried with great patience and little success to teach me to sing alone the simple chant of the Office. Sister Cecilia Murray and her sister Sister Louise Murray were two more great souls who left a mark on many of us by their kindness and love of poverty and also of music. But let me not reminisce I could mention many, Sister Gabriel, Sister Reginald, Sister Baptist all great women who have left behind them footprints on the sands of time, and perhaps some day someone will write about these unsung heroines, who are now reaping their reward in heaven.

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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 4th October 2015 Wed, 30 Sep 2015 13:10:14 +0000 …. and the two will become one” Mark. 10:827th in ordinary time

Today our 1st Reading is from the Book of Genesis –the story of Creation. After God had created the natural world and filled it with animals and birds He created the man –Adam. God was concerned that Adam would be lonely without one of his own kind so he created the woman Eve. She was to be his helpmate and he was to take care of her. He was to join himself to his wife and become one with her.

When we come to look at the Gospel we see how the Pharisees tried to trap Jesus by asking Him; “Does our law allow a man to divorce his wife?” This question referred to a law Moses had made. Jesus makes them answer their own question and tells them “Moses wrote this law for you because you were so hard to teach!”

Once again we see the compassion of Jesus versus the legality of the Pharisees. Jesus doesn’t dwell on the negative but emphasizes the beauty of “two becoming one in all things”
In this context I am reminded of Pope Francis and how he has established a Year of Mercy to remind us all of the mercy of God. In doing so he has already spoken about forgiveness for women who have had abortions and is anxious to assure those who have remarried after divorce that they will be listened to with regard to receiving the Eucharist. There is compassion-not judgement.

How often do I act like the Pharisees? Do I insist on the legality of things when a compassionate view would be more Christ-like ? Do I always have to be right and refuse to see that there are many ways of explaining things?

Lord Jesus,
help me to see the other’s point of view.
Let me not abandon my values but look with compassion
upon whatever situation I find myself in.
And help me to remember that love excuses all things.

Sr Patricia O’Reilly O.P

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Update on Refugee Crisis Mon, 28 Sep 2015 09:13:59 +0000 Sheila Curran RSM , IMU-CORI Justice Coordinator sends us an update below.Migrants-Mediterranean

Update on the Refugee Crisis

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Stop Climate Chaos hosts Irish premiere of This Changes Everything Fri, 25 Sep 2015 13:12:54 +0000 This weekend, as part of a weekend of global climate action, Stop Climate Chaos and Happenings will host the Irish premiere of This Changes Everything. The documentary, based on Naomi Klein’s bestselling book on climate change, is a powerful rallying-cry for a global movement to take on the challenge of climate change.unnamed

When:  Saturday September 26th 5.30 – 9.30pm

Where: Merrion Square Park, Dublin

Tickets: €5 suggested donation on the gate


For more details go to Stop Climate Chaos


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Concert to mark 10th anniversary of APT (Act to Prevent Trafficking) Fri, 25 Sep 2015 12:56:41 +0000 Celine Byrne & Friends in Concert

On Wednesday 7th October – at  8 p.m. in Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire

In Aid of APT (Act to Prevent Trafficking)APT

Click here for more details:APT Celine Byrne Concert Poster (2)

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26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (27th September) Wed, 23 Sep 2015 09:08:20 +0000 Who’s in and who’s out? About a week ago, while I did supervision duty in the school cafeteria, I received a complaint from a ten-year-old that went something like this: “Laelah is washing the tables, and you told me and those three to do it.” I enquired whether the tables were getting washed or not, and when I found out that the job was being done, I told the child not to worry about it. Such a childish situation, or is it? No, it’s that age-old question of who is on the inside with the privileges, and who is on the outside without the privileges.exclusion-300x212

We read in the Book of Numbers that the question arose for Joshua. Eldad and Medad hadn’t gone to the meeting and yet they were prophesying. They had the same privilege as those who were at the meeting. In Joshua’s mind that wasn’t right, and so he told Moses to stop them. However, for Moses this was not a problem. His desire was that all the people might be prophets, and that God’s spirit might be bestowed on each one of them.

We read of a similar situation in the Gospel of Mark. John is proudly reporting that he tried to stop someone who was casting out demons in Jesus’ name. His reason? Well, that person is not ‘one of us.’ Jesus is not impressed. He reminds John that anyone who is not against him is for him. It is most probable that this story was addressing some situation of exclusion in the early Christian community. We know from the New Testament writings that this question did arise from time to time, and the solution always seemed to lean towards inclusion of people. The universality of God’s saving power and mercy is a strong message in the Gospels and other New Testament writings.

Jesus called people to follow him. His intention was not to form an exclusive inner circle of power and privilege. Jesus gave those who were called a mission to bring his message to the ends of the earth. Jesus was extravagant with the love of God. He knew that there was plenty of it to reach everyone. Wouldn’t you wonder, then, how we got mean and stingy with it? How then can we say that there is not a place at the table of Jesus for everyone, and how can we exclude some people from serving at that table?

It seems to be a human trait to organize and compartmentalize. So we have gathered and labeled ourselves as cultures, nations, classes, races, religions, churches. We have formed closed or semi-closed circuits around our groupings. Consequently we face dilemmas. When the evil of intolerance by any group becomes violent, we have refugees who flee from the terror of war, poverty, death. They have no choice but to come knocking on the ramparts of other groups. These are not Syrians, or Africans, or Central Americans. They are not Christian, Muslim, Hindu or Atheist. They are sister and brother, members of the one wide-open human family, sharers in the same love of the same God. As followers of the way of Jesus, we cannot say that anyone is ‘not one of us.’ We have no option but to say ‘welcome home’.

The challenge of Jesus is difficult. It requires us to leave our compartments, and to develop a mind and a heart as open as the love of God, incarnated for us in Jesus, the Christ.


Elizabeth Ferguson, OP




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Pause/Paws for reflection! Tue, 22 Sep 2015 14:19:44 +0000 Paws a moment for reflection 

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CREATION, EVOLUTION & FAITH – An Tairseach Dominican Farm and Ecology Centre, Wicklow, Sept. 22-25th 2015 Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:14:38 +0000 This three and a half day Conference will deal with the mystery of God in all of creation: “God cannot express Godself fully in any creature; and so God has produced many and diverse life forms, so that what one lacks in its expression of divine goodness may be compensated for by others; for goodness, which in God is single and undifferentiated, in creatures is refracted into a myriad hues of being.” Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae 147.1 (Adapted)

JOHN FEEHAN  – September 22nd – 25th 2015.john-feehan_1

Cost €190, Booking fee €20 – includes conference, teas/coffees home made snacks plus a delicious dinner prepared by qualified chefs who use  organic produce fresh from our own certified organic farm.

Time:  9.30 – 4.00 pm

Enquires: Phone 0404 61833


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Sad Anniversary for Christians in Northern Iraq Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:02:00 +0000 See article in Order of Preachers Newsletter: Sad Anniversary for Christians in Northern Iraq


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Lay Dominicans Ireland – Newsletter September Issue Thu, 17 Sep 2015 09:39:55 +0000 Click to read Lay Dominican Newsletter Sept 2015


For more information on Lay Dominicans go to

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