On a recent visit to St. Mary’s Academy Elementary School, New Orleans, where Sr. Therese and Liz OP teach, the students shared some of their creative prayers of gratitude and petition.

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Hope House in New Orleans, Louisiana is a non-profit organisation, founded to respond to the hopes and needs of its neighbours and to help create a society in which truth and justice abide. Sr. Lilianne Flavin OP who has been based in Louisiana since 1979 works in Hope House.  Click below to read their latest newsletter.

Hope House Journal Fall 2018

A number of our sisters, many who are former students of Scoil Chaitriona joined in the celebration of the Eucharist and a social evening to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Scoil Chaitríona, Dublin.

The school was founded in 1928, and was the first all-Irish school for girls. It was located in Eccles Street, Dublin originally but moved up to Mobhí Road, Dublin in 1972. They opened their doors to boys in 1986. Originally founded by the Dominican Sisters, the school has been a member of the Le Chéile Schools Trust since 2009.



All past-pupils, teachers, parents and friends of Scoil Chaitríona are invited to a reunion evening in the school on Thursday 22 November 2018 to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the school.

Mass  6.30 pm

Social evening 7.30-11.00 p.m.

Tickets (free)  available from




Déardaoin 22 Samhain 2018

Teacht le chéile

Fáilte roimh iarscoláirí/iarthuismitheoirí, iarmhúinteoirí &cairde uilig

Aifreann 6.30.

Oíche Shóisialta  7.30 . -11.00.

Ticéid ar fáil 90scoil@gmail.com


Ruhama is a Dublin-based NGO which works on a national level with women affected by prostitution and other forms of commercial sexual exploitation.

See below for their latest newsletter.



For more information on Ruhama go to www.ruhama.ie

Sr Bridget OP (Mission Area of Ireland) who is ministering in Haiti at present is seen here with volunteers from six local communities who are training as Pastoral da Criança leaders within their communities.

Our mission in Parana was special in that it was shared with our Irish Dominican brothers, and so there was a happy coincidence in that fr. Martin Hunter was present on 14thOctober with us and the people of the parish. Once again they could see us together preaching the Word. Martin prepared and coordinated a lectio divina based on the sending out of the s seventy two disciples, held in groups in the parish hall.  The hall was graced with bunting made with the Irish and Argentine colours, and a huge banner that said: 50 years of preaching the liberating Word of God.

The event had been prepared over the past six months, with increasing enthusiasm and sharing of memories at each of the meetings. The parish priest Fr Sergio gave his full support and made us feel welcome. Ramon Solari took on the role of coordinator and played a huge part with his wife Graciela in getting the invitations out and distributing tasks.  He assured me that while he was reluctant at first, the experience had been a joyful one for him.

Many leaders from Caitriona’s family catechetics groups turned up and the short video, prepared by Annie Nassivera’s son Jesus, showed some of their work. At the end of the Eucharistic celebration Noemi read out the letter that Caitriona sent, which was greeted with loud applause.  Sister Eileen Airey who served there with Martina Hayden also sent a greeting. Both Eileen and Caitriona had visited Parana during the past year.

The atmosphere of joy at meeting again was palpable.  Many showed their appreciation in the details of preparing beautiful decorations for the tables and surrounding walls, and of course the volunteers doing the barbecue were a vital part of the day.  We were presented with a lovely album of photos that neighbours had brought to be copied.

Indeed the sowing was widespread during the period of twenty years that our Sisters lived in the parish of San Agustin with its surrounding barrios some of the poorest in Parana.  All were remembered lovingly.  And we recognized that the people had helped us to grow in faith in a mutual evangelization.

L to R. Ramon Solari  Sr. Joan Ignacio Loly su madre and Sr. Veronica 

Together with young people, let us bring the Gospel to all

Dear young people, I would like to reflect with you on the mission that we have received from Christ. In speaking to you, I also address all Christians who live out in the Church the adventure of their life as children of God. What leads me to speak to everyone through this conversation with you is the certainty that the Christian faith remains ever young when it is open to the mission that Christ entrusts to us. “Mission revitalizes faith” (Redemptoris Missio, 2), in the words of Saint John Paul II, a Pope who showed such great love and concern for young people.

The Synod to be held in Rome this coming October, the month of the missions, offers us an opportunity to understand more fully, in the light of faith, what the Lord Jesus wants to say to you young people, and, through you, to all Christian communities.

Life is a mission

Every man and woman is a mission; that is the reason for our life on this earth. To be attracted and to be sent are two movements that our hearts, especially when we are young, feel as interior forces of love; they hold out promise for our future and they give direction to our lives. More than anyone else, young people feel the power of life breaking in upon us and attracting us. To live out joyfully our responsibility for the world is a great challenge. I am well aware of lights and shadows of youth; when I think back to my youth and my family, I remember the strength of my hope for a better future. The fact that we are not in this world by our own choice makes us sense that there is an initiative that precedes us and makes us exist. Each one of us is called to reflect on this fact: “I am a mission on this Earth; that is the reason why I am here in this world” (Evangelii Gaudium, 273).

We proclaim Jesus Christ

The Church, by proclaiming what she freely received (cf. Mt 10:8; Acts 3:6), can share with you young people the way and truth which give meaning to our life on this earth. Jesus Christ, who died and rose for us, appeals to our freedom and challenges us to seek, discover and proclaim this message of truth and fulfilment. Dear young people, do not be afraid of Christ and his Church! For there we find the treasure that fills life with joy. I can tell you this from my own experience: thanks to faith, I found the sure foundation of my dreams and the strength to realize them. I have seen great suffering and poverty mar the faces of so many of our brothers and sisters. And yet, for those who stand by Jesus, evil is an incentive to ever greater love. Many men and women, and many young people, have generously sacrificed themselves, even at times to martyrdom, out of love for the Gospel and service to their brothers and sisters. From the cross of Jesus we learn the divine logic of self-sacrifice (cf. 1 Cor 1:17-25) as a proclamation of the Gospel for the life of the world (cf. Jn 3:16). To be set afire by the love of Christ is to be consumed by that fire, to grow in understanding by its light and to be warmed by its love (cf. 2 Cor 5:14). At the school of the saints, who open us to the vast horizons of God, I invite you never to stop wondering: “What would Christ do if he were in my place?”

Transmitting the faith to the ends of the earth 

You too, young friends, by your baptism have become living members of the Church; together we have received the mission to bring the Gospel to everyone. You are at the threshold of life. To grow in the grace of the faith bestowed on us by the Church’s sacraments plunges us into that great stream of witnesses who, generation after generation, enable the wisdom and experience of older persons to become testimony and encouragement for those looking to the future. And the freshness and enthusiasm of the young makes them a source of support and hope for those nearing the end of their journey. In this blend of different stages in life, the mission of the Church bridges the generations; our faith in God and our love of neighbor are a source of profound unity.

This transmission of the faith, the heart of the Church’s mission, comes about by the infectiousness of love, where joy and enthusiasm become the expression of a newfound meaning and fulfilment in life. The spread of the faith “by attraction” calls for hearts that are open and expanded by love. It is not possible to place limits on love, for love is strong as death (cf. Song 8:6). And that expansion generates encounter, witness, proclamation; it generates sharing in charity with all those far from the faith, indifferent to it and perhaps even hostile and opposed to it. Human, cultural and religious settings still foreign to the Gospel of Jesus and to the sacramental presence of the Church represent the extreme peripheries, the “ends of the earth”, to which, ever since the first Easter, Jesus’ missionary disciples have been sent, with the certainty that their Lord is always with them (cf. Mt 28:20; Acts 1:8). This is what we call the missio ad gentes. The most desolate periphery of all is where mankind, in need of Christ, remains indifferent to the faith or shows hatred for the fullness of life in God. All material and spiritual poverty, every form of discrimination against our brothers and sisters, is always a consequence of the rejection of God and his love.

The ends of the earth, dear young people, nowadays are quite relative and always easily “navigable”. The digital world – the social networks that are so pervasive and readily available – dissolves borders, eliminates distances and reduces differences. Everything appears within reach, so close and immediate. And yet lacking the sincere gift of our lives, we could well have countless contacts but never share in a true communion of life. To share in the mission to the ends of the earth demands the gift of oneself in the vocation that God, who has placed us on this earth, chooses to give us (cf. Lk 9:23-25). I dare say that, for a young man or woman who wants to follow Christ, what is most essential is to seek, to discover and to persevere in his or her vocation.

Bearing witness to love

I am grateful to all those ecclesial groups that make it possible for you to have a personal encounter with Christ living in his Church: parishes, associations, movements, religious communities, and the varied expressions of missionary service. How many young people find in missionary volunteer work a way of serving the “least” of our brothers and sisters (cf. Mt 25:40), promoting human dignity and witnessing to the joy of love and of being Christians! These ecclesial experiences educate and train young people not only for professional success, but also for developing and fostering their God-given gifts in order better to serve others. These praiseworthy forms of temporary missionary service are a fruitful beginning and, through vocational discernment, they can help you to decide to make a complete gift of yourselves as missionaries.

The Pontifical Mission Societies were born of young hearts as a means of supporting the preaching of the Gospel to every nation and thus contributing to the human and cultural growth of all those who thirst for knowledge of the truth. The prayers and the material aid generously given and distributed through the Pontifical Mission Societies enable the Holy See to ensure that those who are helped in their personal needs can in turn bear witness to the Gospel in the circumstances of their daily lives. No one is so poor as to be unable to give what they have, but first and foremost what they are. Let me repeat the words of encouragement that I addressed to the young people of Chile: “Never think that you have nothing to offer, or that nobody needs you. Many people need you. Think about it! Each of you, think in your heart: many people need me” (Meeting with Young People, Maipu Shrine, 17 January 2018).

Dear young people, this coming October, the month of the missions, we will hold the Synod devoted to you. It will prove to be one more occasion to help us become missionary disciples, ever more passionately devoted to Jesus and his mission, to the ends of the earth. I ask Mary, Queen of the Apostles, Saint Francis Xavier, Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and Blessed Paolo Manna to intercede for all of us and to accompany us always.

From the Vatican, 20 May 2018, Solemnity of Pentecost


© Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana


Junto a los jóvenes, llevemos el Evangelio a todos

Queridos jóvenes, deseo reflexionar con vosotros sobre la misión que Jesús nos ha confiado. Dirigiéndome a vosotros lo hago también a todos los cristianos que viven en la Iglesia la aventura de su existencia como hijos de Dios. Lo que me impulsa a hablar a todos, dialogando con vosotros, es la certeza de que la fe cristiana permanece siempre joven cuando se abre a la misión que Cristo nos confía. «La misión refuerza la fe», escribía san Juan Pablo II (Carta enc. Redemptoris missio, 2), un Papa que tanto amaba a los jóvenes y que se dedicó mucho a ellos.

El Sínodo que celebraremos en Roma el próximo mes de octubre, mes misionero, nos ofrece la oportunidad de comprender mejor, a la luz de la fe, lo que el Señor Jesús os quiere decir a los jóvenes y, a través de vosotros, a las comunidades cristianas.

La vida es una misión

Cada hombre y mujer es una misión, y esta es la razón por la que se encuentra viviendo en la tierra. Ser atraídos y ser enviadosson los dos movimientos que nuestro corazón, sobre todo cuando es joven en edad, siente como fuerzas interiores del amor que prometen un futuro e impulsan hacia adelante nuestra existencia. Nadie mejor que los jóvenes percibe cómo la vida sorprende y atrae. Vivir con alegría la propia responsabilidad ante el mundo es un gran desafío. Conozco bien las luces y sombras del ser joven, y, si pienso en mi juventud y en mi familia, recuerdo lo intensa que era la esperanza en un futuro mejor. El hecho de que estemos en este mundo sin una previa decisión nuestra, nos hace intuir que hay una iniciativa que nos precede y nos llama a la existencia. Cada uno de nosotros está llamado a reflexionar sobre esta realidad: «Yo soy una misión en esta tierra, y para eso estoy en este mundo» (Exhort. ap. Evangelii gaudium, 273).

Os anunciamos a Jesucristo

La Iglesia, anunciando lo que ha recibido gratuitamente (cf. Mt 10,8; Hch 3,6), comparte con vosotros, jóvenes, el camino y la verdad que conducen al sentido de la existencia en esta tierra. Jesucristo, muerto y resucitado por nosotros, se ofrece a nuestra libertad y la mueve a buscar, descubrir y anunciar este sentido pleno y verdadero. Queridos jóvenes, no tengáis miedo de Cristo y de su Iglesia. En ellos se encuentra el tesoro que llena de alegría la vida. Os lo digo por experiencia: gracias a la fe he encontrado el fundamento de mis anhelos y la fuerza para realizarlos. He visto mucho sufrimiento, mucha pobreza, desfigurar el rostro de tantos hermanos y hermanas. Sin embargo, para quien está con Jesús, el mal es un estímulo para amar cada vez más. Por amor al Evangelio, muchos hombres y mujeres, y muchos jóvenes, se han entregado generosamente a sí mismos, a veces hasta el martirio, al servicio de los hermanos. De la cruz de Jesús aprendemos la lógica divina del ofrecimiento de nosotros mismos (cf. 1 Co 1,17-25), como anuncio del Evangelio para la vida del mundo (cf. Jn 3,16). Estar inflamados por el amor de Cristo consume a quien arde y hace crecer, ilumina y vivifica a quien se ama (cf. 2 Co 5,14). Siguiendo el ejemplo de los santos, que nos descubren los amplios horizontes de Dios, os invito a preguntaros en todo momento: «¿Qué haría Cristo en mi lugar?».

Transmitir la fe hasta los confines de la tierra

También vosotros, jóvenes, por el Bautismo sois miembros vivos de la Iglesia, y juntos tenemos la misión de llevar a todos el Evangelio. Vosotros estáis abriéndoos a la vida. Crecer en la gracia de la fe, que se nos transmite en los sacramentos de la Iglesia, nos sumerge en una corriente de multitud de generaciones de testigos, donde la sabiduría del que tiene experiencia se convierte en testimonio y aliento para quien se abre al futuro. Y la novedad de los jóvenes se convierte, a su vez, en apoyo y esperanza para quien está cerca de la meta de su camino. En la convivencia entre los hombres de distintas edades, la misión de la Iglesia construye puentes inter-generacionales, en los cuales la fe en Dios y el amor al prójimo constituyen factores de unión profunda.

Esta transmisión de la fe, corazón de la misión de la Iglesia, se realiza por el “contagio” del amor, en el que la alegría y el entusiasmo expresan el descubrimiento del sentido y la plenitud de la vida. La propagación de la fe por atracción exige corazones abiertos, dilatados por el amor. No se puede poner límites al amor: fuerte como la muerte es el amor (cf. Ct 8,6). Y esa expansión crea el encuentro, el testimonio, el anuncio; produce la participación en la caridad con todos los que están alejados de la fe y se muestran ante ella indiferentes, a veces opuestos y contrarios. Ambientes humanos, culturales y religiosos todavía ajenos al Evangelio de Jesús y a la presencia sacramental de la Iglesia representan las extremas periferias, “los confines de la tierra”, hacia donde sus discípulos misioneros son enviados, desde la Pascua de Jesús, con la certeza de tener siempre con ellos a su Señor (cf. Mt 28,20; Hch 1,8). En esto consiste lo que llamamos missio ad gentes. La periferia más desolada de la humanidad necesitada de Cristo es la indiferencia hacia la fe o incluso el odio contra la plenitud divina de la vida. Cualquier pobreza material y espiritual, cualquier discriminación de hermanos y hermanas es siempre consecuencia del rechazo a Dios y a su amor.

Los confines de la tierra, queridos jóvenes, son para vosotros hoy muy relativos y siempre fácilmente “navegables”. El mundo digital, las redes sociales que nos invaden y traspasan, difuminan fronteras, borran límites y distancias, reducen las diferencias. Parece todo al alcance de la mano, todo tan cercano e inmediato. Sin embargo, sin el don comprometido de nuestras vidas, podremos tener miles de contactos pero no estaremos nunca inmersos en una verdadera comunión de vida. La misión hasta los confines de la tierra exige el don de sí en la vocación que nos ha dado quien nos ha puesto en esta tierra (cf. Lc 9,23-25). Me atrevería a decir que, para un joven que quiere seguir a Cristo, lo esencial es la búsqueda y la adhesión a la propia vocación.

Testimoniar el amor

Agradezco a todas las realidades eclesiales que os permiten encontrar personalmente a Cristo vivo en su Iglesia: las parroquias, asociaciones, movimientos, las comunidades religiosas, las distintas expresiones de servicio misionero. Muchos jóvenes encuentran en el voluntariado misionero una forma para servir a los “más pequeños” (cf. Mt 25,40), promoviendo la dignidad humana y testimoniando la alegría de amar y de ser cristianos. Estas experiencias eclesiales hacen que la formación de cada uno no sea solo una preparación para el propio éxito profesional, sino el desarrollo y el cuidado de un don del Señor para servir mejor a los demás. Estas formas loables de servicio misionero temporal son un comienzo fecundo y, en el discernimiento vocacional, pueden ayudaros a decidir el don total de vosotros mismos como misioneros.

Las Obras Misionales Pontificias nacieron de corazones jóvenes, con la finalidad de animar el anuncio del Evangelio a todas las gentes, contribuyendo al crecimiento cultural y humano de tanta gente sedienta de Verdad. La oración y la ayuda material, que generosamente son dadas y distribuidas por las OMP, sirven a la Santa Sede para procurar que quienes las reciben para su propia necesidad puedan, a su vez, ser capaces de dar testimonio en su entorno. Nadie es tan pobre que no pueda dar lo que tiene, y antes incluso lo que es. Me gusta repetir la exhortación que dirigí a los jóvenes chilenos: «Nunca pienses que no tienes nada que aportar o que no le haces falta a nadie: Le haces falta a mucha gente y esto piénsalo. Cada uno de vosotros piénselo en su corazón: Yo le hago falta a mucha gente» (Encuentro con los jóvenes, Santuario de Maipú, 17 de enero de 2018).

Queridos jóvenes: el próximo octubre misionero, en el que se desarrollará el Sínodo que está dedicado a vosotros, será una nueva oportunidad para hacernos discípulos misioneros, cada vez más apasionados por Jesús y su misión, hasta los confines de la tierra. A María, Reina de los Apóstoles, a los santos Francisco Javier y Teresa del Niño Jesús, al beato Pablo Manna, les pido que intercedan por todos nosotros y nos acompañen siempre.

Vaticano, 20 de mayo de 2018, Solemnidad de Pentecostés.


© Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana

The theme for World Mission Sunday 2018 is “Through Youth To The World: Voices for Mission.” Pope Francis addresses his message for this year’s celebration to young people, saying, “In speaking to you, I also address all Christians who live out in the Church the adventure of their life as children of God. What leads me to speak to everyone through this conversation with you is the certainty that the Christian faith remains ever young when it is open to the mission that Christ entrusts to us.”



El tema para el 2018 del Domingo Mundial de las Misiones es “A través de la juventud para el mundo: Voces para la misión.” El Papa Francisco dirige su mensaje de la celebración de este año a los jóvenes, diciendo, “Dirigiéndome a vosotros lo hago también a todos los cristianos que viven en la Iglesia la aventura de su existencia como hijos de Dios. Lo que me impulsa a hablar a todos, dialogando con vosotros, es la certeza de que la fe cristiana permanece siempre joven cuando se abre a la misión que Cristo nos confía.”

…where catechists and youth travel to remote areas to bring the Good News of God’s great love to families.

…donde los catequistas y jóvenes viajan a zonas distantes para llevar las Buenas Nuevas del gran amor de Dios a las familias.

…where those who are sick are provided loving care at 6,500 Catholic hospitals and small clinics, and where 19,000 young men           are preparing to be priests, to uplift the poor, celebrate the Sacraments, reach out to children and families, and comfort the sick and dying.

…donde los enfermos reciben atención con amor en 6.500 hospitales y pequeñas clínicas católicas, y donde 19.000 hombres jóvenes se preparan para el sacerdocio, para dignificar a los pobres, celebrar los Sacramentos, llegar a los niños y a las familias, y consolar a los enfermos y moribundos.

…where six million children receive an education from Religious Sisters in more than 15,000 Church-run elementary schools.

…donde seis millones de niños reciben educación de las Hermanas Religiosas en más de 15.000 escuelas primarias administradas por la Iglesia.

…where new churches are being built to welcome faith communities, renewed after years of persecution. 


…donde se están construyendo nuevas iglesias para dar la bienvenida a las comunidades de fe, renovadas después de años de persecución

BE A VOICE FOR MISSION IN THE PACIFIC ISLANDS… …where 3,500 religious bring the Lord’s mercy and peace to those in need.

SEA UNA VOZ MISIONERA EN LAS ISLAS DEL PACÍFICO… …donde 3.500 religiosos llevan la misericordia y paz del Señor a los necesitados.




(extracts from www.usccb.org)

Job Vacancy Centre Administrative Coordinator,   Lumen Dominican Centre, Sion Hill Campus, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, A94 A3C7

Job Details

Seniority Level

Mid-Senior level of executive officer


  • Education
  • Charity

Employment Type

Fixed term contract for one year, extendable for further two years contingent on performance review

Job Functions

Administration, financial and office management responsibilities

Job Description
Lumen Dominican Centre – Centre Administrative Coordinator

Responsible for assisting and supporting the director of Lumen Dominican Centre and the Board of Management. Provides administrative support and performs numerous duties as outlined below.

Primary responsibilities

  • being present in the centre, 15 hours a week
  • assisting in the logistical running of the courses on a day-to-day basis and responding to technical queries from Centre Director or course tutors
  • hours of work: Mon-Fri 9.30am-12.30pm, September-June inclusive
  • being responsible for opening up the Centre Mon-Fri at 9.30am
  • arranging the printing and distribution of brochures twice each year
  • preparing and administering contracts
  • overseeing enrolments and collection of fee payments twice each year and preparing class lists
  • managing accounts including budgets, payroll and a wide variety of payments and receipts
  • maintaining office procedures
  • operating office equipment such as photocopiers, computers and scanners
  • coordinating child safe-guarding procedures and being responsible for Garda vetting of lecturers, workers and others
  • liaising with cleaning, caretaking and gardening services
  • coordinating general day-to-day maintenance and liaison with service providers
  • administering website and social media outreach
  • data protection
  • other tasks as assigned by the Centre director


Available upon request

Qualifications and competencies

Education and Experience:

  • Third level degree preferred
  • Qualifications pertinent to stated duties

Must also have the following demonstrated knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Payroll functions, Excel and Word
  • Advanced planning
  • Negotiating issues and resolving problems
  • Effective verbal and written communication, including active listening skills and skill in presenting findings and recommendations
  • Establishing and maintaining harmonious working relationships with co-workers, staff and external contacts, and working effectively in a professional team environment
  • Helping sustain a welcoming learning environment for students and staff
  • Organisational skills
  • Good leadership skills
  • Ability to interact well with middle/senior management
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills

To apply please send a CV and covering letter to:

Dr Sabine Schratz OP, 47 Mount Merrion Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin A94 V8W

For further information please contact  Tel.: 01 288 2075 / Email: info@lumenop.ie

Postal Applications Only Closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Friday, 9 November 2018.