On Sunday 11 August 2019, Sr Rose McLarnon and Sr Eileen McCarthy celebrated their 70th anniversary of Religious Profession at St Dominic’s Priory. They celebrated their day with a Jubilee Eucharist celebration in the Convent Chapel at the Priory, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  

Fr Max Salsone who was prepared for his First Holy Communion by Sr Eileen was the president of the Eucharist. Max has close connections with Sr Rose as he was her parish priest in Uitenhage.  Fr. Max was joined by Fr Vales Dania, Fr Ashok Brahmane OFM and Fr Matt Gormley OFM friends of the community. 
       Following the Jubilee Eucharist all joined in a  festive lunch and enjoyed jubilee cake with the Dominican crest on it, baked by Sr Immaculata.
May God bless Sr. Rose and Eileen abundantly for their ‘Yes’ which they gave to Him so generously when they accepted God’s call for their lives 70 years ago. Eileen and Rose are both originally from Belfast and have served in the Mission Area of South Africa. 
 We pray that more young women would be attentive to the voice of God and give their lives generously as Dominican Sisters so that the preaching can continue. 
Sr Columbia Fernandez O.P 






May you be blessed by the God of Dreams on this special feast.

May you see as God sees and dream as God dreams for the world around you.

With the eyes of God, may you look upon those who are hurting and be compassion.

Wishing you every blessing on this the feast of St. Dominic.


St Dominic Gospel Man of Prayer

The Dominican tradition has its origin in the life and ministry of St Dominic de Guzman (1172-1221).                          His charismatic vision of a way of responding to the needs of the Church in the thirteenth century led to the establishment of the Order of Preachers, popularly known as the Dominicans.

St Dominic completed his theological studies at Palencia in 1196 and became a Canon Regular, a member of a community of priests following the Rule of St Augustine.  Pope Innocent III enlisted Dominic to be part of a preaching mission against the Albigensians.  The nine years that he spent preaching served as the germinating period for the development of a charismatic vision of a way of living the Gospel in accordance with the Christian faith that would appeal to the deepest ideals and needs of the men and women of his time.

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Click below to listen to  President Higgins message to Sr. Margaret MacCurtain OP (Sr. Ben) on the occasion of her 90th birthday and launch of her book Metaphors for change – Essays on State and Society


Sr. Margaret MacCurtain OP (Sr. Ben) and friends at the book launch to celebrate Margaret’s 90th birthday.


Bom Sucesso Archives in Torre do Tombo

The 22 July, Feast of Saint Mary Magdalen Patroness of the Order of Preachers saw the delivery of two hundred and twenty-four boxes of Bom Sucesso archives to the National Archives at Torre do Tombo in Lisbon.  It is difficult to believe that the work of years has finally come to an end.  Archives dating from 1642 to 2016 are now housed safe and sound in a secure place.

The archives were signed over to Sylvestre Lacerda, General Manager of Torre do Tombo by Sister Elisabeth Healy,  Congregation Prioress on the afternoon of 17 July.  Hovering nearby were some archivists who were eager to show us papers referring to Bom Sucesso which were already there.  It was very impressive to see documents in old handwriting referring to the Irish Sisters who were now living in the Convent of Our Lady of Good Success.  It gave one a great idea of the history of the place and also legal proof of the generosity of Countess Iria de Brito who signed over all her property to Fr Dominic O’Daly for religious purposes.  We were also shown scanning and conservation techniques and how many of the archivists are doing two jobs at the one time, such as scanning pages and putting them on the internet in the same operation.  Conservation work was fascinating as we saw archivists reassembling sentences where the ink used had cut through the pages rendering the content almost unintelligible.

The news that Torre do Tombo would possibly accept the archives came last spring.  This sparked off the necessity of checking the description against the documents.  This work was begun during a visit in March.  The entire holding had to be presented as one, not as three, Bom Sucesso, Region of Portugal and Confraternity of the Holy Rosary.  This meant altering numbers on quite a few documents and boxes.  With the help of Irene Claro from the Fundação, that job, though somewhat rushed, got done in time.

The Friday before the removal saw both Irene and myself fitting archive boxes into vegetable crates for easier transport to vans waiting down below.  We got roughly halfway through as we had no more crates.  On Monday morning early we found that Viking boxes had been delivered to the door of the archives strong room,  These boxes had to be made up as they came in Flat pack.  Alice Tomada of the Fundação, armed with huge rolls of masking tape did a very precise job is a very short time.  Almost as soon as a box was made up, it was filled with archival boxes and numbered. Then it was ready to begin its journey.  Those of us who know Bom Sucesso will be aware of the challenge presented by steps, stairs and corridors before reaching the back gateway where the vans were parked.  Luckily we had some excellent help which was very welcome.

The morning was warm and sunny as João Sales Luís, President of the Fundaçõa, drove leading the way to the two vans behind towards Torre do Tombo carrying nearly four hundred years of history.  A few phone calls, a few turns of the car around a very modern building and there we were met by Ana Lópes and a team prepared to receive our precious boxes.  The unloading began and the two hundred and twenty-four boxes were whisked away  on trolleys around a corner in the twinkling of an eye.  The delivery was done very speedily, leaving us with numerous empty crates and Viking boxes.  We were back at Bom Sucesso before 11.30 a.m.  In fact one had the feeling of an anti-climax.  We were later sent some photos of the boxes in their new home.  It is still hard to believe that the work is over,  that we no longer have any responsibility for the papers.  In many ways that is a relief, but in another way, it is like bidding farewell to friends whom you had got to know exceedingly well over a long period of intense interaction.

Sr. Mary O’ Byrne OP
Congregation Archivist                                                                                                                                                      (e.mail: cartlannop@gmail.com)


Click below to listen to the John Bowman broadcast (Sunday 21st July 2019) archival interviews of our Sister Margaret Mac Curtain OP (Sr Ben)

Congratulations Margaret on your life long commitment as a Dominican and inspiration to many!


Established in 1639 by the Irish Dominican and diplomat, Fr Dominic O’Daly (1595-1662), the Irish

Dominican convent of Nossa Senhora do Bom Sucesso located in the parish of Belém on the
outskirts of Lisbon city, holds an important place in the history of Irish emigration to Europe.

It was the first continental convent founded explicitly for Irish women religious at a time when
Catholic practice was proscribed in Ireland.

Since its foundation in the seventeenth century, a steady flow of new postulants joined the convent so that by 1900 almost 200 women had been professed there, the vast majority of them Irish (although there were a small number of Portuguese, Brazilian and Italian members).

The Bom Sucesso community has played a pivotal and longstanding role in sustaining an Irish presence in Lisbon and today their legacy continues through educational and outreach initiatives established by the sisters, including the Colégio do Bom Sucesso, the Casinha de Nossa Senhora and the Centro Sagrada Família in Algés. The church
adjoining the Bom Sucesso convent, construction of which commenced in the mid-seventeenth century, continues to serve the pastoral and spiritual needs of both the local and the Irish diaspora communities living in Lisbon.

The closure of the Bom Sucesso convent in August 2016 and the return to Ireland of its last remaining members, heralded the end of a significant phase in the history of Irish women religious and Irish emigration to Europe and thus prompted the oral history project of which the below recollections are the result.

The aim of the project was to record and document the experiences of those sisters who had spent either part or all of their professed lives at Bom Sucesso. Unfortunately, due to time and funding constraints, it was not possible to carry out interviews with every sister who had spent time at Bom Sucesso, while others elected not to participate. The interviews were conducted between December 2016 and October 2017 and subsequently transcribed. The below recollections are derived from these transcripts which were edited and amended by the interviewees.

The original transcripts and recordings are held by the Congregation of Dominican Sisters of Our Lady of the Rosary and Saint Catherine of Siena, Cabra, who also hold the copyright.

The interviews with Sister Teresa Wade and Sister Alicia Mooney were conducted by the author and Dr Caroline Bowden (Queen Mary, University of London) in September 2015, prior to the closure of Bom Sucesso. I wish to acknowledge my thanks to Dr Bowden for kindly granting permission to include these interviews here and for her encouragement and mentorship. Thanks are also due to Dr Carmen Mangion (Birkbeck, University of London) for support and advice.

I am grateful to William Cunningham (Fundação de Obra Social das Religiosas Dominicanas Irlandesas [FOSDRI]), Sister Elizabeth Smyth and Sister Mary O’Byrne for their help, encouragement and input.

Sincere thanks are also due to the Irish Ambassador, Orla Tunney and the Emigrant Support Programme, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for financial support.

Finally, my thanks to the participants, without whom there would be no interviews and no story to tell.
Bronagh McShane,                                                                                                                                                          National University of Ireland, Galway, May 2018

The oral history by some of our   Sisters who lived and ministered  in our convento de Nossa Senhora do Bom Sucesso in Lisbon (1944 – 2016) can now be accessed by clicking  this link: http://www.fosrdi.pt/news/bom-sucesso-oral-history/

Sowing Hope for the Planet  Campaign of the UISG

A project in which every Sister whose congregation is a member of UISG, and their connections are provided with an opportunity to make a difference in our care of the planet.

This project is a collaborative effort of the JPIC Commission in the name of UISG and the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM).

Pope Francis has underlined the fundamental connection that exists between the environmental crisis and the social crisis that we are experiencing and is asking for. He often reminds us: “Everything is interconnected.”

We invite you to click  https://www.sowinghopefortheplanet.org/ to access many resources and information  re the Sowing Hope for the Planet  Campaign.




Fr. Gerard Francisco Timoner op Master of the Order of Preachers

Congratulations to  Fr. Gerard Francisco Timoner op on his election as Master of the Dominican Order.

Fr. Timoner, is the 88th Master of the Order and the first Asian ever to hold this position.

May Our Holy Father Dominic intercede for him and all Dominicans throughout the world.

We assure him of our prayers and support as we journey together serving God through our Dominican tradition to Parise, to Bless, to Preach.