Five novices received and Two make first profession

The five novices received in Ireland on 14th September with the Master of Novices

The Irish Dominicans received five young men into their novitiate during a ceremony on 14th September.

The men, four from Ireland and one from Trinidad, were clothed with the habit of the Dominican Order as part of their entry to the novitiate.

Rónán Ó Dubhghaill from Gorey in Co Wexford. Philip Mulryne from Belfast, Jesse Maingot from the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, Adam Conroy from Kilcullen in Co Kildare and Matthew Farrell from Daingean in Co Offaly (pictured above left to right, along with the novice master Fr Stephen Hutchinson OP) were all received by the new provincial of the Irish Dominicans, Fr Gregory Carroll OP.

The five new Dominican brothers have now begun their novitiate year during which time they will live in the Dominican community of St Mary's, Cork, and learn the ways of the Order, its laws, customs, history and traditions.

The new novices joined Cork man Br Paul Delany who entered the novitiate earlier in 2012 and together they make a total of six novices in Cork at present.


Two men made their first profession as Irish Dominicans on 15th September.

Murchadh Ó Madagáin and Kevin O’Reilly made the first commitment to living as Dominican friars one year and one day after beginning their novitiate year in 2011.

Fr Murchadh was ordained a priest some years ago for the West of Ireland diocese of Galway & Kilmacduagh and has ministered in that diocese.

Since ordination he also obtained a doctorate in spiritual theology, interestingly, from the Dominican University in Rome – the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas ( more commonly known as the Angelicum.

Br Kevin has a doctoral degree in philosophy and was teaching at the Milltown Institute of Theology & Philosophy, Dublin, before entering the novitiate in 2011.

He too has a Dominican twist to his academic background having published a book on an element of the thought of Dominican St Thomas Aquinas.

“Aesthetic Perception. A Thomistic perspective” was published by Four Courts Press in 2007 (ISBN 978-1-84682-027-4 )

We wish our brothers Murchadh and Kevin well in the next stage of their Dominican journeys. 

The picture above features provincial Fr Gregory Carroll OP, newly professed Br Kevin O'Reilly OP & Fr Murchadh Ó Madagáin OP, and outgoing master of novices Fr Philip Mc Shane OP.

Following the reception of five brothers into the novitiate on 14th September and the two professions on 15th September, the Irish Dominican friars have twenty two brothers in formation. This number can be broken down into six novices and sixteen others in various stages of subsequent formation of whom two are already priests and three have already made solemn profession. Two of these twenty two brothers are for our vicariate in Trinidad & Tobago, one being a novice and one a student in solemn vows. Please pray for our twenty two brothers in formation, for those who are considering whether to join us, and for all the friars who assist them.