Irish Vocations Prayer moves to Athy town

The icon of St Dominic inviting prayer for vocations moved to Athy town at the end of October
St Dominic's Church, Athy, County Kildare

The ongoing initiative "Prayer For Vocations to the Dominican Order in Ireland" has reached the midland town of Athy in County Kildare.

The vocations director, Fr Gerard Dunne OP, preached at all Masses in the Dominican church dedicated to Saint Dominic the weekend of its arrival - 26th & 27th October.

The icon of Saint Dominic, which is the focus for the prayer campaign, was of particular interest to those who worship in the priory church because of the significant devotion to the saint in the town.

The first foundation of Dominicans in the small town dates back to the mid-thirteenth century and the current community of friars has a busy devotional church along with a thriving lay Dominican presence.

The friars act as chaplains to the local hospital and support the work of the local parish.

The vocations prayer initiative will move to Saint Mary's Dominican priory church, Tallaght, County Dublin, at the end of November.