Thursday, 30 August 2012

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Video of the election of Br Mauro as Minister General

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Poor Clare Assembly 2012

Today, Br Bryan and myself where privileged to be invited to the closing day of the Poor Clare Assembly held in Dalgan Park. Sisters from all over Ireland, Scotland, England and America where there. Mother Francis, former Abbess of the Poor Clare Monastery in Carlow, was elected as President of the Representative Group.

We shared in pray, food and a lot of laughs with these wonderful ladies, who are a powerhouse of prayer, peace, joy and positivity within the Franciscan movement and the Church. I never leave their company without being changed in some way. Thank God for them and may they be blessed in all they do.

Bryan in reflective mood as we arrive at the event

The altar in the chapel

Sr Colette (Galway) and Bryan (Church St) with the magnificent icons of Sts Francis and Clare

Sr Colette explains the elements of the icon of St Clare

Mother Francis cuts the Jubilee cake

Poor Clare Paparazzi!!

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Capuchin General Chapter..

Tomorrow, in San Lorenzo College Rome, the 84th General Chapter of our Order begins. 264
brothers from all over the world are gathering in Rome for this event which takes place every six years. This Chapter is quite a special one because, apart from electing our General Minister and his Council, the delegates will seek approval for a new edition of our Constitutions.

The Constitutions are the framework for how we live our vocation as Capuchin Friars on a practical basis. They formulated from the Rule of St Francis, Scripture, Church Documents and tradition. They cover areas such as entry to our life, formation of brothers, Our life as Minors, Poverty, Prayer and our Mission to the Poor.

Br Mauro (Pictured above) has been our General Minister for the last six years and the first few days of the Chapter will be spent assimilating his report on the last six years. His report details what we are doing around the world, how they order is fairing for vocations, formation of the brothers and opportunities for the future. The Minister General stands, for us, in the place of St Francis himself and so what he has to say has great value and importance.

We wish all our Brothers success and pray that they will be guided by the Holy Spirit in all that they do.

If you would like to know more about the Chapter, the Order in General feel free to visit our General Website or if you would like to know more about what our life is like as a Friar in Ireland you are welcome to contact our Vocations Director, Br Terence on or on 086 3230638

Br Martin

Sunday, 12 August 2012


.... to our brothers in the United States who made Solemn Profession of vows this weekend. This is a joyous day for the whole order and we wish them every blessing for their future.

If you feel called to follow Christ as St Francis did, why not contact us, we would love to hear from you. Our vocations Director is Br Terence and you can contact him in the following ways:

Phone: 086 3230638  or e-mail:

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Feast of our Holy Father St Dominic

Greetings and blessings to all our Dominican Brothers and Sisters as they celebrate the feast of their founder St Dominic.

Dominic was a contemporary of St Francis and legend has it that the two founders met. St Dominic is the only saint, apart from St Francis, given the title of Our Holy Father by the Franciscan Orders. This signifies the link between our two orders since their foundation.

So Peace to all today, we pray that the Lord will continue to bless your vocation to follow in the footsteps of St Dominic