19 October 2017

Present Community

FR LOUIS HUGHES OP

Prior of the community. Fr Louis was elected prior in June 2017.

Fr Louis was assigned to our community in September 2015. A friar with vast experience, he has ministered in India, was a chaplain to a third level institute in Dublin, held the office of prior in a number of communities of the Irish Dominican province and a popular retreat master. His expertise in meditation in the Christian tradition is of great interest to him and has written extensively on this topic.

dermot brennanFR DERMOT BRENNAN OP

A native of Cork, Fr Dermot has spent many years working in Trinidad & Tobago, and Canada, before returning to Ireland where his main work was in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). He was assigned to St Mary’s after serving as prior in Drogheda.

stephen 2FR STEPHEN HUTCHINSON OP

Fr Stephen was here in St. Mary’s previously, as prior, and has now been assigned back as master of novices.

 

denis headFR DENIS KEATING OP

A native of Cork, Fr Denis was a member of the English Dominican province before transferring to the Irish province.  He has previously ministered in parishes and university chaplaincies.

 

finianFR FINIAN LYNCH OP

Having exercised many ministries in the Irish Dominican province including serving in our overseas missions (seven years in Argentina), Fr Finian has been a member of this community since 2004.

 

bob (2)FR ROBERT TALTY OP

The oldest member of our community, Fr Robert is well known in Cork city, having been chaplain to St. Patrick’s  Hospital (Marymount) until its re-location. 

 

img_3157FR BRENDAN CLIFFORD OP

Fr Brendan was assigned to Saint Mary’s during the summer of 2016 having been resident in our Limerick community for some years. Fr Brendan is well known in Ireland and abroad for his pioneering of the Lectio Divina method of understanding the sacred scriptures.

 

damian-polly-corkFR DAMIAN POLLY OP

Fr Damian was ordained to the priesthood in July 2016 and Saint Mary’s is his first assignation as a priest. Among many other pastoral duties, he is director of the Dominican Centre in Cork.

 

Ronan Connolly OPFR RONAN CONNOLLY OP

Fr Ronan was a novice in Saint Mary’s in 2009-10 and was ordained priest in July 2016. We welcome him to Saint Mary’s. Among his priestly and pastoral duties, Fr Ronan is bursar of the community.

 

Saint Mary’s is also the home of the novitiate of the Irish Dominican province. This spiritual year, which is an introduction to the Dominican way of life is under the care of the novice master Fr Stephen Hutchinson OP