Beginning, Middle, & End: C.S. Lewis and the Christian Art of Storytelling

This lecture was given at Trinity College Dublin on 21 November 2019.

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Fr. Conor McDonough, O.P. teaches theology at the Dominican House of Studies, Dublin. He studied science and theology at Cambridge University, and recently completed postgraduate studies in theology at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland).

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Gospel Reflection on the 1st Sunday of Lent

This week the Gospel Reflection is on the First Sunday of Lent.

Gospel Reflection on the 6th Sunday

This is a Gospel Reflection on the sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

A talk delivered to the Guild of Catholic Scholars

A talk delivered to the Guild of Catholic Scholars in St. Saviour’s Priory, Dublin, on Saturday, 1st, February. In it Fr. Terence Crotty, lecturer on Scripture in the Dominican Studium, Dublin, shows how Scholarship on the Bible has happily changed and evolved in recent decades in a way that gives greater and greater support for Christian Faith, as we should except from this sacred book.

Gospel Reflection on the 5th Sunday

This is a brief Gospel reflection on the fifth Sunday of Ordinary time. Jesus says to His disciples: You are the salt of the earth and the light of the world.

Fenning Collection

Ms Marie Jennings, a professional librarian, is currently creating an electronic catalogue of the private library of the late Fr Hugh Fenning, O.P., S.T.M. The collection is located at St Mary’s Priory, Tallaght, and contains approximately forty-eight shelves of printed books and pamphlets on Irish Dominican history, Irish Church history, and Irish local and general history, with annotations. It also contains bound volumes of offprints, photocopies of articles, and a number of journals. The items will be catalogued to international standards and classified using the Dewey Decimal System. The catalogue will be searchable by author, keyword, and subject, and provenance information will also be noted. Extra subject headings or tags will be added where there is relevance to the Dominican Order. The photographs are intended to provide an indication of the progress of the project since it began on 10 January with funding approved by the provincial and his council.

The history of the Irish Dominicans at home and abroad was the focus of Fr Fenning’s research and publication for more than fifty years, affording him the subject for his doctoral thesis and for his tome on the eighteenth-century history of the province. He was also the author of a fine collection of scholarly yet popular historical accounts of various foundation of the Dominican Order in Ireland and of the obituaries of his brethren.