Clothing of Novices and Simple Profession 2009
News | On Saturday 12 September, the English Province rejoiced in the clothing of two new novices and the simple profession of fr Nicholas Crowe OP, both of which took place in Cambridge, the novitiate house.
The clothing ceremony, which took place in the morning, was only witnessed by Dominican brothers and sisters, who welcomed fr Andrew Brookes OP (above right) and fr Dominic McDevitt OP (above left) into their new Dominican life with us. Clothed in the habit of the Order, as a symbol of this, they were then entrusted into the care of the novice master for one year. They are shown above with their novice master, fr John Patrick Kenrick OP.
In his address to the novices, the Prior Provincial, fr John Farrell OP urged them not to be afraid but to trust in the Lord’s mercy and that of the brethren. Please pray for our new brethren that they may persevere and be happy to “live in the house of the Lord”.
Below are more photos from the clothing ceremony:
In the afternoon after the Clothing ceremony, fr Nicholas made his simple profession during Mass.
The Provincial blesses the scapular of the newly-professed, saying: “Lord Jesus Christ, who in your great love put on the clothing of our mortality: bless, we pray, these scapulars, such as our holy fathers were accustomed to wear as a sign of dedication and humility. In your overflowing kindness, make those who wear them worthy to be clothed with you, who live and reign forever and ever.”
fr Nicholas has moved from Cambridge to Blackfriars Oxford, where he will begin his studies in the Studium, and he will also be writing as a member of the Godzdogz team. Please remember him in your prayers.
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