The 2012 Irish Dominican family day took place in All Hallows' College in Dublin city's northside on 29th September.
This annual event organised and hosted by the Dominican Association of Ireland - an umbrella body representing the Dominican friars, lay Dominicans, Dominican nuns and sisters - gathered members of the Dominican family in Ireland to consider the contemplative aspect of Dominican life.
The meeting reflected on this topic in line with the themes proposed by the Order in preparation for the jubilee celebrations in 2016 for the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Dominican friars.
Those gathered at All Hallow's College were treated to two excellent contributions during the day, one by Fr Brian Pierce OP who is promoter general for the nuns of the Order, the other by Dr Gaven Kerr who is a lay Dominican from Belfast.
In two contrasting talks, both Dominicans gave expositions on the importance of contemplation for the Dominican as a necessary part of our preaching mandate.
The Dominican Association was delighted also to have Fr David Kammler OP as a special guest.
Fr David is the Promoter General of the Dominican laity and is in Ireland for a series of meetings with the lay Dominicans around the island.
Pictured above are Fr Gerard Dunne OP (Dominican friars), Sr Fionnuala Quinn (Dominican sisters), David Kammler OP (promoter general of the Dominican laity), Dr Gaven Kerr (lay Dominican), Fr Brian Pierce OP (promoter general for the Dominican nuns), Sr Liz Healy OP (Dominican sisters), Sr Breda Carroll (Dominican nuns, Drogheda), Ms Bridget Doherty (Caritas Christi).