The Order of Preachers
Latin translation is Ordo Praedicatorum, hence the abbreviation OP used by members, more commonly known after the 15th century as the Dominican Order or Dominicans.It is a Roman Catholic religious order founded by the Spanish priest Saint Dominic de Guzman in France, and approved by Pope Honorius III on 22 December 1216.
The Newry Priory is lead by Fr. David Tohill OP (Prior) and the community are
Fr Joseph Ralph OP
Fr. Stephen Tumilty OP
Fr.Cesare Decio OP
Fr. Noel McKeown OP
Fr. Adrian Farrelly O.P.
Bro. Mark McGreevy OP
Fr David Tohill OP Prior
Fr. Joseph Ralph
Born in Dundalk and ordained to the priesthood in 1986, he
worked in Dublin with the poor, and in Cork with l’Arche
community which caters for people with learning and physical
disabilities. Before being assigned to Newry, Fr. Joseph spent
many years in Trinidad and Tobago. Fr. Joseph’s great passion is
the promotion of Lectio Divina.
A native of Newry, Stephen was ordained to the priesthood in
1970. He taught In Newbridge and ministered in Dundalk, Sligo and
Waterford. He has a great affinity with the people of Newry
and his gentle ministry is widely appreciated.
Fr. Cesare Decio
A native of Florence (Italy) and ordained priest in 2004, Fr. Cesare
spent 17 years in the Italian Border Police before joining the
Dominicans. Since then, he had worked as curate in Rome and
Venice. In the last two years, Cesare has been involved in the
youth ministry, hospital chaplaincy, marriage preparation courses
and Church Apostolate.
A native of Derry, entered the Dominican
Order in Cork and after studies there and at St Mary’s Priory,
Tallaght, was ordained to the Priesthood in Holy Cross Chapel,
Clonliffe College Dublin. His final year of studies was at the
Angelicum University in Rome. He has since served in various
priories of the Order, both overseas and in Ireland and is
currently assigned to St. Catherine’s priory, Newry.
Fr. Adrian Farrelly O.P.
is a native of Ardee Co. Louth. Since his ordination in 1982 he has been assigned to Dundalk, Tallaght in Dublin, Trinidad in the West Indies, St. Saviour’s Dublin, St. Mary’s Cork and was assigned to Newry in 2016. Since his ordination he has been involved in retreat work around the country. He was Director of the Dominican Retreat Centre in Tallaght and was prior in St. Mary’s Cork and St. Saviours Dublin. He qualified as a ‘Focusing’ teacher at the Focusing Institute in New York in 2001.
Membership in the Order
Includes friars, nuns, active sisters and lay or secular Dominicans (formerly known as tertiaries) affiliated with the Order. The Dominican Order came into being in the Middle Ages at a time when religion began to be contemplated in a new way. Men of God were no longer expected to stay behind the walls of a cloister. Instead, they travelled among the people, taking as their examples the apostles of the primitive Church. Out of this ideal emerged two orders of mendicant friars: one, the Friars Minor, was led by Francis of Assisi; the other, the Friars Preachers, by Dominic of Guzman. Like his contemporary, Francis, Dominic saw the need for a new type of organization, and the quick growth of the Dominicans and Franciscans during their first century of existence confirms that the orders of mendicant friars met a need.