The Dominican Family
On 7th January 2015, the Fraternity of Mary, Immaculate Queen-Ireland was established as a Public Association of the Faithful by the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin.
The present members of the community were all originally members of an Irish house of “La Fraternité de Marie Reine Immaculée”, a new community which first received canonical recognition in France in 1986. The Fraternity has had ties with the Dominican Order from its very beginnings in France, not least because it shared with the Dominicans particular devotion to Mary, as Mother and Queen.
A period of renewal begαn in 2011, under the guidance of a Dominican of the Province of Toulouse, Fr Gilles Marie Marty OP. This led to the eventual birth of the Irish community, whose members also discerned a call to embrace Dominican spirituality and life more fully. They embarked on a period of formation, with the blessing of the Irish Provincial, Fr Gregory Carroll OP and accompanied by Fr Terence Crotty, OP, who was appointed by the Provincial as a reference person for the community.
The members of the community live a consecrated life in common, following the evangelical counsels. They seek to combine a contemplative life of prayer and study with a mission of preaching the Gospel in today’s world through various ministries. The Enthronement of Mary in the home is one particular apostolate which is proper to the community.
On Saturday 28th July 2018, the members of the Fraternity of Mary Immaculate Queen Ireland each took another step on their Dominican journey by making First Profession in the Order of Preachers for Lay Fraternities of St Dominic.