St Saviour’s priory, Bridge Street, is home to a small community of Dominicans who are engaged in the liturgical and sacramental life of their priory church. The church and priory are located in Waterford’s city centre, in the heart of a rejuvenated residential area.
Waterford was the first settlement in Munster for the Dominicans (1226). They were the first friars of any Order to reach the city. For all the hurry with which they came to Waterford, it took nine years for them to find a home. Eventually, at the request of the citizens, Henry III permitted them in 1235 to build a priory “on a vacant site under the city walls, where there was anciently a small tower.” The ruins of this mediaeval church still stand near a narrow street now called Blackfriars.
On the first feat of Copus Christi, June 12th, 1952 Lucia Bellodi was lying on her death bed. Suddenly she opened her eyes, sat up in bed and began waving her arms as if she were overcome by joy. She cried out “Padre Pio told me I am cured. He told me to get up [...]
Gemma di Giogio was born on Christmas Day, 1939. But all was not well. She had no pupils in her eyes. The oculist told her that she would never be able to see. The pupil is the black part at the centre of the eye. In face it is an opening that allows light to [...]
In 1949 some workmen were building a small extension to the friary. While digging the foundations they came across a huge rock which had to be removed. They set a charge of dynamite under the rock, lit the fuse and retreated to safety. They waited a minute but nothing happened. They waited more but still [...]
During the war Padre Pio assured his friends that San Giovanni Rotondo would not be bombed. It wasn’t although nearby Foggia was heavily bombed. A man asked him if they would bomb Genoa. He answered “Genoa will be bombed”, then he grew pale and eyes filled with tears. “Oh how they will bomb that poor [...]
FIRST READING: Genesis 22:1-19 (The sacrifice of our father Abraham. In being prepared to sacrifice his son Isaac, Abraham’s faith is tested. He is proved loyal and faithful and is rewarded with the promise of many descendants who will become a great nation.) It happened some time later that God put Abraham to the test. ‘Abraham, [...]
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