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A Light Undimmed The Story of the Convent of Our Lady of Bom
Sucesso, Lisbon, 1639 - 2006
Honor McCabe OP
A Light Undimmed tells the story of one of the
oldest Irish convents in the world. The convent of Nossa Senhora do
Bom Sucesso, (Our Lady of Good Success) owes its origin to the fact
that religious life in Ireland had become
impossible in the aftermath of the Protestant Reformation of the 16th
Nuns, monks and friars were expelled from their homes, their property
assets taken over by the State and given to favourites of the monarch.
member of the Kerry family of Ó Dalaigh, a Dominican friar called
‘of the Rosary’ O’Daly, was largely instrumental
in finding a home in Lisbon,
Portugal, for Irish women called to live out their contemplative vocation.
A Light Undimmed traces the story from the day when the nuns took possession
of the summer house of a Portuguese countess on the banks of the Tagus,
down to the present time when the community are responsible for two
large schools, one Portuguese-speaking, the other English-speaking.
It is another chapter in the long story of the Irish diaspora.
Honor McCabe is an Irish Dominican sister, Cabra Congregation, who
spent a number of years in Portugal. She has a unique insight into
the life, and
vicissitudes of the Irish Dominican sisters of Bom Sucesso, Lisbon.
she teaches Spiritual Theology in different Dominican centres in Ireland.
Since the time of St Dominic, more than 800 years ago, Dominicans have been
living and sharing the message of the Gospel. Today thousands of sisters,
nuns, priests, brothers, associates, and laity serve in more than 100 countries
around the globe.