Carmelites take their name from Mount Carmel, a majestic promontory in the Holy Land, jutting out into the Mediterranean, sacred to the memory of the prophet Elijah. A place of prayer, presence and communion. There the first hermits came together, eight hundred years ago, seeking a simple life style and dedicating their lives to prayer and meditation. Carmelites roots are there and from there the journey of every Carmelite begins.

As Carmelites, we continue to draw inspiration from 12 TH century Rule of St Albert, given to the early hermits, which offers the gracious invitation to live in allegiance to Jesus Christ and serve him with a pure heart.

Today the Carmelite Order is comprised of two branches springing from the same stock, able to breathe with both lungs, a blending of an ancient tradition with creative fidelity. The spirit of the first Carmelites and the splendour of the sixteenth century renewal of Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross enrich each other in a common bond of prayer, service and community.

Essentially the call to Carmel is a lover’s search and, like every love story, involves a journey into the land of heart’s desire.

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Carmelite spirituality is a spirituality of living the presence and experience of God in our lives, because as temples of the Spirit, God is within us always.  We must seek God’s presence within ourselves and others through prayer..

The model for this is Mary, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, who was the first person who lived fully with the presence of Jesus within her and lived out her life through a deep experience of Him, taking on His image and likeness and experiencing and pondering His words and suffering in great simplicity, faith and love.

St Elijah, the father of the Carmelites, on the Mount of God, looked for God in the world, but did not find Him.  Instead he found God in the gentle breeze, the simplicity of which shows how gentle the presence of God and the experience of Him really is.  (1 Kings 19:12)

This is the relationship with God that is the Carmelite charism.  God is present within us all and we have only to live our lives through the experience of Him and His love.  Each one of us is different, and because of this, we all have unique experiences of God in our lives.  This is exactly what He calls us to do, to live and experience Him according to our individual makeup.

The Carmelite saints, St Teresa of Jesus (Avila), St John of the Cross, St Therese of Lisieux, St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, St. Teresa of the Andes, amongst others, were profoundly aware of the presence of God within them, and their writings exhibit their individual experiences of God in their lives.  They each choose their own unique forms of expression to describe their experiences of God.  Sometimes the experience of God is so profound it is unspeakable, and it is through the gifts of the Holy Spirit dwelling within them that they have the ability to put into words the indescribable.

The Carmelite Saints and Mary teach us through their own valuable experiences of the presence of God, helping us to form our own personal experience of God.  We have received the gift of God’s presence deep within us, so we cannot keep it to ourselves.  We must share our experience of the living presence of God with others.  This is truly the best way of loving God, by bringing others to know Him too. We the Discalced Carmelite try to do this by offering retreats and spiritual direction.

Allegiance to Christ

Life Modelled on Mary

Carmelite Doctors of the Church

Carmelite Saints

Rule of St Albert

The Brown Scapular

Prayers & Novenas

Saints Writings




Safeguarding Policy of the Catholic Church in Ireland

As a constituent member of the Catholic Church in Ireland we recognise and uphold the dignity and rights of all children and are committed to ensuring their safety and wellbeing, and will work in partnership with parents/guardians to do this. We recognise each child as a gift from God, and we value and encourage the participation of children in all activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual and social development.

All Church personnel (including clergy, religious, staff, volunteers and any other Church personnel) have a responsibility to safeguard children through promoting their welfare, health and development in a safe and caring environment which supports their best interests and prevents abuse.

Fr Michael McGoldrick, OCD


See Discalced Carmelite Interim Safeguarding Manual >>> here

NBSCCCI Review report of the Safeguarding Practice of the Irish Region of the Anglo-Irish Province of the Discalced Carmelite Friars (OCD) >>> here.

If you have concerns about the safeguarding of children or vulnerable adults regarding a Discalced Carmelite priest or brother please contact:

The Designated Officer for the Order of Discalced Carmelites in Ireland: 
Mr Tom O’Donnell: + 353 (0) 87 268 7209
The Deputy Designated Officer for the OCD: 
Fr Vincent O’Hara, OCD:  + 353 (0) 8767 56850
Other Contact Details:
The Safeguarding Coordinator for Training for the OCD is:
Sr Elizabeth Manning RSM: + 353 (0) 87 329 1928 
The Provincial of the Anglo-Irish Province is:
Fr Michael McGoldrick, OCD: +353 (0) 874168330
TUSLA (Health Service Executive)
Social Work & Child Protection Services 
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Department of Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland
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National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NSBCCCI) 
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Specialist advice about child protection issues can be accessed through the National 
Office - Tel: 01-5053124; Fax: 01-5053026