Residential Individual Guided Retreats

May 28th - June 3rd,
Alacoque O’Reilly OCDS & Felix Okolo OCD

June 11th -17th,
Jennifer McAleer & Eugene McCaffrey OCD

July 16th - 22nd,
Christina Gordon OCDS & Vincent O’Hara OCD

July 30 - August 5,
Clodagh Plunkett & Noel O’Connor OCD

Suggested offering €350 per retreat.  To book ring us on (01) 6430200 (office hours 9am - 5.30pm).


2017/2018 School of Prayer

The 2017/2018 School of Prayer has just finished.  We were delighted with the response to the nine month course.

There were thirty two participants and twelve speakers, covering a wide range of topics.  The participants entered fully into the experience and were greatly enriched by the variety of input, mutual support and encouragement they received on the journey of prayer.

Perhaps the overall experience was the realisation that 'one of the best ways to pray is to be with people who pray'


Fr Peter Cryan OCD RIP

Fr. Peter (Jim) Cryan OCD, St Joseph’s, Berkeley Road, Dublin 7 died (peacefully) on 10 April 2018 in the care of the staff of Holy Family Nursing Home, Roebuck, Dublin. Fr Peter’s death is deeply regretted by his sister Mairín (McLaughlin), his sister-in-law Mary, his nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, extended family, the parishioners at St Joseph’s, his Discalced Carmelite brothers and sisters, his devoted nurse Margy Lee, and his many friends.

Fr Peter’s Funeral Mass took place on Friday 13April at 12.00 in St Joseph’s Church Berkeley Road followed by burial at St. Fintan’s Cemetery, Sutton. A good Carmelite and a faithful witness to the Church and to his priestly ministry.
May he Rest in Peace.

Fr Peter Cryan Funeral Homily

Availa Retreat Centre - Sunday Special

Sunday 13th May:  Zen Gifts to Christians

The meeting of different religions, sharing gifts and finding fresh ways to spread the Good News. 
Robert Kennedy SJ
€40 (light lunch included)    Booking is essential.
Please Note:  This is a silent 


Fr. James [Jimmy] McCaffrey OCD RIP

With sadness, and with gratitude for the gift of his life, we share the sad news of the unexpected death of Fr Jimmy. Fr Jimmy died early Christmas Morning at St Luke’s Hospital Oxford.

The Fathers and the Carmelite Community at Boars Hill express heartfelt gratitude to Fr Jimmy’s family, friends, religious and all who came to Boars Hill, the Catholic Church of Our Lady and St Edmund of Abingdon and the Wolvercote Cemetery on 22nd - 23rd January for Fr Jimmy’s funeral and committal, and also, for their heartfelt sympathy and support.
A good priest, a good Carmelite, a witness to the Gospel.

May he rest in peace.

Fr Jimmy McCaffrey Funeral Homily


Fr Bernard Cuffe OCD RIP

Fr Bernard Cuffe OCD, The Carmelite Abbey, Loughrea, Co. Galway. Formerly Ballydavock, Belcarra, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, January 25th 2018 in his 98th year, peacefully at Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe. 

Sadly missed by his nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews, his Carmelite brothers at The Abbey Loughrea and the entire Carmelite family, the staff at The Carmelite Abbey and his many faithful friends.

The funeral Mass took place on Monday at the Carmelite Church, The Abbey, Loughrea and Fr Bernard was buried in the adjoining Carmelite Cemetary.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


School of Prayer

The 2017 – ’18 School of Prayer started in Avila Retreat Centre on 9th September. There are over 30 participants.
The course, which continues till May 2018, is open to all who wish to deepen their experience of prayer and explore the journey of prayer with others. If anyone is interested in attending a future School of Prayer, please let us know. 


Cardinal Andres Arborelius OCD

The Catholic Bishop of Stockholm, Cardinal Andres Arborelius OCD, 68, has been named "Swede of the Year 2017" by Sweden's Fokus magazine for his example as leader of the tiny Catholic Church in the mainly secular and otherwise Lutheran country. 

The magazine, which makes the award annually, praised Arborelius for playing a decisive role in bringing native Swedes and immigrants together, which it said had changed Sweden for the better.

He had also made history by becoming Swedish cardinal, the Fokus award committee declared. Arborelius is not only the first Swedish cardinal but the first one from any country in Scandinavia. Catholics make up just 1.2 per cent of the population of Sweden, numbering 116,000 out of 9.7 million people. 


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