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Welcome to the website of the Irish Province of the Teresian (Discalced) Carmelite Order.  The Teresian Carmelites are a worldwide Religious Order which originated on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land, eight hundred years ago.

The Carmelite family is made up of: Friars (priests and brothers), Contemplative Nuns, Secular Order Carmelites and associated lay people. This website of the friars of the Irish Province, will keep you in touch with the various branches of the Order in Ireland and with our work and ministry.

We hope you enjoy finding out more about us and about our way of life. For Carmelites, prayer is our essential chrism and we have a special place in our daily prayers for all who are in any way associated with the Carmelite family. With prayerful good wishes and every blessing.

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New Provincial - Fr John Grennan, OCD

At the Provincial Chapter of the Order of Discalced Carmelites (Anglo-Irish Province) held at Avila Carmelite Centre Dublin from July 27 – 31, 2020, Fr John Grennan, OCD was installed as Provincial. 

Fr John was born in Rosbercon Co. Kilkenny. He attended the local primary school before going to St Thérèse College, Castlemartyr, Co. Cork, for secondary education. He entered the Discalced Carmelite Order in Loughrea in 1963 and made his First Profession on September 24, 1964. He pursued philosophy studies at St John of the Cross Priory, Boars Hill near Oxford, and theology studies at the Milltown Institute, Dublin. He was ordained in 1971. He studied Moral Theology at the Alphonsianum University, Rome and was conferred with his S.T.L. degree.

On returning to Ireland he taught Moral Theology at the Milltown Institute while giving retreats and conferences in Ireland and many other parts of the world. In 2002 he was elected Provincial of the Anglo-Irish Province which includes Ireland, England, Australia and Nigeria. There are also monasteries of nuns under the jurisdiction of the provincial in Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Nigeria and Samoa. In 2009 when he was on sabbatical after completing his term as provincial, he was elected to the General Council of the Order in Rome where he served for six years. He returned to Ireland in 2015 and has served in the Derry community since then. In February 2020 he was once again elected provincial of the Anglo-Irish Province. He was due to take up office in May but Covid 19 restrictions have delayed the Provincial Chapter until July. While he will faces many challenges with the impact of Covid 19 on our communities and work, our ageing communities and the decrease in vocation, his spirit of prayer and his wisdom will carry him through these difficulties. He will be assisted in his role by the Provincial Councillors: Frs Liam Finnerty, OCD Jim Noonan, OCD, Felix Okolo, OCD and Canice Azuoma, OCD. Fr John can also count on the support of the friars, nuns and secular order members.


R.I.P.  Fr John McNamara OCD  (1938 - 2020)

Fr John was born June 23, 1938 at Johnstone, Renfrewshire, Scotland, the only child of Michael and Mary McNamara. He grew up in Barrhead, Glasgow.

In 1953 he joined the Redemptorists as Brother Bonaventure. Desiring to become a priest, he joined the Archdiocese of Glasgow in early 70’s and was ordained in 1978. He served in St Michael’s, Dumbarton and in St Teresa’s, Postle Park, Glasgow. He entered the Discalced Carmelites in 1990 and was professed on September 8, 1991. He served in Loughrea, Kensington, St Teresa’s, Clarendon St and Derry. Sadly, he contracted COVID 19 while recovering from back surgery and died in Belfast City Hospital on April 23.  Homily by Fr Stephen Quinn OCD  >>> here.


R.I.P. Fr Stanislaus Callanan, O.C.D.    (1928 – 2020)

fr stan4Fr Stan, as he affectionately known in the Order, was born Martin Callanan on November 8, 1928 in Kilcooley, near Loughrea, Co. Galway.  He was the eldest of eight siblings. He left school early and worked in a drapery shop in Loughrea. Attending Mass in the Abbey developed a desire for religious life. He entered the Discalced Carmelites in the Abbey, Loughrea in September 1949 and made his First Profession on September 12, 1950. He went on to study philosophy and theology in St Mary’s in Dublin and was ordained on July 15, 1956.

He served for ten years in the Brisbane community in Australia. Sadly, while he was there his sister Maureen died. On his return from Australia he spent most of his life in England serving in Wincanton, Gerrards Cross and Kensington. He was Prior and Parish Priest in each of these communities.  In 1996 he went to Nigeria and served in the noviciate / retreat house in Nsukka. He was greatly value there as a confessor and spiritual director. In 2005 Fr Stan moved to Avila where the community and retreatants greatly appreciated his fidelity to prayer and community life. His health began to fail in 2016 and early in the following year he moved to St Mary’s Care Home, Shantalla, Galway where he was cared for with great dedication by his family and the staff. He died peacefully on the morning of April 30.

He is survived by his brothers Sean, Jarlath and Paddy, and his sisters Eileen, Carmel, Chris, and Phil. May he rest in peace.

 

OCDS - Secular Order

The Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCDS) is an integral part of the Carmelite Order. They live according to the Rule of St Albert and have their own Constitutions. They are composed mainly of lay people, but also of secular clergy.

Like the Friars and Sisters, prayer is central to their lives, they spend time each day in prayer and in the recitation of the Liturgy of the Hours. Members of the Secular Order try to attend daily Mass whenever possible. They are especially called to live a life modelled on Mary in allegiance to Christ and encouraged to study the writings of the Carmelite saints of the Discalced Order, especially St. Teresa of Jesus and St. John of the Cross. They attend a meeting of their community each month.  See for OCDS Locations >>> see here.

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Welcome​

Welcome to the website of the Irish Province of the Teresian (Discalced) Carmelite Order. The Teresian Carmelites are a world-wide Religious Order which originated on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land, eight hundred years ago...

The Carmelite family is made up of: Friars (priests and brothers), Contemplative Nuns, Secular Order Carmelites and associated lay people. This website of the friars of the Irish Province, will keep you in touch with the various branches of the Order in Ireland and with our work and ministry.

We hope you enjoy finding out more about us and about our way of life. For Carmelites, prayer is our essential chrism and we have a special place in our daily prayers for all who are in any way associated with the Carmelite family. With prayerful good wishes and every blessing.

Fr Michael McGoldrick OCD 
Provincial, Anglo-Irish Province

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