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StJosephChurchBerkeleyRdDublinFr John Grennan OCD, Provincial letter to all our communities on the occasion of Our Friars withdrawing from the Parish of St Joseph, Berkeley Road, Dublin.
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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.



 

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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