Birth Name     John Cummins
Religious Name           Norbert ...
Born    18.04.1914 in Loughrea                                       
Profession    08.09.1933
Ordination    18.05.1940
Died    19.07.2011 in Dublin (hospital)

Fr Norbert Cummins OCD

18 April 1914 – 19 July 2011

Fr Norbert was born: John Cummins, in Church Street, Loughrea on 18th April 1914. He was one of a family of three boys and five girls. His mother died at a young age when the children were very young. After her death their aunt, Ann O’Malley, helped to rear the children. Their father, Charles, came to Loughrea from Sligo. His profession involved him in the building of St Brendan’s Cathedral. The young John served Mass in the Cathedral for many years. He went to St Brendan’s National School, Loughrea, to St Mary’s, Morehampton Road, and Synge St in Dublin and then to the Carmelite Juniorate at Castlemartyr, in Cork. He entered the Abbey as a novice in 1933. After his studies in St Mary’s, was ordained to the priesthood in Clonliffe College, Dublin in 1940.

He was a legend in the Anglo-Irish province as professor of philosophy, Novice Master and Student Master for many years. He also gave enormous help to our Carmelite Nuns, our Secular Order and many other religious congregations. He was a wise spiritual director.

He was with the little sisters at Robroyston in Glasgow for two years. The Carmelite community in Glasgow visited him frequently there. His great carer, friend and nurse; Ann Kane, visited him almost every day to feed, chat and pray with him. He loved these visits and they kept him very close to the Community and Parish life in Glasgow. He always prayed for the Carmelite friars and for all who came to see him at the Little Sisters, Robroyston. He never forgot those who requested the help of his prayer.

He was blind towards the end of his life and bore his handicap with great patience and dignity. He also had a great sense of humour and loved to share a joke and a funny story.

The Carmelites left Glasgow in 18th August 2010 but Fr Norbert was to remain with the Little Sisters in Robroyston for another month until a new home was secured for him at the Little Sisters in Sybil Hill, last September. It was in the care of the Little Sisters that he died, on Tuesday 19th July 2011 after a brief illness.

May he rest in peace! Amen

Born: 18 April 1914 at Church St, Loughrea
1918 – 1928 St Brendan’s National School in Loughrea

1928 – 1930 St Mary’s Carmelite Juniorate, Morehampton Road, Donnybrook, Dublin where he attended the Christian Brothers School at Synge St.

1930 – 1933 New Carmelite College in Castlemartyr, Co Cork.

1933 – 1934 Noviciate in the Abbey, Loughrea.

8 September 1934 Profession as a Carmelite

1934 - 1940 Studies in St Mary’s Carmelite House of Studies, Dublin.

18 May 1940: Ordination to the Priesthood.

1940 – 1943 Carmelite College in Castlemartyr, Co Cork where he attended Cork University

1943 – 1954: Professor of Philosophy at St Mary’s, Dublin and Student Master

1954 - 1966 Novice Master in the Abbey, Loughrea.

1966 - 1972 Carmelite Priory, Boars Hill, Oxford (1966-1968 – Student Master)

1972 - 1975 St Mary’s, Morehampton Road, Donnybrook

1975 - 1978 Novice Master Boars Hill, Oxford

1978 – 1981 Boars Hill, Oxford

1981 – 1986 Ushaw College, Durham, England

1986 – 1990 Carmelite Priory, Kensington, London

1990 – 1993 Termonbacca, Derry

1993 – 2008 Mount Carmel, Glasgow

2008 – 2010 Nazareth House Nursing Home in Glasgow

2010 – 2011 Sacred Heart Nursing Home, Sybil Hill, Dublin

For many years he was Religious Assistant to Carmelite Nuns in Britain

He published a book, widely regarded as a classic, ‘Freedom to Rejoice’ in which he expounded the teaching of St John of the Cross. He has written over thirty articles on Spirituality for Mount Carmel magazine and other periodicals.