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The call to prayer embraces our whole life. Sustained by the word of God and the sacred liturgy, we are led to live in intimate friendship with God.   (Carmelite Constitutions).

The first Discalced Carmelites came to Ireland some forty years after the death of St Teresa and established a house in Dublin I625.Today there are five fully established houses in Ireland: three in Dublin and one in Derry and one in Loughrea, Co Galway.

Our life is at the service of God's people. Prayer is a priority in that service.

We are privileged to have a host of great saints and writers that have enriched the Church and guided countless pilgrims along the road of prayer and in their spiritual search: Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Therese of Lisieux and Elizabeth of the Trinity and Edith Stein They are sure and tested guides, who speak from their own experience and offer help and encouragement to others.

Our contribution as Carmelites lies principally in helping people in their prayer journey, whether they pray regularly or have forgotten how to pray. We try to give our celebration of sacraments and the way we run our parishes a prayerful quality that is distinctive. We invite people to join us in our prayer. We pray with and for people. We also provide individual accompaniment as well as giving retreats and courses on prayer and spirituality.

If you would like to see the locations of our various communities and their work please go to OCD Friars in Ireland to give you a better idea of who we are and what we do.


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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



The October -December issue of Mount Carmel is now available. It contains articles on: St Therese of Lisieux, St Teresa of Avila, Br Laurence of the Resurrection and the Poetry of G.M. Hopkins.

New Carmelite Cardinal

Pope Francis has appointed Anders Arborelius, OCD, Bishop of Stockholm as Cardinal Bishop of Stockholm.As Stockholm is the only Catholic Diocese in Sweden, he is effectively Cardinal Bishop of the whole country. He is the first ever Swedish person to be appointed as a member of the College of Cardinals.

Anders Arborelius was born in Switzerland to Swedish parents, who were members of the Lutheran Church. The family returned to Sweden when Anders was very young. Later in life he encountered Catholicism and was converted when he was 20 years old. He became a Discalced Carmelite after reading St Thérèse of Lisieux's autobiography and was ordained to the priesthood in 1979. In 1998 he was appointed Bishop of Stockholm.

Meeting of Provincials in Italy

Fr Michael McGoldrick, Provincial of the Anglo-Irish Province, attended a special meeting of Provincials in Arriccia, outside Rome, from 29 th August to 6 th September.

The meeting was an opportunity for those present to work on specific questions that could help the Order in the task of government over the next few years, as well as encouraging dialogue and support within the various regions of the Order.

Avila Retreats for October

Sat 14 th:  Finding Peace where you are: Des O’Grady and Dee Hennessy
Sat 28 th:  Born to Fly: Margaret Silf

Opening the Gospels: Tom Stone OCD - for 8 consecutive Monday Evenings at 7.30 pm. Starting Oct 2.

Feast of St Teresa of Avila

St Teresa’s Feastday will be celebrated in all Carmelite houses on Sunday 14 th October. Check the various websites for further information.

Secular Order Retreat

The annual OCDS retreat will take place in Knock, from 6 th to 8 th October. The retreat will be given by John Grennan OCD.

School of Prayer

The 2017 – ’18 School of Prayer started in Avila Retreat Centre on 9 th 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.

St Thérèse of Lisieux 1 st October

To mark the Feastday of St Thérèse of Lisieux, The Little Flower, a Triduum to took place in several of our houses.

Large crowds attended the Triduum in Derry which was given by Vincent O’Hara OCD and in Berkeley Road, led by Willie Moran OCD.


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 
Clarendon St: Dublin South Central Area -Tel 01-6206078
Avila/Marlborough Road: Dublin South East / Wicklow Area - Tel 01-6299010
Berkeley Road: Dublin North City Area - Tel 01-8467129
Loughrea: Galway - Roscommon Area – Tel 091 546128
Department of Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland
Derry Gateway Office - Whitehill, 106 Irish Street, Derry, BT47 Tel:  028 7131 4090
An Garda Siochána - Ireland 
Sexual Assault Unit, Harcourt Square, Dublin 2: 01 666 3435.
Donnybrook, Dublin 4: 01 666 9200/Pearse Street, Dublin 2: 01 666 9082
Mountjoy, Dublin 7: 01 666 8682/Loughrea, Co. Galway: 091 842877
Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) 
81A Strand Road, Derry, BT48 7AA
Tel 101     E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NSBCCCI) 
New House, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.
Specialist advice about child protection issues can be accessed through the National 
Office - Tel: 01-5053124; Fax: 01-5053026