Fr Livinus Donohoe OCD (1918-2008)
Birth Name Martin Valentine Donohoe
Religious Name Livinus of the Child Jesus
Born 09.11.1918 in Loughrea
Died 31.12.2008 in Oxford (hospital)
Livinus Donohoe joined the Discalced Carmelite Order in 1937, was professed in 1938 and ordained in 1944. He stayed in Dublin until 1952. He then went to America for seventeen years, while in California Father Livinus was resident in Los Angeles and prior of the noviciate in Oakville. In 1969 he went to Italy to spend a year at a hermitage.
Returning to Boars Hill, Oxford, U.K. in 1970 to be prior of the noviciate in 1978, here he remained until his peacefull death on
31st December 2008.
Father Livinus spent a long life-time in the sacred ministry. His work has been mainly giving spiritual direction, especially to the Secular Order and bible/scripture study groups. In his book - The Prayer of the Holy family, he proposes the example of the Holy Family, who lived on earth in closest union with God and yet went about their daily tasks with the utmost simplicity.