Our Community:

Fr Jerry Fitzpatrick, OCD (Prior), Fr John Grennan, OCD (First Councillor), Fr John McNamara, OCD.


About us:

Iona Carmelite Retreat Centre is better known locally as Termonbacca, the name of the townland in which it is situated.  The word Termonbacca comes from the Gaelic words 'tearmann' meaning sanctuary and 'bacach' meaning a lame, crippled or poor person. The name suggests that there may have been a church in the area in ancient times.Bishop Edward Daly invited the Carmelites to open a retreat centre in the former Nazareth Home in 1982. Since then the centre has welcomed many thousands of visitors. Several groups use it on a regular basis: Carmelite Secular Order, Cursillo, Legion of Mary, Search, Criost Linn, to mention but a few.