Carmelite Friars

The first Teresian (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 who have enriched the Church and guided countless pilgrims along the road of prayer and in their spiritual search including Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Therese of Lisieux, 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, whether they pray regularly or have forgotten how to pray. We try to give our celebration of sacraments or 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 give individual accompaniment and retreats and courses on prayer.

If you would like to see the locations of our various communities and their work please click here