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Fr Patrick Staunton, O.Carm. 1934-2019
It is with sadness that the Irish Province records the death of Fr Patrick Staunton, O.Carm. Born in Co Mayo, Fr Paddy joined the Carmelite Order and took Simple Vows in 1955. He studied philosophy and theology in Dublin making his Solemn Profession in 1958 and was ordained priest in 1962. Fr Paddy was first appointed to Zimbabwe where he spent eleven years, mostly at Regina Coeli Mission. Upon returning to Ireland, he was appointed as the first parish priest of the newly erected parish of Knocklyon. Subsequently, Fr Paddy was parish priest of the parishes of Whitefriar Street and Beaumont. He was also the Prior of Terenure College. Fr Paddy was Prior Provincial of the Irish Province from 1988 to 1994 and, at the time of his death, had been Assistant Provincial of the Province for the last ten years. May he rest in peace.

News from beyond the Province. . .

Carmelite Youth Day at the World Youth Day – 2019
On January 28, 2019, in the city of Panama, a Carmelite Youth Day was held, bringing together young people from different countries, belonging to different Carmelite movements, especially in Latin America. The Day was a joint celebration of Carmelites of the Ancient Observance and Discalced Carmelites. It was led by the Superiors of both branches: Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., and Saverio Cannistrà, O.C.D..The theme of the day was taken from a phrase of St Teresa de los Andes: God is infinite Joy.
The Carmelite Day began with a procession through the streets of the city with the statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. During the course of the procession there were different moments in which there was celebration, or prayer or reflection. Various groups shared their folklore. As a continuation of the prayer and reflection of the morning, there was a ‘holy hour’ of Eucharistic Adoration in the afternoon. The young Carmelites showed great maturity in being able to pass from joyous celebration in one moment, to silence and adoration in another. Later in the programme there was a solemn celebration of the Eucharist, led by Fr Saverio. The Day ended with a brief festival of religious music.
We would like to offer our thanks for the welcome and excellent hospitality we received from our Discalced brothers, which ensured the success of the Carmelite Day. The Carmelite Order has been present in different ways at each of the last five World Youth Days (Sydney, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, Krakow and Panamá). We are gearing up for WYD in Lisbon in 2022!

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