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News from the Irish Province. . .

Fr Patrick (Christopher) O'Donnell, O.Carm. 1936-2020
It is with sadness that the Irish Province records the death of Fr Christopher O’Donnell, O.Carm, on June 2, 2020. Born in Dublin and educated at Terenure College, Fr Christopher joined the Carmelite Order and took Simple Vows in 1955. He studied philosophy and theology in Dublin and Rome and was ordained priest in 1963. Fr Christopher was a gifted lecturer and speaker and was much sought after as a retreat director and guest lecturer both in Ireland and abroad. He specialised in the topics of  Church, Mariology and Spirituality, particularly Carmelite Spirituality, and wrote extensively including Ecclesia, an encyclopaedia on the Church, on St Thérèse of Lisieux, and also books for schools. He lectured for many years and was professor at the Milltown Institute of Philosophy & Theology, Dublin. Fr Christopher was a member of a number of Carmelite Institutes and academic bodies across a number of countries. Fr Christopher was also active in the Charismatic Renewal movement. He retired from active lecturing and writing 2013. As a Carmelite he lived and ministered in Whitefriar Street Church, Terenure College, Gort Muire, and served as Prior, Assistant Provincial, and as a member of the Provincial Council. For the last number of years, Fr Christopher has been a member of the Carmelite Community in Gort Muire, Dublin, where he passed away. May he rest in peace.

Fr Raymond Maunde, O.Carm. 1937-2020
It is with sadness that the Irish Province records the death of Fr Raymond Maunde, O.Carm, on June 1, 2020. Born in Macheke, Zimbabwe, Fr Raymond was among the first Zimbabweans to join the Carmelite Order in Zimbabwe. He took Simple Vows in Ireland 1966 and studied philosophy and theology in Dublin before being ordained in Zimbabwe in 1971. Fr Raymond ministered in Zimbabwe including St Thérèse Mission Chiduku, St Joseph’s Mission Mutare, and Hatfield Parish, but he also worked and studied as far away as the United States and Alaska. At the time of his death, Fr Raymond was a member of the Carmelite Community at St Joseph’s Priory, Harare. May he rest in peace.

News from beyond the Province. . .

Plenary Indulgences on the occasion of the Eighth Centenary of the Martyrdom of St Angelus of Jerusalem
On the occasion of the eighth centenary of martyrdom of St Angelus of Jerusalem (May 5, 1220), the Apostolic Penitentiary has granted that the Shrine of Sant'Angelo of Jerusalem at Licata, Italy, and the 'Chiesa Madre' of St Angelo at Muxaro, in the archdioceses of Agrigento, Italy, and all churches of the Carmelite Order will be places where people may obtain a plenary indulgence throughout this year, beginning on May 5, 2020, and ending on May 5, 2021. The same applies to churches and chapels dedicated to him.
The program of the anniversary is available on the dedicated web page:
and on the web page of the Shrine of Sant’Angelo website:

Message to the Order
Re the Coronavirus

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
on this rare occasion I want to address a word of support to all our members who in one way or another are affected by the continuing spread of Covid-19. Here in the Curia we have heard the instructions of the Italian government and we have done our best to follow all the instructions. This has meant saying to our staff that they should not come to work until further instructions. We have organized our life in such a way that none of us will have people coming to the house and no one will leave the house until the ban is lifted, except for emergencies and essential services. We recognize the sacrifice that this entails, but we feel that we have to allow ourselves to be guided by the advice of the experts.

We will keep in our thoughts and prayers, those who have died and their families who are in mourning. We will pray for the medical profession, that the researchers may succeed in identifying this virus and finding the best ways to protect the population from infection, and the doctors and nurses may be able to help all who have fallen victim to it.

We must not allow ourselves to lose confidence or to be gripped by fear. This experience may lead us to reflect on how powerless we are, despite all our progress. At moments like this we realize more clearly that without God, we can do nothing. It is a good moment for us to renew our faith in God and our commitment to the wellbeing of one another, and in a special way our care for the poor, for the ones who are least able to cope when life gets difficult. In the time that we spend confined to our homes, we may find ourselves thinking and praying more, at one with Mary the Mother of God who kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.

Míceál O'Neill, O.Carm.
Prior General
13 March 2020

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