The Blessing of the Animals

The annual Blessing of the Animals took place on January 17th, 2022. The following account was written by Fr Brian McKay O.Carm. who has recently moved to the Carmelite community there.

A Christmas Message from Michael Troy, O.Carm. Prior Provincial

“The angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid’; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a saviour has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-12

Advent Figures: John and Mary

The following article was written by C. O’Donnell, O.Carm. It gives a brief reflection on the meaning of Advent and the examples of Mary and John the Baptist.

November Mass of Remembrance

The Irish Province of Carmelites will celebrate a Mass of Remembrance for deceased Carmelites, Lay Carmel members, family members and all who have died during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Safeguarding News

The following article was written by the Carmelite Director of Safeguarding, Julie McCullough. It highlights an initiative of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI).

The Lady of the Place

On July 16th, the Carmelite Family celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. From the very beginnings of the Order, Mary has had a special place in its spirituality. She is Patron, Mother and Sister and Model for all Carmelites.

News from the Students in Zimbabwe

Brother Shelton Sylvester Zimondi, O. Carm., has kindly sent, for this issue of Carmelite Contact, a report on life among the students at Mount Carmel in Harare and of some events in the wider Commissariat.

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