The Archives of the Irish Province of Carmelites
The Irish Province of Carmelites has always been a smaller entity than many of the other Religious Orders and Congregations in Ireland. Nevertheless, its impact within the country and the church has not been insignificant. Its rich history of ministry and mission are reflected in the Archives of the Province.
On a national level, the Order has provided pastoral care, education and social support services in the locations where they have lived and ministered. This service was exemplified by friars like Fr John Spratt (1796–1871), who is responsible for the re-founding of the friary and church at Whitefriar Street and for the foundation of the St Joseph’s Night Shelter for Women. He was also associated with the Sick and Indigent Roomkeeper’s Society.
On an international level, the Province has exemplified the Irish missionary spirit, making foundations in New York, Australia and Zimbabwe, and re-establishing the Carmelite presence in Britain. Such a spirit was exemplified by figures like Fr Joseph Vincent Butler, who led the first group of friars to Australia in 1881, Fr John Elias Bartley accompanied the first Carmelites to New York in 1889, and Bishop Donal Lamont (1911-2003), who came into conflict with the Rhodesian authorities (now Zimbabwe) for his stance on the protection of human rights.
The Archives of the Irish Province of Carmelites contains material dating back to the 18th century. Its content includes correspondence, legal documents, written accounts, photographs and artefacts which map the development of the life and mission of the Province and its impact around the world.
As some of the material contained within the Archive is unique, it is not possible to borrow material. It is possible to view material or to have items photographed or copied. However, unfortunately, material cannot be borrowed because of its uniqueness and historical value. To arrange an appointment or to ask for assistance with research, please contact the archivist by telephone or email.