Lay Carmel

Lay Carmel is the organisation of Lay Persons within the Carmelite Family. This exists worldwide and is particularly strong within the island of Ireland.

Each religious order has its own unique spirituality. Carmelite Spirituality centres on contemplative prayer, service and community.  These dimensions of the charism can find expression in ‘many and varied ways’ (Carmelite Rule). The commitment to religious life as Carmelite friars and sisters is one such way. However, many lay people, single or married, also value Carmelite Spirituality as an integral element of their lives.

We often speak of the Carmelite Family as all those who find that Carmelite Spirituality resonates with them. For some, this may involve reading and studying the writings of the various Carmelites saints and figures. For others, it may be coming together in groups for prayer and discussion. While others find the Carmelite call to service most appealing.

If you would like to know more about exploring Carmelite Spirituality as a lay person,  you can contact any of our local groups directly or contact the National Committee

Our Locations

There are 7 Lay Carmel Groups who meet regularly in Ireland. The following is a list of contacts and information for each group. Alternatively you can contact us here.

We meet after the 9.30 a.m. Mass at Terenure College

Please contact Fr. Prior, O. Carm.,

Terenure College, Dublin 6W.

Phone: (01) 490 4621

We meet on the second Saturday of each month at 3.00 p.m. in Gort Muire.

Please contact Fr. Prior, O. Carm.,

Gort Muire, Ballinteer, Dublin 16.

Phone: (01) 298 4014

We meet on the third Saturday of each month.

Please contact Fr. Des Kelly, O. Carm.,

Carmelite Priory, 56 Aungier St., Dublin 2.

Phone: (01) 475 8821

We meet in the Carmel Hall at White Abbey, Kildare, on the third saturday of each month at 3.00 p.m.

Please contact Ollie McCormack,

Phone: (045) 521 405

We meet every first Wednesday of the month in the Carmelite Pastoral Centre, Moate, following the 7:15 p.m. Mass.

Please contact Rev. Fr. Prior, Carmelite Friary, Moate, Co. Westmeath

090 648 1160

We meet on the last Sunday of each month at 2.30 p.m. in Moylough Heritage Centre beside St Patrick’s Church, Moylough, Curry parish, Co Sligo. (Subject to change according to availability)

Please contact Rev. Fr. Prior, Carmelite Friary, Moate, Co. Westmeath

090 648 1160

We meet on the third Saturday of each month after the 10.00 a.m. Mass at the Carmelite Friary.


Please contact Fr. Stan Hession, O. Carm.,

Carmelite Friary, Kinsale, Co. Cork.

Phone: (021) 477 2138

For more information:

For more information please contact the Director of Lay Carmel by completing the contact form below.


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