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13 January 2024

Ireland: New OCDS Community in Limerick

Sixteen Secular Carmelite Aspirants from a newly formed group in Limerick (Ireland) took their First Promises on September 2nd, 2023. The group, which comprises twenty members, at various stages of formation, is under the spiritual guidance of Fr. Vincent O’Hara OCD, Prior of Clarendon Street, Dublin. The group held its inaugural meeting on the zoom platform in August 2020.  It was a joyous occasion when the members could finally come together in person, initially, briefly, in October 2021, and finally long term in the Spring of 2022.

The monthly meetings which are held at the excellent location of the St. John Bosco Centre, Limerick. are very well attended. The spirit of Carmel is key to the formation i.e. prayer, silence and contemplation in an atmosphere of mutual friendship and love. The meetings, which are preceded by a shared time of quiet prayer in the adjoining chapel, include presentations, study of the Carmelite Doctors, sharing, and recreation.

The members owe a huge debt of gratitude to Fr. Vincent O’Hara OCD for his encouragement, support and guidance. On September 2nd, he presided over the Mass at which the group made their First Promises. Afterwards light refreshments were served.