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A vocations retreat will be held from Friday, October 21st - Sunday, October 23rd, 2016. The aim of this weekend is to provide an opportunity for those who wish to explore the Carmelite vocation through an experience of prayer and community...

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Recent News

On Sunday, October 26th, 2014, Br. James Eivers made his Solemn Profession to the Carmelite Order. In making Solemn Profession, Carmelites take the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience for ‘all the days of their lives.’ This profession marks the completion of initial formation...

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On Wednesday, October 15th, 2014, the feastday of St. Teresa of Avila, Br. Vito Saracino made his First Profession to the Carmelite Order. The Profession took place during Evening Prayer in the Carmelite Community of Gort Muire, Ballinteer...

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Our Story

Unlike most other Religious Orders, [for example the Dominicans and the Franciscans] who had individual founders [in St Dominic and St. Francis], the Carmelite Order had its origin in a group of hermits living on Mount Carmel in Palestine in the thirteenth century. They followed the way of life of hermits living an eremitical life common in Palestine in the thirteenth century...

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Meet the Carmelites

Carmelites come from various backgrounds. Similarly, Carmelites work in a variety of ministries, including sacramental ministry, teaching, counselling among others. Although each vocation story is unique, the call to Carmel is a call to community life; to a sharing of all things. In this section, Carmelites speak about their own vocation journey. They tell how they came to Carmel but also what they feel called to do...

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Could I be a Carmelite?

How do I know if God is calling me to be a Carmelite? What should I do if I think I am being called? This section gives some helpful guidance in how to discern whether God is calling you to the Carmelite way of life or not...

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Application Process

The decision to make initial contact with the Carmelites, but it is in no means final. Once initial contact is established with the Vocations Director, a process of discernment begins. The initial stages of this process are confidential, beginning with a discussion with the Vocations Director, and as the process continues, the cnadidate will be offered assistance in discerning their vocation through spiritual direction, meeting other Carmelites and an introduction to Carmelite Spirituality...

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Stages of Formation

If a candidate applies to the Order, and is accepted, the process of initial formation begins. This section outlines what the first few years as a Carmelite would most likely involve. Although it should be stated that each Carmelite vocation is unique and the direction of an individuals formation will be discussed by the person themselves together with the members of the Carmelites in charge of formation...

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Contact Us

There are various ways to make contact with the Carmelites. If you know a Carmelite, you can discuss your vocation with them. There is also a wide range of information sources available online. If you would like to make contact with the Vocations Director or with another member of the Carmelite Vocations team, this section provides several means by which to do this including email address, telephone numbers, facebook and twitter accounts...

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