News from Kilmacud
|28 October 2013
||Mass celebrated by Fr. Paul Murphy, Armagh Diocese
were privileged to have Fr Paul Murphy from Armagh Cathedral
parish for our Mass on this feast of St Simon and St. Jude. He kindly
made the journey south with his mother to be with us this morning.
Fr Paul was ordained in June by Cardinal Sean Brady in Armagh and is now working as a curate there. We
have been praying for him since he began in seminary more than six
years ago - he was with a group of young people from CYC who attended
Mass here when Sr Mary Fionnuala received the Carmelite habit in 2006.
the Bank Holiday, many of our regular Mass-goers were present, and
received a "First Blessing" from him after Mass. The photo to the right
shows him giving a blessing to Sr. Mary Fionnuala.
After Mass, we enjoyed a lovely chat with Fr Paul and his mother Betty in the parlour afterwards.
We ask you all to unite with us and continue to pray for Fr Paul in his ministry in Armagh Diocese.
|2 October 2013
||Graduation day for Sr Therese-Marie!
On a most enjoyable day, and accompanied by Sr's Mary Brigeen and Mary Noeleen, our Sr
Therese Marie received her Diploma in Carmelite Studies on Wednesday
2nd October, along with three other students. Some others were
conferred in absentia.
It was fitting reward for her years of hard work, study and assignments, done through CIBI - www.cibi.ie
The day began at Gort
Muire with a tour of the house and library followed by dinner. Then
they travelled to Milltown Institute for Mass, Graduation ceremony and
reception. It was a day of great joy and celebration!
Many congratulations Sr
Therese Marie! We are proud of you!!
|1 October 2013
||Feast of St.Therese
very wet weather, a large number attended both Masses for St Therese on
her feast day. Many people commented on how much they enjoyed the
liturgy and the music. Fr Vincent O'Hara presided and blessed roses at
the end of each Mass,
and in the evening joined the community for supper in the
refectory. It was a lovely end to the novena and week of
May St Therese continue to accompany us and intercede for us all.
||Our annual retreat began on Monday 22nd with two private retreat days.
Fr Vincent O'Hara OCD, prior of the Oxford community, then joined us
for the remaining six days, giving us two conferences each day. He
shared with us his love for the Scriptures and insights he received
from his visit to the Holy Land earlier this year.
The retreat coincided with the novena for St Therese. Over a hundered
people joined us each day on this website and on our Facebook page
to read the reflections written by our Sisters on the words of St.
Therese. We thank everyone who took part and united with us in prayer.
|15 August 2013
||Consecration of Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
feast of the Assumption of Our Lady to heaven is a very special day,
and this year it was even more special as Cardinal Sean Brady on behalf
of all the Bishops of Ireland consecrated the country to the Immaculate
Heart of Mary at Knock Shrine, Co. Mayo.
You can read the prayer of consecration here: Prayer and also the homily at the Mass given by Bishop Eamon Martin here: Homily
Kilmacud Carmel, we united with this special consecration by holding a
rosary procession around the cloister. Different sisters led each
decade, and we sang hymns to Our Lady as we moved along. At the end,
before an image of the gable wall at Knock, we recited the prayer of
May Our Lady, Queen of Ireland, protect our country and our people always and help us to grow in faith, hope and love.
|16 July 2013
||Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
beautiful feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel brought many people to our
monastery. Our morning Mass was celebrated by Fr. Alexio O.Carm from
Zimbabwe and many were enrolled in the Brown Scapular afterwards.
5pm we had a special Feast Day Mass celebrated by Fr. Eugene McCaffrey
OCD (left) and it was attended by a large crowd who all received Brown
young Korean priest - Fr. Joseph - came to concelebrate. He is in
Dublin to study English and previously studied at the Teresianum in
Mass, Fr Eugene joined the community in the refectory for an enjoyable
supper and recreation. Our Lady certainly showered blessings on us for
|7 June 2013
||Sr Mary Kevin's 90th Birthday!
a happy coincidence, Sr.Mary Kevin's 90th birthday fell on the
beautiful Solemnity of the Sacred Heart - Friday 7th June. She had been
looking forward to the occasion for several weeks, and was in the best
of form when her big day arrived!
a quiet morning, Sr.Kevin was in the parlour to welcome many family
members and friends for afternoon tea. Down to the youngest
great-grandnephews (aged 3 and 1), everyone was greeted warmly by Sr
Kevin, and served tea and refreshments by some of the Sisters. Then,
all gathered around the birthday cake for a hearty chorus of "Happy
When the party was over, the guests joined the community for a
beautiful Mass celebrated by Fr Jim Noonan. Sr. Kevin herself read a
reading and an intercession. In his homily, Fr. Jim spoke of the
blessing of her long life for the community and her family, and these
words were echoed by her eldest nephew Dr.Kevin O'Malley who spoke on
behalf of the family at the end of Mass.
The happy day concluded with a celebration tea with Fr. Jim and all the community in our refectory.
Happy 90th Birthday Sr.Mary Kevin!
May God continue to bless you in every way.
You can see more photos on our Facebook page...
|6-10 May 2013
||On-going formation course in Emmaus Retreat Centre, Swords
Kilmacud Sisters joined with many others from the Irish Carmels for an
excellent ongoing formation course given by Fr. Matt Blake OCD.
three very full days, he shared so generously with us about the life
and teachings of St. Teresa, putting her works into their historical
context and helping us to understand her more deeply. Particularly
helpful was the great clarity with which he explained the dwelling
places of the Interior Castle - the book which the entire Carmelite
Order is studying this year in preparation for the 5th centenary
celebrations of St. Teresa's birth in 2015.
We are deeply grateful to Fr Matt and now we strive to put all we learnt into practice during our daily lives!
|21 April 2013
||Good Shepherd Sunday
||This morning we had the great joy of a visit from our newly ordained Carmelite brother - Fr Dave Twohig (see below 2 February).
celebrated Mass for the first time in our little chapel and gave us an
inspiring homily about the essence of our Carmelite vocation -
relationship with Jesus and living with others in community.
Mass, Fr Dave gave all present his "First Blessing". It was especially
significant for him to come to us on this feast day, as it marked the
first anniversary of Sr. M.Fionnuala's Solemn Profession, at which Fr.
Dave assisted as a deacon! Sr.M.Fionnuala could not resist asking him
for a photo with her after Mass!
|18-19 April 2013
||Meeting with our Superior General, All Hallows
Nuns from all over Ireland gathered for two days at All Hallows for
meetings with our Superior General, Fr. Saverio Cannistra OCD.
was a wonderful experience of fraternity and open sharing. Fr. Saverio
amazed us by his understanding of our situation and his wise words.
There was opportunity for an informal word with him too, over meals or
meetings left us with new energy, gratitude and hope, and the certainty
that in our Fr.General we have a true brother in Christ who shares our
concerns and is doing all he can for us.
the two days we were also joined by our Provincial Fr.Jim Noonan,
Fr.Gerry Fitzpatrick, Fr.Sean Conlon and Fr. Rafal Wilkowski
|28-31 March 2013
Sacred Triduum began on the evening of Thursday 28th March with 7.30pm
Mass of the Lord's Supper, celebrated by our chaplain Fr. Robert from
Indonesia. Three men from the congregation and three Sisters had their
feet washed by Fr. Robert and Prioress Sr. Mary Brigeen. At the end of
Mass, the Sisters processed to our upstairs prayer room, which served
as the altar of repose, where they kept watch with the Lord until
Solemn Liturgy on Good Friday was presided over by Fr. Fintan Burke
O.Carm, ex-provincial. This celebration of the Lord's Passion is always
very moving, especially the moment when each of us venerates the Cross.
For the rest of the day, we kept the large crucifix on our altar, and
maintained a reverant silence in the monastery.
Saturday, 30th March, was a day of quiet hope and expectation, as well
as preparation for the night vigil which began at 10pm. Fr. PJ
Cunningham led us in the journey from the darkness of night to the
light of the Risen Christ. Sr. Therese-Marie gave a splendid solo
performance of the Easter Proclamation (Exsultet). Many of the
Sisters participated in doing readings or singing psalms, and it was a
most joyful and happy celebration.
Sunday morning came quickly ,due to the clocks going forward one hour!
But we still managed our traditional early morning visit to the little
monastery cemetery, to decorate it with flowers, our very own "Garden
of the Resurrection"!
Alexio from Zimbabwe came for our 9am Mass, and spoke about the need to
recognise Christ in every man and woman - only then has night truly
ended and day begun!
now, we look forward to these coming weeks of the Easter Season, a time
to reflect on and ponder even more deeply the wonderful mystery of
Christ's Resurrection. A Happy Easter to you and all your loved ones.
|17 March 2013
||Diamond Jubilee of Sr Mary Carmel
joy and thanksgiving to God we celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of
Profession of Sr Mary Carmel. Our Provincial Fr Jim Noonan OCD came for
a special evening Mass and joined us for a festive supper afterwards.
|14 March 2013
||Welcome Pope Francis!! Letter from the Carmelite General:
Our family of Discalced Carmelite friars, nuns, and seculars bids you
the warmest welcome. With the simplicity our fathers and mothers in
Carmel have handed down to us, we open the doors of our hearts to you.
Count on us, Your Holiness; on us, your sons and daughters in Christ
Our Holy Mother Teresa taught us to live the gift of faith in a
communion of love with the Church, in the spirit of obedience to the
Vicar of Christ, placing our lives at the service of the Kingdom. This
we have done with your predecessors and this we will do with you.
Keeping in our hearts a profound gratitude towards your predecessor,
Benedict XVI, whose life has helped us so much to set our eyes on
Christ, we have lived with trusting serenity, expectant prayer, and
elated joy the election of a new Pope. Every day we told the Lord:
“Show us who you have elected to guide the barque of Peter in
this time of grace.” Now that we have seen you, we welcome in
Your Holiness he whom God has sent to us.
Our heartfelt thanks for having said yes. We imagine it was not easy to
do, faced with the arduous tasks awaiting you. But we have seen in your
countenance the true humility of he who offers himself as an instrument
of the Lord, who allows Him to work through his words, his decisions,
his actions. In Your Holiness we have once again recognized the work of
the Spirit, his renewing strength, which contains continual surprises
for his faithful, and for that we give thanks to God.
Holy Father, we want to tell you with a bit of daring that we want to
be your friends. We want our family of Carmel to be like a new Bethany
for Your Holiness, where you can rest from your labors and where,
together, we can talk about what we most love: our Friend Jesus Christ,
his Church, the poorest of our times. The name you have chosen
encourages us to do so: the name of who, following the footprints of
Christ, has always wanted to be the smallest among his brothers.
We will be missionaries with you when you undertake the journey to
announce the Gospel to the whole world. We will join Your Holiness when
you proclaim with courage and strength the peace and justice of the
Kingdom of God. When the cross appears, you will have us beside you to
embrace it with you. And we will also be at your side when you retire
in prayer to speak to the Heart of Jesus.
We place your pontificate under the protection of Mary, who for us is
the “Flower of Carmel, fruitful Vine, Splendor of Heaven, Virgin
Mother, Mother most tender, Star of the Sea.”
May God bless you!
Your sons and daughters of the Discalced Carmel.
|28 February 2013
||Our prayers for Pope Benedict and the College of Cardinals
this final day of the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI, our thoughts
and prayers are very much with him, and we will continue to remember
him and unite our prayers for the Church with his. Over the coming
weeks we will also be praying very particularly for the entire College
of Cardinals as they meet to discern the selection of a new Pope. May
the Holy Spirit guide them to choose a pastor who will guide the Church
with wisdom and love.
|21 February 2013
||Letter from Carmelite General to Pope Benedict
Fr. Saverio meeting
We thank you from our hearts, Your Holiness!
We feel the need to tell you this
after news of your resignation from the papal ministry reached our family of
Discalced Carmelites with lightening speed, from north to south, from east to
west. Your words have profoundly moved us. Among our flood of
feelings, the one that stands out over all others is gratitude. Like so many
millions of faithful in all parts of the world, we also, members of the
Teresian Carmel, nuns, friars, and seculars, want to express our great and deep
In these years of your service to the
Church from the See of Peter, we have seen in you an open door to cross through
to belief in Jesus. We can never thank you enough for this, with all the warmth
and passion inherited from our Holy Mother Teresa. Our heart, which daily
received your tender and profound proclamation of the Gospel, has allowed
itself to be captured by your words of Father and Teacher. With joy and faith
we have walked along the way to which they invited us, tasting the beauty of
the faith more each day. Allow us today, Holy Father, to contemplate your life
and your example in the light of the verses of Saint John of the Cross: “Now I occupy my
soul and all my energy in his service; I no longer tend the herd, nor have I
any other work now that my every act is love.”
In your message you told us that now
your service to the Church will be expressed specially by prayer. How well we
in the Teresian Carmel understand the value and greatness of this service!
Allow us to accompany you in this new journey in search of the Beloved.
We want to tell you in all simplicity
that we still need you, and if we can no longer enjoy your words, we are
counting on your silent love, your hidden prayer, and your fraternal
intercession. For us, God will transform the weakness you experience today into
power capable of inspiring our efforts as Christians and religious.
It is God who traces out pathways, and
certainly his ways are not our ways. Your Holiness, we wanted to have you with
us always, to continue hearing your Shepherd’s voice that would reassure and
encourage us to pass through the dark valleys of this life. Know that we are
sorrowfully living your decision to retire, but in your words we feel the
resonance of those Jesus spoke to his disciples: “If you loved me, you would
indeed be glad, because I go to the Father.” We are sure that like Jesus, you
also, Holiness, in retiring, communicate to us the Spirit that has accompanied
you from the vernal mornings of your infancy to the evenings of these last
Count on our poor prayers. It is the
only way we can express our thankfulness for the mission you have carried out
with courage, dignity, firmness, and above all, true humility. Your testimony
encourages us to offer our lives in a moment of such great need for the Church.
As Saint Teresa said, “Happy the lives lost for such a purpose!”
We commend your intentions to Mary,
Queen and Mother of Carmel, who always leads us to Jesus, in whose favor we
want to live.
||"We have known and have believed the love God has for us" 1 Jn 4:16
For this Lenten season in the Year of Faith, Pope Benedict asks us to
meditate on the relationship between faith and charity - between
believing in God and working for peace and justice in our world.
Here at Kilmacud, we are praying for the work of Trocaire who work with
the poor and marginalised in our world. This year, their focus is on a
community in rural India, and this reminds us of our reflections on the
Indian Dalit community during the recent Christian Unity Octave
We are also united in prayer this Lent with all the poor and suffering
of our world, with the sick, dying and bereaved, and with those struggling in our own country due to the
of reflection for Mount Merrion Funeral Ministeries Team
Funeral Ministeries Team from Mount
attended our morning Mass and then met in our parlour for a morning of
prayer and reflection led by Fr Michael McGoldrick OCD. The team are
made up of some parishioners who offer their help to families preparing
for the funeral of a loved one. The team have been trained
and minister in a compassionate and helpful way. They
co-ordinated by Mary McGlynn. Our community was delighted to host this
morning of reflection for the Team and will continue to keep their
ministry in our prayers.
to Br Dave Twohig on his Priestly Ordination
|| We rejoice
with our O.Carm Friars who celebrated
the ordination to the priesthood of Br. Dave Twohig on Saturday 2nd
February at Whitefriar St. Church, Dublin.
Fr. Dave said his first Mass in his home parish of Beaumont, Dublin on
Sunday 3rd February.
Last year, Dave was deacon at the Solemn Profession of our Sr. Mary
Fionnuala here at Kilmacud Carmel, assisting our Provincial Fr. Jim
Noonan in a beautiful ceremony.
We wish him every grace and blessing in his priestly ministry.
|2nd February 2013
for Consecrated Life
celebrated this year's day for Consecrated Life with a simple prayer
service in the community to thank God for our vocation. To mark the
Year of Faith, the focus this year was different aspects of "Faith" -
Faith as Gift, as Experience, as Witness and as something to be
celebrated and loved. Each sister had a part to play, reading Scripture
passages or short reflections, and we interspersed these with hymns,
reflective music and periods of silence.
A particularly moving part of the prayer service was when each sister
was invited to thank God for her baptism by naming the Church and date
when she received this sacrament.We listened with interest and emotion
to the variety of different places and times in which God called each
one of us to Christian faith.
|1st February 2013
on 300 Years in Stillorgan from us to our friends in the local
Church of Ireland parish of St. Brigid
extend our congratulations to Rev. Ian Gallagher and all the people of
our local Church of Ireland parish of St. Brigid on the occasion of
their celebrations marking 300-years in Stillorgan. Rev. Ian is a good
friend of our community, and participates each year in the Week of
Prayer for Christian Unity. We unite in prayer and thanks to God during
this happy time of celebration at St. Brigid's.
here for more information
of Prayer for Christian Unity
The desire of the heart of Jesus is that all His followers may be
united as one...
During this special week of prayer for Christian Unity, we held a
special Evening Prayer at 4.30pm each day. A
faithful group of regulars attended every day and there were also many
more people who came for one or a few days. We had members of the
Church of Ireland and Methodist churches praying with us also.
The theme this year was: "What does God require of us...?" (Micah 6),
chosen by the Student Movement of India.
Guest speakers during the week were:
Rev. Ian Gallagher, St. Brigid's Church of Ireland, Stillorgan,
Rev. Joseph Vellanel, Delhi, India
Gillian Kingston, Lay Methodist Leader
Rev. Tony Coote, Adm of Kilmacud & Mount Merrion
We were especially moved by Fr Joseph's description of the plight
of the "untouchables" - the lowest Dalit caste of Indian society.
Rev. Brian McKay, Prior of Whitefriar St. Carmelite community
A sincere thanks to all our speakers and all those who came along
during this Week of Prayer. We encourage you to continue using the
prayers and reflections throughout 2013 - you can download them here...