Carmelite Contemplative Living
We are a family of eight Sisters, descendants of a group of Carmelite nuns who came to Delgany from Dublin in 1844. The nuns came to establish a place of prayer, the ‘raison d’être’ of the Carmelite life, with God at its very centre.
After the years of the Great Famine, the church was built in 1852, which still serves the local Mass centre for the Pari.
A community of friends
Carmelite Contemplative life is about relationship – our relationship with God in prayer and our relationship with one another in small communities of friends centered around our friend Jesus. Carmelite nuns are contemplative communities of women dedicated to the service of God and his people through personal prayer in silence and solitude and community prayer. The nuns work to support themselves.
To live our Carmelite contemplative life is to immerse oneself into life. Our Carmelite way encourages an attentive listening to God’s Word, for God’s presence and activity in one’s life, and a willingness to be transformed by that love in “the gentle tradition of Our Lady”.
God who sees you with joy, loves to surprise you with his gifts, and gives the very best to those who leave the choice to Him.
To say “Yes” to what God gives and asks is one of the greatest challenges of the Christian life. It is said of St. Teresa of Avila that she “fell in love with God” and wished that others would do the same. To live our Carmelite contemplative life is to enter into deep relationship with God and others. It is to enter into the Living Flame of God’s Love.
“Love is the end for which we were created.” (St. John of the Cross).
Monastic weekends are available for single women (aged 25-45) interested in finding out more about a Carmelite contemplative vocation. They will share in our life of prayer, liturgy, work and community for a few days. See our vocation page.