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Who We Are

We are Carmelite women, called by the Father to share in the prayer of Jesus for the Church & the world & in His deep love for all.

Mary

Carmel is all Mary's - her presence pervades our monasteries giving a special Marian tone to our life of prayer and contemplation.

Where We Are

There are 8 Carmelite monasteries in Ireland, united in an Association which gives us mutual support and encouragement.

Saint of the Month

Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

Feast Day August 9th

Edith Stein 1891-1942

Edith was born in Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland) on October 12 1891. She was the youngest of seven surviving children. Her father died before she was two and her mother took on his lumber business. The family were Jewish and Edith was always special to her mother because she was born on the Day of Atonement.
From a young age Edith had a great thirst for knowledge and she excelled in her studies, so everyone was surprised when she announced that she was leaving school at the age of 14. She went to help a married sister and while there she decided quite deliberately to stop praying. Domestic life did not really appeal to Edith and it wasn’t long before she decided to return to school. On leaving she studied psychology at Breslau University, hoping that this would reveal the meaning of life to her but she was disappointed; instead she discovered a new discipline, that of phenomenology, recently developed by Edmund Husserl, a professor at the University of Göttingen. Fascinated by this subject Edith enrolled for the summer course on Philosophy at Göttingen. Most of the philosophy students were Jews who had converted to Christianity, so this brought the issue of faith to the fore.

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