Novitiate New Ross

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.


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


John de Yepres 1542-1591

Feast Day December 14th

John was born in Fontiveros in Spain on June 24th 1542. He was the youngest of three boys born to Gonzalo de Yepres and Catalina Alvarez, though the second boy died in childhood. Gonzalo came from a wealthy family but was disinherited when he married the orphaned Catalina. He died when John was very young and after his death the family experienced extreme poverty. Catalina worked as a weaver, going from place to place, trying to get enough work to survive. Life was precarious but there was much love in the little family, John would later call his brother his greatest treasure. When John was nine they settled in Medina del Campo and when he was in his teens he got work in a hospital. He showed great compassion for the sick and dying and the administrator of the hospital was so impressed with him that he offered to pay his fees at the Jesuit College nearby. John was an excellent student. When he was 21 John joined the Carmelite Order and was sent to the University of Salamanca to further his studies.


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