We are Discalced Carmelite Nuns, members of the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel This is a worldwide Order, or religious family, and it also includes as its members Friars and lay people, Secular Carmelites. We live a cloistered, contemplative life, following in the footsteps of St. Teresa of Avila who began this way of living Carmelite life in sixteenth century Spain.
There have been Carmelite nuns in Ireland since the seventeenth century and, at present there are ten monasteries in Ireland.
Our communities consist of Catholic women from different age groups, representing a variety of nationalities, backgrounds and religious experience. Our aim is to support each other in our endeavour to witness to the gospel by lives of service and self-giving, our primary mission being one of contemplative prayer.
The timetable is an important feature of our life. It provides a regular, prayerful rhythm to the day and ensures the time needed for the fulfilment of our obligations, both spiritual and material.
The structure it provides helps us to keep a healthy balance between all the elements that make it up: prayer and work, study and relaxation. On certain feast days and special occasions the timetable is modified to allow extra time for personal relaxation and for celebrating together.