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COMMUNITIES IN IRELAND
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Augustinians (O.S.A.), Ireland The key elements
of the Augustinian tradition include: A strong sense
of Christian community and friendship; the restless
search for God, for his love and truth; the invitation
to form communities to embody Gospel ideals and
the challenge of St. Augustine to be “one in mind
and heart on our way to God”; to offer companionship to men and women making their journey to
the heart; and to serve the local church, adapting
ministry to the needs of the time. Today you will
find Irish Augustinians working in a wide variety of
apostolates, such as parishes, schools, foreign missions, retreats, hospitals, youth apostolate, caring for
the elderly, and WOW (Word on Web…adult faith
education). Contact: Fr. Colm O’Mahoney, O.S.A.,
St. Augustine’s, Taylors Lane, Ballyboden, Dublin 16,
ians.ie/vocations. More at VocationsIreland.com.
Cistercians of Our Lady of Bethlehem Abbey,
(O.C.S.O.), Ireland Our monks live a secluded,
contemplative life in which prayer holds a central
position. In addition to private prayer and study, we
assemble in church eight times a day for prayer and
Mass. The monastery has a guesthouse for those
wishing to make short retreats, a repository, a gift
shop, and a coffee shop. If you think that you may
be interested in a monastic life, you are invited to
contact the Vocations Director via email ( info@
bethabbey.com) or telephone (028-2582-1211).
No specific qualifications or skills are required.
Ideally an applicant should be aged 20 to 50 and
be in good health for his age. Contact: Fr. Celcus
Kelly, O.C.S.O.; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.beth-
l ehemabbey.com. More at VocationsIreland.com.
Usually living as part of a community, we share
our talents, time, and resources together and have
others to support, encourage, and challenge us.
We live lives marked by prayer (personally and
as a community); ministries of service; and the
vows of celibacy, obedience, and poverty. As an
M.S.C. you could be serving a parish, teaching at
university or school, sitting with the sick or their
family as hospital chaplain, running a youth club,
at development work in a mission country, guiding
people through a retreat, lending a listening ear as
a counsellor, helping people through the high of
their wedding day or the low of a bereavement,
and many other things in between. We are active
in 54 countries. Contact: Fr. Alan Neville, M.S.C.,
Vocations Director, email@example.com ; www.
mscireland.com. More at VocationsIreland.com.
Benedictine Monks (O.S.B.), Glenstal Abbey,
Ireland Glenstal Abbey is a Benedictine monastery
in County Limerick, Ireland. Founded in 1927, it now
numbers 50 monks. The monks run a boarding school
for boys, a farm, and guest house, and are involved
in scholarly and pastoral activities. They assemble
in the church five times a day for prayer (the Divine
Office and the Mass), in which Gregorian chant plays
a significant part. Monks of this abbey are engaged in
academic, artistic, literary, domestic, administrative
and agricultural work. There is no specific work associated with a monk and the monastic apostolate is
primarily one of presence, witness, and service. The
Work of God, the Sacred Liturgy, comes before all else
in the life of a monk. For more information write to
or email: The Vocations Director, Fr. Columba Mc-Cann, O.S.B.; Glenstal Abbey, Murroe, Co. Limerick;
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com;
www.glenstal.org. More at VocationsIreland.com.
Discalced Carmelite Friars (O.C.D.), Ireland The Discalced Carmelite Family is a religious
order in the Roman Catholic Church. We, the members, trace our roots back to the ancient hermits
on Mount Carmel, Israel, in the 13th century. Like
them, we try to follow Christ with special emphasis
on Scripture and prayer. In this we take Mary as our
model. Our way of life was reinterpreted for us in the
16th century by St. Teresa of Avila with the help of
St. John of the Cross. That is why we are sometimes
today referred to as “Teresian Carmelites”. Our
website provides information for those interested
in a Carmelite vocation. It tells you a little about
us, the formation process, and how to get in touch.
We look forward to hearing from you. Contact:
Br. Noel O’Connor, O.C.D.; Avila Carmelite Centre, Bloomfield Ave, Donnybrook,
Dublin 4, Ireland; ireland@carmelitevocation.
ie; www.ocd.ie. More at VocationsIreland.com.
Franciscan Friars (O.F.M.), Ireland We are
a Fraternity in Mission, inspired by the life of St.
Francis to bring the Gospel of Joy and Grace to the
world. We serve the Church and the world as brothers
and priests and search for God in a communal life
of poverty, prayer, and service to others. The friars
of the Irish Franciscan Province are members of the
800-year-old Order of Friars Minor with a worldwide
presence in 120 countries and some 13,000 friars. The
wider Irish Province includes the Custody (Region)
of the God Shepherd in Zimbabwe and the Custody
of the Immaculate Conception in Great Britain. In
the joyful and prophetic spirit of St. Francis, the
Irish Franciscan Friars are dedicated to sharing the
Gospel of Christ by serving the poor and promoting
justice, peace, care of creation, and reconciliation.
Contact: Br. Pat Lynch, O.F.M., Franciscan Friary,
Athlone, Co Westmeath, firstname.lastname@example.org;
www.franciscans.ie. More at Vocations Ireland.com
Presentation Brothers (F.P.M.), Ireland We
are the Presentation Brothers, an international,
Catholic congregation of religious brothers. Our
mission is ‘to form Christ in the young’, in the
spirit of our founder, Blessed Edmund Rice. Our
focus today is the ‘New Evangelization’, creative
ways of making Christ known to the young people
of our time. We need help with our work! We
passionately believe in our vocation as Presentation Brothers and we encourage young men to
consider joining us. This is a beautiful vocation
and a great mission! We have eight communities
of Brothers in Ireland with one Brother living with
the International Community at Mount Sion in
Waterford city. Our Irish communities are located
in Birr, Co. Offaly; Cork city (four communities);
Glasthule, Co. Dublin; Glór na hAbhann, near
Dungarvan, Co. Waterford; and Killarney, Co.
Kerry. Contact: Br. Anthony O’Sullivan, F.P.M.,
Mount St. Joseph, Blarney Street, Cork, Ireland;
tationbrothers.org. More at VocationsIreland.com.
COMMUNITIES IN IRELAND
Cistercians of Mount St. Joseph Abbey
(O.C.S.O.), Roscrea, Ireland We are a community of monks dedicated to seeking God and
following the Gospel in prayer and work, while
living in community. Our life is focused on the
celebration of the liturgy throughout the day, with
periods for personal prayer and study combined
with work. You may be interested in exploring
your own vocation in life, or in finding out about
the Cistercian way of life at Mount Saint Joseph
Abbey. Like all religious life, the Cistercian life is
the response to a call from God. We do not decide
ourselves on such a vocation, it is a gift from God.
Contact: Br. Malachy Thompson, O.C.S.O., Vocations Director, Mount St. Joseph Abbey, Roscrea,
Co. Tipperary, Ireland; email@example.com;
www.msjroscrea.ie. More at VocationsIreland.com.
Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (M.S.C.),
Ireland We are priests and brothers trying to be
and bring the message of God’s love to the world.
St. John of God Brothers (O.H.), Ireland The
new St. John of God Province (England/Ireland) is
part of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God, an
international Catholic Religious Order of Brothers.
As Brothers of St. John of God we take vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and hospitality. We live and
pray together in community. We endeavor to follow
in the footsteps of St. John of God, our Founder,
whose life’s vision was one of hospitality where everyone is welcomed and treated equally. In Ireland
and England the Brothers provide services for people with a range of needs, including mental health,
intellectual disabilities and care of the aged. We also
have services in New Jersey, USA and in Malawi,
Central Africa, which we support from our home
base. Contact: Br. Ronan Lennon, O.H.; St. John of
God Brothers “Granada”, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin;
firstname.lastname@example.org; www.sjog.ie; w ww.stjohnof-
godvocation.ie. More at VocationsIreland.com.
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