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to share that love with all whom we encounter. We have
ministries in the areas of education; health care; pastoral
work in parishes and dioceses; prayer, retreat, spiritual
direction and counselling; work with marginalized people
– the poor, prisoners, the homeless, and immigrants.
The constant mission underpinning all our ministries is
to share the good news of Jesus Christ with all people.
Contact: Sr. Karen Kent, O.S.U.; karenkent64@gmail.
com; www.ursulines.ie. More at VocationsIreland.com.
puchinfranciscans.ie. Member of Vocations Ireland.
Cistercians of Mount St. Joseph Abbey (O.C.S.O.),
Roscrea 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; vocations@msjro-
screa.ie; www.msjroscrea.ie. More at VocationsIreland.com.
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, brpatofm@hotmail.
com; www.franciscans.ie. More at Vocations Ireland.com
Augustinians (O.S.A.) 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, email@example.com; www.
augustinians.ie/vocations. More at VocationsIreland.com.
Cistercians of Our Lady of Bethlehem Abbey,
(O.C.S.O.) 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.
bethlehemabbey.com. More at VocationsIreland.com.
Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (M.S.C.)We are
priests and brothers trying to be and bring the message of
God’s love to the world. 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 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 McCann, O.S.B.; Glenstal Abbey, Murroe, Co.
Limerick; firstname.lastname@example.org or c olumba@glenstal.
org; www.glenstal.org. More at VocationsIreland.com.
Discalced Carmelite Friars (O.C.D.) 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@carmel-
itevocation.ie; www.ocd.ie. More at VocationsIreland.com.
Presentation Brothers (F.P.M.) 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; email@example.com; www.
presentationbrothers.org. More at VocationsIreland.com.
COMMUNITIES IN IRELAND
Capuchin Franciscan Friars, ( O.F.M.Cap.) As
Capuchin Franciscan Friars we live a life of prayer,
brotherhood, and service. Although we minister in
many and varied ways, we are contemplatives at heart
and follow the life laid down by Saint Francis of Assisi. We have been ministering in Ireland for over 400
years and currently we have nine friaries throughout
the country. You can find out more about us and the
Capuchin way of life on our website or contact our
vocation promoter Br. Martin Bennet O.F.M.Cap.01
831 3886; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.ca-
Franciscan Friars (O.F.M.) 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
St. John of God Brothers (O.H.) 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; email@example.com; www.sjog.ie; www.
stjohnofgodvocation.ie. More at VocationsIreland.com.