The Carmelite Friars have been in the parish of Knocklyon from 1974. The Archbishop of Dublin, the late Dermot Ryan, invited the Carmelites, through their provincial, the late Fr. Joseph Ryan, O. Carm. The Carmelites were given charge of this young parish. They undertook the building of the Church, the care of the people, and pastoral outreach through their prayer, presence and the celebration of the Sacraments. Fr. Paddy Staunton, currently Assistant Provincial, and Fr. Seán Dunne were two of the first Carmelites in the parish. Fr. Paddy was the first Parish Priest. Over the last thirty eight years, the Carmelites have been privileged to serve the people of the area. Many Carmelites have been given the opportunity to preach the Gospel in this parish. You may like to know more about this famous Order. The Carmelite Family have given many great saints to the Church, including three Doctors of the Church, Saint John of the Cross, Saint Teresa of Avila and Saint Therese of Lisieux. Saint Therese, or the Little Flower, is someone who is immensely popular with the people of God. Many people like to speak to Saint Therese in the parish church, where she is ready to listen to the needs of her neighbour.
Message from the former Prior Provincial of the Irish Carmelites, Fr Fintan Burke:
"My words are for those young men who have given some thought to dedicating their lives to God in the Carmelite Order. The call of God is a gentle but persistent call. When the Lord calls he expects an answer."
Carmelites in Ireland
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