The First Professions of the Kildare Lay Carmel Group

About three years ago, a group from Kildare approached the then prior Fr. Tony McDonald, O. Carm. about setting up a Lay Carmel Group in Kildare. Fr. Tony encouraged them and put them in touch with Fr. Desmond Kelly, O. Carm., the Spiritual Director to the Whitefriar Street Lay Carmel Group. Fr. Des and Ms Peggy Molloy met with them and explained how a Lay Carmel Group was set up. Later Fr. Joe Mothersill, O. Carm., as Provincial Delegate to Lay Carmel, and Peggy Molloy who is on the National Committee for Lay Carmel in Ireland met several times with the group.

In June 2016 the group was formally establised as a Lay Carmel Group and on Saturday, December 10th, 2016, the first group made their First Professions as members of Lay Carmel. The First Professions took place during Mass concelebrated by Fr. Joe Mothersill, O. Carm., Fr. Manuel Karipot, O. Carm., Prior of Kildare and Spiritual Director to the Kildare Group and Fr. Ged Walsh, O. Carm. visiting from the British Province. It was a very beautiful occassion. After the Mass there was a reception for the newly professed in the Friary. Congratulations to everyone who made their profession.

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