Kinsale celebrates new Carmelite saint

On Sunday 15th May, Pope Francis canonised St. Titus Brandsma a Dutch Carmelite and Martyr.

A Mass of Thanksgiving was hosted in the Carmelite Friary, Kinsale, that afternoon.

Bishop Fintan Gavin and concelebrating clergy at the Carmelite Friary, Kinsale.

St. Titus lived in the Kinsale Friary for a time in 1935.

Bishop Fintan Gavin was the principal celebrant and he was joined by Archbishop Patrick Coveney, local clergy and members of the resident Carmelite Community.

The joyful occasion celebrated the life of the new saint, his witness to God’s love, his commitment to the Gospel and his championing of human rights and freedoms in opposition to National Socialism.

St. Titus continues to be held in esteem and with devotion by many in Kinsale. His portrait, newly restored was on prominent display throughout, on the sanctuary. The large congregation joined in the singing led by the Friary Choir under the direction of Ms Honor O’Brien and accompanied by Dr. Fiachra Ó Corragáin.

Bishop Fintan was welcomed on behalf of the community by Fr. James Eivers, O.Carm (Prior). Following the Mass, a public reception was held in the Friary.

Wherever we are, we ought to provide a feast for those who are with us and make them feel at ease. We must be all things to all men and look upon everyone with God’s eyes so that we love them as He loves them.” – St Titus Brandsma

A biographical booklet on the life of St. Titus Brandsma and other publications can be obtained from the Carmelite Friary Kinsale (kinsale@carmelites.ie).