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New Carmelite friar professed at Aylesford

Fr Wilfrid receives Brother Andy's vows.

Fr Wilfrid receives Brother Andy's vows.

Brother Andy Joyce, O.Carm, made his first profession of vows as a Carmelite friar, at Aylesford Priory in Kent on Saturday, 11 September.

Following a rite originating in the Middle Ages, Andy's profession of vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, was made into the hands of the Prior Provincial of the British Province, Fr Wilfrid McGreal, O.Carm.

Andy entered the Carmelite Order as a novice in the autumn of 2009. Since then his initial formation has been overseen by the Novice Director and former Prior General of the Order, Fr Joseph Chalmers, O.Carm.

The rite of profession, which took place during a celebration of the Eucharist, was attended by the Aylesford community of friars where Andy has lived for the last year, and brothers from other houses of the British Province. Andy's mother, twin brother, sister, aunt and nephews also attended his special day.

Also in attendance were a large number of Andy's friends from the Catholic Association, which - together with partners including the British Province of Carmelites - organises pilgrimages to Lourdes every August. Andy, as a former nurse, is deeply involved in the life of the pilgrimage.

After a short holiday, Andy will be joining the community of Carmelite friars in York in late September.

To see a short video of the rite of profession and a video interview Andy gave the evening before his profession, see: New Carmelite friar professed at Ayelsford

Brother Andy Joyce, O.Carm, made his first profession of vows as a Carmelite friar, at Aylesford Priory in Kent on Saturday, 11 September.

Following a rite originating in the Middle Ages, Andy's profession of vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, was made into the hands of the Prior Provincial of the British Province, Fr. Wilfrid McGreal, O.Carm.

Andy entered the Carmelite Order as a novice in the autumn of 2009. Since then his initial formation has been overseen by the Novice Director and former Prior General of the Order, Fr. Joseph Chalmers, O.Carm.

The rite of profession, which took place during a celebration of the Eucharist, was attended by the Aylesford community of friars where Andy has lived for the last year, and brothers from other houses of the British Province. Andy's mother, twin brother, sister, aunty and nephews also attended his special day.

Also in attendance were a large number of Andy's friends from the Catholic Association, which - together with partners including the British Province of Carmelites - organises pilgrimages to Lourdes every August. Andy, as a former nurse, is deeply involved in the life of the pilgrimage.

After a short holiday, Andy will be joining the community of Carmelite friars in York in late September.

To see more pictures, a short video of the rite of profession and a video interview Andy gave the evening before his profession, see:
www.carmelite.org/index.php?nuc=news&func=view&item=275


Photography: Kevin Melody, O.Carm., Angela Bergström-Allen, TOC, Antony Lester, O.Carm.