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The Solemn Profession of Br. James Eiver

On Sunday, October 26th, 2014, Br. James Eivers made his Solemn Profession to the Carmelite Order. In making Solemn Profession, Carmelites take the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience for ‘all the days of their lives.’ This profession marks the completion of initial formation.

The chapel in Gort Muire was full for the occasion. James’ parents, Patrick and Patricia, were present, as well as members of his extended family and many friends. Given James’ musical proclivity, there was anticipation to hear what music would enhance the liturgy. Nobody was disappointed. The celebration was prayerful, joyous and filled with beautiful song.

In his homily, Fr. Martin Kilmurray stated:

“James, at your First Profession, it was our hope and prayer that one day you would be able to make this life-long commitment to the Order. On this October afternoon, that hope and prayer are being realised. As your brothers, we give thanks for you and we pledge our fraternal support for the time ahead.

May you draw inner strength from the graces of this wonderful day in your life: the love and prayers of your parents, the good wishes and prayers of your extended family, many friends, and of course, your Carmelite brothers. In the words of St. Paul to Timothy, ‘you have been trusted to look after something precious, guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.’”

Br. James Eivers joined the Carmelite Order in 2007. He completed his novitiate in Aylesford, England. Having returned to Ireland, James made his Simple Profession in August, 2008, and joined the Carmelite Community in Gort Muire. At this time, he also began his studies of Philosophy and Theology in Maynooth.

Since completing his studies, James has begun teaching in Terenure College. He is a very talented musician, and has worked with several choirs in various Carmelite houses.

In discussing his own vocation journey, James said:

“My introduction to the Carmelites came in the form of a chance meeting with a friar who was interested in setting up a youth project and choir in the Carmelite-served parish of Knocklyon in Dublin. Coming from Longford, I had very little knowledge of Carmelites - only that they were enclosed nuns… Not something I ever considered becoming! Music has always played a hugely important part in my life and it was through my role as a choir director that I came into contact with different Carmelite friars and subsequently started considering the possibility of life as a religious and priest. I should say that I was very happy and relatively successful in all that I had done, but there was always the disconcerted feeling that I was supposed to be doing something else with my life.

The search for satisfaction, meaning and fulfilment are fundamental goals of life. Like many young people of my generation I sought to achieve these objectives by filling my life with “things”, “clutter” and “distractions” – all the time trying to outrun that voice calling me to a different life. It’s hard to outrun God! When none of the above seemed to work, I began to question what it was in life that I held important. I became more and more attracted to the Carmelite way of life. The openness, generosity and sincerity of the Friars impressed me greatly. Carmelite spirituality resonated with me. It appeared to be very accessible, practical and personable. The life lived together as “brothers” in a community, sharing common prayer and ministry appealed to me. So I spoke to two different Carmelites who encouraged me to take some time to seriously discern a vocation to the Carmelite way of life and despite many doubts, I decided to enter the novitiate in 2007.

I can honestly say that I am privileged to live this life of service to Christ and his Church and profoundly grateful for the prayers and support of countless people over the years. I am now a member of the Carmelite Community in Terenure College where I teach and am involved in chapel and music ministry. As a Carmelite I have always been encouraged to “fan into a flame” the gifts God has given me and I feel extraordinarily honoured to be able to walk with people in their moments of joy and grief, success and failure. But I also know that this is through no achievement of my own. It is only through God’s gift of my vocation to the Carmelite way of life that I have experienced these incredible honours and joys.”

Please keep James in your prayers as he begins this new stage of his Carmelite journey.