Hermit nuns are not part of any “religious community of the Irish Catholic Church”


Sr. Irene Gibson, who was fined Tuesday for failing to obtain a building permit for a hermitage in West Cork, may have chosen a contemplative life but has had plenty of media exposure.

She is a member of the self-proclaimed Carmelite Sisters of the Holy Face of Jesus, who are not listed as a constituent member of the Association of Missionary and Religious Leaders of Ireland. The Carmelite Order in Ireland said it had no connection with it.

A spokesperson for the Bishop of Cork and Ross, in whose diocese the hermitage of Leap was built, said Sr. Gibson and his disciple, Sr. Anne Marie Loeman, do not belong to any religious community within Irish Catholic Church.

On a GoFundMe page set up to help raise funds for an alternative hermitage after her planning issues, Sr. Gibson said the decision to sue her for this unauthorized development was indicative of Satan’s “malicious work through his followers.”

“It should therefore come as no surprise to us that he (Satan) is striving to destroy religious life in the Catholic Church, and in particular the contemplative religious orders, which are the heart of the Catholic Church,” he said. -she writes.

She has since bought a property to build a hermitage near Dunmanway thanks to the donations received.

Hopes described

A native of Dublin, Sr Gibson established her first hermitage – Mount Tabor Hermitage near Croagh Patrick in County Mayo – in the 1990s and modeled it on the Carthusian monks of the 12th century. She described her hopes on RTÉ’s Late Late Show.

It would be, she said, “a traditional community of nuns dedicated to a life of prayer and adoration, religious mortification and penance in the silence of solitude for the salvation of all but especially priests” .

She closed the hermitage in 2001 after struggling to find priests able to say mass in Latin or Tridentine, whom she allegedly said there was “hatred for” among the church hierarchy.

Earlier this year, she was sued by the Health Products Regulatory Authority and forced to remove online content over complaints she was selling a banned ointment, a black ointment paste touted as a remedy for skin cancer.

“The HPRA can confirm that it recently requested the removal of social media content containing medicinal claims regarding products sold by the Carmelite Sisters of the Holy Face of Jesus in West Cork,” the authority said.

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