New Book Pays Tribute to Father Wilfrid

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

A book has been published to pay tribute to Carmelite friar Fr. Wilfrid McGreal, O.Carm.

Inspired by Father Wilfrid's own popular introduction to Carmelite spirituality, At the Fountain of Elijah, the festschrift in his honour is entitled Revisiting the Fountain of Elijah, and is published by Edizioni Carmelitane, the Carmelite Order's publishing house in Rome.

Over decades of ministry Father Wilfrid has undertaken many roles, including Prior Provincial of the British Province, Prior of the friar communities at Aylesford and Faversham, broadcaster, writer, ecumenist, and university chaplain. Since entering the Carmelite Order in 1957, he has devoted himself to proclaiming the Gospel and promoting the Carmelite charism.


Before retiring Father Wilfrid was a regular broadcaster, especially on BBC Radio Kent,
and served on the Communications Committee of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England & Wales.

Wilfrid's many interests and achievements are reflected in the different chapters of the book, each written by someone who knows and admires him. Contributors include the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Rowan Williams, Sister Elizabeth Obbard, and the current Prior Provincial of the Carmelites, Fr. Kevin Alban. Topics include spirituality, chaplaincy, theology, and art.

The book can be ordered from:

  • The online shop of the National Shrine of Saint Jude
  • The Bookshop at Aylesford Priory; please send your address and a cheque payable to The Carmelites for £19.75 or €23.00 (including postage and packing) to: The Bookshop, The Friars, Aylesford, Kent, ME20 7BX