On 20th December 2019 the Irish Province of Carmelites elected Fr. Michael Troy, O.Carm., as their new Prior Provincial (senior brother).
Very Rev. Fr. Michael Troy, O.Carm.
The election of a new Provincial was required following the election of the previous Provincial, Fr. Richard Byrne, O.Carm., to the General Council of the Carmelite Order at the General Chapter held in Rome last September.
Father Michael was confirmed in office by the recently-elected Prior General, Fr. Míceál O'Neill, O.Carm., who is himself a friar of the Irish Province. The confirmation of office took place during a celebration of Evening Prayer at Gort Muire, the Carmelite priory in Ballinteer, Dublin.
Fr. Michael and Fr. Míceál in the chapel at Gort Muire.
Before his election Fr. Michael served as Principal of Terenure College, a Carmelite-run secondary school in Dublin. Provincials are normally elected for three-year terms, but as this election came about between Provincial Chapters (regional meetings of the Order), Fr. Michael will serve half that time.
In a letter to his Province, Fr. Michael wrote: "Thank you for your prayers and words of encouragement upon my election and my confirmation in the office of Prior Provincial of the Irish Province. I accepted this ministry of service with the help of God and the support of all our Carmelite brothers and sisters in Ireland and Zimbabwe. Over the next eighteen months I will strive to give my best in this leadership role and ask for your continued prayers and support."
The British and Irish Provinces enjoy a very close relationship, and collaborate in a number of projects such as The Carmelite Institute of Britain & Ireland. The British Province wishes Fr. Michael many congratulations on his election, and the assurance of our prayers for his ministry of service.
Text: Dr. Johan Bergström-Allen, T.O.C.
Images: Irish Province of Carmelites