May the Lord bless you as we greet you!

St Thérèse of Lisieux, a Carmelite Saint, has something uniquely special to offer to young adults. Sometimes we can underestimate the youth in what kind of relationship they are having with our Divine Lord. Some people, at the end of her time in Carmel, thought that Saint Thérèse was too young to understand, too young to grasp perhaps the implications of Christianity.  But my goodness, did Thérèse understand the meaning of Christ’s gift to us, his life, his death, his resurrection, because she became the very embodiment of this.

Saint Thérèse has an intense, real and personal relationship with Jesus at a young age – so much so that, at seventeen, she was able to make a complete commitment to God as a Carmelite Nun. Saint Thérèse has a living real relationship with Jesus, one of youthfulness and giftedness. For Thérèse, Christianity is not complicated.

So I pray that Thérèse, especially for young people and for all of us, will be a source of quiet and gentle inspiration, that Christianity is possible. 

Jesus is really present and near us and loves us. Let us have the confidence and trust to respond to him, reciprocate his love so that our lives may have peace and blessing. Amen. 

Friar Liam Finnerty, OCD


Join the WhatsApp Chat and Welcome group and the Encounter WhatsApp Community. Stay connected with other young adults and the Friars through WhatsApp. In this community you can find different sub groups, for your local living flame groups and for other ways to get involved with Encounter.



Encounter hosts Retreats, Socials, talks and more. Keep up to date with our events by joining our announcement group on WhatsApp to keep update with the programme. Also you can also click on the rother button below to find out more details about upcoming events.


Are you 18 -35 years old? Are interested in learning more about how to Encounter the Lord? Would you like to make more friends and develop your spiritual life?

Discalced Carmelite Friars in Britain would like to welcome you our local and regional Living Flame Groups for young adults. In these groups, we deepen our Friendship with the Lord together as friends.

If you don’t have access to a local living flame group, you can join the living flame group for Britain and Ireland.


Grab a cup of a a coffee and listen to a few episodes of the Encounter Podcast or read our monthly word of Wisdom in Encounter Monthly. 

On the Podcast Friars and young adults come together to talk about our Encounter with the Lord – how we can know God, how we can develop and friendship with Him. Subscribe to us on YouTube!


Encounter Monthly
Stay Connected with the Encounter Programme and receive our monthly bulletin. You can print this A4, foldable bulletin to put at the back of the Parish, or at an Event. Sign up and we’ll email this bulletin to you and any relevant posters for upcoming events.

Parish Link
If you’re not near one of our Carmelite Priories, then you might not have a local living flame group near you. However, you can join or start an Encounter-Linked group for young adults in your Parish. In these groups, you would gather for prayer and join the online living flame group Wednesday evenings as an in-person group. After the talk and sharing, the group would have an in-person social. If you are interested in starting a group near you, fill out the form below.