The Discalced Carmelite Friars were invited to Nigeria in the year 1988. Precisely on April 6 of that year, two Irish Discalced Carmelite Fathers, Rev. Fr. Charles Newell, OCD and Rev. Fr. Thomas Curran, OCD arrived Nigeria. The Bishop emeritus of Enugu, Rt. Rev. Dr. Michael Eneja, of blessed memory, gave them No. 17 Nike Avenue, Ekulu GRA, Enugu as their place of residence. It was from this house that the friars grew and spread to other parts of the country, with many communities at present.