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Father Míceál O'Neill, O.Carm.

Message from the Prior General

Dear Readers of this Website,

Communication is such an important part of our lives and of our faith. It is at the heart of our relationship with God, and therefore, with one another. Good communication helps to build up the body of humanity. It is for this reason that I am happy to greet each one of you as readers of this website, the official website of our Order, and to express the wish that we may all be good readers and good communicators.  

For those of you who are Carmelites, this bulletin is about you and the life of the religious family to which you belong. As you read, be conscious that the webmaster will welcome items of news and other interest from your part of the world. For the general reader, I feel sure that you will learn more and more about the Carmelite world, what Carmel stands for in the world of today, and what are its manifold activities and expressions in different parts of the world.

Carmelite men and women are involved in an enormous variety of activities, but everything they do is done with a knowledge that it is through the power of grace that we do what is best for the world and all its people. At the recent General Chapter of our Order, amply reported on this website, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, offered us the key to all that we might do in the world today when he used the words, Contemplatives with compassion, beware of contemplatives who have no compassion!

May the Spirit of God guide our humble efforts to build one another up through our communication.

Prior General

Míceál O’Neill, O.Carm.

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As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister."