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Letter of the Prior General for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel 2017

Letter from Fr Fernando

Fernando Millán Romeral O.Carm.


Dear brothers and sisters of the Carmelite family:

          The feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is approaching and, like every year, I want to send you an affectionate greeting with my most sincere congratulations.  I hope that the feast and all the celebrations of these days (novenas, processions, religious and cultural events, etc.) will be an occasion to honor Mary under this title so popular and endearing and so dear to all of us Carmelites.  May these celebrations touch our hearts, inspire our living of the charism, and transform our lives so that we become more and more faithful to the values of the Gospel.

Lectio Divina July 2017


Pope's Prayer Intentions for July 2017

Lapsed Christians
That our brothers and sisters who have strayed from the faith, through our prayer and witness to the Gospel, may rediscover the merciful closeness of the Lord and the beauty of the Christian life.

Lectio Divina June 2017


Pope's Prayer Intentions for June 2017

National Leaders

That national leaders may firmly commit themselves to ending the arms trade, which victimizes so many innocent people.

Be a Brother, Be a Prophet


Carmelite Youth Group
Curinga, Italy

"The root of brotherhood, then, is faith, adhesion to the plans of the Lord, to his way of living and dying. And the fruits of brotherhood are freedom, joy, peace." This quote from the reflection of the Carmelite youth group in Curinga, Italy will help the Carmelites and those who want to follow the Carmelite Charism experience the values of the Carmel Call - vocation.

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Be a Brother, Be a Prophet

Carmelite Youth Group
Curinga, Italy

Lectio Divina May 2017


Pope's Prayer Intentions for May 2017

Christians in Africa
That Christians in Africa, in imitation of the Merciful Jesus, may give prophetic witness to reconciliation, justice, and peace.

Why pray, today?


Kilian Healy, O. Carm. Prior General

Something strange is happening in the Church today. We are told people are praying less. Time and again many young people, even in religious life and in our seminaries are asking the question: Why pray?

Lectio Divina April 2017


Pope's Prayer Intentions for April 2017

Young People. 
That young people may respond generously to their vocations and seriously consider offering themselves to God in the priesthood or consecrated life.

Carmelite Schools Information


No matter what we are engaged in, the Carmelite ministry is to help people find God’s presence in their lives and in the world. We help people find God in every aspect of life. The God of all life is everywhere and we find — and help others discover — God’s presence in every person, experience, and event.

Council Agenda 2017-2018


Agenda and Activities of the General Council in 2017-2018 - (still updating)

For privacy reason, names of the General Council are not allowed to put in the agenda. For more information about the agenda and activities of the General Council, please contact the secretarial office of the Curia Generalizia dei Carmelitani.

The Carmelite Marian Tradition: The Seventeenth Century


Matthew Sprouffske, O. Carm.

Another great Carmelite Marian writer of the seventeenth century was Father Stephen of St. Francis Xavier, famed especially for his interest in Carmel’s Third Order. In his Exhortations Monastiques, a series of conferences touching on all things Carmelite, Father Stephen has left us a clear description of the relationship which must exist between Our Lady and the Carmelite.

Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Charles Haggerty, O. Carm.

We often hear and read the title of the Carmelite Order. Here we wish to explain it and show its significance and appropri­ateness. But that we might best understand it, we will have to consider it according to the mind of the people of the Middle Ages. For it was during the Middle Ages that the Order was forced to defend not only its title, but its very existence.

The Courage to Love


By Bernadette St. James, TOC, North Hollywood, California

Jesus’ life mission and purpose is to reveal the Kingdom of God which pertains to matters of the heart as found in his teaching on love and advanced in the Beatitudes. Ironically, since childhood the Baptized are instructed

Lectio Divina March 2017


Pope's Prayer Intentions for March 2017

Support for Persecuted Christians.
That persecuted Christians may be supported by the prayers and material help of the whole Church.

Lectio Divina March - Marzo - Marzo 2017

Some Questions and Answers about the Lay Carmelites

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     The Lay Carmelite is called to the Family of Carmel to be deeply involved in the mission of the Church, to contribute to the transformation of the secular world.  A Lay Carmelite does this by sharing in the charism of the Carmelite Order.  We find in Mary, the Mother of Jesus,

Registration: Carmelite Family JPIC Congress

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The Carmelite Commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation is organizing a Carmelite Family JPIC Congress scheduled for 22-28 July 2017 at Casa Sao Nuno, Fatima, Portugal. July 22, 2017 will be the day of arrival and participants depart on July 29, 2017.

Called to illuminate with prophetic light - The world of darkness


Liliane Sweko, Sndden

Sr. Liliane Sweko, former novice directress in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, is a member of the  Congregational Leadership Team  of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. 


            As an African and a woman religious who worked for many years in Africa before being elected to the general leadership team of my congregation,

How to continue growing as a spiritual director - Continuing formation in spiritual direction


Eddie Mercieca, SJ

The following words are remarks regarding some of the areas of continuing formation which we consider important for those who wish to continue growing in the ministry of spiritual direction.

Analysis of Survey Response Carmelite Commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation July 2016

  1. It is with heartfelt gratitude and appreciation that the General Commission for Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) writes to announce the results of the recent 2015 questionnaire project. 
  2. After receiving and analyzing the responses from a broad representation of the Carmelite Family, common

Congress Plan and Schedule


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Conference Theme:

Hearing both the cry of the Poor and of the Earth (cf. LS 49)
22-29 JULY 2017

Rationale Statement of the Carmelite Commission For Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation


We, the members drawn from the various branches of the Carmelite Family to constitute the Commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation of the Carmelite Order, met for our inaugural meeting at the Curia Generalizia, Roma, from 11-15 September 2014.

Convocation Letter of the Carmelite Family JPIC Congress, Fatima, 2017


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Re: Carmelite Family JPIC Congress, Fatima, 2017

Dear Fr Provincial/ Commissary Provincial/ Delegate,

Dear Mother General/ Sr Coordinator/ JPIC Promoter

I write to inform you that the Carmelite Commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation is organizing a Carmelite Family JPIC Congress scheduled for 22-28 July 2017 at Casa Sao Nuno, Fatima, Portugal. July 22, 2017 will be the day of arrival and participants depart on July 29, 2017.

Carmelite NGO Karit 20th Anniversary


Fr. David Oliver Felipo, O.Carm.

This year the Carmelite NGO Solidarity for Peace Karit has fulfilled its first twenty years of existence. From CITOC-magazine, we asked its president, Father David Oliver, O. Carm., That would tell us what it means Karit and something that this Carmelite NGO has been doing for the needy. This is his testimony.

Twenty years ago a group of Carmelites of the religious Iberian Region (Spain and Portugal), laity, they wanted to make real and concrete commitment to those most in need, with the last, with God’s preferred reality.

The Senior of the Order

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Sanny Bruijns, O.Carm.

On January 12, Fr. Constant Dölle, O. Carm., of the Dutch Province, celebrated his 100th birthday at his present Carmelite convent in Zenderen. Father Constant is currently the oldest member of the Carmelite Order.

The Ecological Originality of Pope Francis


Fr. Eduardo Agosta Scarel, O.Carm.

Soon we will reach the first anniversary of the launching of the much awaited and much critiqued encyclical Laudato Sì (hereafter LS) of Pope Francis, on the care of the earth, our common home.

Carmelite Mission in Ukraine

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Fr. Roman Dabrowski O.Carm.

Sasiadowice is an old village located half way between Chyrowa and Sambor in the Ukraine. The first historical references to this village occur in the year 1370. The wooden church of the Roman Catholic

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." 


by Dr. Radut