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Opening Address at the Lay Carmelite Conference in Atlanta


Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm.,

I am very happy to be here and to meet again so many good friends of the Carmelite Family. More than 450 people reflecting together on the spiritual journey of Carmel is quite impressive, especially for our times.

Awakening PROJECT San Felice del Benaco

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Sabrina Rubio Perez

Last August we, the Carmelite youth from different parts of Europe where the Order is present, met for five days to celebrate the second part of the “Awakening” project. They were very intense days in which the sharing

Fr Redemptus: The Friar With A Special Affinity Toward Lay Carmelites


Tom Zeitvogel, T.O. Carm.

It is a privilege and honor to have been asked to write these few observations, or perceptions if you will, about a Carmelite friar who has endeared himself to the hearts of a multitude of Lay Carmelites throughout the world. Fr Redemptus Maria Valabek, O.Carm. was unquestionably our friend, our mentor and our advocate.

Lay Carmel in Malta: The Third Order

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Georgina Linwood

The Carmelites in Malta

The Carmelite Order arrived in Malta from Sicily in 1418. The friars’ first home was at Lunzjata, which is located in Rabat, and afterwards the brothers went to live in Mdina. In the following centuries the Carmelites spread out along the island. Today there are four parishes, a school run by the Carmelites, religious vocations teams, Third Orders and groups following Carmelite spirituality.

The Carmelite Order & The Laity

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Patrick Burke, O.Carm.

The Second Vatican Council called the Church to new life in the Spirit who gives life to, unifies and moves the whole body. “Christ fills the Church, which is his body and his fullness, with his divine gifts so that it may increase and attain to all the fullness of God” (LG 7). All the baptised, centred in

A Dream and an Image of the General Chapter


Víctor M. Navarro Poncela

Last night a dear friend asked me to tell him the story of an experience and a thousand feelings came to me as I locked into the unyielding pages a dream and an image.

An Image

The doors of the main chapel in Sassone are closed; inside, there are human shapes, dressed in brown, many of them, filling the rustic benches that shape the lower part of the chapel space

Lay Carmelites with the Scapular


Fr. Joseph Hung Tran, O.Carm.

The maternal love that the Blessed Virgin Mary has for the Carmelites is evidenced in the Brown Scapular. It is the sign of protection that Mary offered to the Order of Carmelites during a difficult time of the Order. The legend recorded is that Mary appeared to St. Simon Stock and promised to protect the Order

The Carmelite Laity in the Middle Ages


James Pilkington, O. Carm.

«The age in which. we live demands that we try by every possible means to turn. the attention of the People once more to the Third Order and promote it everywhere from day to day.»

Most Reverend HILARY M. DOSWALD, O.Carm. (Elian letters, 1940)

The foundation of the Mendicant Orders in the Middle Ages had a profound influence on the faithful — at that time the old monastic spirit flourished in the very midst of the people.

Lay Carmel and the wider Carmelite Family

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from the website of The British Province of Carmelites

'Lay Carmel' is the largest branch of the Carmelite Family. The following additional information is offered to help place Lay Carmel within the broader picture of the Carmelite Family.

Carmel's roots in the Laity

Frequently Asked Questions about Third Order

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1. What are the basic steps to become a Lay Carmelite?

It is best to become a member of a “local” community (or chapter). You will then begin two periods of formal formation – one leading to Reception, and then another that leads to the Profession Promises. Some time later, one may renew that profession with the pronouncing of the two “private” vows of obedience and chastity,

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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." 


by Dr. Radut