§1. In addition to Provinces and General Commissariats, the General Chapter, and outside the Chapter, the Prior General with the consent of his Council, and after hearing the views of those concerned, may erect General Delegations, by establishing in autonomous entities religious originating from one or more provinces.
In December 2006 the Prior General of the Carmelite Order, Fr. Joseph Chalmers, received a request from a group of Discalced Carmelites of the Latin Rite in India who wished to pass over to our Order. Following a careful evaluation with the General Council of the reasons for the request,
On July 16, the Solemn Commemoration of our Lady of Mount Carmel, in our house in Nairobi (Bustani ya Karmeli), the Prior General, accompanied by the Councillor for Africa, Fr. Désiré Unen Alimange, consigned the decree of canonical erection of the General Delegation of Kenya, which will be under the patronage of Our Lady of Carmel.
In 1411, The Province of Bohemia separated from the Upper German Province and become a Province in its own right. It was made up of the friaries of Prague (founded in 1347) and Tachov (1385), and other friaries in Poland, Bylorussia and Hungary. In 1440, after the war of the Hussars, the friaries of Bohemia were given back to the Upper German Province.
In 1240 or thereabouts, there was a Carmelite foundation in Les Aygalades (the first in France), near Marseilles and in Nantes in 1318. In the year 1789 the Order had eight Provinces and 153 houses in France. The French Revolution of the same year resulted in the extinction of the Carmelite Order in that country. Various attempts were made to re-establish our presence since, but without success.
|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."