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The earliest Carmelites

The earliest Carmelites were to imitate the Jesus who was in the habit of going aside to pray, to be alone with God, his Abba.

Keith J. Egan

Prayer is a way to arrive at perfection,

Prayer is a way to arrive at perfection, because in prayer God teachers the soul, and through prayer the soul detaches itself from created things and unites itself to God.

St. Mary Magdalen de’ Pazzi.

At last! I have found my vocation!

At last! I have found my vocation! In the heart of the Church--my Mother--I will be love! And all my dreams shall be realized!

(St. Therese of the Child Jesus)



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."