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A Brief History of The Carmelites



The Order of Carmelites has its origins on Mount Carmel, in Palestine, where, as we read in the II Book of Kings, the great prophet Elijah defended the true faith in the God of Israel, when he won the challenge against the priests of Baal. It was also on Mount Carmel that the same prophet,

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 The first historical references to this village occur in the year 1370.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

Carmelite Mission in Hong Kong


Fr. Heribertus Heru Purwanto, O.Carm.

Carmelite mission in Hong Kong started over 30 months ago.  The actual members involved are three priests from the Indonesian Province. They are Heribertus Heru Purwanto, Paulus Waris Santoso,

Carmel in Papua New Guinea Gateway to Oceania

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Fr. Christian B. Buenafe, O.Carm.

Oceania is the region in between the continents of Asia and Australia, it consists of big and small island countries that stretch and spread out in the vast Pacific Ocean. These are the countries of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Fiji and Samoan Islands,

The Carmelites

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The Carmelites? Who are we?


The Holy Land, Mount Carmel to be exact. A mountain celebrated for its sheer beauty. Stretching out into the deep blue of the Mediterranean Sea Mount Carmel in the springtime of the year is a glow with the vivacious colouring of flowering shrubs and plants. A symbol for the beauty of Mary.

IV Centenary of the Foundation of the Carmelite Monastery of Zaragoza (Spain) 1615-2015

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Fr. Rafael Mª. López Melús, O.Carm.

Throughout the last two years, the Carmelite nuns in Zargoza have been celebrating a jubilee. It is the fourth centenary of their foundation. It was on the 8th of July, 1615 that the four founders from the monastery of the Incarnation in Valencia arrived in the city of Zaragoza. The founding benefactor was Doña Ana Carrillo (d. 1631), who later became a Carmelite. 

125th Anniversary of the First Carmelites in New York, USA


by Fr. Michael Kissane.

It was an overcast day with a bit of rain.  However, that did not dampen the spirit of the joy-filled celebration of the 125 anniversary of the arrival of the Carmelites in New York.   Many gathered at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt Carmel in Middletown, NY for the mass and luncheon on March 29, 2014.   

The History of the Carmelite Liturgy

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Bartholomew Quinn, O.Carm.

It is often true to say that the present is deeply rooted in the past; it is certainly very true to say so of the Carmelite Rite as we have it today. For that body of liturgical books — the Missal, the Breviary, the Ceremonial, and the rest — which directs the liturgical life of the Order, has not remained unchanged in the course of centuries. Rather, the Carmelite Rite as we know it today is the result of seven centuries of development,

The Carmelite Vocation

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Thomas Mcginnis, O.Carm.

We often read in books and hear in lectures about the various schools of spirituality within the Catholic Church. We are told, for example, that the Dominican school is distinguished by its emphasis upon the intellectual element in the spiritual life; the Franciscan school, by a similar emphasis upon the affective element. The existence of such schools may at first sight appear strange; yet serious consideration will tell us that the oft-quoted words of St. Augustine apply not only to individual souls,

The Development of Carmelite Spirituality


Joel J. Moelter, O.Carm.

The study of the history of spirituality has unfortunately been somewhat neglected until comparatively recent times. Yet its importance can hardly be exaggerated. It is true that those features which characterize sanctity in general must necessarily be found in all of the saints. Still there is an enormous personal factor. Thus to know that St. Teresa was a saint is not to know how she was a saint.

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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