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“Bibliotheca Carmelitana Nova” Project


On Monday 23 April the supervisory committee of the “Bibliotheca Carmelitana Nova” Project met in CISA in Rome to review progress in 2011 and to plan for the coming year. Present were Dr. Edeltraud Klueting, Fathers Giovanni Grosso (president of the Carmelite Institute), Ton van de Gulik (Carmelite Librarian), Kevin Alban (Bursar General) and the principal researcher, Dr. Coralie Zermatten.

The purpose of the project initially is to create a database of all Carmelite authors in the Middle Ages based on original research in bibliographies and archives. This database will include manuscript references relating to the authors, as well as indications of useful secondary material for each Carmelite. At this point over 1,100 entries have been made which include 400 manuscripts and over 300 secondary works. Apart from date and place of birth and a bibliography, each entry will have a short biography (of about 150-200 words), outlining the key points in the life of each subject. The next stage in the project will be the composition and editing of 100 entries in preparation for an online beta test of the database itself.

This project is supported financially by 18 provinces of the Order (two thirds of the cost) and by the Carmelite Institute which pays the remaining one third. The next meeting will be towards the end of 2012 to plan the live online testing.

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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."