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Bursar General


Fr. Carl Joseph Markelz, O.Carm., Bursar General

Fr. Carl was born in Joliet, IL, USA on 16 August 1962.  He attended Joliet Catholic High School, administered by the Carmelites.  After graduating from Loyola University of Chicago, he entered the Carmelites and did his novitiate in Middletown, NY. Taught two years on internship at Mount Carmel High School in Chicago and lived in community at St. Gelasius Parish.  He professed his solemn vows in Washington, DC in 1989.  After studying Theology at the Washington Theological Union, he was ordained in 1991.  He then lived in community and ministered at Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, CA.  During that time, he studied school leadership and administration at the University of San Francisco, and became the Principal and President of Mount Carmel High School, Chicago, in 1996 and continued living in community and ministering there for 15 years.  In 2011, he was elected Provincial of the PCM Province. 

At the 2013 General Chapter, was elected Bursar General of the Order to serve for six year term 2013-2019, and is honored and humbled to serve the members of the Carmelite Family.  

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." 


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