Firstly, I want to welcome those of you who are visiting this website of the Carmelite Order. New technologies offer us the possibility to get mountains of information. The website of the Carmelite Order actually wants to do more, it wants to provide you with a space for reflection, a space to be in contact with spirituality, with tradition and with the charism of Carmel
, a place of encounter among all the members of the Carmelite Family: friars, nuns, religious sisters
, lay people
, Carmelite youth, and everyone who, for one reason or another, is interested in the spiritual world of Carmel.
Thus, we want this website to become a useful instrument offering you material, written and visual, texts, pictures, official letters of the Order, documents
, and so forth. And so, our website can be very useful for formation houses, reflection groups or youth groups, because here you can find the latest documents of the Order, together with a number of links that will give you access to most Carmelite documentation.
We would also like it to be a point of reference, a home, a thermometer that will take the temperature of the life in Carmel, its changes, its heartbeats. Together with CITOC-Online
, that regularly gives news of the Order, this website indicates how the eight-hundred-year old roots of Carmel
are still alive and still giving life.
The main protagonists of this website are all of you. Therefore, I want to encourage you to keep on working for Carmel, for the Church, and for humankind, with hope and generosity.
The General Chapter 2007 reminded us that we live “in allegiance of Jesus Christ”
, as our Carmelite Rule proclaims, and that we are “praying and prophetic communities in a changing world”. This website can be a window opening out to that changing world, a window from which we will show others who we are, what we do, why we do it, and why we do it in a particular way.Blessed Titus Brandsma
, over 60 years ago, understood the importance of the mass media (in his day there was only the press and radio). Hopefully, we will be able to imitate his open and responsible attitude towards the media for the evangelization of the world. May he help us from heaven in this fascinating area.
I would like to conclude by thanking those who made this website and all the other means of communications within our Order possible.
WELCOME to the website of Carmel, welcome to your home.