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General Commissariats

Where there is the hope that a new Province of the Order might be founded in future, and where there are at least three canonically established houses and thirty solemnly professed members, the Prior General, with the consent of his Council, following a careful examination of the situation and having consulted the Prior Provincial and his Council as well members concerned, can found a General Commissariat.

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General Commissariat Paraná

The history of the Carmelites in Paraná begins with the history of Ulrich Goevert, a member of the Upper German Province. He went to Brazil in 1936, and joined up with the work of the Carmelites in the Northeast. After fifteen years he set out from there to begin a mission of his own in line with a project of his province that took shape in Paranavaí.

General Commissariat of "La Vergine Bruna", Naples

This Commissariat was only recently erected under this title. But it has inherited a tradition which goes back to 1524 when the Naples convent of Carmine Maggiore, even though remaining a community of the Neapolitan Province, nevertheless was withdrawn from that Province's jurisdiction and placed immediately under the Prior General.

General Commissariat of Portugal

In 1251 some religious from Mount Carmel, with the help of the Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem, founded a convent in the city of Moura. In 1397 Blessed Nuño Alves Pereira, the Sargent of Artillery, gave the Carmelites, whom he got to know and admire during his campaigns, a magnificent convent and church which he had built in Lisbon in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He asked to be received as a lay



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."