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Carmelite History and Spirituality

From Mary to Mary, From Mother to Daughter, From Teacher to Disciple

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From Mary to Mary, From Mother to Daughter, From Teacher to Disciple

The Marian spirituality of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face


Lectio Divina October 2017


Pope's Prayer Intentions for October 2017

Workers and the Unemployed
That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.

A reflection on the Pope's visit in Colombia

The Carmelite youth group at the Visit of the Pope in Columbia

Father Pedro Arenas, O.Carm

(Colombia - 09/12/2017)

The recent visit of Pope Francis to Colombia was a blessing. Just two days ago he returned to Rome and here we are experiencing how sad and difficult to be able to return to everyday life, to be without him. Everything smells like Francisco. We all continued thinking and saying something about him. He spoke the truth of the Gospel from his heart to the hearts of all and we all understood him, from the youngest to the most reluctant. Colombia was different. For five days, after more than seventy years, we began to feel brotherhood again and to be moved by the dream of being reconciled.

Lectio Divina September 2017


Pope's Prayer Intentions for September 2017


That our parishes, animated by a missionary spirit, may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen.

The Word Of God In Our Carmelite Journey




My heart overflows with noble words…. (Psalm 45)


Prepared by The General Commission for Evangelization and Mission

1. The Word That Visits Me in The Silence Of My Solitude

Then a voice came to me….

Lectio Divina August 2017


Pope's Prayer Intentions for August 2017


That artists of our time, through their ingenuity, may help everyone discover the beauty of creation.

Letter of the Prior General for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel 2017

Letter from Fr Fernando

Fernando Millán Romeral O.Carm.


Dear brothers and sisters of the Carmelite family:

          The feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is approaching and, like every year, I want to send you an affectionate greeting with my most sincere congratulations.  I hope that the feast and all the celebrations of these days (novenas, processions, religious and cultural events, etc.) will be an occasion to honor Mary under this title so popular and endearing and so dear to all of us Carmelites.  May these celebrations touch our hearts, inspire our living of the charism, and transform our lives so that we become more and more faithful to the values of the Gospel.

Lectio Divina July 2017


Pope's Prayer Intentions for July 2017

Lapsed Christians
That our brothers and sisters who have strayed from the faith, through our prayer and witness to the Gospel, may rediscover the merciful closeness of the Lord and the beauty of the Christian life.

Lectio Divina June 2017


Pope's Prayer Intentions for June 2017

National Leaders

That national leaders may firmly commit themselves to ending the arms trade, which victimizes so many innocent people.

Be a Brother, Be a Prophet


Carmelite Youth Group
Curinga, Italy

"The root of brotherhood, then, is faith, adhesion to the plans of the Lord, to his way of living and dying. And the fruits of brotherhood are freedom, joy, peace." This quote from the reflection of the Carmelite youth group in Curinga, Italy will help the Carmelites and those who want to follow the Carmelite Charism experience the values of the Carmel Call - vocation.

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Be a Brother, Be a Prophet

Carmelite Youth Group
Curinga, Italy

Lectio Divina May 2017


Pope's Prayer Intentions for May 2017

Christians in Africa
That Christians in Africa, in imitation of the Merciful Jesus, may give prophetic witness to reconciliation, justice, and peace.

Why pray, today?


Kilian Healy, O. Carm. Prior General

Something strange is happening in the Church today. We are told people are praying less. Time and again many young people, even in religious life and in our seminaries are asking the question: Why pray?

Lectio Divina April 2017


Pope's Prayer Intentions for April 2017

Young People. 
That young people may respond generously to their vocations and seriously consider offering themselves to God in the priesthood or consecrated life.

Carmelite Schools Information


No matter what we are engaged in, the Carmelite ministry is to help people find God’s presence in their lives and in the world. We help people find God in every aspect of life. The God of all life is everywhere and we find — and help others discover — God’s presence in every person, experience, and event.

Council Agenda 2017-2018


Agenda and Activities of the General Council in 2017-2018 - (still updating)

For privacy reason, names of the General Council are not allowed to put in the agenda. For more information about the agenda and activities of the General Council, please contact the secretarial office of the Curia Generalizia dei Carmelitani.

The Carmelite Marian Tradition: The Seventeenth Century


Matthew Sprouffske, O. Carm.

Another great Carmelite Marian writer of the seventeenth century was Father Stephen of St. Francis Xavier, famed especially for his interest in Carmel’s Third Order. In his Exhortations Monastiques, a series of conferences touching on all things Carmelite, Father Stephen has left us a clear description of the relationship which must exist between Our Lady and the Carmelite.

Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Charles Haggerty, O. Carm.

We often hear and read the title of the Carmelite Order. Here we wish to explain it and show its significance and appropri­ateness. But that we might best understand it, we will have to consider it according to the mind of the people of the Middle Ages. For it was during the Middle Ages that the Order was forced to defend not only its title, but its very existence.

The Courage to Love


By Bernadette St. James, TOC, North Hollywood, California

Jesus’ life mission and purpose is to reveal the Kingdom of God which pertains to matters of the heart as found in his teaching on love and advanced in the Beatitudes. Ironically, since childhood the Baptized are instructed

Lectio Divina March 2017


Pope's Prayer Intentions for March 2017

Support for Persecuted Christians.
That persecuted Christians may be supported by the prayers and material help of the whole Church.

Lectio Divina March - Marzo - Marzo 2017

Some Questions and Answers about the Lay Carmelites

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     The Lay Carmelite is called to the Family of Carmel to be deeply involved in the mission of the Church, to contribute to the transformation of the secular world.  A Lay Carmelite does this by sharing in the charism of the Carmelite Order.  We find in Mary, the Mother of Jesus,

Registration: Carmelite Family JPIC Congress

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The Carmelite Commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation is organizing a Carmelite Family JPIC Congress scheduled for 22-28 July 2017 at Casa Sao Nuno, Fatima, Portugal. July 22, 2017 will be the day of arrival and participants depart on July 29, 2017.

Called to illuminate with prophetic light - The world of darkness


Liliane Sweko, Sndden

Sr. Liliane Sweko, former novice directress in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, is a member of the  Congregational Leadership Team  of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. 


            As an African and a woman religious who worked for many years in Africa before being elected to the general leadership team of my congregation,

How to continue growing as a spiritual director - Continuing formation in spiritual direction


Eddie Mercieca, SJ

The following words are remarks regarding some of the areas of continuing formation which we consider important for those who wish to continue growing in the ministry of spiritual direction.

Analysis of Survey Response Carmelite Commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation July 2016

  1. It is with heartfelt gratitude and appreciation that the General Commission for Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) writes to announce the results of the recent 2015 questionnaire project. 
  2. After receiving and analyzing the responses from a broad representation of the Carmelite Family, common

Congress Plan and Schedule


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Conference Theme:

Hearing both the cry of the Poor and of the Earth (cf. LS 49)
22-29 JULY 2017

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