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Carmelite History and Spirituality

Report from Asia-Australia-Oceania 2015

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Fr. Benny Phang, O.Carm.

Asia is the birthplace of many great religions, and among them is Christianity. The apostolic exhortation Ecclesia in Asia praises God in explaining this continent, “It was in fact in Asia that God revealed and fulfilled his saving purpose from the beginning. He guided the patriarchs (cf. Gen 12) and called Moses

Lectio Divina June 2016

Human Solidarity

The Pope's Prayer for June 2016

Universal: Human Solidarity - That the aged, marginalized, and those who have no one may find–even within the huge cities of the world–opportunities for encounter and solidarity.

EvangelizationSeminarians and Novices - That seminarians and men and women entering religious life may have mentors who live the joy of the Gospel and prepare them wisely for their mission.

Report from Americas 2015

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Fr. Raúl Maraví, O.Carm.

The geographical region of the Americas covers a vast territory that is rich in its variety of cultures and centuries of history. The Carmelite friars are present and exercising ministry in thirteen different countries, from Canada in the north down to Argentina in the south.

Er sei für immer gepriesen, weil er so lange auf mich gewartet hat



des Generalpriors O.Carm. P. Fernando Millán Romeral


des Generaloberen OCD P. Saverio Cannistrà

zum Jubiläum der Barmherzigkeit
An die Schwestern und Brüder der Karmelitanischen Familie.


Report from Africa 2015

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Fr. Conrad Mutizamhepo, O.Carm.

‘Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy’ (Ps 126:5)

The year 2015 began on a very positive note. The All Africa Carmelite Leaders and Formators Assembly took place at Boko Spiritual Centre, Dar es Salam, Tanzania. A total of 17 persons attended including the organisers and translation staff. All seven countries were represented:

The Carmelites

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The Carmelites? Who are we?


The Holy Land, Mount Carmel to be exact. A mountain celebrated for its sheer beauty. Stretching out into the deep blue of the Mediterranean Sea Mount Carmel in the springtime of the year is a glow with the vivacious colouring of flowering shrubs and plants. A symbol for the beauty of Mary.

Triennial Bursars Meeting: Challenges for Today

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Fr. Carl Markelz, O.Carm.

The Triennial Bursars’ Meeting of the Order was held in Fatima, Portugal from 4-7 November 2015. Fifty bursars, Carmelite friars and lay people, gathered for this conference to be renewed in this ministry, review the policies of the Order, and discuss the challenges for today.

Meet Saint Mary Magdale de’ Pazzi


Few Saints hold greater attraction for Carmelites of the Ancient Observance than Saint Mary Magdalen de’ Pazzi. Her twenty-five years of religious life, begun in 1582 at the age of sixteen, were spent entirely in a convent of their observance, Saint Mary of the Angels in Florence.[1]

A Reflection for Pentecost


C. O’Donnell, O.Carm.

All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers. (Acts 1:14)

At the beginning of his second book, Acts of the Apostles, Luke is particularly careful to set the scene for the birth in power of the Church at Pentecost.

Humble Servants: The Canonization of Louis and Zélie Martin

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Fr. Carl Markelz, O.Carm.

On Sunday October 18, 2015, Pope Francis presided at Mass in St. Peter’s Square which included the Rite of Canonization. Earlier this year, on June 27, 2015, at the Ordinary Consistory in the Vatican, the Pope approved the canonization of Louis Martin and his wife Zélie.

IV Centenary of the Foundation of the Carmelite Monastery of Zaragoza (Spain) 1615-2015

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Fr. Rafael Mª. López Melús, O.Carm.

Throughout the last two years, the Carmelite nuns in Zargoza have been celebrating a jubilee. It is the fourth centenary of their foundation. It was on the 8th of July, 1615 that the four founders from the monastery of the Incarnation in Valencia arrived in the city of Zaragoza. The founding benefactor was Doña Ana Carrillo (d. 1631), who later became a Carmelite. 

Ongoing Formation Course for Young Carmelites in Indonesia

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Fr. Joseph Tri, O.Carm.

Aware of the wide range of expectations which newly ordained Carmelites face and of the unique adjustment demanded by the transition from initial formation to daily ministry, the General Commission of Formation, together with the Province of Indonesia, organized an ongoing formation course for newly ordained Carmelites from November 16-21, 2015.

Report from Europe 2015

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Fr. John Keating O.Carm.

In September of this year (2015), the Provincials, Commissaries and Delegates General of the European Geographical Area of the Order met at Saint Albert’s International Centre in Rome (CISA). This group meets every eighteen months to review the situation

Lectio Divina May 2016

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The Pope's Prayer Intentions for May 2016

Universal: Respect for Women - That in every country of the world, women may be honored and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed.

Evangelization: Holy Rosary - That families, communities, and groups may pray the Holy Rosary for evangelization and peace.

Lectio Divina May -  Mayo - Maggio 2016

One Way to Ask to Receive


Saint Peter Damian

Furthermore, I also consider it necessary to suggest to your holy prudence that you constantly take the Sacred Scriptures in hand and page through their folios. Be totally absorbed in them, spend your time with them, and always find your peace in them....

The Gift of Silence, Solitude and “The Cell”

The Gift of Silence, Solitude and “The Cell”

Kathleen Richardville, TOC (Florida)

Recently retired, I drop off my granddaughter at my parish's Catholic school. Morning mass in my own parish church conflicts with the school start time, so, finding another church with a mass schedule that fits the time constraints,

Invitation letter to WYD 2016 from the Polish Province


Dear Brothers and Sisters and all the young people who gather around our Carmelite spirituality!

On behalf of our Polish province and Polish youth, we would like to invite you to a common celebration of WYD 2016 in Cracow. We received very enthusiastically the news of the Holy Father,

General Delegation of st. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and St. Albert of Jerusalem of the Indian Carmelites of the Latin Rite


In December 2006 the Prior General of the Carmelite Order, Fr. Joseph Chalmers, received a request from a group of Discalced Carmelites of the Latin Rite in India who wished to pass over to our Order. Following a careful evaluation with the General Council of the reasons for the request,

Mary and Spirituality


C. O’Donnell, O.Carm.

A phrase like “Marian Spirituality” is enough to make some people uneasy. Is there not just one spirituality, namely Christian? The issue is naot only extremely important but also somewhat complex.


There is a growing literature on the theme of Mary and spirituality.[1] But we need to be alert to several approaches and aspects of the theme. Spirituality is a word that has become quite chameleon:

The Church

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Fr. P. Breen, O.Carm.

Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches

From the death of Christ the Church began to grow and to spread geographically. For many years it was simply known as “the Christian Church.” In time a divide developed. Those who first travelled west into Europe brought the message to the people and also particular liturgical rituals.

Lectio Divina April 2016


The Pope`s Prayer Intentions for April 2016

UniversalSmall Farmers - That small farmers may receive a just reward for their precious labor.

EvangelizationAfrican Christians - That Christians in Africa may give witness to love and faith in Jesus Christ amid political-religious conflicts.

What do Catholics believe?


Fr. P. Breen, O.Carm.

The basic tenets of the Catholic faith are summed up in the Creed which is affirmed by Catholics at Mass (the celebration of the Eucharist) each Sunday. There are two creeds in common use – the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed. The former is the shorter of the two and is believed to be a faithful summary of the belief of the Apostles. The Nicene Creed is the more detailed one and dates back to the two first ecumenical councils of the Church

Global Warming Linked to Public Health Threat


WASHINGTON — Global warming could lead to an increase in allergies and asthma, deaths by extreme heat and the proliferation of insect-borne diseases such as the West Nile virus, according to a scientific report released by the White House.

The conclusions of the report on the health

Fr Redemptus: The Friar With A Special Affinity Toward Lay Carmelites


Tom Zeitvogel, T.O. Carm.

It is a privilege and honor to have been asked to write these few observations, or perceptions if you will, about a Carmelite friar who has endeared himself to the hearts of a multitude of Lay Carmelites throughout the world. Fr Redemptus Maria Valabek, O.Carm. was unquestionably our friend, our mentor and our advocate.

Living Carmelite Hope through the example of Our Prophet


Fr. Joseph Chalmers, O.Carm.

In order to continue the journey, we need a little push from time to time. Remember the scene where Elijah sits under a bush and wishes that he were dead. (I Kings 19, 4). God has a plan for him and the divine plan could be thwarted

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