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A Brief History of The Carmelites

Origin

The Order of Carmelites has its origins on Mount Carmel, in Palestine, where, as we read in the II Book of Kings, the great prophet Elijah defended the true faith in the God of Israel, when he won the challenge against the priests of Baal. It was also on Mount Carmel that the same prophet,

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Carmelite Mission in Ukraine

Sasiadowice is an old village located half way between Chyrowa and Sambor in the Ukraine. The first historical references to this village occur in the year 1370. The wooden church of the Roman Catholic

Carmelite Mission in Hong Kong

Carmelite mission in Hong Kong started over 30 months ago.  The actual members involved are three priests from the Indonesian Province. They are Heribertus Heru Purwanto, Paulus Waris Santoso,

Carmel in Papua New Guinea Gateway to Oceania

Oceania is the region in between the continents of Asia and Australia, it consists of big and small island countries that stretch and spread out in the vast Pacific Ocean. These are the countries of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Fiji and Samoan Islands,

The Carmelites


The Carmelites? Who are we?

ROOT

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. On that mountain the first Carmelites came together, a unique group. Laymen, most of them, living as hermits in community. They took as their model one who appealed to many monks in the West, the Prophet Elijah.

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

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. 

125th Anniversary of the First Carmelites in New York, USA

It was an overcast day with a bit of rain.  However, that did not dampen the spirit of the joy-filled celebration of the 125 anniversary of the arrival of the Carmelites in New York.   Many gathered at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt Carmel in Middletown, NY for the mass and luncheon on March 29, 2014.   

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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."