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450th Anniversary of the Birth of St. Mary MagdalenE de’ Pazzi

On 2nd of April, 2016, the date of Mary Magdalene’s birth in 1566, the solemn opening of the 450th Anniversary of the Birth of St. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi was marked with the solemn

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Reflection on the Immaculate Conception

On the 25 March in 1858 the twelve-year old peasant girl, Bernadette Soubirous felt drawn to the grotto where a beautiful lady had been appearing to her frequently since 11 February that year. Bernadette asked her who she was, and the lady in white said in the local dialect, “I am the Immaculate Conception.” 

Carmelite Rome: Selected locations Brief descriptions Texts for reflection

'A Pilgrimage of Hope': Historical Background Information


Welcome to Rome! This is an ancient place, a place of beauty, of faith and of pilgrimage down through the centuries. It is also a living city, the capital of Italy and the birthplace of the European Union, where the treaty of Rome was signed in 1957.

Carmelite Spirituality - Allegiance to Jesus Christ

Carmelites are the only religious and lay family in the Church whose beginnings took place in the Holy Land, the place where Jesus was born, lived, taught, suffered, died and rose from the dead.

Carmelite Spirituality - The Presence of God

Since the beginning of religious life in the Church, there have been different schools of spirituality. Even though every spirituality has but one foundation, Jesus Christ, some holy men and women throughout the centuries have been attracted to specific values from His

Today’s Contemplative Prayer Forms: Are They Contemplation?

A simpler title could be:

Contemplation and today’s contemplative prayer—are they the same or different? And, if different, what is their content and how are they related? This paper attempts a clarification of terms.

But more than semantics is involved. The deeper question at issue is: What are we doing when we practice contemporary forms of contemplative prayer, such as centering prayer or the “Christian Meditation” of John Main?

A Miracle Story for a Priest with Great Faith

BOCA RATON | Retired Carmelite Father Michael Driscoll of St. Jude Parish became emotional when he shared his near-death story, but smiled from ear to ear when he talked about his extraordinary healing, which he credits to prayer and the help of a man, who today, needs a miracle of his own.



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."