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Iconization of Titus Brandsma

Titus Brandsma was born in 1881 in Oegeklooster (Friesland, The Netherlands). In 1898 he entered the Carmelite Order at Boxmeer (Brabant). After his training for the priesthood and his study of philosophy and sociology in Rome, he taught philosophy at the Carmelite school in Oss (Brabant).

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Carmelite, An experience of Desert

In our faith journey, there are moments when we as individuals or as groups are brought into the desert. Sometimes we walk into the desert following God's call or sometimes we just find ourselves there by force of circumstance.

Discernment in the Rule of Carmel – A Reflection

The end of Chapter 24 of the Carmelite Rule reads: ‘Use discernment, however, the guide of the virtues.’ Instead of ‘discernment’ some translations use the term ‘common sense’. Common sense here is too narrow a translation that does not reflect the comprehensive meaning of ‘discernere’ or ‘discretio’.

Carmelites and the Future - Carmelite Family, Justice and peace and Mission

Carmelite Family

The Carmelite Family has grown and developed greatly in recent years with many new members and new groups. New ways of understanding the relationships between the different components within the Family are emerging.

Carmelites and the Future - Formation

Formation lasts at least a lifetime; we are not finished with it when we are solemnly professed. We have very good Constitutions and formation document. We have many more Carmelite resources available to us than in the past.

Carmelites and the Future - Vocations

Despite the best efforts of vocation promoters, it seems that new vocations will be very few, at least for the foreseeable future, especially in the West. This will have major implications for the Church, the Order and each Province. To face up to closing houses or withdrawing from certain

Carmelites and the Future - Creative Fidelity

Mt. 28,18 - "]esus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.19   Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20   and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."



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."