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Mary & the Brown Scapular

Mary, Mother of Carmel: Our Model of Faith

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James McCaffrey

The first disciple

Mary is God's mother and our mother, too — mother of all Christians, mother of Carmel. But she is also a disciple of her Son. Paul VI, for example, speaks of Mary as the first disciple. This marks a renewed approach to the mystery of Mary in relation to her Son — 'she was the first and the most perfect of Christ's disciples,' he tells us. And his words are echoed by one of his successors,

A Letter for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel


Dear brothers and sisters in the Carmelite Family,

The feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is approaching. As we do every year, we are now getting ready to celebrate joyfully this feast which is so important for the worldwide Carmelite Family. In different places, with a variety of religious events, we will honour the woman that we call, “Mother and Ornament of Carmel”. Processions, novenas, the giving of the Scapular, devotions,

Mary's pilgrimage of faith


by Fr. Chris O'Donnell, O.Carm.

The Blessed Virgin advanced in her pilgrimage of faith,
and faithfully persevered in union with her Son.

(Vatican II, Church, 58)

A pilgrimage is a journey to a holy place. The great medieval pilgrimages were to the holy places where Jesus walked: Rome sanctified by the apostles Peter and Paul, and Compostela the shrine of the apostle James.

Nine Themes in Carmelite Spirituality - 6. Carmel is Marian


by Fr. Patrick Thomas McMahon, O.Carm.

Lay Carmelites seek God's presence in prayer while living an active life in the world. This duality of contemplative prayer and active ministry was modeled by the first Carmelites who lived as hermits on Mount Carmel, then later became mendicants in the cities of Europe.

Carmel is Marian

Letter of the Prior General on the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel


By Fr. Fernando Millán, O.Carm.

Dear brothers and sisters in the extended Carmelite Family throughout the world, the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is approaching. In many places there will be novenas, processions, and other ways of honouring Mary, our Mother and Sister under this title, which is so much at the heart of Carmelite life.

More Mother than Queen: a Carmelite View of Mary


by Gregory Houck, O.Carm.

For most of the Catholic world May is considered the month of Mary. As they’ve done for generations, parishes and schools will be holding May Processions and Crownings of the May Queen to honor the Blessed Mother throughout these thirty-one days. Although Mary, along with the Old Testament prophet, Elijah, is considered a spiritual founder of our order, the Carmelite connection to Our Lady has traditionally had a distinctly different feel than the regal pomp generally associated with Mary during May.

The Annunciation

Monday, March 26, 2012

Mary the Prophet: Mary as an Inspiration in the Work for Justice


By Fr. Joseph Chalmers, O. Carm.

Mary is a model for Carmelites and therefore a model for Carmelites who work in the area of peace and justice. Mary’s way of believing is a light and example for the work of the Carmelite NGO, as I hope to be able to explain in this article.

Presentation of Jesus In The Temple


by Mary Grace Ritchey

"Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the confidence of things not seen," says the author of Hebrews (11:1)  This feast of the Great Encounter is a celebration of centuries of confidence in things not yet realized but promised by God, salvation and complete union with God. 

The Role of MARY in Carmelite Formation


Rev. Paul A.M. Denault, O. Carm.

When the first Carmelites came together on Mount Carmel some 800 years ago, they were embarking on a new quest. They were seeking the presence of God by contemplating deeply the Scriptures along with their own experiences. In this quest for God, they came to see the Blessed Virgin Mary as their preeminent guide. The earliest Carmelites were attentive to the scripture passage that described Mary as keeping “all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.”

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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." 


by Dr. Radut