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Research grant in memory of Fr. Emanuele Boaga, O. Carm. - Seventh Edition (2023)

As it does every year, the General Archives of the Carmelite Order has announced a selection for the award of a research grant, named in memory of Fr. Emanuele Boaga, O. Carm., who was the general archivist of the Order for about thirty years.

Projects should focus on historical, religious, philological or archival research, starting with an analysis of the documentary heritage preserved in our Archives. The goal is to produce a scientific paper on the basis of the studies carried out (article, monograph, edition of sources, inventory, etc.), which will be considered for publication with Carmelite Editions.

The deadline for submission of applications is August 3, 2023.

For more information, please refer to the Archives' website:

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Days of Appreciation of the Ecclesiastical Heritage 2023

The Opening of the General Archives and Library of the Order of the Carmelites to the Public

The 2023 edition of the Days of Enhancement of Ecclesiastical Cultural Heritage was held on May 13-21. Its theme was "Beyond the Slide. Church Cultural Heritage: From Accessibility to Inclusion." The Carmelite General Archives and Library took part with an even on May 19 at Centro Internazionale San Alberto (CISA) in Rome. Both library and archives are houses at CISA.

Three rounds of tours were given. Some 50 people attended, including employees of the General Curia, professionals in the field, scholars, as well as people curious seeing the doors to the library on Via Sforza Pallavicini open for the first time in 40 years.

The tours consisted with the librarian and archivist, Mario Alfarano, O. Carm., giving an introduction to the history and organization of the archives and library. Sara Bischetti showed the library’s holdings and research tools, highlighting some of the older items preserved in the library, including incunabula (books printed before 1501) and cinquecentine (books printed in the 16th century. The visitors were then able to explore the three floors of the libraries holdings.

In the archives, Simona Serci provided a short history and evolution of the Order using a display of papal bulls and letters, records from both general chapters and provincial chapters, documentation on the Carmelite house at Traspontina which was relocated decades after the unification of Italy at what is now CISA but at the time was the International College of St. Albert.

The tours ended in the storeroom of the documentary section of the General Postulation. This department is involved with the processes for the causes of the Carmelite saints and blesseds. 

The visits ended with the blessing of the library by Tadeusz Popiela, prior of CISA, inaugurating the new opening to the public. Refreshments in the houses main hall followed with music by Loredana Birocci on the piano. 

For 2023, 136 events took place around Italy. Thirty-nine of these were done by museums, 33 by archives, 42 by libraries, 9 by churches, and 13 by dioceses. The days are promoted by the National Office for Ecclesiastical Cultural Heritage and Worship Buildings of the Italian Bishops' Conference together with AMEI - Association of Italian Ecclesiastical Museums, AAE - Association of Ecclesiastical Archivists and ABEI - Association of Italian Ecclesiastical Librarians and under the patronage of ICOM Italia (International Council of Museums), ANAI- Italian National Archival Association and AIB - Italian Library Association.

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Monday, 22 May 2023 06:41

Roundtable discussion on travelogues

On the occasion of Archivissima 2023, examples of travelogues, whose editions are based on the manuscripts preserved in the Archives, will be presented on June 9 at the General Archives and Library of the Order of Carmelites.

Roundtable discussion
Travel narratives in the diaries of the Carmelites of the seventeenth century


Flavia Di Giampaolo (Institutum Carmelitanum), The Diary of Giovanni Antonio Filippini

Cristiano Garcia Dias Barbosa (Pernambuco Province), The Roman Diary of Ludovico Perez

Glen Attard (University of Malta), The Journey of the Cross of Jan Pascha


Sara Bischetti (Carmelite General Library)

6:30 p.m., St. Albert International Center

Via Sforza Pallavicini 10, Rome

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Thursday, 23 February 2023 11:51

Training Courses for Secretaries and Archivists

The Servants of Mary Historical Institute and the General Archives of the Carmelites have planned new training activities for secretaries and archivists. After the training course on current archives, which was held in June 2022, the two institutions have decided to offer some workshop activities to help participants practice practically some of the content proposed during the course.

The first workshop, scheduled for Feb. 25 and led by Prof. Emanuele Atzori, will focus on the management of current archival tools. The second workshop, scheduled for April 22 and led by Prof. Alessandro Alfier, will be devoted to electronic archives. From June 22 to June 24, 2023, a training course on historical archives will be held.

All these activities will take place at the Marianum Pontifical Faculty in Rome.

More information can be found on the General Archives website:

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Tuesday, 05 July 2022 13:37

Training Course on Current Archives

From June 30 to July 2, 2022, a course for archivists and secretaries was held at the auditorium of the Marianum Pontifical Theological Faculty entitled "The Current Archives of a Religious Institute." The course, provided by the Servite Historical Institute (OSM), with the collaboration of the Institutum Carmelitanum, was organized and directed by both the OSM and OCARM General Archives.

Initially the course was designed for members of the OSM and OCARM religious families. It was later opened to all and number of participants, in person and online, surpassed 100.

The course was conducted in Italian and was structured with both theoretical and practical components. The introduction to archives and documents was covered by Amalraj Arockiasamy, osm. Simona Serci presented the history of archives and the example of the archives of the Carmelites while Odir J. Dias provided the example of the Servants of Mary archives. Mario Alfarano, O. Carm., described the life of the archive in its articulations, while Alessandro Decupis spoke on Archiveconomics and Alessandro Alfier on the electronic document and archive. Finally, Emanuele Atzori presented some basic tools of the current archives such as the titular, protocol, preservation plan and a management manual.

It is hoped to continue providing such courses to assist and promote collaboration with those working in the archives of the religious institutes.

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Wednesday, 31 March 2021 14:05

Libraries, Archives & Museums


The principal archives of the Carmelite Order are located in Rome at St Albert’s International Centre (CISA). This preserves the documentation of the General Curia and is open to scholars of local and international religious history and promotes various research activities and events.

It was established in 1593 by the Prior General Giovanni Stefano Chizzola. Before that date, Priors General normally resided in the Province from which they came and the archive moved around without a permanent home. Of the material prior to 1593, there are parchments dating from the 12th century, as well as a small group of documents ascribable to the 13th. However, a large part of the material resulting from the activity of the Prior General and his Council before 1593 has been lost.

For the documents before 1935 please contact the archivist of the historical section of the General Archive, Father Mario Alfarano, OCarm (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The archivist of the General Curia is Father Alexander Vella OCarm.

Archivum Generale Ordinis Carmelitarum (Rome)
via Sforza Pallavicini 10, Roma


While each Carmelite house has its own library, there are several major research libraries with Carmelite material throughout the Order. Some of these have online catalogues.

The principal library of the Carmelite Order is located in Rome. It is situated at in St Albert’s  International Centre (CISA) and contains over 22,000 titles and over 400 periodical titles from both the Ancient Observance and the Teresian (Discalced) branches of Carmelites. A research library of Carmelite printed material dating from the late 15th century to the present. There is also a selection of microfilms and microfiches. The library is available for scholars of the Carmelite history and spirituality. Access is by previous appointment with the librarian.

Rome (Italy)
Carmelite Library

Centro Internazionale Sant’ Alberto (CISA), Via Sforza Pallavicini, 10 

 Details of these the other major research libraries in the Carmelite Order can be found below.

Melbourne (Australia)
214 Richardson Street, Middle Park, Victoria.

Aylesford (Britain)
The Friars, Maidstone, Aylesford, Kent.

Nantes (France)
Notre Dame de Lumières, Allèe Titus Brandsma, Nantes.

Mainz (Germany)
Bibliothek, Karmeliterstraße 7, Mainz.

Malang (Indonesia)
Indonesian Carmelite Library, Jl. Talang 3, Malang 65112

Dublin (Ireland)
Gort Muire Centre, Ballinteer, Dublin 16.

Boxmeer (Netherlands)
Karmel, Steenstraat 39, Boxmeer

Quezon City (Philippines)
Institute of Spirituality in Asia, 28 Acacia St., New Manila, 1112 Quezon City.

Krakow (Poland)
Klasztor OO. Karmelitów, ul. Karmelicka, 19, 31-131 Kraków.

Washington, District of Columbia (USA)
Whitefriars Hall, 1600 Webster Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20017


Carmelites have several museums around the Order in which objects of artistic and cultural significance for Carmel are displayed for public viewing. These help visitors to grow in an understanding of our Carmelite heritage and tradition in order to encourage reflection and personal growth. They assist in keeping our Carmelite cultural and spiritual traditions alive and nourished.

Information on some of the major Carmelite museums around the Order can be found below.

Krakow (Poland)
Klasztor OO. Karmelitów, ul. Karmelicka, 19, 31-131 Kraków.

Darien, Illinois (USA)
National Shrine & Museum of St. Therese
8501 Bailey Road, Darien, IL 60561

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