In 1562, St. Teresa of Avila started a reform movement among the nuns and then with
the help of St john of the cross, among the friars in 1568 in Spain. All the reformed
more austere way of life were generally known as the Discalced. After a period of
waiting, the Discalced Carmelites were allowed to form a separate Province under
the direct jurisdiction of the Prior General of the Order in 1580, as it was a quasi
The reform itself was divided into three separate congregation and later in 1857
under Leo XIII were re-
The international Carmelite Order comprising of three branches of Men, Cloistered Nuns and Lay Persons, spread through Europe very fast and then in South America and now in Asia & Africa. Today it is present in more than 90 countries round the globe. St. Therese of Lisieux known as Little Flower and St. Edith Stein, Bl. Elizabeth of Trinity, St. Rapheal Kalinowski, Bl. Kuriakose Chavara, Bl. Mary of Jesus Crucified too are Carmelites.
Charism in Full Bloom
In a nutshell therefore, we can say the Carmelite Order is called in the Church to
live, witness and promote the mystery and beauty of Contemplative -
Moved by the teachings and life witness of Saints Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross, both eminent doctors of Spiritual life in the Church, the Order moves forward in service of the humanity.
The first priority of the Carmelites is Prayer and Contemplation. They are also engaged in ministry and other missionary activities. In other words, it is an affirmation that as a flower blooms with light of the Sun, the human life blooms fully, only when it is totally open to God.
Human person is capable of greatest growth and able to live a high quality of life and love only when he is open profoundly to God, as was Jesus.
The Carmelite Order is one of the five ancient Religious Orders in the Catholic Church, and first one to be dedicated to Mary, who sought God’s will in profound silence and did it with all her heart and thus became the mother of all the disciples of Jesus.
Mt. Carmel in Holy Land, symbol for prayer, silence and solitude, has always attracted
There were always solitary hermits or communities of monks on Mount Carmel, living a life of prayer and contemplation, inspired by the life and spirit of prophet Elias and his followers from early days of Christianity. They lived as hermits in the numerous caves there from time immemorial.
In the beginning of the 12 century a few men living on the slopes of Mt. Carmel organized themselves as the Brothers of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel The written history of the Order up to A D 1200 remains however shrouded in the lives of Latin hermits who lived in the caves of Mt. Cannel, in silence, solitude and to witness Gospel Mystery of Interiority.
It is believed that St Berthold assembled various monks living scattered on Mt. Carmel into a community and St Brocard, his successor, requested a norm of life for them from St Albert, the Latin Patriarch and Papal Delegate of the Holy Land and this was granted in 1209.
Pope Honorius III confirmed this rule in 1226-
Pope Eugenius IV mitigated this Alberto-
The Spiritual Identity of the Carmelites
Thus the Carmelites affirm that the holiness is not what we achieve by our efforts alone, but what happens to us when we meet God in the intimacy of the heart and do His Holy Will. Prayer is not merely what we say to God and ask of Him, but an intimate and perennial friendship with Him, being present to Him, whom we know loves us. It is an affirmation that it is possible to meet God for you for me and for every one right now.
We, through our ministry of the spiritual life uphold the inner worth of the human person. We defend the right and dignity of every human being to be a God’s child, God’s image. We are committed to build a society where people rise beyond every form of human selfishness and enslavement to live in peace and harmony with oneself and with others as a community of disciples of Jesus today.
Carmel (Order of Discalced Carmelites): What is it all about?
The parish of St. Thomas More has been entrusted to the pastoral care of Discalced
Carmelites of Karnataka -