“A Carmelite is someone who looked at the face of the Crucified one………and has longed to give himself to him”

Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity - Discalced Carmelite

The Carmelites

The Discalced Carmelite Family is a religious Order in the Roman Catholic Church. We, the members, trace our roots back to the ancient hermits on Mount Carmel, Israel, in the thirteenth century.
Like them, we try to follow Christ with special emphasis on Scripture and prayer. In this we take Mary as our model.

This way of life was reinterpreted for us in the sixteenth century by St Teresa of Avila with the help of St John of the Cross. That is why we are sometimes today referred to as "Teresian Carmelites".
This website provides information for those interested in a Carmelite vocation.  It tells you a little about us, the formation process and how to get in touch.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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Fr John McGowan o.c.d. is giving a talk on Fr Jerome Gratian, the first Provincial of the Carmelite Reform and close friend and associate of St Teresa. It will take place in Kensington Priory, on 16th Dec 10.30-12.30. There will be copies for sale of Fr John's translation of a book on Jerome Gratian

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