“Christ has no body now, but yours. No hands, no feet on earth, but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ looks compassion into the world.Yours are the feet with which Christ walks to do good. Yours are the hands with which Christ blesses the world.” St Teresa of AvilaSt John of the Cross
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.
Young Carmelites from all over the world came together after World Youth Day. It was a wonderful occasion to meet and to celebrate together. The day began at 6 am. There followed a procession through the streets of Panama City. Most of the day was spent in the large hall of a hotel. There was music and dancing, singing and plays. There was so much fun and energy. It was great to be a Carmelite and to be with others. The Day finished with the Eucharist presided by the two Generals of the Carmelite Order: O.Carm and ODC. The next International Day will be in Portugal in three years time. read more