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From Mount Carmel

From Mount Carmel

Carmelites came into existence towards the end of the 12th century from an indefinite, not well-known group of lay people, pilgrims and crusaders who, tired of war or desirous of waiting for the final coming of the Lord which, according the apocalyptic...
History of Discalced Carmelites

History of Discalced Carmelites

The Discalced Carmel acknowledges Saint Teresa as its mother and foundress. It is the only Order which has a woman as its foundress and, distinct from the other Orders which have male and female branches, the nuns were established before the friars. We...
Spirituality

Spirituality

Carmelite Spirituality By Carmelite spirituality we understand a way of sensing and living the Gospel from certain premises that were born from the experience of the “great prophets” of the Discalced Carmelite family: Teresa of Jesus, John of ...
St. Teresa of Jesus

St. Teresa of Jesus

Biography Teresa de Ahumada was born in Ávila on March 28, 1515. After the death of his wife and with two children, Alonso de Cepeda, her father, married Beatriz de Ahumada. Teresa was the third of the couple’s ten children. She grew up in a very re...
St. John of the Cross

St. John of the Cross

Biography John of the Cross (Juan de Yepes Álvarez) was born in Fontiveros (Ávila) in 1542. There were three brothers: Francisco, Luis, and Juan. His father, Gonzalo, died when Juan was very little. Gonzalo’s relatives from Toledo disinherited Gon...
St. Therese of Lisieux

St. Therese of Lisieux

Marie Frances Therese Martin Guérin was born in Alençon (France) on 2nd January 1873. Her parents were the now Saints Luis Martin and Celia Guerin. She was the last of the nine offspring from this holy marriage from which only five daughters survived: M...
St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

To approach the person of Edith Stein presupposes that we are meeting with a passionate searcher for the Truth, a trait which defined the whole of her life. She was born in Breslau (now Poland) into a Jewish family on 12th October 1891. Her mother,...
St. Raphael Kalinowski

St. Raphael Kalinowski

Joseph Kalinowski, was born in Vilna (Lithuania) on 1st September 1835, the son of Andrew Kalinowski and Josephine Polonska, Catholic nobles. He studied in the Saint Petersburg military academy and obtained good results, but because of his country’s r...
St. Teresa of 'the Andes'

St. Teresa of 'the Andes'

Juanita Fernández Solar was born on 13th July 1900 in Santiago, Chile. Educated in the faith by her parents from an early age, she had a precocious inclination towards prayer and doing good. In 1907 she became an external student at the school run ...
St. Teresa Margaret Redi

St. Teresa Margaret Redi

Anna Maria Redi was born in Arezzo, Italy, on 15th July 1747. She was the second of thirteen children all of whom, except the firstborn and the fifth who died as children, consecrated themselves to God. She had a very happy childhood and was outstanding...
St. Maravillas of Jesus

St. Maravillas of Jesus

She was born in Madrid on 4th November 1891 into the deeply Catholic family of the Marquesses of Pidal. After a childhood and youth proper to her social status, she left all to enter the Escorial Carmel in 1919. In 1924, by divine inspiration,...
Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity

Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity

Elizabeth Catez was born 18th July 1880 near Bourges (France). Her sister Marguerite was born three years after. In 1887, her grandfather and her father both died and the two young children were left in the care of their mother, a very energetic...
Bl. Francis Palau

Bl. Francis Palau

The Blessed Francis Palau, a Spanish Carmelite born in Aytona in 1810 and died in Taragona in 1871, was a typical person of the XIX century. Fr Alejo of the Virgin of Carmel wrote that he could be counted among the great figures of the XIX century,...

Friars

The primary and principal aim of Carmelites, as expressed in our Rule, or norm of life, is to live in allegiance to Jesus Christ day and night. Prayer as our great objective and aim is, in the words of Teresa of Jesus, being friends with God, frequently...

Nuns

The Discalced Carmelite Nuns, belonging to a religious Institute of strictly contemplative nature, first of all are clear witnesses to the absolute primacy of God in human life. Replying with a willing heart to the gift of their personal vocation, their...

Secular Carmel

The charism of the Teresian Carmel is present in the Church and the world in various ways. Thus we find in the great family of the Teresian Carmel the Discalced Carmelite Friars, who seek to unite a life of prayer with the apostolate in its many forms;...