Carmelite Spirituality

Reflection on the Immaculate Conception

C. O’Donnell, O. Carm.

On the 25 March in 1858 the twelve-year old peasant girl, Bernadette Soubirous felt drawn to the grotto where a beautiful lady had been appearing to her frequently since 11 February that year. Bernadette asked her who she was, and the lady in white said in the local dialect, “I am the Immaculate Conception.” 


Feast of St. Peter and Paul Apostles - A Time of Festival

S.F. Nolan, O.Carm

Sermon given by S.F. Nolan, O.Carm., in Chichester Cathedral marking the Opening of the Chichester Festivities. Feast of St Peter and Paul Apostles, 29 June, 2008.

Today is a festival day, a day of celebration, a day set aside for singing the praises of God and rejoicing in the giftedness of humanity. And we have many reasons to celebrate. Today is the Day of the Lord, Sunday, the first day of the week. This is the day made by the Lord. We rejoice and are glad.


Report from Africa 2015

Fr. Conrad Mutizamhepo, O.Carm.

‘Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy’ (Ps 126:5)

The year 2015 began on a very positive note. The All Africa Carmelite Leaders and Formators Assembly took place at Boko Spiritual Centre, Dar es Salam, Tanzania. A total of 17 persons attended including the organisers and translation staff. All seven countries were represented:


Humble Servants: The Canonization of Louis and Zélie Martin

Fr. Carl Markelz, O.Carm.

On Sunday October 18, 2015, Pope Francis presided at Mass in St. Peter’s Square which included the Rite of Canonization. Earlier this year, on June 27, 2015, at the Ordinary Consistory in the Vatican, the Pope approved the canonization of Louis Martin and his wife Zélie.


Mary and Spirituality

C. O’Donnell, O.Carm.

A phrase like “Marian Spirituality” is enough to make some people uneasy. Is there not just one spirituality, namely Christian? The issue is naot only extremely important but also somewhat complex.


There is a growing literature on the theme of Mary and spirituality.[1]But we need to be alert to several approaches and aspects of the theme. Spirituality is a word that has become quite chameleon: