who we are

THE CHARISM OF THE ORDER

From Carmelite Constitution

14.

“To live a life of allegiance to Jesus Christ

and to serve him faithfully

with a pure heart

and a clear conscience”:[1]

these words, inspired by St. Paul,

are the basis for all the elements of our charism;

they are the foundation upon which Albert constructed our way of life.

The particular Palestinian context in which the Order originated,

and the approval bestowed by the Holy See

Elijah & Mary

As we attempt to follow Christ more closely, we Carmelites find inspiration in the Old Testament Prophet, Elijah, and in the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Prophet Elijah

Elijah's memory was kept alive especially on Mount Carmel where he challenged the people to stop hobbling first on one foot and then on the other but to choose who is God in Israel - Yahweh or Baal.

Our Rule

The rule of life given to the Carmelites by St. Albert Avogadro between the years 1206 - 1214, was finally approved as the true and proper Rule of Carmel by Innocent IV in 1247 and later underwent mitigations which were not in the original text.

The Carmelite Rule states that it is fundamental for a Carmelite

Friars- Introduction

The Carmelite Order is included by the Church among the clerical institutes. It is composed of friars who profess the three vows of obedience, poverty and chastity, and who share a common purpose: to live the consecrated life according to the spirit of Carmel.

The Order is structured into Provinces, General Commissariats, and houses under the direct jurisdiction of the Prior General. (Consititutions O.Carm. no.174,177)

SPIRITUALITY: 

The Basic Structure of the Order

The Carmelite Order is included by the Church among the clerical institutes. It is composed of friars who profess the three solemn vows of obedience, poverty and chastity, and who share a common purpose: to live the consecrated life according to the spirit of the Order.

For the common good, and to provide better for the needs of the apostolate, Carmelites are exempt from the jurisdiction of the local Ordinary and are subject to the Supreme Pontiff alone.

SPIRITUALITY: 

The Shield

The makeup of the Carmelite crest appeared for the first time towards the end of the 15th century, in 1499, on the cover of a book about the life of St. Albert, Carmelite. The design there is that of a "vexillum", (an ensign, a standard, a flag). This changed as time went on until it became the coat of arms, as we now know it. There never has been an official explanation of the crest but there are various interpretations. In what follows we will present the most plausible interpretation in accordance with the most recent documents of the Order.

SPIRITUALITY: 

Our Charism

How do we live our lives? What is our Charism?

A charism is a gift from God to the Church for the world. With regard to a Religious Order, the term refers to the gift which God gives to an individual or group to inspire the founding of a new religious family within the Church. This gift is handed down through the centuries and enriched by all who are called to live it.