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The Order of the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Blessed Virgin Mary
of Mount Carmel or Carmelites
(sometimes simply Carmel by synecdoche; Latin: Ordo Fratrum Beatissimæ Virginis Mariæ de Monte Carmelo) is a Roman Catholic religious order
Catholic religious order
founded, probably in the 12th century, on Mount Carmel
Mount Carmel
in the Crusader States, hence the name Carmelites. However, historical records about its origin remain very uncertain.[1] Saint Bertold has traditionally been associated with the founding of the order, but few clear records of early Carmelite history have survived, and this is likely to be a later extrapolation by hagiographers.[2]


1 Charism 2 History

2.1 Origins 2.2 Early history 2.3 Reforms 2.4 Controversies with other orders 2.5 Modern history

3 Habit and scapular 4 Visions and devotions 5 See also

5.1 Other Branches of the Carmelite Order 5.2 Communities of Carmelite Sisters 5.3 Spirituality 5.4 Tradition

6 Notes 7 References 8 Sources 9 Further reading 10 External links

10.1 Provinces of the Carmelite Order


Pietro Novelli, Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Mount Carmel
and Carmelite Saints (Simon Stock (c. 1165–1265) (standing), Angelus of Jerusalem
Angelus of Jerusalem
(1185–1220) (kneeling), Mary Magdalene de Pazzi
Mary Magdalene de Pazzi
(1566–1607), Teresa of Ávila (1515–82), 1641 (Museo Diocesano, Palermo).

The charism (or spiritual focus) of the Carmelite Order is contemplation. Carmelites
understand contemplation in a broad sense encompassing prayer, community, and service. These three elements are at the heart of the Carmelite charism. The most recent statement about the charism of Carmel was in the 1995 Constitutions of the Order, in which Chapter 2 is entirely devoted to the idea of charism. Carmel understands contemplation and action to be complementary, not contradictory. What is distinctive of Carmelites
is the way that they practice the elements of prayer, community and service, taking particular inspiration from the prophet Elijah
and the Blessed Virgin Mary, patrons of the Order.[3] The Order is considered by the Catholic Church
Catholic Church
to be under the special protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and thus has a strong Marian devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. As in most of the orders dating to medieval times, the First Order is the friars (who are active/contemplative), the Second Order is the nuns (who are cloistered), and the Third Order consists of laypeople who continue to live in the world, and can be married, but participate in the charism of the order by liturgical prayers, apostolates, and contemplative prayer. There are also offshoots such as active Carmelite sisters. History[edit] Origins[edit] Carmelite tradition traces the origin of the order to a community of hermits on Mount Carmel,[4] which succeeded the schools of the prophets in ancient Israel or the Crusader states. There are no certain records of hermits on this mountain before the 1190s. By this date a group of men had gathered at the well of Elijah
on Mount Carmel. These men, who had gone to Palestine from Europe
either as pilgrims or as crusaders, chose Mount Carmel
Mount Carmel
in part because it was the traditional home of Elijah.[5] The foundation is believed to have been dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. (The Carmelites
were forced to leave the site, and the Holy Land, in 1291. Their original conventual buildings were destroyed several times, but members of the order were able to return in the nineteenth century under the Ottoman Empire. A monastery of Discalced Carmelite
Discalced Carmelite
friars was built close to the original site under the auspices of Fr. Julius of the Saviour and consecrated on 12 June 1836.) Some time between 1206 and 1214 the hermits, about whom very little is known, approached St. Albert of Jerusalem, the Latin Patriarch
of Jerusalem and Papal legate, for a Rule. (Albert is credited with giving a rule to the Humiliati
during his long tenure as Bishop of Vercelli, and was well-versed in diplomacy, being sent by Pope Innocent III as Papal Legate to what was known as the Eastern Province.) Albert created a document, the Rule of St Albert,[5] which is both juridically terse and replete with Scriptural allusions, thereby grounding the hermits in the life of the universal Church and their own aspirations. The rule consisted of sixteen articles, which enjoined strict obedience to their prior, residence in individual cells, constancy in prayer, the hearing of Mass every morning in the oratory of the community, vows of poverty and toil, daily silence from vespers until terce the next morning, abstinence from all forms of meat except in cases of severe illness, and fasting from Holy Cross Day (September 14) until the Easter
of the following year. The Rule of St. Albert addresses a prior whose name is only listed as "B." When later required to name their founders, the Brothers referred to both Elijah
and the Blessed Virgin as early models of the community. Later, under pressure from other European Mendicant
orders to be more specific, the name "Saint Bertold" was given, possibly drawn from the oral tradition of the Order.

Carmelite nuns.

Early history[edit] Virtually nothing is known of the Carmelites
from 1214, when Albert died, until 1238. The Rule of St. Albert was approved by Pope
Honorius III in 1226, and again by Pope
Gregory IX in 1229, with a modification regarding ownership of property and permission to celebrate divine services. The Carmelites
next appear in the historical record, in 1238, when with the increasing cleavage between the West and the East, the Carmelites
found it advisable to leave the Near East. Many moved to Cyprus
and Sicily.[6] In 1242, the Carmelites
migrated west, establishing a settlement at Aylesford, Kent, England,[7] and Hulne, near Alnwick in Northumberland. Two years later, they established a chapter in southern France. Settlements were established at Losenham, Kent, and Bradmer, on the north Norfolk
coast, before 1247. By 1245 the Carmelites
were so numerous in England
that they were able to hold their first general chapter at Aylesford, where Saint Simon Stock, then eighty years old, was chosen general.[8] During his rule of twenty years the order prospered: foundations were made at London and Cambridge (1247), Marseilles (1248), Cologne (1252), York (before 1253), Monpellier (before 1256), Norwich, Oxford and Bristol (1256), Paris (1258), and elsewhere. By 1274, there were 22 Carmelite houses in England, about the same number in France, eleven in Catalonia, three in Scotland, as well as some in Italy, Germany
and elsewhere.[9] Acknowledging the changed circumstances of life outside the Holy Land, the Carmelites
appealed to the papal curia for a modification of the Rule. Pope Innocent IV
Pope Innocent IV
entrusted the drafting of a modified Rule to two Dominicans, and the new Rule was promulgated by Pope
Innocent IV in his 1247 Bull Quem honorem Conditoris. This both brought it closer to the model generally envisaged for mendicant orders in Europe
at the time, and made allowances for the changed needs of an Order now based in Europe
rather than the Holy Land: for instance, foundations were no longer required to be made in desert places, the canonical office was recited, and abstinence was mitigated.[10]

Carmelite monks.

There is scholarly debate over the significance for the Carmelites
of the decree at the Second Council of Lyon
Second Council of Lyon
in 1274 that no order founded after 1215 should be allowed to continue. This action put an end to several other mendicant orders, including the Sack Friars, and the Pied, Crutched and Apostolic Friars. The Carmelites, as an order whose Rule had been promulgated by the Pope
only after 1215, should in theory have been included in this set. Certainly, the rapidly expansion of the Order was halted after 1274, with far fewer houses established in subsequent years. Later Carmelite apologists, from the fourteenth century onwards, however, interpreted the Second Council of Lyon as a confirmation of the Order.[11] Such tensions may in part explain why, at a General Chapter in London in 1281, the order asserted that it had ancient origins from Elijah
and Elisha at Mount Carmel.[12][13] Such tension appears to have lessened under subsequent popes, however. In 1286, Honorius IV
Honorius IV
confirmed the Carmelite Rule, and in 1298 Boniface VIII
Boniface VIII
formally removed the restrictions placed on the Order by the Second Council of Lyon. In 1326, John XXII's bull Super Cathedram extended to the order all the rights and exemptions that existed for the older existing Franciscans
and Dominicans, signalling an acceptance of the Carmelites
at the heart of Western religious life. The Order grew quickly after reaching Europe. By the end of the thirteenth century, the order had around 150 houses in Europe, divided into twelve provinces throughout Europe
and the Mediterranean.[14] In England, the Order had 30 houses under four 'distinctions': London, Norwich, Oxford and York, as well as new houses in Scotland and Ireland. It has been estimated that the total Carmelite population in England
between 1296 and 1347 was about 720, with the largest house (London), having over 60 friars, but most averaging between 20 and 30.[15] Reforms[edit]

Saint Teresa of Ávila
Teresa of Ávila

Saint John of the Cross
John of the Cross

Quite early in their history, the Carmelites
began to develop ministries in keeping with their new status as mendicant religious. This resulted in the production in 1270 of a letter Ignea Sagitta (Flaming Arrow)[16] by the ruling prior general from 1266 to 1271, Nicholas of Narbonne (also known as Nicholas Gallicus, or Nicholas the Frenchman), who called for a return to a strictly eremitical life. His belief that most friars were ill-suited to an active apostolate was based on a number of scandals.[17][18] The letter is symbolic of the tensions the Carmelites
grappled with in the thirteenth century between their eremitical origins (expressed particularly in a desire for solitude and a focus on contemplation) and their more recent transformation into a fundamentally mendicant order (expressed in the desire to respond to the Church's apostolic mission). By the late 14th century, the Carmelites
were becoming increasingly interested in their origins; the lack of a distinctive named founder (by contrast with the Dominicans and Franciscans) may have been a factor in the development of numerous legends surrounding Carmelite origins. One particularly influential book was the Institution of the First Monks, the first part of a four-part work from the late fourteenth century. It was almost certainly composed by Philip Ribot, Catalan Carmelite provincial, though Ribot passed off his work as a collection of earlier writings that he edited, claiming that the Institution itself was written by John XLIV, supposedly a patriarch of Jerusalem, who purportedly wrote the text in Greek in 412. The Institution tells of the founding of the Carmelite order by the prophet Elijah
and gives a fanciful history of the order in the pre- and early Christian era.[19] It was hugely influential, and has been described as the "chief book of spiritual reading in the Carmelite order" until the seventeenth century.[20]

Carmelite nuns
Carmelite nuns
with their religious habits (in Nogoyá, Argentina).

In the late 14th and 15th centuries the Carmelites, like a number of other religious orders, declined and reform became imperative. In 1432 the Carmelites
obtained from Pope Eugenius IV
Pope Eugenius IV
the bull Romani pontificis, which mitigated the Rule of St Albert and the 1247 modification, on the ground that the original demanded too much of the friars. The main clauses modified concerned fasting and remaining within individual cells: the bull allowed them to eat meat three days a week and to perambulate in the cloisters of their convents. This reform brought the Carmelites
closer into line with other mendicant orders, but it was also the source of much subsequent tension, as others refused to accept this change in the nature of the Order, seeing it as a loss of Carmel's original vision and spirit.[21] Such tension erupted almost immediately. Shortly before 1433 three priories in Valais, Tuscany, and Mantua
were reformed by the preaching of Thomas Conecte of Rennes
and formed the Congregation of Mantua,[5] refusing to accept the mitigation of 1432. They instead insisted on a more severe monastic observance than that applied between 1247 and 1432. Under the Mantuan observance, entrance to the cloister was forbidden to outsiders, the friars were banned from being outside the convent without good reason, and money was distributed from a common chest.[22] In 1443, they obtained a bull from Pope Eugenius IV
Pope Eugenius IV
which effectively declared the Mantua
chapter independent of the rest of the Order, with its own special set of Constitutions and governed by its own vice prior general. Under the reconciliatory efforts of prior-general Blessed John Soreth (c. 1395–1471; prior-general 1451–71), however, the Mantuan congregation was brought closer to the main Carmelite order, such that in 1462 the Mantuans even accepted parts of the 1432 mitigation. This was likely in part due to Soreth's own reforming impulses. In 1459, for instance, Pope Pius II
Pope Pius II
left the regulation of fasts to the discretion of the prior general; Soreth accordingly sought until his death in 1471 to restore the primitive asceticism. Soreth also founded the order of Carmelite nuns
Carmelite nuns
in 1452 (with authorisation from the papal bull Cum Nulla). The first convent, Our Lady of Angels, was in Florence, but the movement rapidly spread to Belgium (in 1452), France, and Spain
(with the foundation of the Incarnation in Avila in 1479). In 1476, a papal bull cum nulla of Pope Sixtus IV
Pope Sixtus IV
founded the Carmelites
of the Third Order. They received a special rule in 1635, which was amended in 1678. The need for reform of the Carmelite order was recognized by the early sixteenth century, and some early attempts at reform were made then, notably from 1523 onwards by Nicholas Audet, vicar-general of the order. His plans saw some fruit: during three years of travels through France
and Germany, introducing his reforms into the houses of the order, more than one hundred houses were reformed. Audet met resistance in other places, however: in the Spanish province of Castile, more than half the friars walked away.[23]

The Convent of Saint Joseph
Saint Joseph
in Ávila (Spain) was the first foundation of the Discalced Carmelites.

Reform in Spain
began in earnest in the 1560s, with the work of Saint Teresa of Ávila, who, together with Saint John of the Cross, established the Discalced Carmelites. Teresa's foundations were welcomed by King Philip II of Spain, who was most anxious for all Orders to be reformed according to the principles of the Council of Trent (1545–1563). But she created practical problems at the grassroots level. The proliferation of new religious houses in towns that were already struggling to cope economically was an unwelcome prospect. Local townspeople resisted direction by the nobility and diocesan clergy. Teresa tried to make her monasteries as self-sufficient as was practicable, and restricted the number of nuns per community accordingly. The Discalced Carmelites
Discalced Carmelites
also faced much opposition from other unreformed Carmelite houses (notably, Carmelites
from Toledo arrested and imprisoned John of the Cross
John of the Cross
in their own monastery). Only in the 1580s did the Discalced Carmelites
Discalced Carmelites
gain official approval of their status. In 1593, the Discalced Carmelites
Discalced Carmelites
had their own superior general styled propositus general - the first being Fr. Nicholas Doria. Due to the politics of foundation, the Discalced friars in Italy
were canonically erected as a separate juridical entity. After the rise of Protestantism
and the devastation of the French Wars of Religion, a spirit of reform renewed 16th-17th century France, as well as the Carmelite Order in France. In the late 16th century, Pierre Behourt began an effort to restore the state of the Province of Touraine, which was continued by the practical reforms of Philip Thibault. The Provincial Chapter of 1604 appointed Thibault the prior of the Convent in Rennes, and moved the Novitiate to Rennes, thereby ensuring that new members of the Province would be formed by the reform minded friars.[24] The Observance of Rennes
advocated poverty, the interior life and regular observance as the antidote to the laxity and decadence into which religious life had fallen, in addition, incorporating currents of renewal from the Discaled Reform, the French School, and the Society of Jesus. Thibault is said to have wished to marry the spirit of the Society with the Order of Carmelites
as far as possible.[25] One of the most renowned figures of the Reform was John of St. Samson, a blind lay brother, highly regarded for his humility and exalted spiritual life. In 1612, Br. John was moved to the Convent at Rennes
and, in addition to playing the organ, served as the instructor and spiritual director of the novices. Thus John of St. Samson became known as the "Soul of the Reform." Eventually, the Observance of Rennes
spread to priories throughout France, Belgium, and Germany, and became known as the Touraine
Reform, after the Province from which the movement originated.[26] Carmelite nunneries were established in New Spain
(Mexico), the first founded in 1604 in Puebla de los Angeles, New Spain's second largest city, followed by one in the capital Mexico City
Mexico City
1616. In all, before Mexican independence in 1821, there were five Carmelite convents among 56 nunneries.[27] Controversies with other orders[edit] By the middle of the 17th century, the Carmelites
had reached their zenith. At this period, however, they became involved in controversies with other orders, particularly with the Jesuits. The special objects of attack were the traditional origin of the Carmelites
and the source of their scapular. The Sorbonne, represented by Jean Launoy, joined the Jesuits
in their polemics against the Carmelites. Papebroch, the Bollandist
editor of the Acta Sanctorum, was answered by the Carmelite Sebastian of St. Paul, who made such serious charges against the orthodoxy of his opponent's writings that the very existence of the Bollandists was threatened. The peril was averted, however. In 1696 a decree of Juan Tomás de Rocaberti, archbishop of Valencia and inquisitor-general of the Holy Office, forbade all further controversies between the Carmelites
and Jesuits. Two years later, on November 20, 1698, Pope Innocent XII
Pope Innocent XII
issued a brief that definitely ended the controversy on pain of excommunication, and placed all writings in violation of the brief on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum. Modern history[edit] Since the 1430s, the Congregation of Mantua
had continued to function in its little corner of Italy. It was only at the end of the 19th century that those following the reform of Tourraine (by this time known as the "strict observance") and the Mantuan Congregation were formally merged under one set of constitutions. The friars following Mantua
conceded to Tourraine's Constitutions but insisted that the older form of the habit - namely their own - should be adopted. In a photograph of the period Blessed Titus Brandsma
Titus Brandsma
is shown in the habit of Tourraine as a novice; in all subsequent images he wears that of the newly styled Ancient Observance. The French Revolution
French Revolution
led to the suppression of the order, with the nuns dispersed into small groups who lived out of view in private houses. After the end of the disturbances the wealthy heiress and Carmelite nun Camille de Soyécourt
Camille de Soyécourt
did much to restore the order.[28] The secularization in Germany, and the repercussions on religious orders following the unification of Italy
were strong blows to the Carmelites.[citation needed] By the last decades of the 19th century, there were approximately 200 Carmelite men throughout the world. At the beginning of the 20th century, however, new leadership and less political interference[who?] allowed a rebirth of the Order. Existing provinces began re-founding provinces that had become defunct. The theological preparation of the Carmelites
was strengthened, particularly with the foundation of St. Albert's College in Rome.

A Carmelite nun reading in the cell of her convent.

By 2001, the membership had increased to approximately 2,100 men in 25 provinces, 700 enclosed nuns in 70 monasteries, and 13 affiliated Congregations and Institutes. In addition, the Third Order of lay Carmelites
count 25,000-30,000 members throughout the world. Provinces exist in Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, Chile, Hungary, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Portugal
and the United States. Delegations directly under the Prior
General exist in Argentina, France, the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, Lebanon, the Philippines and Portugal. Carmelite Missions exist in Bolivia, Burkino Faso, Cameroon, Colombia, India, Kenya, Lithuania, Mexico, Mozambique, Peru, Romania, Tanzania, Trinidad, Venezuela and Zimbabwe. Monasteries of enclosed Carmelite nuns
Carmelite nuns
exist in Brazil, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, the Netherlands, New Zealand (in Christchurch since 1933), Nicaragua, Norway, Peru, the Philippines, Spain, Sweden, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the United States. Hermit
communities of either men or women exist in Brazil, France, Indonesia, Lebanon, Italy
and the United States.

The Carmelite Martyrs of Guadalajara, Spain.

The Discalced Carmelite
Discalced Carmelite
Order built the priory of Elijah
(1911) at the site of Elijah's epic contest with the prophets of Ba'al (1 Kings 18:20-40). The monastery is situated about 25 kilometers south of Haifa
on the eastern side of the Carmel, and stands on the foundations of a series of earlier monasteries. The site is held sacred by Christians, Jews and Muslims; the name of the area is el-Muhraqa, an Arabic construction meaning "place of burning", and is a direct reference to the biblical account. Several Carmelite figures who have received significant attention in the 20th century, including Saint Thérèse of Lisieux,[29] one of only four female Doctors of the Church,[30] so named because of her famous teaching on the "way of confidence and love" set forth in her best-selling memoir, "Story of a Soul";[31] Titus Brandsma, a Dutch scholar and writer who was killed in Dachau concentration camp
Dachau concentration camp
because of his stance against Nazism; and Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (née Edith Stein), a Jewish convert to Catholicism who was also imprisoned and died at Auschwitz. Saint Raphael Kalinowski
Raphael Kalinowski
(1835–1907) was the first friar to be canonized in the Order since co-founder Saint John of the Cross. The writings and teachings of Brother Lawrence
Brother Lawrence
of the Resurrection, a Carmelite friar of the 17th century, continue as a spiritual classic under the title The Practice of the Presence of God. Other non-religious (i.e., non-vowed monastic) great figures include Saint George Preca, a Maltese priest and Carmelite Tertiary. The Feast of All Carmelite Saints and Blesseds is celebrated on Nov. 14.[32] Habit and scapular[edit]

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Mount Carmel
Mount Carmel
(Brown) Fivefold Scapular Passion (Red) Passion (Black) Seven Sorrows of Mary (Black) The Archangel
(Blue/Black) Good Counsel (White) Sacred Heart of Jesus
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Immaculate Conception
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(Green) Scapular
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In 1287, the original way of life of the order was changed to conform to that of the mendicant orders on the initiative of St. Simon Stock and at the command of Pope
Innocent IV. Their former habit of a mantle with black and white or brown and white stripes—the black or brown stripes representing the scorches the mantle of Elijah
received from the fiery chariot as it fell from his shoulders—was discarded. They wore the same habit as the Dominicans, except that the cloak was white. They also borrowed much from the Dominican and Franciscan constitutions. Their distinctive garment was a scapular of two strips of dark cloth, worn on the breast and back, and fastened at the shoulders. Tradition holds that this was given to St. Simon Stock
Simon Stock
by the Blessed Virgin Mary, who appeared to him and promised that all who wore it with faith and piety and who died clothed in it would be saved.[33][34][35] There arose a sodality of the scapular, which affiliated a large number of laymen with the Carmelites. A miniature version of the Carmelite scapular is popular among Roman Catholics and is one of the most popular devotions in the Church. Wearers usually believe that if they faithfully wear the Carmelite scapular (also called "the brown scapular" or simply "the scapular") and die in a state of grace, they will be saved from eternal damnation. Catholics who decide to wear the scapular are usually enrolled by a priest, and some choose to enter the Scapular Confraternity. The Lay Carmelites
Lay Carmelites
of the Third Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Mount Carmel
wear a scapular which is smaller than the shortened scapular worn by some Carmelite religious for sleeping, but still larger than the devotional scapulars. Visions and devotions[edit] Among the various Catholic orders, Carmelite nuns
Carmelite nuns
have had a proportionally high ratio of visions of Jesus
and Mary and have been responsible for key Catholic devotions. From the time of her clothing in the Carmelite religious habit (1583) until her death (1607), Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi
Mary Magdalene de Pazzi
is said to have had a series of raptures and ecstasies.

First, these raptures sometimes seized upon her whole being with such force as to compel her to rapid motion (e.g. towards some sacred object). Secondly, she was frequently able, whilst in ecstasy, to carry on working e.g., embroidery, painting, with perfect composure and efficiency. Thirdly, during these raptures Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi
Mary Magdalene de Pazzi
gave utterance to maxims of Divine Love, and to counsels of perfection for souls. These were preserved by her companions, who (unknown to her) wrote them down.

The Carmel of Beja, in Portugal, where apparitions of the Child Jesus were reported by two Carmelite nuns.

In the Carmelite convent of Beja, in Portugal, two Carmelite nuns
Carmelite nuns
of the Ancient Observance reported several apparitions and mystical revelations throughout her life: Venerable Mother Mariana of the Purification received numerous apparitions of the Child Jesus
Child Jesus
and her body was found incorrupt after her death;[36] Venerable Mother Maria Perpétua da Luz wrote 60 books with messages from heaven;[37] both religious died with the odor of sanctity. In the 19th century, another Carmelite nun, Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus
Child Jesus
and the Holy Face, was instrumental in spreading devotion to the Holy Face[38] throughout France
in the 1890s with her many poems and prayers. Eventually Pope Pius XII
Pope Pius XII
approved the devotion in 1958 and declared the Feast of the Holy Face of Jesus
Holy Face of Jesus
as Shrove Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday) for all Catholics. Therese of Lisieux emerged as one of the most popular saints for Catholics in the 20th century, and a statue of her can be found in many European and North American Catholic churches built prior to the Second Vatican Council (after which the number of statues tended to be reduced when churches were built). In the 20th century, in the last apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fátima, Portugal, Sister Lúcia, one of the most famous visionaries of Our Lady, said that the Virgin appeared to her as Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Mount Carmel
(holding the Brown Scapular). Many years after, Lúcia became a Carmelite nun. When Sister Lúcia
Sister Lúcia
was asked in an interview why the Blessed Virgin appeared as Our Lady of Mount Carmel in her last apparition, she replied: "Because Our Lady wants all to wear the Scapular... The reason for this," she explained, "is that the Scapular
is our sign of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary". When asked if the Brown Scapular
is as necessary to the fulfillment of Our Lady’s requests as the Rosary, Sister Lúcia
Sister Lúcia
answered: "The Scapular
and the Rosary are inseparable".[39] See also[edit]

Enclosed religious orders Dialogues of the Carmelites Ipswich Whitefriars There is a very small body of Anglican Carmelites.

Other Branches of the Carmelite Order[edit]

Byzantine Discalced Carmelites Discalced Carmelites
Discalced Carmelites
(also known as Teresian Carmelites) Hermits of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary
Blessed Virgin Mary
of Mount Carmel Lay Carmelites
Lay Carmelites
(Third Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel) Monks of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary
Blessed Virgin Mary
of Mount Carmel Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites Episcopal Carmel of Saint Teresa

Communities of Carmelite Sisters[edit]

Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm


Elijah Teresa of Ávila
Teresa of Ávila
(Doctor of the Church) John of the Cross
John of the Cross
(Doctor of the Church) Thérèse of Lisieux
Thérèse of Lisieux
(Doctor of the Church) Mary Magdalene de' Pazzi Sister Lúcia
Sister Lúcia
of Fátima Nuno of Saint Mary Simon Stock Elizabeth of the Trinity Marie-Antoinette de Geuser "Consumata" Edith Stein
Edith Stein
"Teresa Benedicta of the Cross" Teresa of Los Andes Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart Joaquina de Vedruna Angelus of Jerusalem Brother Lawrence
Brother Lawrence
of the Resurrection Francisco Palau Angelo Paoli Jan Tyranowski Martyrs of Compiègne Titus Brandsma John of St. Samson


of the First Monks Carmelite Rite Carmelite Rule of St. Albert Constitutions of the Carmelite Order Our Lady of Mount Carmel Scapular
of Our Lady of Mount Carmel


^ Zimmerman, Benedict. "The Carmelite Order." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 3. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1908. 11 Oct. 2014 ^ Not until the late fourteenth century was 'B,' the prior of the earliest known community of Carmelites, expanded to read Brocard. See Keith J Egan, "The Spirituality of the Carmelites," in Jill Raitt with Bernard McGinn and John Meyendorff, eds, Christian Spirituality: High Middle Ages and Reformation, (London: SCM, 1989), p. 50. See also  Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.  ^ "The Carmelite Charism: Contemplation". Archived from the original on 2013-06-03.  ^ Benedetto and Duke 2008, p. 123. ^ a b c "A Brief History of The Carmelites
- THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE CARMELITE ORDER".  ^ Andrew Jotischky,The Carmelites
and Antiquity: Mendicants and Their Pasts in the Middle Ages, (Oxford, 2002), p.12 ^ Probably as a result of an invitation from Sir Richard Grey of Codnor, who had gone on Crusade, landing at Acre in October 1240. He probably met the order here, and offered them sanctuary on his lands. ^ Much legend surrounds Simon Stock, generally emerging in late fourteenth century hagiography. Keith J Egan, "The Spirituality of the Carmelites," in Jill Raitt with Bernard McGinn and John Meyendorff, eds, Christian Spirituality: High Middle Ages and Reformation, (London: SCM, 1989), p50 ^ Andrew Jotischky,The Carmelites
and Antiquity: Mendicants and their pasts in the Middle Ages, (Oxford, 2002), p14 ^ Peter Tyler, 'Carmelite Spirituality', in Peter Tyler, ed, The Bloomsbury Guide to Christian Spirituality, (2012), p118 ^ Jotischky, The Carmelites
and Antiquity, (2002), p16 ^ Peter Tyler, 'Carmelite Spirituality', in Peter Tyler, ed, The Bloomsbury Guide to Christian Spirituality, (2012), p120 ^ The Carmelite claim to stand in a direct line of descent from Elijah as contemplatives on Mount Carmel
Mount Carmel
is featured in the first lines of the Constitutions of 1281, the so-called Rubrica Prima, a document probably originating in the 1240s. This was most influentially put forward, though, in a series of works by Philip Ribot (d1391), including The Institution of the First Monks, which powerfully established a Carmelite foundational myth. See John Welch, The Carmelite Way, (1996), p52 ^ John Welch, The Carmelite Way, (1996), p10 ^ Andrew Jotischky, The Carmelites
and Antiquity (2002), p24 ^ Translated by Bede
Edwards in The Sword, (June 1979), pp3-52 ^ Richard Copsey argues that the Ignea Sagitta was unknown until the early fifteenth century, raising the question whether it was ever publicly issued. ^ In 1271, Nicholas disappears from the historical record. It is unclear whether he resigned, or, as Richard Copey believes, died. ^ Keith J Egan, 'The Spirituality of the Carmelite Order', in Jill Raitt with Bernard McGinn and John Meyendorff, eds, Christian Spirituality: High Middle Ages and Reformation, (London: SCM, 1989), p56. ^ By Otger Steggink ^ Jotischky, The Carmelites
and Antiquity (2002), p41 ^ John Welch, The Carmelite Way, (1996), p13 ^ John Welch, The Carmelite Way, (1996), p17 ^ Smet, O.Carm., Joachim. The Mirror of Carmel: A Brief History of the Carmelite Order. 2011: Carmelite Media. pp. 230–232.  ^ Bremond, Henri (1930). A Literary History of Religious Thought in France
from the Wars of religion Down to Our Own Times; Vol. 2 [II], The Coming of Mysticism (1590-162). Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. p. 275.  ^ Smet, Joachim. The Mirror of Carmel: A Brief History of the Carmelite Order. pp. 233–235.  ^ Asunción Lavrin, Brides of Christ: Conventual Life in Colonial Mexico. Stanford: Stanford University Press 2008, pp.359-71. ^ Mère Saint-Jérôme (1851), La Vie de la Révérende Mère Thérèse Camille de Soyécourt, carmélite (in French), Vve Poussielgue-Rusand, p. 309, retrieved 16 February 2017  ^ ""Saint Therese of Lisieux: A Gateway" Blog - Saint Therese of Lisieux".  ^ O’Riordan, Maureen. "Doctor of the Universal Church". Saint Therese of Lisieux: A Gateway. Retrieved April 4, 2010.  ^ O’Riordan, Maureen. "Writings". Saint Therese of Lisieux: A Gateway. Retrieved April 4, 2010.  ^ "All Carmelite Saints (Feast) - THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE CARMELITE ORDER".  ^ EWTN
"History of the Scapular" [1] ^ Matthew Bunson, 2008, The Catholic Almanac, ISBN 978-1-59276-441-9 page 155 ^ Gerald M. Costello, 2001, Treasury of Catholic Stories, OSV Press, ISBN 978-0-87973-979-9, page 128 ^ SERPA, J. J. Gonçalves; Venerável Madre Mariana da Purificação: Carmelita Calçada de Beja. Colecção: Almas heróicas de Beja; 230pp.; Gouveia: 1960. ^ SANTA ANNA, Frei Joseph Pereira de; Vida da Insigne Mestra de Espírito, a Virtuosa Madre Maria Perpétua da Luz, Religiosa Carmelita Calçada; Lisboa: Oficina de Antonio Pedrozo, 1742. ^ O’Riordan, Maureen. "Therese and the Holy Face of Jesus". Saint Therese of Lisieux: A Gateway. Retrieved April 4, 2010.  ^ Haffert, James Mathias; Mary in Her Scapular
Promise. AMI Press, 1954.


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Benedetto, Robert; Duke, James O., eds. (2008). "Carmelite Order". The New Westminster Dictionary of Church History: The early, medieval, and Reformation
eras. Westminster John Knox Press. p. 123. ISBN 0664224164. 

Further reading[edit]

T. Brandsma, Carmelite Mysticism, Historical Sketches: 50th Anniversary Edition, (Darien, IL, 1986), ASIN B002HFBEZG J. Boyce, Carmelite Liturgy and Spiritual Identity. The Choir Books of Kraków, Turnhout, 2009, Brepols Publishers, ISBN 978-2-503-51714-8 W. McGreal, At the Fountain of Elijah: The Carmelite Tradition, (Maryknoll, NY, 1999), ISBN 1-57075-292-3 J. Smet, The Carmelites: A History of the Brothers of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 4. vol. (Darien IL, 1975) J. Welch, The Carmelite Way: An Ancient Path for Today’s Pilgrim, (New York: 1996), ISBN 0-8091-3652-X

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