News from British Province of Carmelite Friars
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The Carmelite friars at Aylesford Priory feature in the first episode of a new BBC 2 television series entitled "Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve", beginning at 9pm on 3rd December.
Members and friends of the Carmelite Family are among a group of 35 pilgrims from Britain currently making a pilgrimage to El Salvador in honour of Oscar Romero and other martyrs.
The leadership teams of the Carmelite and Discalced Carmelite Friars in Ireland and Britain gathered in Dublin for their annual joint meeting in early November.
The Provincials of the Carmelite Friars in Britain and Ireland, and Presidents of the Nuns' Associations in these islands, have published a letter to the Carmelite Family promoting Teresa 500
The traditional Final Message to the Carmelite Family from the General Chapter of the Friars, held in September, has been published.
A Lay Carmelite has written a report for The Tablet on the range of courses available online sharing the charisms and heritage of religious orders.
Despite Britain's worst storm in decades, named Saint Jude after the apostle's feast day, pilgrims to his National Shrine in Faversham, cared for by the Carmelites, had a wonderful weekend.
On 19th October Brother Paul Jenkins made his Solemn Profession of Vows as a Carmelite friar at a celebration of Mass held in Aylesford Priory.
Eight novices, including one from the British Province, received the Order's habit at the end of September, as they begin a year of initial formation in Spain.
A day introducing the wider public to the riches of the Carmelite spiritual tradition was held in Edinburgh at the end of September.
The Director of The Religious Life Institute, Dr. Gemma Simmonds, CJ, was the speaker at the September meeting of York Carmelite Spirituality Group, held at Thicket Priory.
Carmelites in York have been supporting the city's Festival of Ideas and Ebor Lectures.
Earlier this year members of the Carmelite Family in York were among those welcoming peace pilgrims campaigning against the government's Trident nuclear programme and cuts in public services.
A Carmelite tertiary of the Order's British Province, Sylvia Lucas, was one of four voices from within the wider Carmelite Family who addressed the friars at their recent General Chapter.
The Carmelite Family was out in force at the blessing of a cross in Southwark Cathedral honouring Archbishop Oscar Romero.
The summer of 2013 has been a busy one for Carmelites involved in youth ministry, with pilgrimages to Taize and Lourdes, university graduations, and World Youth Day.
The third and final week of the Carmelite General Chapter included a gathering of representatives of the Carmelite Family, and a general audience with Pope Francis.
Among the main business of the second week of the General Chapter of the Carmelite Order was the election of the Prior General and his Council.
The General Chapter of the Carmelite Friars takes place every six years, and is the supreme governing body of the Order.
Between 23rd and 30th August 2013 the British Province of Carmelites made its annual pilgrimage to Lourdes with The Catholic Association.