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In XVI-XVII centuries, religious life for women developed forms which set them apart from the traditional framework of canonical reference, and undertook ventures and structures which were suited to the apostolate in accordance with local needs. At first tolerated, these forms of religious life for women gradually received canonical recognition.

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As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven.


by Dr. Radut