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Fundamental Values of Carmelite Spirituality

This presentation was given by the former Prior General of the Carmelite Order during the 4th International Lay Carmelite Congress held at Sassone, Rome, in September 2006, which had as its theme ‘Formation and Communication at the Service of the Community’.

It is a special joy to be with you at this International Congress of Lay Carmelites and to have the opportunity to renew many wonderful friendships that I have treasured in my past travels around the world. I have been asked by the organizing committee of the Congress to offer you some introductory thoughts about our spirituality and tradition, and I am very happy to do this.

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Letter of the Prior General on the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel 2015

Dear brothers and sisters,

Another year gone by, and we are again looking forward to the feast of our Lady of Mount Carmel.  On account of that I would like to say a word to you all, first of all, to wish you a happy feast day and to


The Year of Consecrated Life, which began some months ago is for us Carmelites an occasion for reflecting on some fundamental aspects of our life and charism. On this occasion, we, the Superiors General of the Carmelites and Discalced Carmelites, Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral and Fr. Saverio Cannistrà,

Pope’s Message to Bishop of Avila on St. Teresa’s Feast

To Monsignor Jesus Garcia Burillo, Bishop of Avila

Dear Brother:

On March 28, 1515, a girl was born in Avila who in time would be known as Saint Teresa of Jesus. As the fifth centenary of her birth approaches, I turn my gaze to that city to thank God for the gift of this great woman and to encourage the faithful of the beloved Diocese

Letter from the Prior General O.Carm and the Superior General O.C.D on Wadi Project

Greetings from Rome!

Conscious of the common heritage and spirituality that we share, and as you may already know, our two Orders, O.Carm. and O.C.D., have been developing different joint projects over the past two decades, we would like to invite your participation in the work of conservation on Mount Carmel.

The Carmelite Constitutions 1995

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Dear Brothers,

It gives me great joy to present the text of our new constitutions to you. These were approved at the General Chapter celebrated in September 1995. They are the fruit of all our contributions, of the work of various experts over a period of some nine years, as well as of the study and the evaluation of the chapter delegates themselves.

The first part outlines our charism and mission as a contemplative fraternity in the midst of the people.

Letter of Pope Pius XII on the Scapular

To the Most Reverend Fathers

Prior General of the Order of the Brothers

of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel (O.Carm.)


Prepositus General of the Order of the Discalced Brothers

of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel (O.C.D.)

Christ is the way; Mary reflects the way; her Scapular is our keepsake on the way.



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. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister."