Carmelites take their name from Mount Carmel, a majestic promontory in the Holy Land, jutting out into the Mediterranean, sacred to the memory of the prophet Elijah. A place of prayer, presence and communion. There the first hermits came together, eight hundred years ago, seeking a simple life style and dedicating their lives to prayer and meditation. Carmelites roots are there and from there the journey of every Carmelite begins.
As Carmelites, we continue to draw inspiration from 12 TH century Rule of St Albert, given to the early hermits, which offers the gracious invitation to live in allegiance to Jesus Christ and serve him with a pure heart.
Today the Carmelite Order is comprised of two branches springing from the same stock, able to breathe with both lungs, a blending of an ancient tradition with creative fidelity. The spirit of the first Carmelites and the splendour of the sixteenth century renewal of Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross enrich each other in a common bond of prayer, service and community.
Essentially the call to Carmel is a lover’s search and, like every love story, involves a journey into the land of heart’s desire.