The geographic Mount Carmel that we take our Carmelite name from is a mountain range along the Mediterranean in Israel. It is a green oasis surrounded by desert; hence, its name “Carmel,” which means “the Garden of God” in Hebrew. The metaphorical Carmel is a way of life, our disposition as we make our spiritual path up Mount Carmel.
Carmelites Profess Solemn Vows
On Saturday, August 20, 2016, Carmelite brothers Matthew Gummess and Jorge Monterroso made their solemn profession of vows.
A Dream of Mercy: WYD 2016
Because of the busy life I had been leading for the previous month and a half, I had no idea how much spiritual baggage I was carrying. In one of his many sermons during the week, Pope Francis spoke about the false gods of commercialism and consumerism, and how they drive us to distraction as a society.
Memorial of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), August 9th
Immediately after her conversion she wanted to join a Carmelite convent. However, her spiritual mentors, Vicar-General Schwind of Speyer, and Erich Przywara SJ, stopped her from doing so. Until Easter 1931 she held a position teaching German and history at the Dominican Sisters' school and teacher training college of St. Magdalen's Convent in Speyer.
Carmel will be present at World Youth Day 2016 in the city of Krakow, Poland–the land of John Paul II. A delegation of Carmelites from various parts of the Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary will be there to tell us all about the event taking place July 25-31. See their video updates here…
The Hebrew Eliyahu (Elijah) means means "My God is Yahweh." During Elijah's time, the nation of Israel had turned from following Yahweh to Baal, one of the Canaanite gods. Meaning "lord, owner or husband,"
During the month of July, Carmelites everywhere prepare to celebrate the feast of the Mother of God of Mount Carmel on July 16th. This solemn commemoration holds a very special place in the lives of Carmelites as it highlights what is distinctive about the Carmelite order and our ministry.
We invite you to join us on the path up Mount Carmel. Walking in the footsteps of Jesus with Elijah and Mary is a wonderful, deeply satisfying life. We welcome you to contact us at any time via the information below.