Joachim Smet O.Carm.

Fr. Joachim Smet O.Carm.

Fr. Joachim Smet, O.Carm. (1915-2011) was one of the leading historians of the Carmelite Order. In addition to being a founding member and President of the Institutum Carmelitanum in Rome and editor of Carmelus, a journal of Carmelite Studies, Fr. Joachim was a gifted writer. he is well-known for his four-volume work The Carmelites and his Life of Saint Peter Thomas. Among his other works: Familiar Matter of Today-Poems (2007), The Mirror of Carmel: A Brief History of the Carmelite Order, (2011), various publications on Carmelite Nuns, Carmelite Liturgy, Carmelite Libraries of Spain and Portugal and the Carmelites of Medieval England.

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Carmel Chronicle
August 21, 2014
The Carmelite friar Fray Anthony Vázquez de Espinosa mentions in Cumaná, New Andalusia, a shrine to Our Lady of Mount Carmel with a hospital for the poor, and Carmelite convents in Belém and São Luis in the region of the River Marañon.
Carmel Chronicle
August 14, 2014
Certainly the most celebrated Carmelite missioner in Spanish America is Fray Anthony Vázquez de Espinosa.
Carmel Chronicle
August 7, 2014
Prospects of a permanent foundation came from Peru. The same year, 1586, Salazar sent Fray John de Valenzuela to round up all the brethren wandering around Peru without benefit of patents from their religious superiors.
Carmel Chronicle
July 30, 2014
In 1570, Rossi laments that he still has not managed to make a permanent foundation of the Order in the New World.
Carmel Chronicle
July 24, 2014
Among the many services Rossi performed for the Order is the promotion of the missions.
Carmel Chronicle
July 22, 2014
The earliest Carmelite in the Indies of whom there is record is Gregory de Santa Maria, of Seville, who in 1527 made his way to Yucatán, apparently as chaplain to the expedition of Francis Montejo.
Carmel Chronicle
July 20, 2014
The site chosen for the hermitage, the fountain of Elijah, is worthy of note, for it was to have a profound influence on the charism of the Order. The memory of the prophets Elijah and Elisha attached to various localities in the Palestine of the crusades is very striking.
Carmel Chronicle
July 15, 2014
By the bull Omnimodo, May 9, 1522, Pope Adrian VI authorized the mendicant orders to evangelize the Indies.
Carmel Chronicle
July 10, 2014

Meanwhile, on June 1, 1596, the unfortunate Chizzola had arrived in Rome. About a month later, the record of the inquest arrived from Spain and the trial could begin. Clement VIII with his customary passion for detail insisted on examining … Read more

Carmel Chronicle
June 26, 2014
Until he received instructions from Rome, Gaetani, on October 29, 1595, ordered Chizzola to employ his secretary, Ambrose Vallejo, lector at the university of Salamanca, in place of Sivori, who was to retire to Avila.
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