Carmelite Chronicles
Audet’s Reforms

| September 4, 2012

Nicholas Audet’s reforms as Prior General were wide-ranging, and were needed in an ever-growing Order.

“The reform of the Order,” Audet’s book Caput unicum begins, “first and foremost concerns, as is fitting, divine worship, to be treated with great devotion and solemnity, especially the divine office, which should be celebrated more gravely and seriously, as befits reformed friars of the regular observance.” In his visitations, Audet, in fact, was to lay great stress on worship.

The promotion of studies is another of Audet’s important achievements. If the Carmelites in any way made a creditable showing at the Council of Trent, it was largely due to him; the presence with him at the Council of so many learned Carmelites must have caused him the keenest satisfaction.

From The Mirror of Carmel by Joachim Smet, O. Carm.

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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