Carmelite Chronicles
Audet’s Visitations of Italy

September 5, 2012 |

After the reforms of the general chapter, Audet set out on visitation to implement its decrees.

The years 1524 to 1527 he spent visiting Italy. In the North, he visited Venice, Romagna, Tuscany, and Lombardy. He had no luck trying to tame the Carmine of Florence. He visited the province of Naples (Terra di Lavoro) and perhaps Puglia. He had his greatest success in Sicily. At the provincial chapter of Catania, 1527, Trapani, Palermo, Sciacca, Siracusa, Catania, and Messina are designated as reformed.

Audet was occupied with this chapter when the sack of Rome began, May 1, 1527. Traspontina, situated within the fortifications of Castel Sant’Angelo, was temporarily spared, but San Martino felt the full fury of the invasion. During the siege of the castle, Traspontina had hindered the deployment of the artillery, so Clement VII began to press the Carmelites to move, but the prior general managed to have a final decision deferred. Later, Audet renovated the convent and established a flourishing studium, where he spent the last decade of his life.
From The Mirror of Carmel by 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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