Carmelite ChroniclesThe Hermits of Mount Carmel

May 1, 2012 |

Chapter 1

“Every Order taketh its name either from a place or from a saint,” writes John Baconthorpe, 14th century English Carmelite; “from a place, like the Cistercians who are called after Citeaux, and our Order after Carmel.” As a matter of fact, it is to Mount Carmel, a mountain in Palestine on the Bay of Haifa, that the Carmelite Order traces its origin. The date of its origin, the subject of an age-old controversy, can now be ascertained with relative accuracy.

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

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