In the Hebrew Bible, Elijah is a solitary figure. On Mount Carmel, he challenged his people to choose one God for Israel — Yahweh or Baal. According to the First Book of Kings, chapter 18, Elijah’s sacrifice was consumed by fire, which proved to the people that Yahweh was the true God.
The choice of our Marian patronage is traced to the early Carmelites first church on Mount Carmel, which was dedicated to her.
Sacred Scripture exalts the beauty of Mount Carmel, there where Prophet Elisha defended the purity of the faith of Israel in the living God. In those places, at the beginning of the XIII century the Carmelite Order
As we prepare for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in a few days I'm reminded of another Carmelite feast we will be celebrating in two weeks time on July 27.
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.
Over 130 men from the Carmelite Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary (Chicago province) gathered last week in Niagara Falls to take part in their 42nd Provincial Chapter. The meeting--which takes place every three years--was an opportunity for prayer and renewing fraternal ties under the theme
This is a very proud moment for our two provinces (Most Pure Heart of Mary and St Elias) and for the Order as a whole - truly a sign of God’s blessings upon us.
From June 16-20, the Carmelite Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary will gather in Niagara Falls for our 42nd Provincial Chapter.