In today’s world, the wisdom of the Carmelite Order and its focus on a prayerful, contemplative life in service to God and the world is needed more than ever. Hundreds of Carmelite scholars have studied at Catholic University since its founding in 1887, but until 2017, the Order did not have a permanent bond with a university, nor were any of the University’s 30 research centers sponsored by a religious order. The creation of an endowed faculty chair and Center for Carmelite Studies at Catholic University ensures that Carmelite scholarship will have a permanent home at the University, especially meaningful because all Catholic University undergraduates, regardless of their degree programs, study theology. This powerful witness is part of bringing together the whole Church (see video below).
Catholic University of America thanks the Carmelite Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary for their generous gift to establish this historic partnership between the Carmelite Order and Catholic University through an endowed faculty chair and Center for Carmelite Studies.