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The History of the Carmelite Order

The Discalced Carmelite Nuns are part of a worldwide religious family... a cloistered Order of women dedicated to fulfilling a specialimg1 mission in the Mystical Body of Christ. Our history goes back to the 12th century... and, by tradition, even to Old Testament times and the prophets (particularly the prophet Elijah), whose lives bore witness to the Presence of God among His people. The great Spanish mystic, St. Teresa of Avila, reformed the Order of Carmel in the 16th century (1562), setting up very much the img2same lifestyle our community follows today, together with more than 800 other Carmelite monasteries throughout the world... on every continent. Our tradition is ancient, but there is nothing old-fashioned about Carmel: our ministry, though still hidden, is as relevant to the times we live in as it ever was... our life of prayer for the Church, for the needs of the world, and for all the peoples of the earth.

 

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Shield of the Carmelite Order

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With zeal have I been zealous for the Lord God of Hosts...

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