As Carmelites of the North American Province of St. Elias, our primary mission is to follow Jesus Christ through prayer, fraternity, and prophetic service and presence in the spirit of Mary and Elijah. Our chief means for fulfilling this mission is by our lives and ministries.
Rev. John Horan, O. Carm.
Executive Director, Carmelite Institute
On a snowy Saturday morning in February of 2010, accompanied by two other friars, I went to an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC entitled Women and Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America. The exhibit is a celebration of the many and varied contributions that religious women made in the USA.
The rule of life given to the Carmelites by St. Albert Avogadro between the years 1206 - 1214, was finally approved as the true and proper Rule of Carmel by Innocenzo in 1247 and later underwent mitigations which were not in the original text.
The Carmelite Rule states that is basic for a Carmelite to "live a life in allegiance to Jesus Christ - how,
Jesus Christ gave his disciples the gift of the Holy Spirit and the mission to proclaim salvation to the whole world. To live out the full dimension of this command is to pursue the "spiritual life." The Church is called by the Holy Spirit to embody and proclaim union with God because the Church is the Body of Christ: a Body that is still in the process of formation, and sees its fullness in the future. The spirituality of the Church is many-faceted because the Church is composed of countless persons and groups.
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