Discalced Carmelite Friars

Province of St. Therese


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Live Streaming Webinar - Carmel and the Interior Life

Carmel and the Interior Life


On Satruday, October 20, 2018, the Carmelite Institute will stream a live webinar Carmel and the Interior Life presented by Fr. John Welch, O.Carm.

Our duties in life can leave us scattered and fragmented. Being busy is not the problem. What is missing may be a true center in our lives. St. Augustine confessed to God, “You were inside; I was outside. You were with me; I was not with you.” To have an interior life is to pay attention to the God who accompanies our journey through life.

Carmel’s saints have explored this relationship. They tell us that our lives are a story of God’s mercies. This webinar will identify some of the contributions Carmel’s saints have made to our understanding of an interior life, a spiritual life. Carmel attests to the possibility of having a centered life of prayer which orders and prioritizes all that is “outside.”

To register for this event, please visit the Carmelite Institute website.

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Contemplatives in Action


The Carmelite Institute presents a workshop for the Contemplatives in Action series. The workshop will be held on September 29 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

For more information, view the Contemplatives in Action Flyer from our Downloads page.

Marylake Newsletter - August 2018

News from Marylake


The Marylake Newsletter for August 2018 is now available from our Downloads page.

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Flos Carmeli


The Summer issue of Flos Carmeli is now available from our Downloads page.

Santa Maria de la Almudena - small photo

Conclusion of Pilgrimage


Our Provincial's pilgrimage concluded on the 15th of August. He and his fellow pilgrims are now safely back home.

We thank all of you who have been praying for them throughout their journey from France, through the Pyrenees, on the Camino de Santiago, to Santiago de Compostela, to the 'end of the world', to where the Teresian Carmelites began, and on to the capital of Spain.

Read about our pilgrims' last day in Spain and view the last of the photos on page 17 of the Camino.

Monument in Puerta de Sol, Madrid -small photo

Avila to Madrid


Our Provincial and his companions travel from Avila to Madrid on the 14th of August.

View more photos and read the account of their last morning in Avila, a side trip to El Escorial, and their arrival in Spain's capital city on page 16 of the Camino.

Zero km marker at Finesterre

The "End of the World"


On a foggy day on August 12, our pilgrims find their way to Finestera–the "end of the world" as the ancient Romans believed it to be. From there, they travel by car on to Avila.

Follow our pilgrims from the "end of the world" to the beginnings of Teresian Carmel in Avila on page 14 of the Camino.

Statue of Santiago on horseback

Touring Santiago


Fr. Stephen and companions finally get to tour Santiago de Compostela–one tour of the older part of the city and another of the cathedral and its cloisters.

Our American pilgrims try to adapt to some Spanish customs like siesta (easy) and late dinners and bedtime (not as easy).

Find out how the tours went on page 14 of the Camino.

Chilly morning in Santiago de Compostela

The Feast of St. Lawrence in Santiago de Compostela


On the feast of St. Lawrence (deacon and martyr), August 10th, Fr. Stephen concelebrated at the cathedral with the Archbishop as the principal celebrant. Deacon Ron and Deacon Peter assisted the archbishop during mass.

Our pilgrims were up early that day, in search of tours–they found out how challenging it can be.

In case you're wondering why the entries are several days behind, it is due to the difficulty our pilgrims have in finding a good WiFi connection in Spain.

Visit p13 of the Camino for the latest entry and photos from our Provincial.

Carmelite nuns

Santiago de Compostela on the Feastday of St. Teresa Benedicta


A couple of days after reached their destination, our pilgrims were able to relax a little and to visit the Carmelite nuns on the 9th of August, feast of St. Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein).

They were also able to attend an English mass at the cathedral and, to everyone's amazement, witness the Botafumeiro being swung overhead.

Visit page 13 of the Camino to read about their feastday experiences and view the accompanying photos.

View of Santiago de Compostela from the minor seminary

Destination Reached: Santiago de Compostela


Thanks to those of you who have been following and praying for our Provincial, Fr. Stephen and his fellow pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago–they made it safely to the destination.

Visit page 12 of the Camino to read about their post-hiking experience on Aug. 8 and view the latest photos.

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