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Welcome to our Carmelite Friar Vocation webpage. It is our hope that this site will help you in discerning a vocation to our vowed religious brotherhood. As Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel (our official title), we are challenged to live a life in allegiance to Jesus Christ. As members of a religious family, in service to Holy Mother Church, we continue a tradition of offering mankind the spirituality our Carmelite family has cultivated for over 800 years.

Although our tradition is ancient, as well as our title of Carmelites of the Ancient Observance, we are friars. We are compelled to be in the midst of people. As priests and brothers we seek to be involved in the lives of families, parish life, school communities, hospitals, and with all people who struggle to find God. Our message is that God is good and sent his Son to rescue us from evil. Our rule states that the most effective way to accomplish this goal is to live how Christ lived, pure in heart and stout in conscience. Our inspiration in following Christ comes from Elijah, our spiritual father and Mary, the Mother of God.

The Carmelite Order is dedicated to Mary and we have her word that we will endure through history. Are you called to witness the love of God?
If you have an attraction to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and are thinking about becoming a priest, the Carmelite Order may be for you. Give us a call today!


Carmelites in Trinidad
To Most Reverend Father Fernando Millán Romeral
Prior General of the Order of Brothers
of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel.
I address you, dear Brothers of the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, as you celebrate your General Chapter. At this time of grace and renewal that calls on you to discern the mission of the glorious Order of Carmelites, I would like to offer you a word of encouragement and hope. The ancient charism of Carmel throughout these past eight centuries has been a gift for the whole Church. Your contemplative origins spring from the land of the epiphany of God’s abiding love manifested in the Word made flesh. As you ponder your mission in Carmel today, I would ask you to consider three things that might guide you on your pilgrim way: love as allegiance, as prayer and as mission. Read More
Letter of Pope Francis
to the Carmelites
on the Occasion of the Carmelite
General Chapter 2013 in Sassone, Italy
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