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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
The Carmelite Friars of the Saint Elias Province of the Order of Carmel, are proud to announce that two of our brothers received the Sacrament of Holy Orders. On Friday, June 6th, 2014. The Most Rev. Dominick Lagonegro, D.D., Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of New York, ordained Reverend Joseph Khoa Hoang, O.Carm., and Reverend Joseph Tri Phan, O.Carm. to service as newly ordained priests for the Carmelite Order at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middletown, NY.
Congratulations to our two new priests. Many prayers go with them as they begin their priestly ministry. May Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the Prophet, our Father Elias, strengthen them and help them to serve the Lord and His people each day with a jealous zeal!
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