Brother Robert Chiulli, O. Carm.
Faculty Chair - Science,Cardinal Hayes High School, Bronx, NY
HOMETOWN: Catskill, New York
YEARS IN THE ORDER: 18
FAVORITE CARMELITE SAINT:
Titus Brandsma and Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection.
"My call to Carmel began as an awareness of needing to live my life at a deeper level. While I enjoyed my studies, my friends, etc., I sensed there was something missing. And the more I went to mass and prayed, the more I became convinced that it was God who was calling me to this deeper life. At first, I found this confusing as I knew there were others who seemed more suited to religious life than I was: more pious and prayerful, more committed to the Church and to serving others, but the call I felt was persistent. As I learned about the Carmelites, I discovered that a religious vocation is a journey about discovering who it is that God is calling us to be. As contemplatives, we Carmelites have an 800 year tradition of discerning where God is in our world. I see Mary and Elijah as perfect examples of those who responded to that call to seek out God's presence, and I am proud to be a part of brotherhood of men who genuinely desire to follow in Jesus' footsteps."
Brother Bob's journey with the Carmelites began during his Doctoral Studies at RPI in Troy, NY, not far from his hometown of Catskill, NY. He was attracted to the magnificent Tiffany glass windows at St. Joseph Church, where the Carmelite Fathers have been working for over 44 years. His call to Carmel began as an awareness of needing to live his life at a deeper level. The more he went to mass and prayed, the more convinced he became that it was God who was persistently calling him to this deeper life. As he learned about the Carmelites, he discovered that a religious vocation is a journey about discovering who it is that God is calling us to be.
Brother Bob entered into the Carmelite formation program in 1995. It is there that he began a path that led him to Seton Hall University to study and discern the way of a consecrated religious in the Church. He completed the Novitiate in the year of St. Therese and professed simple vows in 1997. He spent a year working with the Carmelites in Middletown, NY, assisting in the Development office and working at The National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
In 2000, Brother Robert professed his Solemn Vows to the Order of the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel. He completed his Master's Degree in Theology in 2002 and was then assigned to Pope John Paul II High School in Boca Raton, FL, where he taught religion and chemistry for several years.
Since 2007, Brother Robert has lived at Saint Simon Stock Priory in the Bronx while teaching at Cardinal Hayes High School, where he is the Science Department Chairman. In 2012, he became the first Brother to be elected to the St. Elias Provincial Council.