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Call for Papers

The Seelaus prize will be awarded for the best new piece of writing submitted on the subject of Carmelite Spirituality.

NEW ROUND: The Carmelite Institute is proud to announce that, thanks again to a generous benefactor, we will again sponsor the Vilma Seelaus Essay Competition in 2014, deadline for submissions is June 30, 2014.

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To The Carmelite Institute’s of North America webpage CarmelStream!  The Carmelite Institute is a collaborative effort of the Carmelites of the United States and Canada. Its mission is to promote the following of Jesus Christ through studies in the Carmelite tradition and by making the tradition available to our Carmelite brothers and sisters, as well as to all those interested in a spiritual life. 

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Calling all artists!

On October 18, 2014 the Carmelite Institute of North America will host an art show entitled, “Reimagining Saint Teresa in Art” at the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. This show will be held in conjunction with this year’s Carmelite Lecture entitled, “Reimagining Bernini’s Ecstasy of Saint Teresa” by Christopher Wilson, PhD. All artists are invited to submit a work of art depicting Saint Teresa of Avila.

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Sons and daughters of Saint Teresa

Why are you a son or daughter of Saint Teresa of Jesus?

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Teresa’s Anniversary in Spain!

Join The Carmelite Institute on an immersive journey into the heart and homeland of Saint Teresa of Avila, Saint and Doctor of the Church. This travelling seminar will include presentations, prayer services and conversation to open up Saint Teresa’s world and spiritual insights for you. Our trip is more than pilgrimage. It is an opportunity to learn, be inspired, and take home a new understanding of the truths that Saint Teresa reveals about God and the life of prayer..

October 29 – November 12, 2015


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New Lecture Available Through!

“Shall We Be a More Contemplative Church?” by Keith Egan. Click Here to view the entire lecture, provided courtesy of The Carmelite Institute. The video should be in the Carmel-Tube section rather than on the homepage.

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1967 message of Paul VI to the Carmelites

1967 message of Paul VI to the Carmelites: “From now on, may the most holy Virgin comfort you in your Carmelite vocation.” ​Read more: Carmelitas Descalzos


Early devotion to the Virgin of Carmel

The Carmelite devotion to Mary is one that stems from the intimacy of the Carmelite hermit, is born of their liturgical and spiritual experience, and the intimacy of Carmelite devotion to Mary is reflected in the titles that the Carmelites, from their beginnings, have given to Mary. Read More: ​Carmelitas Descalzos

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The Creative Spiritual Genius of St. Teresa of Avila Today

STJ500 Celebration August 21-23, San Jose, CA: The Discalced Carmelite Family of the Western U.S. invites the public to attend The Creative Spiritual Genius of St. Teresa of Avila Today, taking place in San Jose, Calif., August 21 through 23. This three-day celebration will feature presentations by each branch of the Discalced Carmelite Order (Nuns, Friars, Seculars,…

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