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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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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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SThe relics of Saint Therese

The relics of Saint Therese and her parents to be present at the coming Synod

For the coming Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the topic of “The pastoral challenges concerning the family in the context of evangelization”, which will be held in the Vatican from 5th to 19th October, His Eminence Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, requested from the Rector of the…

5th Congress

Fifth Teresian International Congress, Correspondence and Brief Writings

From 1st to 7th September, the fifth Teresian International Congress, dedicated to her correspondence and brief writings, was celebrated in Avila in the Teresa-St John International Centre (CITeS). Around two hundred people were present at the Centre, while some 6,000 from the five continents took part by means of the Internet. Find out more here.

St.Patricks Celebration 50 years video

St. Patrick’s Residence: Celebrating 50 Years

Saint Patrick’s Residence in Naperville, IL celebrated 50 years of service. The Carmelite Sisters, Residents & Staff joined together to create a collage of memories featured on this video. Click here to see the video.


Join us for the 2015 Carmelite Symposium

St. Mary’s Of The Lake Seminary in Mundelein, IL June 28 - July 2, 2015  The Carmelite Institute of North America is proud to assume the work of the Carmelite Forum previously held at St. Mary’s College in South Bend. We hope you will continue the tradition with us at our new location at St. Mary’s of the Lake Seminary…

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“You need to climb the elevator of love, not the rough stairway of fear.” These words could have been written by any rock star today; Bono, Bruce Springsteen or even Lady Gaga. Instead our little Thérèse coined the phrase “elevator of love” over 100 years ago. Her suggestion was given to Fr. Maurice Bellière, the…, the face of the Carmelite Institute of North America needs your help to continue offering the richness of Carmelite spirituality