This module is part of the Distance Learning Website of the Carmelite Institute of Britain and Ireland (CIBI)


This module is a brief introduction to The Rule of St. Albert.The Rule of St. Albert is the foundational document of the Carmelite Order and has been a guide to all those seeking to live the Carmelite Way since it was first written in the early 13th Century. It is the Rule followed by all branches of the Carmelite Family today.  In this module we will consider the Rule under five headings:

  • How St. Albert came to write the ‘way of life’.

  • The ‘way of life’ proposed by St. Albert.

  • How the ‘way of life’ became a Mendicant Rule.

  • The spirituality of the Rule.

  • Living the Rule today.


Our basic text for this module is of course The Rule of St. Albert itself. It is a very short document but there is great depth to it and it repays frequent study and reflection. In recent years there have been a number of excellent studies on The Rule of St. Albert.  For the purposes of this module there are two books I would recommend. These are:

Griffin, Eltin O.Carm. (Ed.), Ascending the Mountain: The Carmelite Rule Today, (The Columba Press, Dublin 2004).

The Rule of Carmel, Conferences on Mt. Carmel (Haifa), 4th – 14th October 1999, (Rome: Editrice “Il Calamo”, 2000).

The first book, Ascending the Mountain, should be available in most religious bookshops. The second book is available at The Carmelite Book Service, Boars Hill, Oxford, OXI 5HB, United Kingdom. If you live close to a Carmelite Community, you may be able to refer to these books in their library. However don’t panic if you cannot find one or other of these books because there will be sufficient material in each session to give you a solid grasp of the topic.


Course Tutor: Joseph Mothersill OCarm


The course is divided into 5 units of input and, at the end, you may complete a Questionnaire, write a Learning Journal, or write an Essay.

Once posted, each unit will be available until the end of the module. The dates on which each of the units, and the other material for this course is available in the calendar in the Student Section.



Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3

Unit 4

Unit 5


Learning Journal

Essay titles


Please click HERE to access the STUDENT SECTION for module start and end dates

From the date corresponding to the relevant Monday (see main web page of, you can click on the relevant unit to access it. Each module includes links to other internet sites of various kinds related to the material being covered.

    Once you have successfully accessed and studied the material in each module and received the Essay titles and the questionnaire, pleace complete either the Questionnaire, write a Learning Journal, or write an Essay based on one of the Essay titles given, and return it to to the course administrator: [email protected]


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