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 Carmelite school or rather tradition of spirituality. The word spirituality can be seen as open to a myriad of interpretations. As we attempt to delve into the Carmelite tradition we will look at five topics: 

  1. An introduction to the Carmelite story,

  2. The Rule,

  3. Carmelites as mendicants – how that affected the tradition,

  4. Symbolic figures – Mary and Elijah,

  5. Living and re-imaging the tradition: Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Therese of Lisieux, Titus Brandsma, and Edith Stein.


Copsey, Richard. The Ten Books on the Way of Life and Great Deeds of the Carmelites, Faversham, Kent: St Albert’s Press, 2006.

McGreal, Wilfrid. At the Fountain of Elijah, London: DLT, 1999.

O’Donnell, Christopher. Love in the Heart of the Church. Dublin: Veritas, 1997.

Welch, John. The Carmelite Way. London: Gracewing, 1996.

Williams, Rowan. St Teresa of Avila. New York: Continuum, 2004.

Module Tutor: Wilfrid McGreal OCarm

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

Once posted online, 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 module 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 Assignment based on one of the titles given, and return it to to the course administrator: [email protected]


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