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


The object of this module is to look at the charism of the Order of Carmelites as it was understood by the members of the Order in the years following the Second Vatican Council. Among the topics covered are the following:

  • Some of the important events and writings which gave rise to the Order’s understanding of its charism.

  • Contemplation.

  • Fraternity.

  • Service in the midst of the people. 

Suggested Reading for this module

  • Constitutions of the Order of the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel. Victoria, Australia: Carmelite Communications. 1996. (Available on the internet at:

  • McGreal, W., At the Fountain of Elijah: The Carmelite Tradition. London: Darton, Longman, Todd. 1996.

  • O’Donnell, C., Ecclesia: A Theological Dictionary of the Church. Collegeville: The Liturgical Press. 1996.

Module Tutor: P. J. Breen 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 Assignment 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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