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Currently Carmelites use the term 'Carmelite family' to give expression to the idea that while the Carmelite calling may be lived out in a variety of ways, by people in all walks of life, we all belong to one family. Among the topics covered in this module are:

  • The Carmelite Family;
  • The Fourteenth Century;
  • Conversi;
  • A Case Study - The Carmine at Florence;
  • Blessed Nuno Alvares Pereira and Blessed Joan of Toulouse.

Recommended Reading

Malley, John, Maccise, Camilo and Chalmers, Joseph, In obsequio Jesu Christi: The Letters of the Superiors General, O.Carm. and O.C.D, 1992-2002, Rome: Edizioni O.C.D., 2003.

Smet OCarm, Joachim, The Carmelites: A History of the Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Vol. 1: 'ca. 1200 A.D. until the Council of Trent', Darien IL: Carmelite Spirituality Centre, 1988.  See in particular chapters 3 and 4.  Smet's history is very useful for exact dating of persons and events.

____________________, 'The Carmelite Sisters in the Middle Ages' in ibid., Cloistered Carmel: A Brief History of the Carmelite Nuns, Rome: Edizioni Carmelitanae, 1987,  pp. 7-18.

The Carmelite Family: Documents of the XIII Council of Provinces of the Order of the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, Nantes, France, September 1994, Melbourne: Carmelite Communications, 1994.

Module Tutor: Simon F. Nolan 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


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