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


This module is an introduction to what is known about the early Carmelite history of Britain and Ireland, from the first foundations up until the time of what can be considered the modern history of the orders in these countries.  It will therefore trace the story of the foundation, development, decline and dissolution, and the missionary endeavour of the Carmelite Order in these areas. Among the topics covered are: 

  • the foundation of the order in Britain and Ireland;

  • growth and decline of the order until the time of the dissolution of the monasteries in both countries;

  • the O Carm and OCD missions after the Reformation in both countries;

  • the first OCD nuns in Britain and Ireland.

At this level there is not a great deal of reading material available which is up-to-date. If you really want to do some initial or extra reading you might dip into 

Patrick-Fitzgerald Lombard O Carm (ed.), Carmel in Britain vol1 People & Places, Rome, Institutum Carmelitanum, 1992.

This book is available from the Carmelite Book Service at Boars Hill and also from the bookshop in Aylesford but, if you can, it may be better to borrow a copy, as some of the contents will not be relevant to you. 

Course Tutors: Heather Ward OCDS

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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