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


This online module is an introduction to the Old Testament prophet, Elijah, and to the important role he has played in the Carmelite tradition. In this module we will look at the following aspects of Elijah’s call, witness and importance for Carmelites:

  1. Elijah’s vocation: prophet, contemplative, servant of the Lord.

  2. Elijah’s opposition to idols.

  3. Elijah’s prayer.

  4. Elijah, man of the people.

  5. The succession: Elijah the founder, the spirit of Elijah.


You are not expected to read all of these but it would be worthwhile reading one or two of the following:-

Healy, K., Prophet of Fire, Rome: Carmel in the World Publications, 1990.

McCaffrey, J., The Carmelite Charism, Exploring the Biblical Roots, Dublin: Veritas, 2004.

Slattery, P., The Springs of Carmel, New York: Alba House, 1991.

Welch, J., The Carmelite Way, Herefordshire: Gracewing, 1996.

Course Tutor: Micheál O'Neill 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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