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


This module is an outline by two Secular Discalced Carmelites of what they see as distinctive in the Discalced/Teresian approach to Carmelite spirituality. Inevitably, therefore, it is focused on the two foundation stones of the Order, Teresa of Jesus and John of the Cross. A detailed introduction to these great Carmelites is the task of other modules and this module will draw out themes and perspectives in their lives and teaching which they see as giving the Teresian Carmel its particular flavour.

There is sufficient reading incorporated into the units but if you wish to do more then try

M.H. Garcia. The Carmelite Community in the Church. (Available from Darlington Carmel. Nunnery lane, Darlington DN3 9PN, United Kingdom)

There are two further books from Darlington would also be useful if you wish to do some more follow-up. For St Teresa, see Emmanuel Renault, The Teresian Gospel. For St John of the Cross, see M.H. Garcia, Lover’s Quest.

You may also find the following book helpful:

Squire, Aelred. Asking the Fathers. London: SPCK, 1994, especoa;;u ch. 17 & 18.

Course Tutors: Philip Nelson OCDS and 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.









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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