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


This module is an introduction to the life and times of one of the great reformers of the Carmelite Order, who was also significant for the development of Carmelite nuns and lay Carmelites. We will be looking at 

1. The world of Blessed John Soreth;

2. Decline and decay within the Carmelite Order;

3. Movements of reform;

4. The Carmelite nuns;

5. The legacy of Blessed John Soreth.

Suggested initial reading:

"John Soreth" in Catholic Encyclopedia, Catholic University of America ed., Palatine, Illinois: Jack Heraty & Associates Inc., 1967, 13:440. 

"Blessed John Soreth":;;

Some of John Soreth's sermons are available in English at the following site:

Deschamp, Brian, "The Expositio Paraenetica. Bl. John Soreth's Understanding of the Rule," in The Carmelite Rule 1207-2007. Proceedings of the Lisieux Conference. Rome: Edizioni Carmelitane, 2008, pp. 433-465, 438-439.

Message to Fr Joseph Chalmers, Prior General of the Carmelite Order on the 550th anniversary of the papal bull "Cum Nulla (1452)," establishing the foundation of communities of Carmelite Nuns and the Third Order:

Module Tutor: Frank McAleese 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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