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


This module will focus on the Carmelite charism and explore its riches in the light of the scriptures, especially the gospels. It covers such topics as:

  • Praying with the Gospels: ‘In Spirit and Truth’
  • The Heritage of Elijah: Introducing Carmelite Spirituality
  • The Carmelite Rule: A Gospel Approach
  • Rediscovering Saint Joseph: A Gospel Portrait
  •  Mary – Woman of Prayer: A Gospel Exploration


The material to be covered will be indicated for each of these themes in the following book, which is essentil reading and a general textbook for this module: James McCaffrey, OCD, The Carmelite Charism: Exploring the Biblical Roots, Dublin: Veritas, 2004. You will also need access to a copy of the Rule of St Albert, which is available on the CIBI website. Each unit will guide you through the required reading from this text . The extensive notes at the end of each chapter will provide ample references to articles, periodicals and books sufficient for further personal reflection and research. in addition to the titles in the bibliography. The module will also require, as a prerequisite, a careful reading of the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum (DV), chapters 3-6, #11-26 and some acquaintance with the Carmelite spiritual classics, such as The Book of her Life by Teresa of Avila, The Living Flame of Love by John of the Cross, and Story of a Soul by Thérèse of Lisieux.

Module Tutor: James McCaffrey OCD


This module is divided into 8 units, with 4 questionnaires, spread over the period of the module, and a final examination at the end.

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.


Units 1 & 2

Units 3 & 4

Questionnaire 1

Units 5 & 6

Units 7 & 8

Questionnaire 2

Units 9 & 10

Units 11 & 12

Questionnaire 3

Units 13 & 14

Units 15 & 16

Questionnaire 4

Examination Questions

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. 

    Once you have successfully accessed and studied the material in each pair of units, please click on the relevant questionnaire to access it when it is launched. Read the questions and send your answers by email to the course administrator: [email protected]

One question must be chosen from the three concluding assessment questions posted online and the answer must be submitted by email on or before the date indicated to the administrator:

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