The Carmelite Ideal
The Carmelite Order takes it origins from Mount Carmel where hermits gathered towards the end of the 12th century. They approached St Albert, Patriarch of Jerusalem and requested that he give them a guide, “a way of life”, for their group. His letter became known as the Rule of St Albert. These hermits sought to live “in allegiance to Jesus Christ” in a spirit of prayer, community and the desire to be of service to God and to the people among whom they lived.
Who are Lay Carmelites?
We are laymen and women who try to live out the Carmelite way of life in the ordinary circumstances of our family and social life. We have a deep sense of belonging to the worldwide spiritual family of Carmel.
We are people who respond to the call of Christ, seeking God in prayerful reflection especially as revealed to us in the scriptures and in an active concern for issues of justice and peace in our world.
Lay Carmelites draw their inspiration from the lives of the prophet Elijah and the Blessed Virgin Mary
The call to Carmel is an invitation to go aside, as Elijah did at Cherith, to be alone with God in prayer, to live in his presence and to be completely dependant on his providence. In Elijah we see a prophet who became involved in the lives of the people, bringing them to a new faithfulness to the One God and defending those who were suffering violence and injustice. (I Kings 17 ff)
The first hermits living on Mount Carmel built an oratory dedicated to St Mary, the
Lady of the Place. For Carmelites Mary is our Patron, our Mother and our model who will care for us and lead us to Christ the Lord.
Third Order Communities
Communities are found in most Carmelite centres in Ireland. In Whitefriar Street we meet on the third Saturday of the month at 3.00 p.m. for prayer and formation in Carmelite Spirituality. Such meetings are a time to grow together in friendship and a deeper commitment to the values of Carmelite life.
An Invitation to you
Catholics who are at least eighteen years of age may become members of the Third Order. After sharing in the life of the community for two years and becoming familiar with the spirit of Carmel, the new member may make a commitment.
If you would like to be part of the Third Order and the worldwide Carmelite Family, please click on the Contact button.