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  The Rite of the Holy Sepulcher, rooted in the worship of the Christian community in Jerusalem and used by various Knights and the faithful and commonly called the Carmelite Rite, is the liturgical rite in Latin that the Carmelite Order first began using in the mid-twelfth century. This Rite …

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About Us

History of North American Province of St. Elias Many people have no idea where the Carmelites began! The first hermits lived on Mount Carmel in Israel in the time of Elijah the Prophet, hundreds of years before Christ. Later, many Crusaders went to the Holy Land to free such holy …

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North American Province of St. Elias Coat of Arms

The three parts of our shield portray the history, the spirit and the meaning of our Order, the Province’s sphere of activity and its origin. The left hand portion represents the entire Carmelite Order. The shape of its lower half suggests the Mount of Carmel in the Holy Land where …

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Contact Us

Office of the Prior Provincial P.O. Box 3079, Middletown, NY 10940-0890 Tel. (845) 344-2223 • Fax (845) 344-2210 Very Rev. Mario Esposito, O.Carm., Prior Provincial Mrs. Wilma Ward, Provincial Secretary Email: wward@carmelites.com Office of the Provincial Procurator Rev. Paul Denault, O.Carm., Provincial Procurator Mrs. Anne Steffens, Director of Finance Office …

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Our Mission and Vision

St. Elias Province Mission Statement and Vision Statement St. Elias Province Mission Statement We, the Carmelite Friars of the North American Province of St. Elias, are vowed religious who seek union with God through prayer, fraternity and service to the Church. We strive to live in allegiance to Jesus Christ. …

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Our Ministries

Carmelites work in a variety of ministries in the Church.  Through our Carmelite core values, prayer, and fraternity, we are involved as chaplains, spiritual directors, pastors, teachers, and campus ministers. PARISH PRIEST The majority of men entering into the Carmelite formation program study to be priests. Religious order priests are different than “secular” priests in that they …

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