The Rule

The rule of life given to the Carmelites by St. Albert Avogadro between the years 1206 – 1214, was finally approved as the true and proper Rule of Carmel by Innocenzo in 1247 and later underwent mitigations which were not in the original text. The Carmelite Rule states that is …

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Carmelite Charism

Jesus Christ gave his disciples the gift of the Holy Spirit and the mission to proclaim salvation to the whole world. To live out the full dimension of this command is to pursue the “spiritual life.” The Church is called by the Holy Spirit to embody and proclaim union with …

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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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Formation Manual 2019

Click here to download INTRODUCTION Every human being is in a continual process of transformation. For those who respond to the call to Carmelite life, this transformation is marked by a commitment to “a journey of gradual and progressive conversion, encompassing every aspect of life,” during which they allow themselves …

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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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Carmelite Commitment to Child Safety

The Carmelite Friars of the Province of Saint Elias are committed to creating and maintaining a safe environment for all children who interact with it’s members and are involved in it’s ministries. The policies and procedures implemented by the Carmelite Friars are accredited by Praesidium, Inc., a national organization that …

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