Blessed Titus Brandsma on the Road to Sainthood

News of Great Joy!!!!
Pope Francis authorizes the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate a series of Decrees including the recognition of a miracle attributed to Blessed Tito Brandsma.
During an audience given to His Eminence Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate the decrees regarding the miracle attibuted to the intercession of Blessed Titus Brandsm (born Anno Sjoerd), priest and professed member of the Order of Carmelites. He was born on February 23, 1881 in Bolsward (The Netherlands) and was killed in hatred of the faith on July 26, 1942 in Dachau, Germany.
Blessed Titus Brandsma gave a lecture series on "Mysticism" at CatholicU in 1935.

November 15 | Comemmoration of All Carmelite Souls

To pray for the dead “is a holy and pious thought” (2Macc 12:46); we shall therefore devoutly remember in the Lord deceased members of our Carmelite Family, by offering Masses on their behalf and praying for them,
so that we may remain in spiritual union with them. (Const #42)
May their souls and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen

November 14 - Feast of All Carmelite Saints

We pray that the example of these saints will continue to inspire holiness in a new generation of our brothers and sisters.
Like them, we can live in allegiance to Jesus Christ and serve Him with a pure heart and a good conscience.
Like them, we can know how to devote ourselves day and night to the contemplation of the Word and to generous service for the humanity.
Finally, we ask that the examples of Carmelite saints may impact us immensely and concretely and make us have a deeper love for Christ, for the Church and for the whole world.
All Carmelite Saints. Pray for us.

Carmelite Conversations: Paths to Spiritual Maturity



October 14, 2021 | Annual Carmelite Studies Lecture | St Joseph in the Carmelite Tradition

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2nd Annual Carmelite Lecture: St Joseph in the Carmelite Tradition

The Annual Carmelite Studies Lecture is scheduled for October 14th on the eve of the Feast of St Teresa of Jesus (Avila). The topic is St Joseph: Father, Intercessor in Every Need and Teacher of Prayer" - St Teresa of Avila. The presenter is Fr Joseph Chorpenning, OSFS who has written extensively on St Teresa’s devotion to St Joseph as being a hallmark of her Carmelite spiritual patrimony. Chorpenning will include sacred art from both Europe and the Americas in his presentation.


October 1, 2021 | Daily Reflections and Novena to St Thérèse of Lisieux

Join the Carmelites as we prepare for the Feast of St Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face with daily reflections and a Novena of prayer starting on September 22.

For the daily Reflection use this link:

Feast Day Novena Prayer

(This prayer is used by the Carmelites during the Feast Day Novena)

St. Therese, Flower of fervor and love, please intercede for us.
Fill our hearts with your pure love of God.
As we approach and celebrate your feast day,
make us more aware of the goodness of
God and how well He tends His garden.
Instill in us your little way of doing
ordinary things with extra-ordinary love.

Give us the heart of a child who wonders
at life and embraces everything with loving enthusiasm.
Teach us your delight in God’s ways
so that divine charity may blossom in our hearts.
Little Flower of Jesus, bring our petitions
(mention in silence here)
before God, our Father.

With your confidence, we come before Jesus
as God’s children,
because you are our heavenly friend.
As we celebrate the Feast Day of your
homecoming in heaven, continue to
shower roses and grace upon us.


Our Lady of Mount Carmel | July 16

As Queen, whenever we seek the right path, she guides us.

As Mother, whatever we encounter, she watches over us.

As Sister, wherever life leads, she walks with us.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, pray for us.

 Prior General's Letter for the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Carta del PriorGeneral - Solemnidad de Nuestra Señora del Monte Carmelo 2021




Carmelite Symposium - Summer 2021 Carmel Witness Today: Prophetic, Prayerful, Present

The Center for Carmelite Studies at the Catholic University of America is co-sponsoring with the Carmelite Institute of North America the following summer symposium.  For all the details and full schedule, click this link:


Into the Land of Carmel Retreat: July 11-16, 2021

Into the Land of Carmel Retreat is a five day retreat in the Carmelite Tradition in Darien, Illinois. For all the details click here carmelitespiritualcenter


Profession of Solemn Vows: April 10, 2021

Congratulations Br Michael Joyce on your Profession of Solemn Vows of  in the Order of the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel - Carmelites in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Br Michael is studying for the Masters in Divinity at CatholicU and will be ordained to the Diaconate in May.

April 6, 2021: Annual Roland Murphy (O.Carm) Lecture

Topic: “Jesus and the End: The Problem of Contingency”  Sponsored by the Center for Carmelite Studies and the Biblical Area of the School of Theology and Religious Studies.

Dale Allison is Princeton Theological Seminary’s Richard J. Dearborn Professor of New Testament. He earned his MA and his PhD from Duke University.  

March 19, 2021: St Joseph, Ordinary Holiness, and the Renewal of Society

In this Year of St Joseph, Patron and Principal Protector of the Carmelite Order, the Center for Carmelite Studies is co-sponsoring an event with the Institute of Human Ecology at the Catholic University of America called St Joseph, Ordinary Holiness, and the Renewal of Society. Fr Steven Payne, OCD, Chair for Carmelite Studies, will give the invocation. May St Joseph protect you and your families, now and always.

February 11, 2021: First Annual Lecture in Carmelite Studies

 Professor Keith Egan, Ph.D. T.O.Carm. attracted a wide and very  appreciative audience to the First Annual Lecture in Carmelite Studies. In a very scholarly and profound way he approached the question: What Makes a Carmelite a Carmelite? An Evolving and Dynamic Charism. Dr Egan's lecture explored aspects of Carmel's original charism, and illustrated so comprehensively how this dynamic charism shaped Carmelite identity from their origins as hermits on Mount Carmel, and as it continued to evolve with their migration to Europe eventually embracing the mendicant movement .

The lecture can be viewed HERE 

January 1st: Mary, Mother of God

In Carmelite depictions of Mary there is very rarely a crown?  A well-known quotation from Saint Thérèse of Lisieux explains this: “Mary is more mother than queen.”  For Carmelites, Mary is sister; she is mother; she is family.  The Greek title of today’s feast - January 1st - is “theotokos”, which means “Mother of God or God-bearer.”  It is also the beginning of another year - a New Year. May we, like Mary, make Christ more present in our world.

In this new Year of Grace, we pray: The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace!

This image of the Mother of God and Child is the original image that Carmelites brought with them when they were forced to leave Mount Carmel in the 13th century. 


December 14, 2020: Inaugural Lecture for the Endowed Chair of Carmelite Studies

 On the Feast of St. John of the Cross, Rev. Prof. Steven Payne, O.C.D., gave the inaugural (virtual) lecture entitled The Dark Night of the Soul, Yesterday and Today: Revisiting John of the Cross’ Classic Text and Symbol. In his profound and insightful presentation, Fr Payne examined variations on the phrase "dark night of the soul" that appear often today in discussions of major personal and societal challenges. He also spoke about the expression's roots in John of the Cross' poem and treatise of the same name, and raised questions about how it is applied (and perhaps sometimes misapplied) in contemporary contexts.You can view the lecture HERE

December 8, 2020: St Joseph, Patron of Carmel: Celebrating 150 years

 A Letter from the Prior General of the Order of Carmelites (O.Carm.) and Superior General of the Order of Discalced Carmelites (O.C.D.) to the Carmelite Family on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church by Pope Pius IX, on the 8th of December 1870, 150 years ago. Read the Letter Here





Managing Director of the Center for Carmelite Studies

 On September 9, 2020, Br Daryl Moresco, O.Carm. was hired as the Managing Director of the Center for Carmelite Studies. Prior to this, Br Daryl served as Novice Director for the Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary from 2017- 2020 and Director of Pre-Novitiate Formation from 2007-2017. In 2003, he graduated from the Washington Theological Union with a Certificate in Carmelite Studies and an M.A. in Pastoral Studies.



November 18, 2019: Talk on St. Teresa of Avila

 On Monday, November 18, 2019, at 4 pm, Very Rev. Saverio Cannistrà, OCD, presented a talk on “Friendship and Love of God in Saint Teresa of Avila.” Fr. Saverio has served as a professor of Christology and theological anthropology in the Faculty of Theology of Central Italy, near Florence. Since 2009 he has served as Superior General of the Discalced Carmelite Order. In his talk, Fr. Saverio explored St. Teresa’s understanding of friendship as model for our relationship with God and an aid in the spiritual life,  The speaker was introduced by Prof. Steven Payne, OCD, Chair of Carmelite Studies.



October 15, 2019: Inauguration and Installation

The Center for Carmelite Studies was officially inaugurated on October 15, 2019. A series of events to mark the occasion began with a lecture by Rev. Prof. Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., on “Blessed Titus Brandsma: Carmelite Scholar for Our Times.” Fr. Fernando has served as professor of Sacramental Theology at the Pontifical Faculty “Comillas” in Madrid, and as an invited professor at the Gregorianum in 1998, 2000, and 2002. He has recently completed two terms -twelve years - as Prior General of the Order of Carmelites.

After the talk, a Mass was celebrated in the Caldwell Hall chapel for the feast of the Carmelite saint and Doctor of the Church, Teresa of Avila. Very Rev. William J. Harry, O.Carm. (Prior Provincial of the Carmelite Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary) presided, assisted by Rev. Prof. Mark Morozowich (Dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies), Rev. Prof. Fernando Millán, O.Carm., Rev. Steven Payne, OCD (incoming Chair of Carmelite Studies), and Rev. Quinn Conners, O.Carm. (local Carmelite superior and CUA lecturer) as concelebrants.
 See the news article and watch the video