February 11, 2021 First Annual Lecture in Carmelite Studies

A virtual lecture given by  Professor Keith Egan, Ph.D. T.O.Carm. Since the Second Vatican Council there has been much exploration of Carmel's Founding  Charism, but more can be done to explore the dynamic and evolutionary character of this charism. This lecture will explore these aspects of Carmel's original charism, and it will illustrate them in the unfolding of Carmelite identity when the hermits on Mount Carmel migrated to Europe and gradually embraced the mendicant movement initiated by Saint Francis and Saint Dominic. 

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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!

Carmelites wish you blessings of grace and peace throughout 2021. Happy New Year.

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

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. 

This year, 2020, we celebrated the feast of St. Joseph in the full throws of a pandemic, that forced us to remain in our own homes. It does us good to think about St. Joseph, to meditate on him as one whom our tradition has recognized as a patron and a model of Carmelite life. It is something we want to do together, as a Carmelite family, O.Carm. and O.C.D.  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.



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

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

On Monday, November 18, 2019, at 4 pm in the Great Room of the Pryzbyla Center, 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, comparing her views with those of other theologians such as Thomas Aquinas and Pavel Florensky. The speaker was introduced by Prof. Steven Payne, OCD, Chair of Carmelite Studies.