11 Facts About Carmelites


Order of the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, known as the Carmelites or sometimes by synecdoche known simply as Carmel, is a Roman Catholic mendicant religious order for men and women.

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The Carmelites who had chosen to stay put were massacred by the Mamelukes.

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The Carmelites, barely spared, had to change their way of life from eremitic to mendicant.

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In 1247, the Carmelites asked Pope Innocent IV to modify the Rule of Saint Albert of 1209 to adapt it to their new way of life in cities.

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Thereafter Carmelites preached and heard confessions in secular churches.

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The Carmelites defended the anteriority of their foundation, i e their institution before 1215, and the pertinent decisions of the Fourth Lateran Council, and emphasized their pontifical approvals.

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Nonetheless, a conflict ensued between the Carmelites who desired an eremitic life and those who desired an apostolic life in cities, including preaching.

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Discalced Carmelites faced much opposition from other unreformed Carmelite houses .

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In 1593, the Discalced Carmelites had their own superior general styled propositus general, the first being Nicholas Doria.

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The theological preparation of the Carmelites was strengthened, particularly with the foundation of St Albert's College in Rome.

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Many Carmelites have been canonized by the Catholic Church as saints.

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