The website of the Discalsced Carmelites of the Australia-Oceania region invites you to come to know their story and to share something of their spiritual heritage and join them in prayer.
The Teresian Carmelite family has at its heart the Order of Discalced Carmelites made up of friars, nuns and secular members. At this web page, you can read about their spirituality and works.
According to the publishers of the page, the first Carmelites came as pilgrims to Mount Carmel to live a life of prayer and penance. They may have been Crusaders who wanted to live out their lives in Palestine. They adopted a solitary life-style on Mount Carmel near a spring called Elijah's Fountain. These early hermits were mostly laity.
Later, some of the hermits sought refuge in Europe and began to adapt their life to this new setting.
In 1562 Saint Teresa founded a new style of Carmelite community in Ávila, Spain. It was to become the first of a new Order: the Discalced Carmelites.
The Carmelite nuns came to Australia from Angouleme in France in 1885. The friars came from Ireland in 1948.
There are seven Carmels in Australia, two in New Zealand, and one each in Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Wallis Island.
The friars have houses in Varroville, N.S.W., St Ives, Sydney, N.S.W., and Morley, W.A.
There are seven communities of the Secular Order throughout Australia, three in New Zealand and one in Samoa.
The Carmelite Missionary Sisters, a religious congregation founded by Bl. Francis Palau in 1860, came to Australia in 2004.
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