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The Religious Congregation of the Missionaries of Mount Carmel is dedicated to the Biblical, Liturgical, Sacramental, Pastoral and Missionary Life of the Church.

The Motto of the Missionaries of Mount Carmel is: “Gathering the Flock”, reaching out to those who have either lost contact with Mother Church or who are seeking a Spiritual Life within the Christian Family.

As a Religious Congregation, we are a dispersed community of women and men, lay and clergy, from different Christian denominations, seeking to live the Way of the Gospel in the midst of the world, standing continually at the Foot of the Cross of Suffering Humanity.

The Religious Congregation of the Missionaries of Mount Carmel has its roots in what is known of the Early Church and the rich spirituality of the great Desert Fathers and Mothers of the Church and the Great Church Fathers.

Scripture and Tradition are the bedrock of the Way of Life of the Missionaries of Mount Carmel.

The Missionaries of Mount Carmel have a special devotion to the Theotokos (Mary, the Mother of God), under the title of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the Prophet Elijah. The meaning of “Carmel” is “The Vineyard of God”. The world is the Vineyard of God and while the harvest is great, few are the labourers.

Mission Statement

"The Missionaries of Mount Carmel” is a Religious Congregation dedicated to the Pastoral Care of the Poor, those who have lost touch with Mother Church and those who are Seeking Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd."

The Missionaries witness to Jesus Christ in the Wilderness of the World standing beside “Suffering Humanity”, the poor, the sick, the dying and the marginalised. The Missionaries of Mount Carmel try to live in such a manner that the Face of Christ is encountered in daily situations no matter how simple or extreme they may be.

The Commitment to Christian Education

There is an educational element that is inherent in the Pastoral Mission of the Missionaries of Mount Carmel:
1) The Biblical, Sacramental and Pastoral life-long formation of those served by the Pilgrims.
2) To bring about a lively recovery of the worship and sacramental practice, this has sustained the Church since apostolic times.
3) At the same time the Missionaries seek to help the Church to rediscover the spiritual disciplines together with the richness of the Eastern Church and Spirituality.

The Missionaries are dedicated to the Sacramental Life

The Missionaries of Mount Carmel promote the importance of the Sacramental Life.

The Missionaries of Mount Carmel dedicated to the promotion of the Liturgical Life

Liturgy is the "work of the people" in offering the worship of the Church to God, in union with Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit. This is most richly effected when the entire people may consciously, fully and actively participate.

We affirm the apostolic hope

With the apostles and the Church through the ages, we affirm Jesus Christ, Sacrament of the presence of God, as the source of our hope. We take our name from Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Elijah, and seek to be incorporated into the paschal mystery he proclaims. We pray that we may be formed by the Incarnation, life, death, resurrection, ascension, gift of the Holy Spirit, and coming again of Jesus Christ.

Our mission includes calling the Church to liturgical and sacramental renewal, and seeking to bring the healing grace of Christ to all Creation.

The Work of the People of God

The Missionaries of Mount Carmel answer the Call to Service wherever the need be.

The Simple Rule of St. Romuald

Sit in your cell as in paradise. Put the whole world behind you and forget it.

Watch your thoughts like a good fisherman watching for fish. The path you must follow is in the Psalms — never leave it.

If you have just come to the monastery, and in spite of your good will you cannot accomplish what you want, take every opportunity you can to sing the Psalms in your heart and to understand them with your mind.

And if your mind wanders as you read, do not give up; hurry back and apply your mind to the words once more.

Realize above all that you are in God's presence, and stand there with the attitude of one who stands before the emperor.

Empty yourself completely and sit waiting, content with the grace of God,
like the chick who tastes nothing and eats nothing but what his mother brings him.

Contact Details

Archbishop-Abbot Thomas Hugh Bodkin, OSB