Carmelite Monastery
of St. Therese

The cradle of the Carmelite Order can be found in the Wadi ‘ain es-Siah on Mount Carmel, near the modern city of Haifa, Israel, where the ruins of the Chapel and dwelling places can still be found. There, in the 11th Century a group of hermits came together to live in the spirit of the Prophet Elijah, the great witness of God’s living presence. Around 1205, they approached Albert, the Patriarch of Jerusalem to give them a Rule (Formula of Life). Familiar with their way of life, he wrote a short Rule in the form of a letter. It is simple, flexible and deeply rooted in Scripture. It is still the foundational text for Carmelites today, adapting to different times and circumstances

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