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Carmelite nuns move from New York to Florida in pursuit of ‘silence and solitude’

Feb 8, 2024

By Joe Bukuras

“Prayerful greetings from sunny Florida!” a February message on the religious community’s website said.  Read more

Mother Ana María and Sister Raquel, Carmelite hermits in Spain, together with a young postulant.

Two Carmelite nuns in Spain seek to recover the hermitical origin of their order 

Oct 27, 2023

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

Mother Ana María and Sister Raquel seek a new hermitage to live out their call to holiness “with a marked... Read more

Bishop Michael Olson of Fort Worth, Texas, and Rev. Mother Teresa Agnes Gerlach of the Most Holy Trinity Monastery in Arlington, Texas.

Texas Carmelites defy bishop’s order to close their doors to the faithful

Aug 23, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Although Bishop Michael Olson has declared the monastery closed to the public, the nuns’ attorney said they’ve “decided to open... Read more

Spanish Carmelite Pablo María de la Cruz on the day of his religious profession.

Pope receives posthumous letter from young Carmelite who wanted to attend WYD

Aug 4, 2023

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

In the letter, Pablo María de la Cruz expressed to the pope his desire to have participated in WYD in... Read more

Friar Pablo María de la Cruz Alonso Hidalgo and his family.

21-year-old terminally ill Spanish Carmelite dies on eve of feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Jul 18, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

Friar Pablo María de la Cruz Alonso Hidalgo was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer when he was... Read more

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12 keys to using the brown scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Jul 16, 2023

By CNA Staff

The Blessed Mother is said to have given the scapular to St. Simon Stock on July 16, 1251. Read more

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Former prioress in Forth Worth admits to sexual misconduct in recording, names priest

Jun 28, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

In a recording played in a court hearing Tuesday, former prioress Theresa Gerlach admitted to breaking the Sixth Commandment. Read more

An Arlington, Texas, police car.

Fort Worth Diocese releases photos allegedly showing drug use at Carmelite monastery

Jun 8, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

The diocese on Wednesday released a pair of photographs that purportedly show cannabis and marijuana products inside the monastery. Read more

Monastery of the Most Holy Trinity in Arlington, Texas.

Carmelite nuns file new theft and defamation charges against Fort Worth Bishop Olson

Jun 5, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

The new charges by the monastery are in addition to a lawsuit filed on May 3 that seeks $1 million... Read more

The Reverend Mother Superior Teresa Agnes Gerlach of the Monastery of the Most Holy Trinity in Arlington, Texas.

Fort Worth bishop dismisses Carmelite mother superior in latest in Texas monastery-diocese dispute

Jun 2, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Bishop Michael Olson has issued a decree dismissing the reverend mother from the Order of Discalced Carmelites. Read more

Monastery of the Most Holy Trinity in Arlington, Texas.

Fort Worth Diocese: Vatican says bishop has authority over Carmelite monastery amid investigation

May 31, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

A May 31 diocesan statement said the Vatican appointed the bishop as “the pope’s representative in this matter.” Read more

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Carmelite priest arrested, others accused in Bolivia on sex abuse charges

May 22, 2023

By Abel Camasca

In the midst of allegations of sexual abuse against Jesuit priests in Bolivia, a Carmelite priest was arrested recently by... Read more

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The little-known connection between hoops and holiness

Nov 24, 2022

By Kelsey Wicks

The start of basketball season always coincides with Thanksgiving, lending a proper season to be grateful for the American-born sport. Read more

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How can we suffer well? 10 quotes from St. Teresa of Ávila

Oct 15, 2022

By Edie Heipel

Oct. 15, is the feast day of St. Teresa of Ávila, when the Catholic Church remembers the Spanish Carmelite reformer... Read more

Discalced Carmelite sisters from the Mount Carmel Monastery in Port Tobacco, Maryland.

A look into America’s oldest Carmelite monastery

Jul 21, 2022

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Nestled in the farmland of Port Tobacco, Maryland stands the oldest Carmelite monastery in America. Founded in 1790, the Mount... Read more

Titus Brandsma as rector magnificus of the Catholic University of Nijmegen in 1932.

Who was Titus Brandsma?

Mar 8, 2022

By Luke Coppen

Pope Francis will canonize the World War II martyr in May. Read more

Blessed Martyrs of Compiègne were guillotined for their faith on July 17, 1794.

Pope Francis opens special process to canonize 16 Carmelite martyrs of the French Revolution

Feb 25, 2022

By Kelsey Wicks

At the request of the bishops of France and the Order of Carmelites Discalced (OCD), Pope Francis agreed on Feb.... Read more

The Martyrs of Compiegne, from the Quidenham Carmel in Norfolk, England. Photograph

Who are the Martyrs of Compiegne?

Jul 17, 2020

On July 17 the Church commemorates 16 French religious sisters who died at the hands of the French Revolution, hastening... Read more

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Philadelphia just got a group of young Carmelite nuns

Aug 8, 2017

By Perry West

The archdiocese of Philadelphia voiced joy and gratitude for 10 young Discalced Carmelite nuns and a new chaplain who have... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during the Wednesday General Audience on April 23, 2014.

Pope Francis calls Spanish convent for the second time

Aug 4, 2014

By Elise Harris

Calling a Carmelite convent in Lucena, Spain for the second time since December, Pope Francis contacted the nuns asking them... Read more